Whooouck...! Whooouccckkk...! Whooouccckkk!
The greeting, or come-on, call is given when the geese are a quarter of a mile to 250 yards away. "That call has to sound like a group of birds," says Privott. "The sounds all kind of blend together." It goes like this:
The come-back call is used to bring the geese back if they start to turn away. "For that one you make a louder sound," Privott says. "It's like the greeting call, only a bit louder and more rapid":
As for the confidence call, its purpose, says Privott, "is to get the geese to come those extra few yards closer. The call varies according to the individual's preference. It's the sound he hears listening to geese." Privott's has a high pitch in the middle and sounds like this:
Whooock...whoooockk. Quooock, quooock, quooock!
Privott says that no matter how good the caller, it is of little importance if the birds aren't overhead.
"There is a big difference between competition calling and the real thing. In hunting, you have to know where the birds are. And you have to have good decoys and blinds. If you've got the voice, it helps. But it's just part of the package."
Privott says his calls have always worked better with his daughter, Janice, 16, than they ever have with a goose.