CrackerJackShot wrote:What most people dont understand is that calling is NOT that crucial. If you look at a list of the most important aspects of duck hunting calling is near the bottom. Also if you ever sit around a bunch of ducks you will hear that they do NOT call that much EVEN when the ducks are circiling on top of them. PLUS they do NOT call at birds 200 yards off. What your TRYING to do is look and sound like a duck. If a duck doesnt do it, then dont do it. Calling is overrated. Ive put the call completely down before and seen them do the SAME thing as they would if I was calling at them. Small quacks and chuckles and the OCCASIONAL hail call is all they ever make, so thats all you should ever do. Anything more and your just wasting your breath. I may be young but I have practically dedicated my life to this sport, scouted entire mornings just to watch and listen to the birds around me. I assure you the Duck Commander calls are fine. Just get one loud one and one soft one, youll save money and have what you need.
this statement makes you as credible as Bill Cliton on Trial. "If a duck doesnt do it, dont do it," that is horrible advice. Have you not heard of the Hail call? IT WORKS. I'VE DONE IT MANY TIMES BEFORE. which leads me to my next point, "ducks doing The OCCASIONAL hail call" Truth is they dont hail call at all, they dont have the lung power. Thats complete crap. "What your TRYING to do is look and sound like a duck," yea when they are 100yrds and closer, but farther than that you are trying to get their attention. If you blow greeting on a duck commander call with ducks at 250 yrds, they WILL NOT HEAR YOU! Duck Calling is NOT overated. Being able to pull birds from 300 yrds away is a great asset. First comes location(includes wind&sun, Whether Birds are there or not), Then comes Camouflage, Thrid comes decoys. and Fourth COMES DUCK CALLING. That must be a mighty short list you got there. Maybe you should talk less and READ more.
edit: and another thing, if calling is so overated, why in the hell are you giving advice about it in the calling forum?
something i think you fail to realize is that those that spend $$ on expensive calls, are people that care about calling a great deal and they want the best quality, not to say that Duck Commander Calls wont get it done on some occasions, but the $$ calls are more Versitile. Anyone who can blow a single reed with skill and percision can blow a duck commander. But the reason they choose to blow a sinlge reed is because they can get more out of it. You can do everything a double reed can do and more on a single reed. But for the new caller that wants to get calling in the field fast or doesnt really care for calling all that much, the double reed is for him.
BUT, how does that give him credibility to knock at the guy who took time and money to persue something that to him was important. sure you might see duck calling as trivial, but to some like me it is not just for duck hunting, duck calling is a seperate subject of its own. It's how i seperate myself from other hunters, not that a double reed blower is a worse hunter, Its how i earn respect in the duck hunting world. When i blow for somebody i want them to be blown out of their mind, i dont want to be just the other average joe. I take great pride in duck calling. Its something i've worked hard for. endless hours of practicing. and im not even close to the best.
I can understand that i was being harsh on phil, and i realize how you feel, but practically saying that his call is better than all others you must realize is a very weak statement.