Best Duck Call For Beginners

Purchasing a duck call is one of the best ways to get started and learn more about duck hunting. One of the first suggestions I give to people wanting to enter the sport of duck hunting is to pick up a duck or I lend them one of my own. Being able to call ducks is one of the foundational aspects of duck hunting, and in all honesty, it’s one of the best parts about duck hunting. Learning to call ducks and in some cases collect duck calls make this a fantastic hobby. However, I do get asked all the time what’s the best duck call for beginners? Which this was one of my exact questions when I first started duck hunting.

To help with this question we put together the best duck call for beginners from multiple manufacturers, along with some tips and things to look for on buying your first duck calls.

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Duck Commander Camo Max – #1 Best Duck Call For Beginnersbest duck call for beginners

Rating – 10
Cost – $
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You’d have to be born under a rock to have not heard of Duck Commander. Most people outside of the duck hunting community just assume this is just a Reality TV Show. However, before Duck Dynasty the foundation of Duck Commander was formed making duck calls back in the early 1970’s. Born in West Monroe, Louisiana Duck Commander was founded by Phil Robertson. It wasn’t an easy start filled with huge paychecks either. Phil was actually a school teacher and decided he needed to turn his passion for the outdoors and duck hunting into a living.

In 1972, he quit his job and started making Duck calls, about $8,000 dollars worth the first year. Not much but that same year he received a patent on his call and set out store to store, city to city trying to sell his duck calls. Many stores turned him down, however, with his persistence and unique duck calls. Phil was able to begin turning his passion into a real livelihood.

Phil has been able to turn his small company into a multi-million dollar company with the help of his sons and family. They’ve been able to expand into other products, TV, and even hunting videos. Some of the early hunting videos, “Duckmen” are still some of the best action packed duck hunting videos.

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The Camo Max is the best duck call for beginners from Duck Commander. It’s been around for over 12 years now and it’s a very simple and easy call to learn on. However, even though it’s an entry-level call it has a lot of range for this type of call. The call is dipped in Camo Max pattern to making it blend into any environment. Of course, most guys want the fluorescent colored duck calls, cause they look cool. However, when you’re in a field or marsh hunting a bright orange or yellow call is easily going to be seen by ducks. Very few calls on the market are actually camo, besides this model.

The call is made of high impact plastic that will withstand varying temperatures. Therefore, from early season to late this call will be a great call for any beginner.

Best Uses –

The Camo Max duck call is used best as a mid-range call. It won’t give you the loud hail calls that some people desire. However, for the sake of any beginner duck hunter, all you need is a call that you can learn on and finish ducks with. The Camo Max is a great finisher call because it can go from a mid-range volume to a low volume feeder chuckle with great ease.

This call is also great for any style of hunting, the tone of the call is a very raspy mallard hen sound. The call has some great low and mid range so this is a great call for small ponds and rivers. If you are hunting some large lakes it may not give you the ability to reach way out there. However, for the sake of a beginner call mid-range calls are much easier to learn on and hunt with.

Conclusion –

One of the reasons this is the best call for beginners is that it’s affordable and yet it still is a custom-tuned call thanks to it being apart of the Gunning Series by Duck Commander. So for an affordable price you get a call that is hand tuned and tested, ensuring that once it reaches your hands it will sound like a duck.

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Buck Gardner The Finisher- #2 Best Duck Call For Beginnersbest duck call for beginners

Rating – 9.8
Cost – $
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Memphis Tennesse may be home to the Legendary Sun Studio where musicians like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded numerous albums. However, to the duck hunting world, it’s home to Buck Gardner Duck Calls. In 1994 Buck Gardner won his first ever World Duck Calling Championship, and in 1995 he won the World Duck Calling Champion of Champions. As a result, earned him an automatic retirement from the Duck calling competitions.

Therefore, launching Buck Gardner into making a game call business that combined his passion for waterfowl hunting and the knowledge he had in manufacturing businesses. So in 1996 Buck founded his company for competitive duck calls. Buck Gardner is a legend in the duck call making industry. Today you can find one of his calls in just about any sporting goods stores. However, one of the greatest innovations introduced by Buck Gardner Calls is the Spit-Tech technology. This allowed for a toneboard that could cycle saliva and moisture build up when calling. Therefore, making this call more reliable when hunting.

Today Buck Gardner Duck Calls makes duck, goose, and predator calls. From custom acrylic to wood Buck Gardner ensures every call is tuned by hand in their Memphis shop. Even backing the calls with a lifetime guarantee.

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The call itself is made of indestructible polycarbonate and mounted with a gunmetal band to hold it together. This is another reason why it makes such a great beginner call. I, for example, dropped my calls all the time when I first was learning to duck call. Therefore, having an indestructible call was the best thing for myself as a beginner. Once I was ready for higher end calls I knew how to take care of them and fix them.

