A really nice call topped my gear wishlist for years. I’ve tested dozens in the aisles of my favorite sporting good stores. I was never so impressed that I couldn’t walk past the register without it. All of those calls seemed really expensive for a mass-produced hunk of plastic. Now, I don’t hunt ducks to save money. It’s an expensive hobby. But a new call shouldn’t cost more than a new pair of waders. Or a case of ammo.
I first heard of Quacker Attacker Custom Calls on the Michigan Sportsman forums. Everybody on the site had great things to say about Todd, his company and his products. I lurked around the QA website for two years before finally placing an order. I should have bought one years ago.
Todd knows waterfowling. The dude lives for it. We spent at least 10 minutes talking about a bad-ass field hunt where he and some buddies shot a limit of geese that morning. I wasn’t talking to a salesman. Just a down-to-earth guy who loves hunting. I told him what I was looking for. A double-reed acrylic call with a raspy low tone that sounds like a big fat hen who smokes 2 packs of Pall Malls a day. One that cuts easily for rolling feed calls. Plus, I was leaving for NoDak 7 days later. Quick delivery was an important perk. Todd didn’t disappoint. For about $80, including shipping, my Quacker Attacker call is a great value and a great product.
Out of the box this call has a unique sound. It’s hard to explain. It’s definitely different than the mass-produced calls. Fuller. Less metallic. More authentic. It lacks that odd buzzing sound that makes my previous double-reed calls just sound cheap. The full bodied low tones are great for finishing birds to the spread. My feed chuckles are easier to roll and sound downright dirty. The high-end notes have just enough squeal to reach long-distance birds.
It’s pretty easy to use. The barrel of the call is big but it doesn’t need a lot of air. It took me a little while to figure out how control my breaths and sustain the right amount of back-pressure. Since then I haven’t reached for another call on my lanyard.
I like the “small town” feel of the call as well. Quacker Attacker is located in Michigan. It’s cool to know this great call was made in my home state by a fellow waterfowl addict. I like the idea of supporting a business built by someone who’s doing what they love to do. Todd’s passion for hunting really shows in the great quality of his products and his approach to customer service.
From North Dakota to Michigan my new call has been lethal this season. I recommend Quacker Attacker calls to anyone. Here’s a link to their website.
Note: I purchased this call and wrote this review without any compensation or special arrangement between me and Quacker Attacker Custom Calls. The lanyard clip on the call shown in the pictures was not included.