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Components and Types of Goose Calls

When a goose hunter is purchasing a goose call it is very useful to understand the various types of goose calls and the various components of a goose call.

 

The basic components of a goose call are as follows

 

The insert, barrel, tone board, wedge, and reed. Looking at this following goose call the essential components of the call are the “guts” of the goose call. The guts consist of the wedge, tone board and reed.

 
The tone board allows the goose hunter to make deep pitched or higher pitched sounds. The vibrates over the tone board creating the sounds of a Canada goose. The wedge holds the reed and tone board in place inside the goose call. Together these make up the guts of the goose call shown below:
 
 

All of these pieces together form the “guts” of the goose call shown to the left.

The guts of the call fit firmly inside the insert of the call. The wedge holds the guts of the goose call firmly in place inside the goose call. In this picture you can see the reed is notched to make sure it does not move around inside the goose call. On most of the high end goose calls the reed is not notched – this allows the hunter to adjust the reed position for pitch and volume.

Finally the mouthpiece or barrel fits on top of the insert and “guts” to create the goose call. Once the barrel is formed on top of the insert this creates the chamber of the goose call and allows the goose hunter to create the sounds of a Canada goose. The picture to the right shows the barrel and the insert with the guts in place.
 

There are various types of goose calls that suit the needs of the goose hunter.

The short reed goose call is now the most popular goose call on the market today. The short reed goose call has a small reed and short chamber that allow the hunter to blow a variety of clucks and honks of a Canada goose. The short reed goose calls are perfectly suited for hunting in fields or large bodies of open water.

 

In addition, to the short reed call the other popular call on the market today are goose flutes. Goose flutes are similar to the short reed calls, but have a longer chamber which allows the goose hunter to blow the call with less air pressure to make the sounds of the Canada goose. Goose flutes are perfectly suited for hunting over water conditions.


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