Given the pessimism in some circles of our sport, perhaps you’re like me: you resist optimism and the sincere belief—right or wrong—that next year will be better than the last. Typically it’s new duck hunting gear that affords such hope, and there are some instances when our expectations may actually be founded in logic. Duck and goose calls, for instance, are our direct line of communication with the birds. If a certain call sounds more realistic even in our hands, shouldn’t more birds respond?
Here then are the reasons I’ve convinced myself that next season will be a great one. These calls—some of them introduced last year, others brand-spanking new—are optimism in a box. Let’s hope they add to our enjoyment this fall.
<h2>BANDED Queen Mallard</h2>Lovely and talented young women are crowned <a href="http://shop.banded.com/c/banded-calls_banded-duck-calls_queen-mallard-duck-call" target="_blank">Queen Mallard</a> in Stuttgart, but this call is not for winning beauty contests. Most single-reed calls are made to “ring” on the high end, but this one is not. It sounds wheezy, whiny and downright nasty, with plenty of punch to turn wary ducks your way. <p> <strong>Price: </strong>$140