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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

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Hunting with Wisconsin’s ‘duck whisperers’ offers glimpse at unique calling style

From left to right, Kent Savitt, Dave Hughes, Jeff Gnagi and Stephen Gnagi take a break while duck hunting in November. Southern Wisconsin’s duck season closed Dec. 3, but the open-water zone remains open through Dec. 12. (Photo by Tim Eisele)
Most waterfowl hunters buy a commercially-made wood or composite duck or goose call to attract their favorite species into shotgun range. However, some hunters actually use an old-fashioned mouth-calling technique to bring in birds. My first experience with this was hunting with Cree Indian guides on James Bay, Ontario, in 1988. In Wisconsin, three intensely dedicated waterfowlers successfully use the technique of purring, or rapidly fluttering their tongue, to call in diving ducks consistently.
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