Going shooting for ducks is one of the most fun and purest forms of hunting that has been prevalent across America for well over a hundred years. Over time, different equipment has become more commonplace and new techniques have made it much easier than it used to be. Perhaps one of the most basic but important aspects of a hunt now involves duck calls. If you are going on your first duck hunt and are not sure what duck calls you need, here are a few pieces of advice to help you choose the right option for your circumstances.

Where Are You Hunting?

You can hunt for ducks in a range of different areas, from tiny ponds and dribbling rivers to might lakes and huge bodies of water. If you are hunting somewhere that is a big, open space with howling winds and a lot of different elements which could drown your call out, then you need to look for duck calls that have a much bigger capacity for noise. On the other hand, if you like to stay quite local and more private, then a softer, less aggressive duck call will do the trick better. For those who go to both and don't like to stay in one lane, then having a range of options is important.

Taking a Rookie Along for The Ride

If you are teaching someone how to use a duck call or taking your child out on their first hunt, then getting a double reed duck call is probably in their best interest. These aren't as intricate or as well-designed as some duck calls on the market, but are is very simple to learn to use. Anyone can pick up double reed duck calls and begin blasting away at them fairly convincingly, so it always makes sense to have at least one in your duck hunting blind bag. 

Stronger Material

Acrylic duck calls are quite a bit stronger than some of the other, flimsier options out there and can last for many seasons in the bottom of your bag without much worry. If you want a rough and tumble call that will still sound as good in ten years as it does now, this will be your best choice. If you want a little bit more craftsmanship in your calls, and enjoy the whole artisanal process of making unique calls, then getting one custom-made to your specifications out of a more beautiful but delicate material, such as timber, is probably what you should be going for.