Many waterfowlers view wood ducks as bonus birds, happily taking them if they happen to come to their mallard rig. But for dedicated wood duck aficionados, this kind of thinking brings a smile. For them, pursuing the colorful duck has become a fine art and a passion--but also a calling science."Wood ducks are real vocal when sitting on the water. Like mallards, they have a lot of different lingo that's not hard for novice callers to master," says Steve Reeves of Macon, Ga.Reeves is a top wood-duck hunter. Living in wood duck central, and being a world-class custom call maker, he uses his creations to fool these beautiful ducks."Here in Georgia, when I hunt puddle ducks, the only call I use is a wood duck call. Woodies are our local ducks, and the migrators know that. When they hear the loud weeeeeet, weeeet call, none of them second-guess it. They don't circle--they just come with their feet down. Puddlers know the wood ducks are the homeboys."My favorite hunt is to find the woodies' flight path and to sit near the water and make ripples on the surface as I give a loud greeter call on my wood duck call. In fact, the wood duck calls are so effective I don't let anyone in the blind blow a mallard call. The puddlers will come when they hear the squeal," Reeves says.--R.P.