Keep Your Calls Warm

As the winter season approaches us, so does freezing temperatures that will cause our duck and goose call reeds to freeze.  Depending how the birds are working and if it is slow we tend to trying fixing it by taking the call apart and drying the reeds with our gloves or other pieces of clothing. Which is the best way to lose a reed or wedge.

There are a few inexpensive and effective methods and products for helping to keep your calls warm.  Below we have listed these suggestions for both new and experienced waterfowl hunters to take advantage of, if not already.

callcoozyCall Coozy – The Call Coozy, a lightweight fitted neoprene cover that fits over your duck and goose calls, not only prevents freezing but also protects you call/s.  The neoprene insulating properties work well in freezing conditions.  Once on, it also keeps your calls from falling apart and prevents any shiny bands from deterring the birds.  Price: $3.99 (Wing Supply)

 

rainxRainX – Now this one may seem far-fetched, but actually it has worked.  This is more of a personal suggestion that has worked in the past and I will continue to use it.  I tried this using the RainX 2-IN-1 Foam Glass Cleaner.  RainX being known for their windshield treatment has begun to be a useful tool at the beginning and ending of my season.  Just treat your reed/s and inside of your call/s at least a day before hunting.  This has worked so well, I presented the idea to market this and talked with their R&D dept.  Price: $4.99-$6.99 (Wal-Mart)

hothandsHotHands – By now if you have hunted in the cold you probably are already carrying these in your bag.  Wader Jacket pockets, wader pockets, hand-warmers or even just tucking them at the top of your waders.  These are just some ideas of using a HotHands warmer.  A great products that works great with this method is the Call Bridle.  Price: $1.97 (Wal-Mart)

Gloves or Handwarmer

gloves-or-hwPre and post-season sales at your local sporting goods store and online offer some of the best prices and deals.  Every year I start to look for some items I just can’t live without, usually a new pair of gloves.   I have tried many different brands from the in-house brands of sporting goods stores to the rather expensive waterfowl-purpose gloves.  At the end of every season, I just can’t see myself using them again, they’re just not comfortable or there’s something I just don’t like about them.

Now don’t get me wrong, a pair of waterproof neoprene elbow length gloves is great to keep in your bag, but after recently purchasing an Avery handwarmer, I may never again buy a pair of gloves.  I purchased an Avery Outdoors Ducks Unlimited neoprene handwarmer .  This thing clips to your waders, has two Velcro pockets (elastic choke tube holders inside the right pocket), a zipper pocket on the back side with a smaller pocket inside (great for an iPhone), extra shell holders outside, belt just in case and is lined with a fleece lining.  Don’t want to forget about the waterproof seams also.

I would use two HotHand hand warmers for the inside and also have my wader pockets and jacket pockets (when my jacket is tucked into my waders) to help keep my hands warm.  Once I started using this new setup, I quit spending money on waterfowl gloves and more on other gear, like shells and beanies!

So we want to hear from you.  What is your preference, gloves or handwarmer?