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Object Name Call, Game
Subject Domestic Life
Category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Sub-category Armament -- Accessory
Accession Number 1972.016.016
Donor Robert and Velma Lock
Description Dk colour wood, silver colour metal band and bell end.
Provenance The duck call is a valuable tool for the crafty hunter hoping to lure waterfowl into firing range. Besides human vocal imitations, the first duck calls were actually call ducks, which are a small breed of domesticated ducks whose calls hunters used to lure wild ducks. The first patent for a duck call was by Elam Fisher in 1870, though prior to 1870 there were various unpatented calls. This duck call is a tongue pincher style, named due to the tendency of the call to pinch the users tongue while in use. This type is one of the earliest styles of duck calls.
The act of hunting and luring animals is one of the most primal things that we as humans do. The simplicity and effectiveness of the duck call is a good example of successful hunting techniques that humans have passed down from generation to generation.