Best Uses –

The Finisher is the best duck call for beginners from Buck Gardner as it not only includes a hen call but a 6-in-1 whistle as well. For starters, a whistle is one of the best tools for anyone to have and learn from. They are the cheapest call you’ll ever buy but they can make the sounds of a Pintail Drake, Mallard Drake, Green-Winged Teal Drake, and Wigeon. Therefore, being able to buy a low-cost beginner call and get two calls is a huge win in my book.

Aside from the whistle is Buck Gardner’s Mallard Magic call. This is a double reed duck call, making it very easy to learn on and create duck sounds from. The call is built in a Cajun-style meaning the guts (where the reed is located) is pushed into the call. Therefore, this call is easy to customize to your seasoned hunters. However, this call comes tuned and ready to learn on straight from Buck Gardner.

Conclusion –

Overall the Buck Gardner Finisher pack is the best duck call for beginners since you actually get two calls. The double reed call is very easy to learn on and will give you a great start to becoming a great duck caller and hunter.

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Haydel DR-85 – #3 Best Duck Call For Beginnersbest duck call for beginners

Rating – 9.6
Cost – $
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Haydel’s Game Calls is one of the founding family-run duck call manufactures still operating today. Easily one of the more recognizable names in game calls. You can see there calls in just about any sporting goods store. It was founded by Eli Haydel in North Louisiana. Eli had a long lineage for duck hunting and it was passed on from his father. However, Eli was actually quite influenced by music and was able to play numerous instruments by ear at a very young age. This keen sense of sound helped him start competition calling in the mid-1970’s. However, Eli found a great frustration in the current duck calls that were being made. The wood would swell preventing the call from working. As a result, he set out to create a call not made of wood.

It wasn’t an easy road to go down at that time, but Eli stuck too it and by 1985 was able to quit his job and pursue his dream of Haydel Game Calls. Currently, the company is run with the help of Eli’s sons and they have a passion for creating calls for hunters by hunters. Featured on various TV shows and magazines Haydel Game Calls is a very recognizable duck call maker.

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When it comes to finding the best duck call for beginners, Haydel is one of the top companies, and the DR-85 is our number one pick from them. With a proven track record of being a call that can be easy to learn and hard to put down, the DR-85 is a great first call to select. It’s a double reed call and is the number #1 duck call sold by Haydel Calls. The DR-85 is one of the easiest calls to learn on and I know many guys that still have this call on their lanyard today, even after acquiring high-end duck calls. It’s simple and produces a really raspy mallard sound, that works in nearly all conditions.

Best Uses –

The Haydel DR-85 is a double reed adjustable floating wedge design that allows even the most experienced calls to tune and alter the presentation quite a bit. However, for the beginner, it can be used straight out of the box. With a simple quack or feeder chuckle, this call comes to life. If you learn the basics of how to use a duck call this is by far the easiest and most dependent duck call for any type of hunting.

If you are looking at when to use this call, the best locations are field hunting, small water hunting, or rivers. It won’t have the volume to reach out on large bodies of water. However, most entry-level calls will struggle in these same conditions. Instead, learn to finish ducks with this call and you’ll bag more ducks this season.

Conclusion –

Overall this call was tough putting it in the number 3 spot of finding the best duck call for beginners because it offers so much range and legacy behind it. However, you just can’t pass up getting two calls for the price of one with the Buck Gardner. Hence, the Haydel DR-85 was a close third place.

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Echo Timber – #4 Best Duck Call For Beginnersbest duck call for beginners

Rating – 9.1
Cost – $
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Echo Duck calls have been around since 1975 because of a gentleman by the name of Rick Dunn. At a very young age, Rick started duck hunting with his brother. He spent many years hunting with his brother and in 1975 he decided he would start making duck calls. Like any person starting a hobby, or what he thought would be a hobby. Rick failed on his first few attempts However, Rick knew he could make a duck call that would fit his style and desire. As soon as Rick would finish a call and hang it around his neck, someone would then want to buy that call. As a result, Rick though maybe he could try and sell a few of his calls.

It wasn’t until almost 10 years later that he decided to enter into some duck calling competitions to test himself. The first contest Rick won was a Regional Contest and he was hooked from the start. Over the years Rick has been in the Top 10 at the Stuttgart World Championships 9 out of 11 times. Winning his first one in 1997. With this win Echo Calls and Rick Dunn were on the map for making some of the best duck calls available. Therefore, today Echo calls is a well-established brand that is very recognizable to avid duck hunters.

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Echo calls is by far one of the best duck call manufacturers in the industry, from custom duck calls to entry-level they have some great calls. The Timber is our top pick as the best duck call for beginners from Echo Calls. It’s a polycarbonate double reed duck call. As a result, it’s quite easy to learn on and it’s backed by a great high-quality manufacture. The benefit to this double-reed construction is that they are less likely to stick as they build up with moisture. For an inexpensive call, this is a great feature to have.

