I have 12 different mallard calls on my lanyard. most of them are acrylic competition calls that required me to sell blood every week for 6 months just to buy....not that any of them are actually any good in a duck blind, but they sure are impressive while hanging around in the parking areas.
in addition to the duck calls, i also carry a few goose calls....i don't hunt geese, too many restrictions on them in the area i live, but i sure do like the way they sound. it is fun to show off and call at passing geese when the duck hunting is slow...though i don't think the other people hunting around me like it much. they are probably just jealous that they don't have a 200.oo dollar custom signature series goose call like i do.
let's see...in the "miscelaneous" section of my lanyard is my widgeon whistle..drake whistle..dog whistle..remote for the dog's shock collar that i leave in the cab of my truck..bottle opener (for those really slow days)..and my predator call. predator call?? you say. well, you never know when a duck hunt may turn into an impromptu coyote hunt. happened to a distant cousin of mine once. boy, was he sorry he left his call at home.
did i mention my bands? well, i only have one REAL band. the other 20 bands on my lanyard came with the various calls and other equipment i've purchased over the years. you can't really tell that they aren't the real deal...a true waterfowler has at least 20 or more bands on their lanyard. nothing says "serious hunter" like a pound of shiny metal hanging around your neck while trying to hide in a duck blind.
oh yeah, my lanyard..well, the sheer weight and number of all my calls and bands has forced me to move on from "traditional" lanyards. now i use a peice of logging rope with 30 different drops..each drop being made from a different color and type of rope. sure, it can get confusing sometimes, but hey...it's not which call i use..it's how many people that see me using it that counts.
well, gotta go...time to go work out my neck and shoulder muscles. those bands and calls don't carry themselves you know.
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