I went to Stuttgart, Arkansas for the first time in 1986. It was my first “Timber Hunting” experience, and one I’ll never forget!
What I learned immediately was that if you pay attention to where you are and what is happening around you, you can learn a great deal. I learned that “Highballing” on a duck call actually serves the purpose of giving ducks a “Beacon” of sound to follow to your location. In addition I found that once the birds were above your location, they did not want to hear a bunch of echoing, over-done calling. You see, flooded timber echoes terribly. Ducks in flooded timber do not echo terribly. The same is true everywhere. In a spot where echo is a problem, a call that is quiet, and actually “flat-sounding” sounds like live ducks. In these spots, booming calls with a lot of built-in tone are actually a problem.
The “Timber” style of calling was developed to use the ringing of the call to get the flock to zero in on your spot, but the “flat-sounding” style to get them to land. With our Timber-Talker, just as with the oldest Timber calls, creating a tone chamber by making a fist and raising your middle finger half-way (yes, only half-way!) amplifies the call. When ducks get within 150 yards, opening your hand completely gets the “amplifier” off of the call and makes the call “flat-sounding”. The natural acoustics of the spot make the call sound just like ducks!
In a wide-open area this call works great too. It is about 2/3 the volume of our Big Water call, and about 2 notes lower on the musical scale. The Big-Water is a bit too much for the “close” spots that echo.
The “All-Duck-All-the-Time” duck call, our Timber-Talker ismade for situations where perfect mallard sounds, at real duck volumes RULE! From smooth seductive highballs to fat feeding clucks, and whisper quiet quacks, Timber-Talkers are perfect for situations where a call that is too loud echoes and flares ducks. They produce perfect hunting volume, a nice ring if you need it to get the birds’ attention, then flat-quiet talk to “finish” the birds. A modern classic! Precision-turned from cast acrylic, each call is hand polished and tuned by Sean Mann.
Our “Easy-Tune Reed System” makes cleaning and tuning a snap!