Like the man once said about art, “I am no expert but I know what I like.” Duck calling is much like that too.  There are a dozen different schools of thought on how hard to blow, how to range the call, what calls to make, etc.  You can attend dozens of calling contests and find them different.  There are the guys who call just for calling contests.  There are also those who like to imitate the call of wild birds.

Years of attending contests and working with them have produced an acquaintance with many of the call makers, large and small, that produce the best calls. Mostly they seem to prefer action and volume in the presentations.

There is another approach to duck calls, that of the collector. Waterfowl calling history is rich with interesting characters and their experiences in the field.

It is the latter that led this writer to explore the Sure-Shot Yentzen Duck Call. Any call that has been around since 1959 surely has something going for it.

George Yentzen was a duck hunter from Texas. A baker by trade, he cut black walnut duck calls on a band saw.  He and a partner James Fernandez designed and patented the first double reed duck call.  They bound the reeds together with rivets.  These and a triple reed call dominated calling contests for the next 20 years.

The reed system better controls reed vibration within the tube. It avoids the tiny squeak that sometimes comes with blowing too hard in anticipation of birds coming in with dependable performance.

Once the patent ran out, other game call makers came out with similar double reed calls. Today Sure-Shot makes their duck calls with that same double reed design and issues a lifetime guarantee.  The call is a delightful combination of classic styling with attention to tradition and innovation of the founder.

At the recent Southeastern Outdoor Writers Association (SEOPA) meeting I was introduced to the Yentzen call by a rep from Sure Shot Game Calls. He explained that the reeds do not freeze up in the cold.  Easily blown, it emits a great sound with no squeaks.  He then, and other since, promised that it performs reliably and consistently under all sort of conditions.

The call is a mallard and black duck call. To entice these birds you have to sound like a duck.  It is that simple.  With the call you can do the quack, the feed call, the comeback call and hail call.  These are the four basic calls of mallard hunting.

The styling of this call, it dependability and over 50-year tradition make it like a fine wine. Use it but cherish it as well.




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  1. Hey Don, Really enjoy all your articles and input to the outdoors You are by far the best on the web. Is their any way you could put a banner on your Blog on the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show in Rosemont ? If so I can sure get you the info and I would love to see you at the show. Just let me know if you can come and we will have tickets in Will Call for you . We really promote the great outdoors and conservation issues in the state. Thanks for your friendship over the years.

    Best to you, Jim

  2. Thanks for your kind comments Jim. The template for my blog is already made up and I don’t think I can change it. However I have been posting (I just did another one tonight) stuff on my Facebook page and will continue to do it. I doubt if I will be up for the show. The roads are usually too bad at that time of year for an old man like me. Thanks for thinking of me.

    Good fishing, Don

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