Tom Sykes looks at the different duck calls he uses to give him the edge when shooting on the foreshore
These whistles have a variety of names and numbers, all depending on how many calls you can get out of one. I know that I can produce more than six different duck calls. These are a really great call and used to replicate a massive range of species such as teal, mallard, wigeon, pintail, pigeon as well as non-target species like curlew, red shank, buzzard, owl and even used as a dog whistle.
This call is typically a whistle, but the call can be varied depending on how you cover the exhaust of the call and blow into it.
The most common call I use this for is a teal “pip” which the drakes do. This is achieved by blowing short bursts of air into the call to mimic the “pip” sound. I will add a gurgle or purr to improve the realism and lightly insert my finger into the exhaust of the call to change the pitch.