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 Posted 8/24/2012 1:26:42 AM
 

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This should be a good topic for everyone, when ducks are working your spread or circling do you think a feeder call or single quacks are better. I have stuck with the single quacks with good success and just want to hear peoples ideas. What has been working for everyone out there?
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 Posted 8/24/2012 5:24:13 AM
 

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Since I'm terrible at the feeding chuckle I stick to single quacks.  If I have some one with me that can do the chuckle well I have him chime in.
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I usually just use single quacks.  As soft as a I can (I'm not good at controlling the volume sometimes), just enough to keep them in the landing pattern.  Also, I sometimes have to hunt on mud flats and act like I'm a just another stump so there isn't always lots of food where I'm at.  I kind of figure that a feeding chuckle in those circumstances seem out of place.

My feeding chuckle is really slow and I typically just use that as I call out in the blue. I often hunt larger bodies of water so I will just blind call quacks and a little feeding chatter.  I've had birds come in real early that I never saw so I can only assume they heard my blind calls then saw the dekes and decided to fly over and check it out.


 

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 Posted 8/24/2012 11:04:17 AM
 

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I have used clucks to finish more birds than a feed call or single quack. It's a sound that is not an aggressive sound, but it keeps the ducks attention to the spread. The main thing is watch the birds and see what they want. But pretty much these three sounds will have the same affect. One is not more aggressive than the other. 

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 Posted 8/24/2012 2:13:17 PM
 

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Let me toss a curveball here, one of my spots is loaded with wild rice. Do you think that a feeder chuckle would be useful since the ducks are feeding in that area?
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 Posted 8/24/2012 4:00:51 PM
 

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I hunt near there roosting areas.  And keep in mind this is on public waters.  As im setting back in the blind in the dark, I will listen to them.  I try an mimic them relaxed.  I use some single quacks, and I will thrrow in a 3 to 4 note soft quack.  As the birds draw in closer, I soften my tone of the call.  Ive learned a lot from live ducks,   Now only if I can do the same with honkers, I'd have it made.

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 Posted 8/25/2012 3:17:51 PM
 

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Some good points from posts above. Keep a watchful eye on the birds and what they react to. I tend to put the call down as birds are directly over the spread or coming in, if they flare off and start to turn or go away - thats when I'll give them a 5-6 quack sequence and a few single quacks to get them turned back to the spread. Just experiment some and see what turns them and keep at it.
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 Posted 8/25/2012 8:03:01 PM
 

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All good points from the previous posts.  While your calling just watch how the birds react to your calling.  Sometimes no calling is better than anything especially when they are already coming into your spread.  Remember they already know where that noise came from so over calling will give your position away.  Good luck.
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 Posted 9/19/2012 11:25:26 AM
 

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I've always read and heard that the feeding call doesn't bring in/attract birds, and is more just for natural noise. But in my limited experience, I really disagree with this.
The times when the ducks have circled one or two more times than you would expect, and are seeming wary, I have had excellent luck hitting them with a very hard feeding chuckle, and I mean just going almost crazy with it as quickly as you can without screwing up a note, obviously. So if a normal feeding chuckle is 5 seconds, I am using it for 10-12 seconds, and it has really helped finish ducks for me.



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 Posted 9/21/2012 9:17:41 PM
 

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I cant say I use one more than the other merely for the fact that I read what the birds are liking. Some days the single quacks, or sometimes I use a chopped up feed chuckle. In the early season when they're making that last pass I'll hit em with a soft greeting call and that will work. It just all depends on the birds

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