This is an easy one! The cheapest call that you replicate a ducky sound. For me, my go to call is a double reed Haydel. For most novices, a double reed is much easier to blow, and control volume, cadence etc...
Having said that, I have several single reeds I like as well. Forget the price--it doesn't matter... practice does.
Make some noise!
John Stroh, Lodi ca
There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace…........If one has cut, split, hauled, and piled his own good oak, and let his mind work the while, he will remember much about where the heat comes from, and with a wealth of detail denied to those who spend the weekend in town astride a radiator.
Nothin wrong with an OLT either. Mines older then I but it still does the trick just fine.
"Daisy, Sit. No No. Sit not S***."
Question for Chris A and Swampbilly ; did either of you play an instrument in school...the reason I ask is that many good callers that I know were/are either very good trumpet/trombone or woodwind players at a younger age..I played trumpet in elementary school but was horrible and gave it up when I hit junior high
HRCH "Ava" MH
I'd guess that more tactically solid duck callers have gotten under way, and very often stuck with, Haydel's inexpensive DR-85 double-reed than any other call.
For Canada's, RNT's poly model Goosezilla is one that will get you in the game without breaking the bank.
For specks, RNT's poly version and Haydel's SP-04 are both about as easily run and effective afield as speck calls can be.
As for snows, the only inexpensive snow call I've ever heard sound like the bird was a Haydel diaphragm call I don't think they market any more. A lot of fellows who work at it can beat the great majority of snow calls by voice. The best snow call I'm aware of is a James Meyers, but you'll have to be $150 worth of mad at 'em to own one.
And good duck calling has much, much more to do with paying real attention to the birds' responses than musical aptitude.
Last edited by Rick Hall; 08-04-2010 at 07:28 AM.