Wow, believe it or not I just read this whole thread
Trevor Shannahan wrote:All calls do/can stick, water shows nothing.
I've owned, (and still use), the same duck call since 1983-
A simple $9.95 old single reed Olt #66.
Just so you'll know this ain't some older fart on a feeble attempt to pass on some useless same 'ole, same ole' duck calling "wisdom" to a younger set of ears, ( that sometimes close quickly), so would have to agree that spit runs thicker than water, and most duck calls can/and will stick on ya'.
After having the opportunity to spend some time with some of the younger generation of 'Duckers,(who have one of each size and shape duckcall made) I can't help to conclude, and share something that I've definately noticed-
Seems the younger generation has the belief that a duckcall is the MAIN STAPLE that'll bring a duck into shotgun range. And while it's obvious that a duck call is good and important..When a circling flock of Mallards that's interested in your spread , I've noticed the constant blowing of the call continues while
and long after the flock has their wings set and have commited.
Well, I guess it's time for that feeble attempt and "the point"
If some guys would start using their duckcall as a duckcall and not as an instrument that needs to be blown from the time ducks are first seen, which sometimes are little dots in the sky a mile away, (and you're blowing the call right into a 30knot. wind)) to the time they're, (hopefully floatin' in the decoys or FLARE from it), you may not have so much spit
inside of it, and less problems....Some folks constantly blow and blow, and blow, (and sound like a duck farting in a tin pan)
To each his own-
But I swear:
Less is best
..and I can still count on one hand the amount times my duckcall has stuck on me. If you get the vocally "important stuff" out of your duckcall from the git go, there's no need to do a whole lot of "convincing" when they're 50yds. away
Swampbilly1980- I got a feeva',..and the only cure is more Mergansers and face paint.