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Location: Washington, MO
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Haha, I don't think you have anything to worry about yet, as far as the competition goes. Thanks for the advice, that sounds like a great idea. I know of a great little conservation area, very close to my house, I'm definately going to do what you recomemded.

What types of chokes if any do you guys use?

What is the most you guys will spend on a descent call?

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Location: Idaho
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On chokes:

Point Blank shooting over TIGHT decoy spread ... Improved
Most Decoy Shooting Situations and Jump Shooting ... Mod
Big Water Decoy Spread, Pass, or Field Shooting ... Full

On duck calls:

$25 but up to $100

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WOW! I had no idea calls were that expensive! I've been doing some searching on the net and found some for about $15. Would one of these be ok to start with or do they sound like crap, and break or wear out in a season? I'm sure you get what you pay for and eventually I'll buy a nice one but for now are there any particular brands that wont break the bank but sound good as well?

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Location: Nova Scotia
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The cheap ones are hit and miss. The best one I ever heard was $25 but the worst one was $25 as well. The top of the line calls are a work of art as much as they are a call. The plastic/resin ones will work but it would be good to try one before you buy one. Eventually you will want to own the handmade ones but for now you will be just fine with a wally-world call.

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Location: Idaho
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I modified my earlier post ... yeah, don't pay more than $25 over the counter.

My best call is a custom call - and it's worth mortgaging the house for.

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Location: Washington, MO
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Good ol' wal-mart.
I cant wait to get started.
Anybody know anyone in MO that hunts waterfoul?
I'd really like to tag along with someone.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I only have 3 calls. Got them all at Wal-Mart on the clearnence rack after the season was over $10 each. I have called in ducks with all of them at one time or another. They do sound crappy up close but if the rythem and cadence is right.....they will come Thumbs up

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Location: Oklahoma
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Another thing I would recomend is getting more than one call. That way you can mix it up and use the one you like best most of the time. I personally prefer a cheaper wood $15-20 call to a more expensive acrylic $20-25 call. But thats just a personal opinion. If you have mallards I would deffinately recommend getting a feeding mallard call. Knight and Hale makes one called the shaker I think (a call attatched to a tube that you shake) Doesn't sound the greatest but it will give you an idea of what it needs to sound like when you learn to do it on a mouth call (tick it, tick it tick it). And practice-practice-practice good calling skills will get you a long ways with your hunting buddies.

Good luck

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Having more than one call is a MUST! If the birds are flying and your call freezes up you will need a back up Brick Wall,)

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I found out there is a ducks unlimited chapter in my town so I've got the name of the lead dog and I'm going to call him and see about getting hooked up with those guys.