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By Mitch2206 - 8/24/2012 1:26:42 AM
This should be a good topic for everyone, when ducks are working your spread or circling do you think a feeder call or single quacks are better. I have stuck with the single quacks with good success and just want to hear peoples ideas. What has been working for everyone out there?
By Amish Amy - 8/24/2012 5:24:13 AM
Since I'm terrible at the feeding chuckle I stick to single quacks.  If I have some one with me that can do the chuckle well I have him chime in.
By Army of Dad - 8/24/2012 10:08:59 AM
I usually just use single quacks.  As soft as a I can (I'm not good at controlling the volume sometimes), just enough to keep them in the landing pattern.  Also, I sometimes have to hunt on mud flats and act like I'm a just another stump so there isn't always lots of food where I'm at.  I kind of figure that a feeding chuckle in those circumstances seem out of place.

My feeding chuckle is really slow and I typically just use that as I call out in the blue. I often hunt larger bodies of water so I will just blind call quacks and a little feeding chatter.  I've had birds come in real early that I never saw so I can only assume they heard my blind calls then saw the dekes and decided to fly over and check it out.
By QuackHead 96 - 8/24/2012 11:04:17 AM
I have used clucks to finish more birds than a feed call or single quack. It's a sound that is not an aggressive sound, but it keeps the ducks attention to the spread. The main thing is watch the birds and see what they want. But pretty much these three sounds will have the same affect. One is not more aggressive than the other. 
By Mitch2206 - 8/24/2012 2:13:17 PM
Let me toss a curveball here, one of my spots is loaded with wild rice. Do you think that a feeder chuckle would be useful since the ducks are feeding in that area?
By Critter - 8/24/2012 4:00:51 PM
I hunt near there roosting areas.  And keep in mind this is on public waters.  As im setting back in the blind in the dark, I will listen to them.  I try an mimic them relaxed.  I use some single quacks, and I will thrrow in a 3 to 4 note soft quack.  As the birds draw in closer, I soften my tone of the call.  Ive learned a lot from live ducks,   Now only if I can do the same with honkers, I'd have it made.
By Kent Contreras - 8/25/2012 3:17:51 PM
Some good points from posts above. Keep a watchful eye on the birds and what they react to. I tend to put the call down as birds are directly over the spread or coming in, if they flare off and start to turn or go away - thats when I'll give them a 5-6 quack sequence and a few single quacks to get them turned back to the spread. Just experiment some and see what turns them and keep at it.
By San Sasse - 8/25/2012 8:03:01 PM
All good points from the previous posts.  While your calling just watch how the birds react to your calling.  Sometimes no calling is better than anything especially when they are already coming into your spread.  Remember they already know where that noise came from so over calling will give your position away.  Good luck.
By arkansashogs18 - 9/19/2012 11:25:26 AM
I've always read and heard that the feeding call doesn't bring in/attract birds, and is more just for natural noise. But in my limited experience, I really disagree with this.
The times when the ducks have circled one or two more times than you would expect, and are seeming wary, I have had excellent luck hitting them with a very hard feeding chuckle, and I mean just going almost crazy with it as quickly as you can without screwing up a note, obviously. So if a normal feeding chuckle is 5 seconds, I am using it for 10-12 seconds, and it has really helped finish ducks for me.
By JTFrisque - 9/21/2012 9:17:41 PM
I cant say I use one more than the other merely for the fact that I read what the birds are liking. Some days the single quacks, or sometimes I use a chopped up feed chuckle. In the early season when they're making that last pass I'll hit em with a soft greeting call and that will work. It just all depends on the birds
By buglemin - 10/8/2012 10:24:13 AM
It honestly for me anyways depends on what the ducks want to hear that day i like to finish ducks with a chopped up feeder single quack like this.        tic...tic,tic, tic, ......tic, tic,... quack (soft), tic, tic, quack quack quack (soft, quick) tic.   if they are coming I don't call hardly at all when they move to make another pass and I can see wing tips or tail feathers I will hit it a little louder.  but sometimes they like it loud five note then nothing some times the feeder, some times the bouncing hen mixed in depends on what the birds before did. also like to throw a rolling whistle in or a chicago whistle
By Backwooduckslayer - 11/12/2012 11:42:08 PM
Well I haven't been hunting for a long time, but with my experience both work pretty effectively. I think that on larger bodies of water and places where the food isn't as prominent single quacks are pretty good. Where feeding is more active use the feeder chuckle integrated with quacks and you should have birds finishing all day. I think something that is really helpful is to buy a finisher call that is really quiet. I got a cheap one at Scheels and basically it is just a small duck call and allows you to do a series of quacks quietly as well as a good feeder chuckle and single quacks. It has finished a lot of ducks for me. 
By JoJer - 7/24/2013 10:47:55 PM
I can't chuckle to save my life. I like a nice soft drake call for a finisher, if the birds look iffy. If they're coming to me, I work the jerk string.
By brmotorhead - 7/28/2013 11:34:55 PM
i know this question is about calling, but my guess is where your going with the question is that you want to finish birds, feet down over the decoys. all calling aside, use a jerk rig. Motion and ripples in the water will help finish the birds most times better than any call you can throw at them. That being said, I will typically use the feed call over areas where they are more prone to actually be "feeding" rather than loafing resting or roosting. Otherwise, i will use more single, spaced quacks, or a drake grunt or "whistle". The whistle can be the most deadly call, simply because it is overlooked by soooo many hunters, even when its hanging right there on their lanyards. Ive watched pressured birds hear my calls and fly in the other direction, only to use the whistle for the rest of the day and have them dive bomb my spread. Also, do your scouting and see what noises the birds are making in the area before hunting it. In my opinion, calls are not there for you to just "sound" like a duck, they are there for you to be a "mockingbird" rather than just another mallard. Copy what the birds are doing and the ducks will think its the real thing. I hunted a spot last year, where there were over 75 mallards in a creek along a field. There wasnt alot of feed chuckle or single quacks, but i noticed that every time and incoming flock buzzed over or even came close to the birds that were already on the water, several hens would start hailing out Quaaaaaaaakkk Quaaaaak Quaaaaak Quaaaak Quaaaak! usually anywhere from 1 to even what sounded like 4 or 5 birds at a time. I simply copied this when we hunted the birds and and every bird shot was within a couple feet above a decoy. The calling got their attention and made them B-line for the blocks, and i would throw in some drake whistles at the very end to build their confidence and help get them to stick the landing gears out.