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If you're a weekend-per-year duck hunter, you probably don't
need the best duck call money can buy. But if you're serious
about calling ducks and obtaining a quality duck call with a
tone that matches your style, a volume that matches your
needs and with a consistency that won't let you down in the
moment of truth, you won't regret buying a high-end call like
one from 737 Duck Calls. The central Oklahoma, small-shop
callmaker produces hand-tuned acrylic and wooden duck
and goose calls. While it offers specialized calls for specific
scenarios, its acrylic, No. 1 single reed call features a blend
of range, smoothness and volume for most any situations,
from low guttural chuckling to reach-out-there hailing and all
quacks in between. I grew up hunting ducks with 737 proprietor Kyle Sanders, so I know just how dedicated to duck
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also makes a great gift. $150; 737duckcalls.com

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Decoys

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Calling

In timber, you can't always see birds at which to call. So while
you might feel a little silly in front of your buddies when you call
blindly or call before you see ducks, you should do it anyway.
Give random highballs, quacks and chuckles to attract highflying birds or birds that you simply can't see due to the trees.
Beaverdam Hunting Services' Lamar Boyd utilized this
strategy with fantastic results, despite my skepticism while
looking through the blind's portholes at seemingly nothing but
trees. Two-by-twos and three-by-threes, ducks would obviously hear the calls, drop over the trees, see the decoys and
helicopter down into our hole and waiting shotguns.
"Start out calling on the soft side-unless birds aren't
responding or if you're hunting public land and competing for
birds," says Martin. "And don't be afraid to call often."
If and when you find a sound and volume at least one group
of birds likes, keep doing it. Chances are, others will like it too.
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Once birds see a hole of open water and hear other ducks,
they begin scanning for danger as they drop lower and circle
to take a look. One indication of safety is if other ducks are
already there feeding. Birds overhead will spot copious
decoys easier even though many might be shielded from
view by the canopy of trees. Perhaps even better than seeing
the actual decoys, overhead birds lock in on motion; they
can see ripples within the reflections on the water. Motion
adds a giant element of realism, because living ducks are
never stark-still. Adding motion to your set is critical in lowvisibility situations.
"I like to have all my decoys moving," says Martin. "Whether
jerk strings, ripplers, or splashers, I just want a bunch of
commotion."
Don't forget about Mojos, or spinning-wing decoys; they
can be deadly for deep-timber birds where lack of light and
backgrounds make decoys-and ripples-tougher to see.
Although there was not an overwhelming abundance of
ducks in the sky that day in Mississippi as perhaps there were
during Buckingham Nash's historic time there-or even the
day before I arrived-we used great decoy placement, hole
preparation, motion and aggressive calling to turn a slow day
into a great one, because we made the most of the birds that
flew over.  ah

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