Tuning & Maintenance

Regular care and maintenance will keep your favorite calls at peak performance for the life of the call. As waterfowl hunters, we like to tinker with our gear – and duck and goose calls are no different. The resources here will help you return your call to its original condition and provide tips on personalizing the call to your unique calling style.

If you want to make a more advanced change, or if you have a problem tuning your call, you can call our Pro Staff Tuners at 877.245.9113, email them for some advice, or post your question to our Facebook Page, where our community of Pro Staffers and experienced hunters can offer recommendations.

Print the Professional Call Tuning and Repair Form

If you want to have your call professionally tuned, you can send it to the following address with a check or money order for $8.00 and the Tuning Form to us at:

Buck Gardner Calls, LLC
802 Rozelle Street
Memphis, TN, 38104

Place the reed on the soundboard like it is shown in the image to the left. Make sure the reed is centered, square, and it is all the way to the back wall of the cork/wedge slot. Next, hold the reed firmly between thumb and index finger, making sure it does not move forward or to the side.

Then, wet the cork/wedge with water or spit. While holding the reed and insert with one hand, take other hand and place the wet cork/wedge into cork slot and force to the back until it is seated flush against the back of the wedge/cork slot (see image to the left). Use a small screwdriver or anything small enough to fit in between the soundboard and the wedge/cork slot to push the wedge/cork all the way back.

Make sure that there are no gaps between the wedge/cork and the back wall of the wedge/cork slot.

A lot of times we use the mouthpiece end of the duck call to push the wedge/cork back. Test the call and re-tune if necessary. It may take a couple of times to get everything straight, just keep trying until you get the desired sound. Another tip: The reed can be turned over side to side (flip reed over 180 degrees) to create a different sound and level of back pressure.

If you are a SPITTER or have a problem with the call sticking you should flip the reed over. This will usually stop the call from sticking. If it doesn’t, just contact us or send it to us and we will fix it at no charge.