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OGDENSBURG — Success of a wildlife caller depends on producing a convincing enough reproduction of an animal’s calls to attract game.

But it’s not just a matter of blowing a whistle, said Jordan L. LaMay, operator of J&R Game Calls, 240 Cross Road.

“Basically, you use your calls to help draw attention to where you are, but you have to remain hidden and mimic the sound exactly,” Mr. LaMay said.

J&R Game Calls has partnered with Wingtips Down Outdoors, Adams, to form a group that will be featured on a waterfowl hunting television show, “Hitmen Waterfowl,” on Wild TV in Canada.

The show will focus on the different types of call makers produced by Wingtips Down Outdoors and conservation efforts from habitat building and nesting boxes to youth programs.

Joseph E. Wafilewski, owner of Wingtips Down Outdoors, will lead the team.

Mr. Wafilewski, 30, has been hunting duck, turkey and waterfowl for most of his life and is proficient in call hunting along with his sidekick, Plug, a bird dog.

“I’ve been using callers for about 10 years now,” he said. “I hunt everywhere, sometimes in the South and all over the state.”

He said the show is a great way to demonstrate how effective and fun using game callers can be.

“We’re basically sharing a love of what we do,” Mr. Wafilewski said. “We’ll also educate people on the different aspects of waterfowl hunting and the different kinds of calls you can use.”

Most of the calls Mr. Wafilewski uses are made with a wood lathe, he said. There are also acrylic and poly-carbonate callers.

“Each one produces a different sound, but they are all very effective,” he said.

The show will feature the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario shores and will air in July.

The group hopes to bring the show to the Pursuit Channel network in the United States in 2014.

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