Duck Calling Tips

Using the right duck call

Hail call, feed chuckle. Hail call, feed chuckle. Those are the first two calls duck hunters want to learn. Although learning those two calls and perfecting the sounds is important, they are only about 10% of sounds ducks make.

Accomplished, successful callers have learned the importance of working with ducks using “close-in” and “soft calls.” In addition, when executed and timed correctly, close-in and soft calls bring the ducks in for a good, close shot.


The Greeting Call - When the ducks have noticed your location, see your decoys and appear interested, greet them. This call lets the ducks in the air know that the ducks on the water (decoys) are a friendly group and would like more company. When timed correctly, the greeting call will bring the ducks right in to your decoy spread.

The Comeback Call - The ducks have been working your spread, wondering if they should join you but then start drifting away. Now, you need to bring them back. The comeback call is blown with excitement in the tone and cadence. Be demanding.


The Pleading Hen Call -The ducks have noticed you and you have greeted them but they seem hesitant. The pleading hen is saying, “come on guys, join us.” Often, the pleading hen call can be used immediately after the greeting call.

The Contented Garble - If there is more than one caller in the blind, practice making the contented garble sound together. The contented garble is just that—a bunch of contented ducks sitting and talking to each other. Soft quacks, short chuckles and clucks, soft, “kaaack, kaaack, kaaacks” all mixed together they sound great. Don’t over do it—if the ducks are working well, be quiet.

[We expect to add the actual sounds in the very near future. Please check back.]

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