How To Improve Your Duck Calling

Funny Cartoon of Duck HunterLet’s face it – you’re not the #1 best duck caller in the world. Don’t worry – most people don’t have a clue what they’re doing. However, you are sensible. You have landed on this page. This means that you at least recognize that you have more to learn and want to do something to improve yourself. We have a few tips that will set you on the path towards success.

Learn the Various Calls

This is not so much a tip for improving your duck calls, but it is a good place to start. One of the biggest issues people have is not knowing what the various duck calls are. We recommend that you check out our article on the 8 types of duck calls every hunter should master. We also suggest that you watch a few YouTube videos. You will not find all the information from this, but it certainly will help you get on the right track.


This is the best duck call that you can use. 9/10, this is all that you really need to draw a flock of ducks in. Many people overlook the good old ‘quack’ because it is simple. However, simple is always the route to go down.

One word of warning here, however. If you are going to quack, make sure you do not go overboard. A simple quack is often used my ducks as a bit of a warning. For example, if a duck manages to get separated. It draws people into its location with a quack. We recommend that you just let out a short, sharp quack every now and then. Do not repeat yourself. This will cause those smart birds to disappear.

Picture of Duck in SunlightBuy the Right Call

It is important that you buy the right call. To be honest, this is very much going to be a trial and error process. Just because something is expensive does not necessarily mean that it is going to be right for your mouth. You may find that something a lot cheaper or older is going to help you to get a better call out there.

Most people fail with their duck calls simply because they are using the wrong equipment. It may take you a while to find something that works for you, but trust us, it is going to be 100% worth putting all that effort in. For a great resource on the right duck call for you, check out our reviews of the best duck calls.

Ducks Are Key

You know what the worst thing you can do when you are learning how to duck call? It is getting your information from hunters. If there is one animal that knows ducks better than humans, it is ducks. Our suggestion is to listen to ducks. Find out how they interact with one another. You are trying to mimic their sounds.

We recommend that you find an area where ducks frequent, without the intention of hunting them, and just record the sounds that they are making. You are then going to find it a lot easier to mimic their sounds.

While you can listen to experienced duck callers on YouTube and similar sites, we do not recommend going down that route while you are still trying to understand the basics. Many of their calls are going to be needlessly complicated. This means that you are going to feel overwhelmed. You are never going to be able to mimic the sounds that they make. You will try. You will fail. The ducks will laugh (well, if ducks could laugh, at least)

Picture of Man Reading By StreamLearn When To Make The Right Calls

A common mistake among new duck hunters is making the wrong calls at the wrong times. Here a few tips that you can use:

  • Hail or greeting calls are best reserved for when a duck appears to be leaving the area.
  • If a duck is landing in the area, then make sure that you stay quiet. There is no need to do anything, they are landing anyway. At the very most, you should be using a single quack here and there, maybe a feed call. If you go overboard, then there is a good chance that you are going to end up scaring the duck away. This is probably not something that you want to happen.
  • If the birds are not landing and they just appear to be circling the area, then you can use a hail call. This is something that most experienced duck callers do. You do not need to make too many sounds. Once you notice that the ducks are starting to land, or at least turn around and consider the possibility of landing, then you can tone back the hail calls.

Learn What The Various Sounds Mean

It is important that you learn what each duck call means. It is going to make it easier for you to choose the right one for the situation. For example; you should not really be using a feed call if the area that you are hunting in is not going to be prime location for feeding. This is why observing ducks is so important. You get a feel for the way in which they behave in each situation. This means that you are going to be able to tailor how you call to suit them. Check out our recent blog post on the different types of duck calls here.

Picture of Man Aiming At Ducks in SkyImprove Your Call Cadence

Ducks have different tones. Ducks have different pitches. However, if you observe them, they will always have the same cadence. It is important that you learn how to match this. You need to get the same rhythm. Your best bet here is to listen to recordings online, or even make your own. If you are not able to match the cadence of the duck perfectly, then you are not going to be able to nail a single one of them.

Be Aggressive (Sometimes)

Finally, it is fine to be aggressive with your call sometimes. For example, if you see ducks landing but not coming close to your decoys, then give them an aggressive call. Chances are that they will bounce right back up and get a bit closer to where your decoy is planted. This will allow you to get your shot off.

Whether you hunt for fun or for work, our team certainly hopes this article provided some useful advice on taking the next step forward in your duck hunting. We love hearing from our readers, so please leave us a message in the comment section below.

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