The Cane Call
About 40 years ago we hunted with a master duck caller. We won't get into stories about him here, though he was one of the greatest characters ever to sit in a duck blind.
The call he used had a raspy resonance that made you want to jump up and scan the sky for greenheads as soon as you heard it. The sound it produced wasn't a richness that human ears are tuned for; it was just different. It was a pitch unlike the sounds produced by hardwood calls, but it did sound just like a duck. We did everything to try and trade for that call, or at least get him to tell us where he got it, but stubbornness and obstinance was part of what made this gent what he was.
Later, he admitted much of the credit for his skills should be given to this call that he had gotten from a friend who lived and hunted in the southern Bayou region. The call was a local specialty down there, handmade of bamboo cane, it looked weird and worked wonderfully, especially on the northern mallards who just could not ignore the distinct tone.
In the mid 1970's, Ballistic Products uncovered a supplier of these handmade gems and as quickly as we got them in, they were gone. Once folks discovered how well they worked, they just wanted more.
Using a Cane Call is easy. Actually, less effort on the part of the caller yields the best returns. You just talk them in. A so-so caller even gets an advantage too, as you really have to be hapless to make this call give up a discordant squawk. If you are already a good caller, the Cane Call will do wonders for you.
- Curmudgeon's favorite duck call
- Made of pure bamboo
- A classic for almost 40 years
- Great raspy mallard sound pulls 'em in close
- Made in USA