Mick Lacy is a.k.a. "Big River" Game Calls. The company made duck and goose calls in maple and walnut, and the got into molded calls. With the surge in acrylic calls, Mick moved into that market as well. Let me know if I can help any more.
I tried one at Cabela's, but I can't blow a flute, only short reeds. My 15 year old hunting buddy can sure blow his Meatcutter's,
he owns two. He tried the Lacy flute and said it was not for him. He would stick to his Meatcutter's. Itcould have been tuned wrong, but we took it out of the package at Cabela's last fall.
Hope this helps you.
Nothing against the callmaker, just our experience.
Mick is a great guy and I would venture to say that 90% of waterfowlers owe their start in "Goose" calling to him and one of his calls. The Big River Flute is probably the #1 selling game call across the nation.
Now with all of that being said, one needs to ask themselves what are your long term goals are when it comes to a goose call. If you are ok with the medium range of a flute and the fact that so many other hunters are blowing the same call then go for it. If on the other hand you want more out of your call and what it can offer then I would suggest any of the number of short reed goose calls out on the market. With the introduction of many new Poly or Injection Molded calls on the market, they offer a great usually easy blowing calls at an affordable price and are a good stepping stone into a Higher End Acrylic call.
Each and every call has its place on a lanyard and if the Flute is what best suits your calling style and ability then stick with it, but if you are thinking about a short reed call then jump into it head first and be willing to put down the flute for a bit. I now struggle to try to blow a flute after blowing a short reed.
This is one of the best places to ask your questions and to get the help that you need. There a bunch of great guys here that will go out of their way to help a fellow hunter out and they do so without thinking twice about it.
I HAVE SEVERAL SHORT REEDS I JUST CANT GET IT THEY JUST SEEM LIKE I CASN BLOW HIGH PITCH I BOUGHT A MICK LACY FLUTE I USE IT.
AND IT SEEMS TO WORK I ALSO USE MY TRUSTY H100H FAULKS IT IS MY BREAD AND BUTTER CALL. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR A SHORT REED BEING WORKED RIGHT I HAVE SOME CDS BUT I JUST CANT GET IT.
Robert, if you can blow a flute but not a short reed, I would say that your air presentation is where you are having trouble. If you are getting a high pitch but not the low on the short reed, typically that is a result of what I refer to as "high" air. That is air presented into the call with the pressure and volume like you are trying to blow out a candle. Proper short reed air presentation comes from deep, diaphragm air. I tell people to imagine you are about to be punched in the stomach. That tightness to the abdomen and rib cage gets you in the proper air pressure presentation "posture". Tongue position also is a VERY important part of the equation. Fred Zink's video, "The Ancient Art Of Paralyzing" is a great start on the mechanics. Let me know if I can help further.
got that cd. it is good but i guess its just a lost battle i treid low pressure from my diaphram i t still sounds high. maybe i'll book a hunt next year so i can hear and you can tell me whats wrong.thanks for the info.
if you can hunt the "x" thats half the battle. good calling will help when you have to seal the deal so to speak. because if you are in the right place and dont sound like a goose or your decoys dont look like the real thing than the cats out of the bag. it helps to be able to have an ace in the hole when you have birds not working the way you want them.
I have a both BR Goose flutes the poly one and a walnut one with a plastic tube on the end, I think they called it a long distance call. They are ALL I use. I have killed many geese with them. I have a short reed by Quaker Boy that I think would be a better snow call then canada call. DD
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