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 Posted 11/15/2012 7:27:55 PM
 

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I go back and forth on whether or not my quack sounds realistic. It seems that there are so many opinions, it's hard to know who to listen to. Some people say to "growl" in the call while others say that is not realistic. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions on how you all make a single quack when calling ducks would be very much appreciated!
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 Posted 11/16/2012 4:50:28 AM
 

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Doing it and telling you how are two diffrerent things,  sorry not much help.  All I can tell you is keep trying and I use my hand alot creating a sound chamber Joe
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 Posted 11/17/2012 8:27:13 PM
 

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Take the call and put it to your lips like you would a coke bottle. Obviously you can't muffle your hand, so as you quack, open up your hand. You will have to put some voice into the call, but when you open up your hand, you allow some back-pressure to help you out and get some rattle. The word I say is "hut". Say it in a deep voice like a QB would say it. This brings warm air from your stomach rather than cold air from your throat. Simple test...blow air from your cheeks on your hand...you will feel it is cold, but, pretend like your fogging up glasses, and you will feel the air is warmer. That is because the air is coming from your diaphragm. 

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 Posted 11/18/2012 12:02:44 AM
 

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I was taught to use "wick" as my call word, as Ben said, make sure to use your diaphragm.  Forcing a word, whether it is "hut" or "wick" or "hoot" at the same time using your diaphragm gives the call a growl.  The most difficult thing for me to learn was actually saying the word and using my diaphragm, it's just not a natural communication technique for us and took a while to get, for me at least.  There's a lit of good videos on YouTube that you can use if you don't have a buddy who is teaching you.
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 Posted 11/19/2012 9:40:52 AM
 

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Thanks for the advice guys! I will keep working at it!
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 Posted 11/19/2012 11:04:53 AM
 

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I got a drake mallard with that call in the Delaware River Saturday afternoon without decoys. That's my primary call. You can practice it on park pond mallards.
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 Posted 2/10/2013 5:45:07 PM
 

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Similar to cckiltflies, I was taught to say quit into my call using my diaphragm. As I was learning, I often got very frustrated and switched to a double reed call which made a world of a difference. You might wanna consider doing the same.
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