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in ya'lls opinion, what is the best duck call. i know there is no magic one, but i would like one that is close.
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theres tons of great calls. out of all mine I like my echo the best. I dont remember which one I have though. I do know it wood. i wanna say its cocabola but not sure.
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ok I checked on their site and its the Echo Timber Woods in either Burnt Bois D' Arc or Cocobolo. I really like it. It has really good tone doing feeding calls and also a great tone to call em in from a distance. I hunt the atchafalaya delta so dont be turned off by the timber woods name its a good open water call also
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I don't know about "best call ever," don't think there is one. To each his own, BUT i'd bet if you poll a lot of Louisiana hunters, you'd find that most have nothing but good to say about the old Haydel's DR-85. Tried and true, they sell like crazy across the country.

At cabela's last week, guys were trying all the Echo's, Foiles Migrators, etc. and most I talked to came to the consensus of "well, that's "ok" but i'll take my DR-85 any day." Factor in the price difference and it's an even better deal!
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On Tuesday November 6, the Lafourche Parish District #1 Volunteer Fire Dept. will have a duck calling contest at Beck's Lounge located on Hwy 1 in Raceland. Registration begins @ 6pm and contest begins @ 7pm. Come and hear for yourself what brand of calls other hunters use.
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   pool do
The DR-85 works great in the marsh and is easy to blow. NO call is ease to blow well, but this one is easier than most.

I don't know how it works in timber or in rice fields, but i have had great success in the marsh.
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   wrhodes
I like the Duck commander "Duck Picker" or "Willie's Camo Max". Essentially they're the same call just different colors. Real easy to blow and only $20 great deal. Also, I have a dr-85 but I just can't blow it like duck picker
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echo- mallard hen (timber)
duck commander- mallard drake, gadwall drake, woodie hen, teal hen
haydels- woodie drake

and a 6n1 whistle
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it all depends on wht you want to spend.. it u like the high rollers i would choose the foiles acrylic straight meat mallard or the zinks acrylic power hen.. but if u want to save money i like the echo trash talker u can get it from academy or zinks makes a cheaper verison of the power hen its poly.. and it cost 100 dollars cheaper.. and with the wistles you cant beat the wingsetter 8/1 best wistles on the market... duck commander has the best grey duck call.. and also the best woodie call.. and haydel carbon kwacker is also a good call for the price
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   Proud Pop
My favorite calls were the Duck Commander Duck Picker and Camo Max. The Camo Max is made with a softer material that is not as dense as the Picker and therefore produces a softer sound. After trying the new Duck Commander Six Shooter this year, it is now my favorite call. It can be adjusted by turning the barrel to control the volume and raspyness of the call. Basicly you get a "open water" and "timber" call in one. Give it a try. Also, in my opinion, Duck Commander has the best Gadwall, Teal Hen, Widgeon Whistle, and Mallard Drake call on the market
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   Reeshard
I finally culled down about 25 calls to about 6 that I use. These are not cheap calls except for the Haydel's teal call & pintail whistle which can't be beat. The others are all wood- Haydel's solid cocobola & Brazilian rosewood duck calls, several short barrel cocobola, & bois d' arc daisy cutter RNT's. I just prefer the wood calls over acrylics.
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i love my RNT calls i just like single reeds and out of all of them they sound the best to me .their are many good duck calls out their so try a bunch and you pick one .
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Im with Roland C I like the way a single reed sounds. To me you can just get more range of sound out of a single reed,and more duckie. But the down side its a harder call to use. There is 2 calls I keep on my lanyard all the time a RNT short barrel wooden call Its a mid range to loud call very raspy, good call for da rice or open water. I love the way a wood call sounds you just cant beat it. And I keep a RNT timber in acrylic for a softer sound for in the woods or sweet talking umm in close. Ive used alot of calls and I live by a lake and spend alot of time listening to real ducks and to me the RNT calls sound the closest to the real ducks. But no call is gonna be a magic call like you said it has alot more to do with the user, some other good call I like that are a little cheeper Hyadels dirty rice (good all around call) ,Dr-85, Duck commander camo max , and brown sugar, echo make's some good call for the money also , And southern game calls too. But in my book I own alot of calls and the RNT's are the Best !
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all good calls mentioned.. a buddy of mine bought a 6.95 shure shot duck call from acadmey two years ago man that thing ever more would call a duck. my 10yr old daughter now has one. its a great call its hard to belive but marsh ducks love it. mallards at the wax loved it to.

