Frequently Asked Questions

Q) How do I know what Duck Call to choose?

A) Choosing the right duck call for some may seem hard to make the correct choice. If you are just starting out a great choice would be the rough cut duck call. The rough cut was actually made from a Betts custom that has been molded, which makes this call a small investment. The rough cut will cover every sound needed to call in the wary migrating duck. As you get better and find what sounds work best for your hunting situation you may want to choose a call with certain qualities that best suit your style of calling and for the area you hunt.

Q) How can I learn the fast feed call?

A) The fast feed call is produced by rocking your tongue back and forth using the T K or ticka ticka, dooga dooga, digga digga or even kitty kitty sounds while pushing hot air from your lungs through the call. As you practice these feed sounds your tongue will develop muscle memory and you will get faster and faster with time. However, the fast feed is better known as a flying feed and ducks make this sound flying to and from a feed field. The best feed call to use is a single note feed which is a more realistic and a much easier feed sound to produce. Just say dig dig or doog doog in sporadic intervals opening and closing your hand making it sound like a ducks bill is dipping in and out of the water.

Q) How do I know what ducks to call?

A) The ducks you want to call are ducks that are looking for a place to feed or rest, ducks that have a easy wing beat. Ducks that have a fast or heavy wing beat have something else in mind. You can break those ducks away sometimes but mostly you will drive other hunters around you crazy and end up chasing away every duck and human in the area off.

Q) What is the secret to duck hunting?

A) There is no secret to duck hunting at all. The keys are to be where the ducks are and where they want to be. When ducks migrate there are only a few things their instinct tells them to look for, a place to rest and a place to feed. So the first thing is to be in the flyway, in safe resting areas that have plenty of water and a food source. Get out and scout the flyway in your area that have these things and you should be able to find waterfowl to hunt.

Q) Why do the ducks flair away?

A) There could be many reasons for that to happen. The most common reasons is something just doesn’t look right or natural to them. Ducks have a great perspective of what they see below and you better have painted them wonderful picture of ducks resting on the water. They may see you looking up or moving around or maybe your thermos or water bottle flashing. Step out of the blind and take a look back at your blind and make sure it blends in. Make sure your decoys don’t have lines draped over them and everyone is near invisible.

Q) How do I know when to call at ducks?

A) As soon as you see ducks start looking for the signs of a easy wing beat then hit them with a calling sequence (cadence) that will best get their attention. If the ducks start heading in your direction watch them very closely. Ducks can see a large area below and may see something that looks better and start heading that way. Your job is to just call enough to keep them coming your way. If they break away just call at them until you have changed their minds. Call just enough to keep them coming your way until they are in good gun range.

Q) What the best thing I can do to make my decoys look real?

A) Make sure you have movement on the water when hunting over water. If ducks fly over and see ducks congregating, it’s only natural to see water movement from the ducks. Still decoys are a sign something’s not right, and makes ducks harder to decoy. Use a good quality jerk string or motion decoy to help things look like the real deal.