Given the pessimism in some circles of our sport, perhaps you’re like me: you resist optimism and the sincere belief—right or wrong—that next year will be better than the last. Typically it’s new duck hunting gear that affords such hope, and there are some instances when our expectations may actually be founded in logic. Duck and goose calls, for instance, are our direct line of communication with the birds. If a certain call sounds more realistic even in our hands, shouldn’t more birds respond?
Here then are the reasons I’ve convinced myself that next season will be a great one. These calls—some of them introduced last year, others brand-spanking new—are optimism in a box. Let’s hope they add to our