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How to Call a Duck (2022)


“With this record, you can become a really expert caller in a short time.…It is just as important as your gun.”—Advertisement for Herter’s Famous Calling Records (1956). The use of duck-calling horns and whistles by hunters in North America dates back to the mid–nineteenth century. Hand-turned calls were made of wood or cane, with copper, brass, tin, or cane reeds. In the 1930s, factory-produced calls offered options in plastic and hard rubber. In the following decade, call manufacturers and sporting goods companies sought to increase their customer base by circulating instructional pamphlets and training records. These materials standardized both the sounds of the calls and consumer expectations. In doing so, they were part of a longer tradition of manuals and handbooks that articulated protocols for the self-directed mastery of specialized knowledge, training the body in specific actions that, in the case of calling ducks, would enable humans to communicate with nonhuman others.

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Authors & Contributors
Kate Hunter
Mason, Jennifer
Martin A. Sidor
Jaroš, Filip
Peter B. Logan
Brentari, Carlo
Archives of Natural History
The Journal of New Zealand Studies
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
History and Theory
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Nebraska Press
University of California Press
UBC Press
Oxford University Press
Human-animal relationships
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Hunting; trapping
Science and culture
Uexküll, Jakob Johann von
Portmann, Adolf
Paz Graells, Mariano de la
MacGillivray, William
Darwin, Charles Robert
Audubon, John James
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Philadelphia, PA
Atlantic world
Nile River

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