While one of the definitions of hunt is “to search for”, the most successful hunters are often the ones who can make their prey come them.
And that is doubly true when it comes to hunting waterfowl, which is why a good goose call can make the difference between bagging your limit and coming home empty handed.
A Goose Call is a device designed to bring geese to your location by making sounds that mimic the call of a goose.
Some goose calls are blown into like a whistle, while others are electronic and only require pushing a button.
Faulk’s Canada Goose Call
In Canada, goose hunting is actually pretty common. Much like how we have Duck Dynasty, they have Faulk’s, which provides some of the most accurate goose calls on the market.
Made entirely out of zebra wood, this call retains the perfect tone no matter how often you you it. That’s good, because this thing rattles.
When you blow into the narrow end, the extra large barrel releases a whopper of a noise, travelling far and reaching the ears of geese (and ducks, for that matter) everywhere.
With your purchase, Faulk’s includes a lanyard to keep this around your neck at all times.
It’s got a bit of stretch to it, so it won’t just be dangling off your chest and tapping against your gun the whole time.
They say some of the most simple things in life are the best. This displays one type of call, does it well, and works wonders when you’re out in the middle of the woods.
Hands-down, the most direct approach to a goose call that you’re going to get.
Primos Hunting 866 Goose Call
You never want to get a goose or duck call that’s going to take the wind out of you. Instead, you could opt for a brand like Primos to take the hassle out of it.
Personally, it’s one of the easiest calls I’ve had to use. It has me wondering if a strong wind would blow the call for me.
The low growl hits the perfect tone for geese, and what I like most about this is that it doesn’t lose that tone at any point during use.
A cheap goose call will start to fizzle out to a slightly different sound, and might actually spook the geese.
This reed system allows you to just pull it apart for cleaning without needing much force.
Cleaning is pretty simple as a result, just be careful that you don’t drop the small reed pieces.
Zink Power Clucker PC-1 Polycarbonate Goose Call
I’m a big fan of the saying “you get what you pay for,” and sometimes I am admittedly a bit skeptical of a product based on its price. Zink proved me otherwise.
Build out of a high durability polycarbonate, they’re able to keep the cost of this goose call very low, while still making it top-of-the-line in terms of quality.
Since goose calls are usually lower than the higher pitch of duck calls, less force is required when blowing into them.
With Zink, you barely have to push out more than a simple breath to get the sound of the call going.
Unlike solid color pieces, you can actually see where this call needs to be cleaned. It uses a very small reed system, but one that works well.
The mouthpiece, while also being made of polycarbonate, feels smooth and makes using your goose call an overall enjoyable experience.
Buck Gardner Double Nasty 2 Canada Hammer
Most goose calls end up being fairly low in terms of the sound output, but Buck Gardner wanted to give you a bit more versatility.
Depending on the season, a cluck might do better to lure in the geese.
Depending on how hard you blow, you’ll either get a hail or a soft clucking sound to really reel them in.
This is all thanks to their large reed system, visible through the polycarbonate mouthpiece.
That mouthpiece is contoured, so you’re not dealing with a standard O-ring style piece.
This makes it far easier to actually blow into the mouthpiece and maximize wind to the reed.
In short, it sends the call from a quiet hum to a loud hail in almost no time.
The less breath you have to waste, the more you can hold when you’re locking in your shots. That’s how I look at it.
Flambeau Outdoors BR189 Long Honker Goose Flute
The one issue with the goose calls we’ve already looked at is that they don’t blend in. They’re clear, or red, but nobody makes them with a camouflage pattern like Flambeau.
This keeps you invisible during the hunt. While the pattern is great, the proof is in the pudding.
The sealed O-ring prevents air leaking from any point in the tubular design, while also creating a minimal air pressure requirement.
It’s a simple goose call that’s built tough, and designed to last for every hunting trip you have planned. Plain and simple, just how it should be.
The Best Goose Calls
Who Invented the Duck Call?
All the way back in 1870, a man named Elam Fisher (ironic last name) created the first goose call by attaching a reed and a mouthpiece together.
But before then, in 1863, the first modern duck call was developed, which acts as a predecessor to the goose call.
The straight up answer is 1863. We don’t have any credible information linking to a model before then.
How Does a Goose Call Work?
Duck calls require a few working parts. One of those is the barrel length, which dictates the tone of the sound coming out.
You also have your reed, which is primarily where the sound escapes from. Once you blow in through the input, also known as the insert, then your air goes in through the gut assembly.
Barrel, insert, assembly—that’s all you need to actually make the sound. However, you also need an O-ring to seal off the barrel to ensure that no air is going to leak out during use.
The insert and barrel also need to be designed in a way to require minimal air input with maximum effect.
The shape and size of the barrel can define the pressure of air being blown in, which enacts the reed to make the call sound.
There’s a lot that goes into getting the right tone, but the basic construction of a goose call is simple enough.
How do You Cluck a Goose Call?
Clucking goose call is something that many people struggle with. Clucking is a variation of a duck moan, which can be achieved with a few very simple tips to keep in mind.
Even if you have a reed that’s tough to get air through, do not blow too hard. The first mistake people make is assuming that a cluck has to be loud. It’s not supposed to be.
Keeping your tongue on the bottom of your mouth, you’re going to lightly push air up from your throat.
You’re going for vocal cord vibrations, not so much a huff of air leaving at once. Since clucking is a 10-15 second thing, you don’t want to run out of breath before you’re done.
Tongue on the bottom, lightly blow air from your mouth like it’s vibrating your inner cheeks.
Blow in, and snap your tongue up to the roof of your mouth. You’re going to hear a slight moan.
From there, drop your tongue so that sound drops off. This means it will naturally sort of taper off and sound authentic to your prey.
From there, just repeat that step for 10-15 seconds.
Vibrate the vocal cords, pop the tongue up and drop it down after every second, and soon you won’t be able to tell the difference between your call and a real goose.
It sounds that authentic.
You could do this, or use an old-fashioned flute call. There aren’t many of these in practice anymore since they’re limiting.
In my opinion, using a standard goose call and learning how to manipulate the sounds to release a cluck is far more advantageous.
How Many Duck Calls do You Need?
It depends on where you hunt. There are over one-hundred breeds of geese, all of which are fairly easily distinguishable, and then there are sub species.
Those are mostly just found in North America, as well, so you could run into a few different breeds wherever you go.
Different breeds of geese have various ways that they can be called over. Some prefer a lower sound, while others need a cluck with a light flutter to really lure them in.
Some calls will straight up send some geese away. Believe it or not, geese are vicious creatures, and they’re very territorial.
If they think another breed of geese is approaching (one that’s tougher than they are), they might leave the area in flock.
How Do You Operate A Goose Call?
Here is a great YouTube video that demonstrates how to use your tongue to properly sound your goose call:
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