papageno wrote:I'll try to be a bit more helpful....
East Coast hunting is all about being where the birds want to be (exactly on the X) and NOT scaring them away. In an endless agricultural prairie with flocks of thousands of mallards, high-end calls may be a good way to go… Around here, you shouldn't have to call much at all - you just want to give them some confidence to get them in close. You will not sway them from their destination.
All the kids bought loud expensive calls this year and blow them constantly - by mid season (actually about ten minutes past lst on opening day) the birds recognize them and steer clear. i've used the same old Mallard Tone single reed for the past 20 years. it is soft, subtle and low pitched. i can't stand the way it sounds, but the ducks respond well to it. the greating call and a little chuckling is all you ned to know.
Huntfish12 wrote:Haydel DR-85
Less then $20
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