Tom Sykes looks at the different duck calls he uses to give him the edge when shooting on the foreshore
Hen teal call
As well as achieving the drake teal call, I like to carry a hen teal call. These are commonly small and the sound is produced by blowing air through a small reed, similar to a squeak in a dog chew. This call can take a little bit of mastering because you have to get the pressure right, with a bit of a growl in your voice to produce the correct sound.
This call works well near the end of the season because the drakes start to get fired up for breeding. I often use this call with the 6-in-1 to produce a range of sounds, as I do with the wigeon whistle and growl.
Another use for the hen teal call is as a fox squeak. Mine have been used over the years to replicate a hare squealing and they have pulled many foxes in range of the rifle.
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All these duck calls and more can be achieved with a little practice.