Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs
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|There are days when it seems anyone can toot on a call and it seems to work. The vast majority of days, though, finds the waterfowler battling any number of elements that make decoying ducks seem next to impossible. Let’s face it, not all ducks can be successfully called. It’s on these days, if there are callable ducks around, the better callers seem to prevail. To successfully call waterfowl one must have three things: A functional and properly designed call, the ability to operate that call and, lastly, the ability to “read the birds”. The ability to “read the birds” cannot be purchased and is often a skill that can only be acquired as a result of having spent quality time in the field. |
A functional and properly designed call should be the first investment the waterfowler looking for help should make. Look for a call that has a proven track record. This will usually translate into a call possessing the needed stability and consistency of design required to allow the student to meaningfully progress. Unfortunately, not all calls are created equal and one will never become any better than his instrument and instruction will allow.
The ability to properly operate the call obviously relates directly to the instruction to which the student is exposed. Meaningful and proven instruction geared to allowing the student to get out of his call all that was designed into it is essential, and doubly so for those that are far removed from personal one-on-one instruction.
The degree of commitment one makes to learning how to operate his call cannot be overlooked in its importance to the overall stated goal of trying to become a top-notch call operator. It’s been my experience that, generally, commitment to one’s calling improvement tends to mirror one’s love of the sport. The more one loves to hunt ducks, the more time one spends in the field, the more excuses one can come up with to get into the field, the more likely he’ll commit himself to studying and meaningfully practicing proper calling instructional techniques.
Just because one may be out of the preferred instructional loop doesn’t mean he has to sit on his hands in the blind while others call the birds. Once one has the required instrument (in this case a duck call) how good anyone ultimately can become is largely a function of his willingness to accept proven instruction, applying his intelligence to understand the material, and meaningfully applying his time while practicing. Doing all this will allow him to maximize whatever amount of God-given talent with which he may have been blessed.
Unfortunately, nothing worthwhile seems to come easy or free. But, when it comes to actually calling those ducks down from the sky and working them as if they were a kite on a string, the end result seems well worth the effort.
For information on calls and instructional materials please contact:
Carlson Championship Calls
3056 S. 43rd Street
Omaha, NE 68105
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