Five New Waterfowl Calls for 2014
We’ve got five of waterfowling’s latest hot weapons for you to try out this fall. See which call works best...
We’ve got five of waterfowling’s latest hot weapons for you to try out this fall. See which call works best for you.
Zink Call of Death
Available in Zink’s newest material, Bird’s Eye Maple, the Call of Death offers power and volume with a low end that’s perfect for finishing birds. Taking a page from its turkey calls, Zink has stabilized the sounds coming from this goose call by impregnating the wood pores with acrylic. This manufacturing process allows you to get the rich sound of wood, but without the fluctuations in tone and pitch due to temperature, moisture, or humidity changes. Extra reeds, an instructional DVD, a leg band, and a hard case are included. ($160; zinkcalls.com)
Flambeau Storm Front Chill Factor
This small goose call produces loud, sharp honks and clucks that make it perfect for working traffic or on windy days. Flambeau’s new internal system is preconditioned right out of the box, with the tone channel matched to the wear of the reed. The call is in top form the first time you blow it, making more realistic sounds easier to produce. ($30; flambeauoutdoors.com)
Haydel’s DC-14 Diver Duck Call
Forget the choked-down mallard call. Haydel’s DC-14 gives hunters pursuing redheads, bluebills, scaup, canvasbacks, and other divers a realistic-sounding option. The brrrr of divers is produced through a unique baffle system in the polycarbonate call that requires rolling your tongue as you blow. Removing the baffle increases the volume of the call. ($25; haydels.com)
Knight & Hale Flight Control
For the budget-conscious waterfowler (let’s ignore the oxymoronic nature of that statement for now), the Knight & Hale Flight Control is a perfect choice. This double-reed call produces mellow sounds with a medium rasp at low volume—ideal for flooded-timber hunters or for finishing wary birds over the blocks. ($13; knightandhale.com)
Primos Mean Mallard Double
Whether you’re working the confines of timber or an expanse of open water, the Mean Mallard can handle the action. This double-reed is more forgiving than its earlier iteration, which was an acrylic single-reed call. The call features tone ridges and tuning ditches on the sounding board, which prevent sticking by keeping air flowing over the reed. ($43; primos.com)