Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
SpecialK

Duck call recomendations

Recommended Posts

SpecialK

I was in Gander Mtn the other day and happened to wander thru the call section. What should a first timer (caller) be looking for in a call for ducks and geese? Gander had a Primos call that came with a instructional cd on calling and I was leaning that way but thought maybe I ought to ask around first.

As always thanks for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishingmike0770

If you dont have anything planned for next weekend, i would take a trip out to the Gamefair in Anoka. Hundreds of booths with a lot of people that would love to help you pick out a good call. They also have calling contests and a lot of movies available for purchase. . its out in Anoka off highway 10. . its $9 to get in but its worth the money

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kodiak

dr-85 haydel double reed mallard....easy to blow and loud.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
anchor man

I second the Haydel DR-85, it's cheap, has a good sound, easy to blow, and the ducks seem to like it too. I purchased a more expensive call last season and am considering pulling the DR-85 back out after marginal success with my newer call.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigdog

I have a few calls but the DR-85 is the one I use most.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SpecialK

Ok how about goose calls? I talked to my brother and he seemed to think the faulks goose flute would be a good choice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
metrojoe

I'm no expert by any means, but I would have to agree with the above posts. DR-85 double reed mallard all the way. I think I paid around $14.

http://www.haydels.com/sounds/DR-85.mp3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
stayman79

I agree with the guys that say the Haydel calls have a good sound. A buddy of mine has the DR-85 and knows how to use it. If the birds are working tough we let him do the calling solo. I have a Haydel "Dirty rice mallard" that I think sounds great, but the feeder call on it is too high pitched so I switch over to an easy blowing Echo call.

Here's a tip: sign up for Delta waterfowl. I just did and they sent out a free Buck Gardner call. I've been trying it out around the house (much to the dismay of my wife) and I think it sounds good for hails, quacks and feeders, just haven't had it in a hunting situation yet. Usually the ones you get for free don't sound too good or get clogged up too easily.

Goose call: great sound and easy to use, Big River long goose call, the wooden one. It's cheap, comes with a tape and made me sound good as a rookie. I still use it as my only goose call, haven't needed to switch.

Can't wait to get back out there!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
WALLEYENUTZ

The DR-85 has great sound for a inexpensive call. can't go wrong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gordie

I use the Big River Long gosse call and I've tried both , plastic and wood and the wood is by far better.good sound, great tone,easy blowing. I've had great sucess with this call and I'm on my third one after 12years

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kodiak

fill me in on the wood vs plastic long honker, i have been using the plastic one for 5 years,,,is the wood one that much better??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
stayman79

I think the wood one has a smoother, more mellow tone, but I think they are pretty close. Try it and see what you think...but if it's working fine, don't change! Confidence is key!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ikeslayer

i would recommend Game fair as well. the second weekend is this weekend. i would go up on waterfowler hill and stop by all the slobber stations and blow everyone's calls. I would also stop buy C&S custom calls. This guy is one of my friends but he knows so incredibly much about duck and goose calls it is sick he also makes everyone hand crafted and they look beautiful. Anyway this will give you a very good idea of what is out there whether you are going to buy a 200 dollar call or 20 dollar call it is the one stop shop. ike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gordie

I'm not saying that the plastic one isn't any good , I just like the tone of the wood one and it just was over all easier to blow.I use both but I prefer the wood over plastic thats all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Roosterslayer05

Just try out some calls. I bought a 5 doller call on clearance at gander 2 years ago and its my best call. Iv called in countless ducks with it. Its a big river double reed, I cant remember the name.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SpecialK

Thanks a ton guys, I really appreciate the advice. I won't be able to make it to game fair after all. Anyone know if any of the callers will be at the State Fair or if there is an area for them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Crusty old Swede