its still 6.95 i still use my origanal duck commander wood call seems to get better each year
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I have used Primos, Duck Commander, and lots of other brands, the DR-85 is, in my opinion, the best sounding and easiest blown one out there. I hunt flooded timber and it has no echo. Really good call!!!
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I have the original duck commander call, and it seems to work real good in the open marsh. It isn't too expensive either
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i have a zink power hen poly and it is easy to blow and very raspy and loud
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What are the odds, but my lanyard is letter for letter with mudslapper's. The Haydel's woodie is awesome, and I really like the DC single reeds. Great feeding chattter as well as hailing on those, very versatile.
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   gauger
Big Barrel DR-85 is what I use. Puts meat in the pot.
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Echo Timber Call, DC Whistle, DC gadwall drake, and Primos Blue wing Teal Call.
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   MallardZ
I like the Haydel's Dirty Rice best and the the DR85.Also the Haydel's Gadwall,DC Drake mallard and DC Wooduck calls fill out my lanyard.
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Though I see a lot of people use them, I just have not had any discernible results with the gadwall calls. I mean the sound, from what I can tell, is dead on with their chatter but I have yet to see a group really respond to it. I've had better luck just chattering a bit with the DR-85.

Saw more guys at cabela's last night trying out high $$$ calls, most weren't biting!! haha
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   Proud Pop
I used to just say "tat" into my mallard hen calls and found that worked pretty well. But last year we had the chance to hunt with Phill Robertson and the Duck Commander crew and got see first hand how effective the DC Gadwall call is. We were shooting a few mallards early in the morning and then the grey ducks started flying. The DC gadwall call is right on and very easy to blow. It made a big difference, the first few flocks of greys did not work very well, but after Phil and Jase broke out the Gadwall calls, it made a difference in how the grey ducks finished. Only DC incorporates the high pitched whistle into the end of the "KAK" that a Gadwall Drake makes. It is a great addition to the lanyard and a good call for an inexperienced caller to use.
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MANY OF GRAYS AND MALLARDS HAVE BEEN FOOLED BY ME WITH THE DC GADWALL CALL VERY GOOD CALL SOUNDS VEY REAL
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I use the DC gadwall, I like the way it sounds. Greys make up alot of my bag most days and I run a spread of mostly geys and Id say it works just fine. I have good sucess late in the the season when ducks are call shy or on public land that has alot of pressure its made a difference. And if you hunt with a kid or a new duck hunter its a easy and great way to get them involved in the calling,ive never seen where it hurts. the DC makes more of the eep sound that you hear when there flying over.
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Kensr, do you think the guy that calls without a call using his bare hands will win again. Think His name is Phillip
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   airboat1
There is a new home made call on the local market called Cajun Cane calls. The call is made by Mike Aguzin in New Iberia and his motto is "It sounds like a duck, not a duck caller". He was featured in the Times Picayune a couple of weeks ago. He makes championship working decoys also. His phone number is 337-560-1336. He also makes a widgeon whistle and teal call. The calls were selling for $40 each which is one hell of a deal, since he makes them by hand.
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Sounds like I need to give the DC gadwall call a swing. I kill a lot of grays in my area and sometimes it's tough to get them to finish particularly later on. thanks for input
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   HAL VAR
I have been duck hunting for over 35 years now. I have always used a black olt up until about 7 years ago. I purchased a brown sugar by duck commander and love it. It blows well soft or loud, has a good lift to it and works well wet or dry. Of course as with any call the time to learn to blow one is before hunting season and not during.
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   donniez
Just try a double reed yenson, made in Groves ,Tx. It won't break your wallet, blows easy, and most of all, it works. Try it, think you'll like it.
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The Camo Max is made with a softer material that is not as dense as the Picker and therefore produces a softer sound. It can be adjusted by turning the barrel to control the volume and raspyness of the call.

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