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Article: Goose call tips
Author: Nick Schwarz
Date: October 11, 2006
Below is a collection of random information about goose calls.
- O-ring: Most higher quality calls - especially short-reed
acrylic calls, feature dual o-ring construction. These o-rings provide an
airtight seal ensuring that all of your effort goes into making the call respond
- instead of leaking out the side. Because these o-rings often get wet as
a result of the moisture you create when you call, they become subject to
wearing out from drying. It is a good idea to lightly lubricate these
o-rings once a season using Vaseline - this helps the o-rings last longer,
helping them to avoid cracking and drying out.
- Keep it Clean: Make sure your calls are clean. After a
long hunt in a field, calls can collect dust, dirt, etc. Keeping
your call clean ensures proper sound. To clean most calls, simply take the
call apart into two pieces (assuming it is made that way) and run cold water
through both ends. Lightly flip your reed to loosen junk caught
behind/underneath it - but be very careful not to loosen or break the reed.
Additionally, make sure the call then dries out completely (especially if made of wood).
- Learn it Right the First Time: It's easier to learn how to call right
from scratch than it is to try to teach someone to 'unlearn' bad habits. So, if you
are new to goose calling, I highly recommend that you purchase a great call right off the
bat. In the end, this will help make you a better caller and will also likely save you money (instead
buying and going through several cheap calls, just get it right the first time). Additionally,
if you don't have a mentor to help you learn how to properly blow your call, we are recommend that you
purchase one of these two videos to help you learn:
Make the investment right away; you won't regret it.
- Fred Zink - Ancient Art of Paralyzing
- Shawn Stahl - Honker Talk
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