By Brad Wilson - Guest Contributor
One of the most misused and abused items in a duck hunter's blind bag is the duck call (or kazoo depending on who's blowing it). We have all heard it plenty of times, off in the distance that dreaded sound of "Barney" tooting his horn and the only thing on this planet it sounds good to is himself. What "Barney doesn't understand is that many times less is more.
When to call is at the utmost priority when it comes to duck hunting. Second in line is how to call closely followed by what to call with. I am fortunate enough to have a good friend that is also a very well known call maker. Here are some things to look for when you are trying to pick a call that is right for you.
- Know the basics of calling. If you don't know how to properly blow a call then there is absolutely no sense of spending the money on a quality call.
- If at all possible, meet the call maker. If you can't meet them personally then read some testimonies on the internet. most call makers have a website or have been talked about on forums.
- Customer service! Service after the sale should always be a phone call away.
- Find a call maker that is fairly local if at all possible. This will help when you run into problems with your custom call. If you ahve never owned a custom call, trust me when I say you will eventually need some help.
- Look for craftsmanship and attention to detail. If a maker's "name" is Chang, Ching, or Chong then you are buying mass produced calls from China. Don't settle for cheap imitations!
Pair this outstanding craftsmanship and customer service with a little bit of know how, and you too can improve your outcome in the duck blind. Stay tuned for a future entry outlining some of the basics of duck calling.
Brad Wilson is an avid outdoorsman targeting waterfowl and saltwater fish and is a guest contributor for the Beretta Blog. He can be reached on Twitter or YouTube.
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