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RatNation™ Are you a Refuge Rat?

Are you a Refuge Rat?


You just might be. Have you ever hunted public land or refuges, scouted new areas, or found that perfect spot off the beaten path?

Or possibly you entered waterfowl reservation drawings with high hopes, or kicked rocks in the parking lot while waiting in a sweat line?

Or maybe you dragged yourself out of bed in the dead of the night to make the check station call time, slept in unbelievably awkward positions in your truck, or drank more caffeine to stay awake than a cross-country, tractor-trailer operator?

Or you might have raced your competition to a favorite honey hole, nearly passed out after working up a brutal sweat while hauling a huge load of dekes, or finished setting up your spread seven minutes after the morning shoot time?

But in the end, you had a great day, and can't wait to do it again. And again. And again.

If so, then you are not alone. Welcome to™

So where do you start? Your choice. You might check out the Quick Links below. Either way, explore and have fun.

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written by Darrell King, October 11, 2008

Neat site! Keep up the good work. I'm in Goodrich, MI
written by RatStaff, October 13, 2008

Hi Darrell,

Welcome fellow Rat from MI and thanks for the thumbs up!

It's your opinion, whether positive or not, that matters the most. We're listening...


written by Ex-65, February 01, 2009

Where are the prices for the products at? I am interested in the tule seat and cant find the price?

written by RatStaff, February 16, 2009

Yep, we need to get some prices up.

Best to email us till then...
written by killer duck 102, October 11, 2009

west virginia , duck hunting on the shanndoha river boo ya
this sight is ausome it gives me a thing to do.
written by Riverdawg, September 30, 2010

Nor Cal DuckiN
Great site, Just wanted to say hi to all my fellow DIE HARD FREE LANCERS!


Chico, Ca.
written by RatStaff, October 01, 2010

Rats Rule Brother
Thanks for the positive feedback, and glad to meet you.
written by Riverdawg, October 04, 2010

I think the "DECOY" RaTTesT is RIGGED!

written by RatStaff, October 04, 2010

Decoy Test
How so? (-:
written by lanzi, October 17, 2010

Thanks for another good duck hunting site to be apart of !

written by RatStaff, October 21, 2010

Special Breed
Refuge Rats are a unique breed...glad to meet you.
written by utahduckhunter, December 14, 2010

die hard duck and goose hunter
just want to say hi from southern utah to all the refugerats love this site
written by MAGDADDY, December 16, 2010

newbie says hi
Just registered and wanted to shout out to all,iced up here in the marshes,hitting the fields in the
written by RatStaff, December 16, 2010

Back at You
@ utah - Hey ya!

@ MAGDADDY - Have fun, one of our most memorable experiences was a hunt in a field.
written by Riverdawg, October 14, 2011

single reed/ double reed
couldnt find the topic, but wanted to put my 2 cents in on Double/Single Reed Calls.

I use mostly double reeds, doubles to me are just more "Ducky".. Singles are known to be LOUD although you can tighten down on them and get pretty quiet. Singles are used allot in compitition calling.. Those 450 note high balls all come from a single reed.

In a real life hunting situation, a double is on my lanyard. Actualy 2 doubles, a 5 in 1 whistle, and my custom Speck call. The speck call is a hybrid I put together from a Primos shaved reed speck, and a haydel honker Barrel.. Its sweet!

Anyway, Im sure your wench is a double reed. they tend to be very Raspy straight from the factory.
My 8 yr old daughter won the 2009 Jr Duck Calling Contest at the local Snow Goose Festival on a *Timber wench.

Either way, what sounds ducky will usualy draw ducks in. More important is knowing when and how to call.. On pressured refuge birds later in the year, the birds have heard it all. Its these times when I tend to not even touch my calls.

As far as brands go, try them all. I have found that *Sure Shot makes some very ducky doubles and wont break the bank. I also like the Echo timber double. A bit louder, but you can still get it down low, and squeak it.

Both are great calls in my opinion.

Hope this helps.

Remember "Get em Close"

written by Eric_Markle, November 26, 2011

needing water in sw missouri
this site is great and i am in missouri
written by RatStaff, November 29, 2011

Welcome MO Rat!
Glad to meet you...and wishing you water!
written by The Spank, December 20, 2011

Emailing the site?
How do I send an email on here for the results from my Rattest scores to collect my decal? I got 90 in the refuge rattest, requirement was 80. I would LOVE to be able to display my decal on my truck window!


Frank "The Spank" Good
written by The Spank, December 20, 2011

Ok never mind that question, got it figured out. You'd never know I am in school to be an IT Tech asking silly questions like that...LOL!!

written by CAduckhunter365-7, February 02, 2012

Hell yea im a refuge RAT all the way coming from California !!
Part of Cupped Addiction Waterfowl!!
You klnow your a RAT when you beat people out to your fav hunting spots, and you wait patiently for good birds when everyone else shoots spoonies. '

Great Site
written by Patrick Arntson, October 17, 2012

Grinding out a season in West Michigan
Awesome to see a site focused on the people that are blessed with private lands or the funds for big hunt clubs. Keep workin hard fellas and Good Luck

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