The DR-85 is good, I use it as my #3 call behind a Primos wench and an original duck commander. The duck commander sounds good but does not like temps below freezing. The Primos sounds good and works longer in freezing temps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HunterLee

it takes alot of practice and work to get to sound like a duck. i have five or six calls all of them less then 20 bucks. some for a dollar some wood some plastic. some i like better that others. the wench is a good one. find one you like and feel confident with and then practice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • oilandwater
      Have heard of very few.  An occasional rainbow (looper and steelhead, make sure to learn the difference) mixed in with the catch in Two Harbors, along with lake trout near the bottom on the right day.  I've seen a few cruising under the ice in McQuade, but pretty slow there.  Rainbow action will pick up as spring progresses. 
    • smurfy
      sheez got that right!!!!!!!!!
    • hunterdown
      I might be able to make this, I think Jr. will have the time off as well....so, maybe him and I?
    • Rick
      Spring turkey hunters hoping to bag a tom during the first two weeks of the season have until Friday, Jan. 26, to apply for a lottery permit. The season runs from April 18 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods, A through F (see table below). Hunt A and B licenses for firearms hunters age 18 and older are limited in availability and assigned via lottery drawing. Turkey lottery applications cost $5 and can be purchased online at mndnr.gov/licenses, by phone at 888-665-4236, or in person from a license agent. Successful applicants will receive a postcard in the mail by mid-February and can purchase their hunting license starting March 1. Firearms licenses for hunts C, D, E and F are not lottery-limited and will be available for purchase over-the-counter beginning March 1. All licensed turkey hunters can participate in Hunt F if they have an unused tag from one of the earlier hunt periods. Archery and youth hunters (under 18) are exempt from the lottery and may purchase a spring turkey license valid during all hunt periods, including hunts A and B. Surplus lottery licenses from hunts A and B, if available, will be sold over-the-counter starting in mid-March. Visit mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey for more information about turkey hunting in Minnesota. 2018 Spring Turkey Hunt Periods
      Hunt A: April 18 – 24
      Hunt B: April 25 – May 1
      Hunt C: May 2 – 8
      Hunt D: May 9 – 15
      Hunt E: May 16-22
      Hunt F: May 23-31 Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Youth and adults can learn to hunt turkeys this April with experienced volunteers who will cover safe hunting techniques, how to call-in turkeys, hunting tactics and field dressing a bird. “We teach the skills and techniques that allow new turkey hunters to become lifelong hunters,” said Mike Kurre, learn-to-hunt program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This has been a successful program and as a bonus, we love hearing how former participants go full circle to teach others how to hunt.” Participants can apply through Monday, Feb. 12. The hunts are Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, and provide opportunities to access locations that may otherwise be closed to hunting. “We get volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation and this is the 16th year we’ve cooperated for these hunts,” Kurre said. “Over the years we’ve introduced more than 5,000 people to these hunting experiences. We also work with the Minnesota National Guard to get military adults and their families into turkey hunting.” Details about how to apply and costs to participate are available at mndnr.gov/turkeyhunt. A pre-hunt orientation is required and all participants will need to have a valid firearms safety certificate or its equivalent. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Overall participation in the hunts is restricted by the number of volunteers and private lands that are available. Anyone interested in providing turkey hunting land for the mentored youth hunts should contact the Keith Carlson, Save the Habitat Save the Hunt coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Minnesota at kcanoka@comcast.net.   Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Jan. 20-28 as Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week in Minnesota. This an opportunity for the Department of Natural Resources, volunteer safety instructors, the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA) and its 250 member snowmobile clubs to join together to recognize the importance of safe, responsible snowmobiling. “It’s a fun and exciting activity, but snowmobilers should always remember to make safety a top priority,” said Conservation Officer Bruce Lawrence, DNR recreational vehicle coordinator. “They should also always use common sense and keep a clear head when riding.” Here are some other key safety points: Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – don’t drink and ride. Smart riders are safe riders – take a snowmobile safety training course. Always wear a helmet and adequate clothing. When night riding slow down – expect the unexpected. Know before the ride  – always check local trail and ice conditions. Cross with care. Know risks and be prepared – make every trip a round trip. One is the loneliest number – never ride alone. Ride safe, stay on the trail – respect private property. To legally ride a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976 need a valid snowmobile safety certificate. Options for both classroom and online classes can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html People can find Minnesota snowmobiling events and activities on the MNUSA webpage: https://mnsnowmobiler.org/get-involved/mnusa/events. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • eyeguy 54
      sounds like a hoot. hope to get there. 
    • Roscoe010
      Hi Wanderer, I am going up this weekend too.  Glad the weather will be warm! I will try a different pit this time, but had good luck last year.  I hope the fish will be active and hungry.
    • IceHawk
      Thanks Rick! Jeff hope to make it always a good time and laughs when you get a group of great people together. I usally do more jaw jacking  then fishing at these things but for me its just as much fun 
    • Rick
      I will donate a few goodies. I will send it to @Tom Sawyer if he messages me his address.
  • Share & Have Fun