Calling All Ducks

Heres a program from our archives.It’s possible to attract a duck with an artificial calling device, but it also takes real knowledge of the bird and its habits. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience, duck callsOlt: In the case of a duck call, you’re really communicating with them when you blow these things. It’s not just to attract their attention.Jim Olt is president of the Philip S. Olt Company, a manufacturer of game and bird calls.Olt: If you were in a blind and you saw some ducks and they were a fairly good distance away, say four or five hundred yards away, you would use a long, loud screaming call which is usually called a ‘high ball.’ That’s basically used to get their attention. When they start toward you but they’re still several hundred yards out, they’re not within range yet, then you would shift over to what’s called a ‘greeting call.’ As they get even closer, you will cut back on the frequency and the volume of your calling and you will go into a feed chuckle which is a low-pitched cackling sound that ducks make when they’re feeding on the water and at rest. Those birds may swing you several times, not really want to come in, so then you hit them with another greeting call or a lonesome hen call which is a reassurance call that’s a single spaced quack. They may decide to leave all together, so then you go into a come-back call which is a very frantic pleading, like you’re begging them to come back. From there you might switch back into a soft greeting call and a feed call again and then they’re finally in range. So that’s how it might work.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Calling All Ducks

With a little know-how, you can communicate with ducks.
Air Date:11/05/2018
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Heres a program from our archives.It's possible to attract a duck with an artificial calling device, but it also takes real knowledge of the bird and its habits. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience, duck callsOlt: In the case of a duck call, you're really communicating with them when you blow these things. It's not just to attract their attention.Jim Olt is president of the Philip S. Olt Company, a manufacturer of game and bird calls.Olt: If you were in a blind and you saw some ducks and they were a fairly good distance away, say four or five hundred yards away, you would use a long, loud screaming call which is usually called a 'high ball.' That's basically used to get their attention. When they start toward you but they're still several hundred yards out, they're not within range yet, then you would shift over to what's called a 'greeting call.' As they get even closer, you will cut back on the frequency and the volume of your calling and you will go into a feed chuckle which is a low-pitched cackling sound that ducks make when they're feeding on the water and at rest. Those birds may swing you several times, not really want to come in, so then you hit them with another greeting call or a lonesome hen call which is a reassurance call that's a single spaced quack. They may decide to leave all together, so then you go into a come-back call which is a very frantic pleading, like you're begging them to come back. From there you might switch back into a soft greeting call and a feed call again and then they're finally in range. So that's how it might work.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.