The overall construction of the call is very durable. I’ve dropped mine numerous times and it’s yet to break or fall apart. Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend doing that to your calls, but it happens and it’s nice to know you have durable calls. Especially, consider the rough waters or marshes you may encounter while duck hunting.

Best Uses –

The Echo Timber was designed for thickly wooded hunts. Hence, the name, however, it really does sound good in places where the sound can bounce off its surroundings. Of course, when I first started hunting I took my calls with my everywhere cause they were the only ones I had. So don’t be afraid to use this on any type of duck hunt, even field hunts.

Conclusion –

Overall the Echo Timber is the best duck call for beginners as it offers a lot of range in sound. Plus it’s built by one of the best duck call manufacturers in the industry. We also like that once you get proficient with this call you can move into intermediate and advanced duck calls very easily with Echo Calls.

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Primos Classic – #5 Best Duck Call For Beginnersbest duck call for beginners

Rating – 9.0
Cost – $
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Primos has a long history of making just about every kind of game call. Turkey calls, deer, elk, predator, and waterfowl calls. They even make various outdoor gear for the hunt, such as blinds, shooting gear, and even supplements. As of today, they are run by Vista Outdoors Inc. a leading outdoor brand that primarily specializes in outdoor sportings and products.

Vista Outdoors oversees brands such as Federal Premium, Savage Arms, and Bushnell to name a few. However, Primos wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for Will Primos at a young age in 1963 design his first duck call. That’s right, it all started with a duck call.

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Primos isn’t widely known for making custom high-end calls. However, what they are known for is making a call that any beginner duck hunter can pick up and begin the tradition of calling for ducks. If you didn’t start on a Buck Gardner call you more than likely were given a Primos duck call to learn the art. One of the classic calls is the Wood Call. It’s a versatile call for any application, swamps, rivers, lakes or fields. Made of high-quality wood, it will be sure to last as your first duck call.

The Classic is also a call that is a little different than the rest on this list as it’s actually made of wood. Therefore, it has a little different tone and sound to the call. Wood was actually one of the first materials used in calls, so if you are looking for a “classic” approach this call is a great choice. If you have the option to buy a couple it’s nice to see the difference between wood and plastic calls. I find the wood to absorb the sound a little more, so it has a deeper pitch than plastic duck calls. As a result, I usually carry one wood call on my lanyard to add some variety.

Best Uses –

The Classic Primos call is perfect for nearly any type of hunting condition. Whenever your a beginner to duck hunting any location is a great location to duck hunt. I’ve usually learned the most on the hunts that I shot few ducks but was able to test out my duck calling abilities and see how the ducks responded. I would recommend this call to be used best for small waters and marshes where ducks are close to your decoys.

Conclusion –

Overall Primos is a great company that manufactures numerous products. Their calls are a great choice for any beginner, and I really like that they offer an entry-level wood call. Very few call manufactures offer a call in a wood finish for such a low cost.

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Finding The Best Duck Call For Beginners –

The best part of duck hunting and getting into duck calls is that there are a million options. However, the hard part is figuring out and sifting through which is going to be the best for your skill level. For the sake of this article, we are focused on the beginner duck hunter. Honestly, we were all there at one time, and I knew enough seasoned hunters, somewhere very helpful and others just flat out didn’t help me learn. Hopefully, the later isn’t who you’ve surrounded yourself with when it comes to duck hunting. However, if that’s the case here are some tips and things to look for when selecting the best duck call for beginners.

Skill Level –

When it comes to duck calls there is a wide range for prices. Some can be as little as $10 and others can be as high as $200. Now I can see the benefit of getting that high-end call because eventually, you’ll get it once you are skilled enough. However, when it comes to beginners I suggest getting a couple very entry level calls.

This way you can see if you’re interested in the sport and want to learn more. I doubt anyone wants to spend $200 and in two months that call has been used once and you don’t plan on hunting this fall. Instead, if you find yourself all summer long playing with your beginner call, and you are getting pretty good with it. It may be time to upgrade and begin to look and better calls. If that’s the case we have a buyers guide to help educate you on the many duck call manufactures.

I will say if you are making the jump from entry-level calls. Avoid going with intermediate price tags, instead, jump from entry to advanced. The intermediate calls just aren’t worth the money and even so you’ll still want that $150-$200 call eventually.

Material –

At one time you will need to consider what material you want in a duck call. However, when it comes to beginner calls, keep it simple and instead care more about learning how to use a duck call. I spent countless hours when I first got into duck hunting looking at all the shiny new duck calls when I really had no idea how to use a duck call. I would opt for watching a series of youtube videos and first figure out how to make the simple, quacks, feeder calls, and duck sounds before you begin to look at the next new duck call.


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