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A drake whistle and good decoy spread will get it done a lot of time in the duck parks with tons of pressure. Getting started, I liked the buck garner calls. When I started, I got a buck Garner call that came with a cd and a drake whistle to learn from. I upgraded from there, but don’t think it was absolutely necessary to do so. 

 

A lot of guys say the double reeds reeds are easier to learn. I don’t really see much difference between learning on a single reed or on a double reed, personally. Perhaps the double reed calls give a bit more resistance and back pressure?

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From one newby to another...I don't think I would bother with a call...not really needed and will just annoy your buddy that invited you...but if you must I would stick with the whistle.

The decoys do the work...more important to hide good I think

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try rich n tone (RNT) entry level single reed with an instructional cd. Mack’s prairie wings is THE place for calls  

I have a couple of rnt’s and old big guys some wood and acrylic. Each has its day and place. Learning to feeding chatter and single quacks can sure help. Whistling or drake grunts are handy too  

Calling is part of the fun for me and a must in timber or flooded tall cover....especially if it’s sunny. Clouds are quiet days. 

Enter knowing it won’t happen over night and you learn a lot by messing up. Ducks have a language. Be courteous if ducks are working someone else  

Decoys do a lot in the open, not so much in the trees. Timber hunting is incredibly addictive 🙂

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I have called in plenty of ducks with the primos whistle when other people are wailing at them with calls. Like sloth said let your decoys do the work then coax them in with the whistle. Works well in the timber. Simple quacks and feeding chatter in a low volume seem to work for me in the pressured parks. Great advice from wily,HIDE,HIDE,HIDE.

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2 hours ago, wily said:

From one newby to another...I don't think I would bother with a call...not really needed and will just annoy your buddy that invited you...but if you must I would stick with the whistle.

The decoys do the work...more important to hide good I think

Yeah, I’d leave the calling on this hunt to the guys that know how to do it. But, if they give the green light then have at it. No harm in learning and practicing, but you don’t want to be the guy that turns the ducks away.

 

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