With the myriad of mallard calls available, which one do you need? The answer depends on where you are planning to hunt. If you are planning to hunt flooded timber an open water duck call will blow the ducks out of the area. On the other hand, the sound of a soft timber call does not carry very far across a wide open rice field.
Once you decide where you are going to hunt and determine what volume call you need, do you call a single reed or a double reed? Your personal preference and calling ability is the answer. Typically, a single reed call is more versatile, but can require more practice and skill to utilize its full potential. Most double reed calls are more user-friendly and easier to master, but do not offer as much versatility.
If you are like a lot of duck hunters and hunt multiple areas in one day, like we often do, what do you carry? We typically carry 2 mid-volume single reed calls, 2 low-volume single reed timber calls and a duck whistle. Why carry 4 mallard calls? Four mallard calls gives us the ability to adapt to different locations and also sound like multiple ducks in the same location. When you add in the different sounds a duck whistle creates, it is a convincing combination. If you are hunting highly pressured ducks, creating a mallard drake call with a duck whistle can save an otherwise unsuccessful hunt. Carrying multiple mallard calls also gives you the advantage of a back-up call. Anything can happen while duck hunting. Calls can be lost, broken, reeds damaged, or calls can ice up and prevent use. In our opinion, carrying multiple calls is a necessity!
Please visit our call page to learn more about All Terrain Outdoors’ line-up of duck calls.