When Cleaning your Gun
Make sure it is unloaded and always take time to remove the choke tube to clean and lubricate.
*We recommend Birchwood Casey Choke tube lube.
Care of your Duck Call
Some folks don’t think about their duck call until duck season, and then when the season is over they put it somewhere until the next.
When duck season is over, we suggest you take the call completely apart and clean the call inside and out. This will get all of duck season's Tobacco, Cokes, cookies and whatever else may be in the call cleaned up. Once cleaned up and out, replace the cork and reed and then put your calls somewhere dry, cool and out of the sun. Keep it where it you can find easily for off-season practice.
We always recommend that you keep a lanyard connected to both the barrel lanyard groove and the insert lanyard groove to avoid losing a part of your call if the barrel and insert become separated.
After a day of calling, separate the barrel from the insert to let the call dry out completely. This will also reduce the swelling in wooden calls.
For maximum performance of your call replace the cork at the beginning of each season. If you hunt every day you may need to replace the cork every two weeks or so as an old cork may cause your call to sound flat and occasionally stick.
Good luck, be safe and always remember to take a kid hunting as they are the future of sport!
The RNT Crew.
Tip 1 - Over Calling
From time to time ducks seem to get a little call shy. Meaning, a hunter can "over call" and actually scare the birds away. So it's not a bad idea to play a little "hide and seek". So limit your calling, but keep them interested.
Tip provided by RNT Crew
Tip 2 - Vary the Pitch of Calls
One of the most common mistakes I hear is when hunters are calling and sounding like a broken record. They will blow the same routine over and over again with the same timing and pitch. Try varying the pitch, pausing to sound like more than one duck. By doing so you’re much more likely to hit on that magic note bringing those birds in feet down!
Tip provided by Eli Haydel
Tip 3 - Making Adjustments
Being versatile and able to adjust is sometimes a necessity for the waterfowler. Pay close attention to such things as how the ducks or geese are reacting to your calling and how they are working your spread.
If things are not going your way after about 2 attempts start adjusting. Try and change up your calling or if they are coming good and not committing, you may need to make changes to your spread.
Don't be passive, make slight adjustments and pay attention !
Tip provided by Jeff De Vazier from MPW
Tip 4 - Slate call maintenance
Pot and peg calls, also known as slate calls because of the primary material they were once made of, now come in a variety of surfaces. Whether your call is made of glass, aluminum, slate or some other material, using some general maintenance rules can make them last for many hunting seasons.
Most importantly, always make sure to keep fingers, other oil surfaces and dust off the striking surface. Use storage pouches, holsters or plastic bags when you are carrying your slate calls or storing them. Store your calls in a cool, dry place to prevent the warping of the call's wooden chambers.
Keep your call surfaces sanded, and only sand in one direction. Never sand back and forth and certainly not in a circular motion. Sanding in one direction makes for a more reliable sounding sweet spot from which to pull your best calls.
Use sandpaper, light steel wool or a sanding stone to rough up the surface of the call. A good rule of thumb is to use light grit sandpaper for true slate calls and heavier grit for other surfaces.
It's also important to lightly sand your striker tips with an emery on a regular basis to clean them of oil and dirt. Like your calls, sand the striker tips in one direction as well.
Tip provided by NWTF
Tip 5 - Box call maintenance
A good box call is one of the most costly calls to buy, but proper care in the field and maintenance will turn that crafted piece of wood into a loyal companion in the turkey woods for many years.
When maintaining your call, the first thing to remember is to keep the call’s surfaces clean and do not ever use sandpaper on it. Sandpaper can change the tone of your call.
It’s also important to handle your box call carefully. Keep your fingers off the striking surfaces: the edges of the box and the underside of the lid. Skin contains natural oils, which can affect the sound and life of your call. Make sure to use only chalks, such as box call, teacher’s or carpenter’s chalk. Stay away from chalks with an oil or sugar base.
Only use chalk on the underside of the lid. The beveled edges of the call are important in its design, and use of chalk on the edges can wear them down.
Make sure you blow out the sound chamber of your box call from time to time. This will get rid of any chalk dust that might have settled.
Storing your box call is simple. If you don’t have a holster, store your box call in a large, plastic bag. This will keep moisture from getting to the call.
By following these simple tips, your box call may become a collector’s item some day.
Tip provided by NWTF
Tip 6 - Mouth call maintenance
As the season comes to a close, one way to get a jump on next year is to make sure you keep your calls in good working order. This is particularly true of your mouth calls, which can dry out if not properly stored.
Mouth call care should begin as soon as the call comes out of the package. It should be washed with warm water to remove any latex residue. Then, if you like, spray it with an antiseptic.
After use, put your mouth call in a case or a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator. This will provide a dark, cool environment, and the colder temperature will tighten the latex reeds, which will provide optimum sound.
A flat toothpick is also helpful in mouth call care before and during storage. Run the toothpick between the reeds to clean them, always being careful not to tear the latex. When storing, place a toothpick between the reeds, so they won’t stick together between uses.
A word of caution: store your mouth calls away from heat sources. Heat will cause the latex to expand, lose pliability and create too much vibration when used.
Tip provided by NWTF
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