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How to Honk a Short Reed Goose Call

any variations of the Short Reed Goose Call are available; most are made from ABS, polycarbonate, wood or acrylic. According to call designer Shad Harrison opf Harrison Calls of Vale, OR, the shorter a goose call is the harder it is to blow, but the tone is the most realistic. There is a sweet spot somewhere between easy to blow and a call with the most depth of tone.

To create back pressure put the index finger at the base of the thumb to form an ‘O’ at the very end of the call. Then close the pinky finger and ring finger against the palm as if in a fist. Use the middle finger to regulate the air pressure and flow.

To call to snows, speak “Gert – gert – gert” into the call. To call specks, say the words, “Kiwi – kiwi.”

Shad Harrison of Harrison Calls, Vale OR demonstrates how to hold a short reed goose call. Photo courtesy of Harrison Calls

Play the call like an instrument. Air pressure should originate in the diaphragm. Use your middle finger to change tones and your off-hand to direct the sound up and down and left and right. Muffle the call as the birds get closer.To learn more about calling waterfowl, check out Shad's website at

Gary Lewis is an outdoor writer, author and TV host from Bend, Oregon.He has written, or contributed to, 14 books and hosted multiple DVDs. Lewis is a past President of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association (NOWA) and a columnist for The Bend Bulletin, a Contributing Editor for Successful Hunter magazine and a humor columnist for Bear Hunting magazine and a regular contributor for many other magazines and newspapers. To contact Gary or order a signed copy of the new Hunting Oregon by Gary Lewis, visit

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