How-To do the Greeting Call
Watch the video for a quick tutorial demonstration.
Why the Greeting Call?
The greeting call is such a fundamental call in a duck hunters bag of calls. It is my go to…. no B.S, nothing special, but highly effective. This call, perfectly imitates what real ducks on the water are doing. They aren’t screaming at ducks the second they come over the water. They’re just minding their own business and enjoying the spot they are loafing in.
If I were to tell any duck hunter in training how to call, it would be to not watch any videos. I’d tell them to go to a spot and listen to ducks who are in a safe environment.
WHEN TO USE IT
This call runs in line with the feeding chuckle. Yes, use it every once and awhile to call in the ducks you don’t see. BUT this call is most effective when you have those ducks that skirt the decoys just out of shooting range. If they come to check out your spread and decided to keep flying, throw this call at them and usually you can get at least one to turn back.
You will not hear the same greeting call over and over from ducks in nature, so replicate what they do. You will hear soft, loud, LOUDER, fast, slow, and different pitches. Try each combination out and try to mix it up
THE BASIC HOW-TO
Experiment with the different tones you can make with your call by presenting your air differently into the call. When you get the general cadence down, start with a long note that has consistent air and repeat shorter spurts as the notes drop (ranging from 2-10 notes depending on the bird).
When Not to Use It
This is not a good call to just do over and over again, especially if it is the same cadence and the same number of drops. You are going to sound like a recording and that’s never good. Mix things up, point your call in a different way, or do a different number of dropping notes.