The popularity of the A&E television show Duck Commander has re-awakened an interest in duck calls as well as hunting in general and along with this renewed interest has come new attention to electronic game calls. Electronic game calls produce a selection of attractor calls to ‘attract' the attention of your prey and draw them close enough to your location for you to take a successful shot, whether you’re using a camera, rifle, shotgun, pistol or bow. Hunters should check with their local Departments of Natural Resources concerning any regulations regarding the use of electronic game calls in your hunting area before using one.
Electronic Game Calls Mimic A Wide Variety Of Animals
Electronic game calls will include recordings of various sounds such as distress cries of coyote pups, fawns, cottontails, baby birds, woodpeckers, rats, kittens and puppies as well as yelps and high pitched sounds from hens, turkeys and cottontails. Coyote howls and turkey or hen clucks are also recorded. Some deer game calls include buck grunts, doe bleats, estrous bleats, rattling, snorts and wheezes. The number and overall types of sounds offered differs from unit to unit. It is almost always best to use a combination of sounds when possible. Try to picture in your own mind what you want the predator to see in his mind as he hears the sounds. You are using the electronic game calls to paint a picture of an animal in distress just waiting to be his next easy and tasty meal so he will want to come and get it as quickly as possible. One thing to keep in mind is to be logical in your call sequences. It may not make much sense to a hungry predator if you call him in with a dying rabbit call, then switch to an owl and crow fight sound at the last minute. Try to think logically for what sounds would naturally occur and in what order as well.
Do Your Homework – You Have A Wily Adversary
The secret to success when using electronic game calls is to do all the necessary preparation work first. You must still scout first for predator signs. Learn how dense the population is in your intended hunt area. Look for good locations to set up the game call. You want to pull the predators out of cover and bushes into open areas where you can see them well. Keep an open line-of-sight between you and your game caller. Also keep open ground between you and the caller so you will know right away if the animal tried to circle downwind of the caller, as it will try to do by instinct. You want the animal to come between you and the call for the shot.
It's Important To Understand Your Gear And To Know How It Works
The prey you are hunting and the type of terrain in which you are hunting determines the method of calling to use. Some animals need the calling to be constant to keep them interested, Others will only need a little reminder every few minutes or so (intermittent calling). Coyotes are capable of hearing sounds from a long way away. Bobcats will respond to continuous sound. On days when the air is still, sound carries farther so less volume is needed. Electronic game callers can be programmed for the rate (constant, intermittent, pauses and more) and the volume of their sounds as well as other attributes. Sound names are listed for ease in selecting and shuffling while calling. The dual speaker systems are amplified and provide a realistic, crisp sound. Most have low battery indicators and charging jacks. Manufacturers include FOXPRO®, Hunter's Specialties®, Cass Creek, Western Rivers®, ICOtee, Extreme Dimension, Flextone®, Johnny Steward, Primos® and Mojo Outdoors®.
Coyotes – The Ultimate Predator Is A Great Challenge For Varminters
Coyotes are especially sensitive to calls because they are very social animals themselves and communicate with many different sounds – electronic game calls take advantage of this fact. Though Eastern coyotes tend to be just a little more reclusive than their Western counterparts, they all are pack animals and communicate with other coyotes regularly. They all do a lot of nocturnal hunting for their favorite foods which are small mammals, especially rabbits. For coyote call sounds, all coyotes respond very well to a rabbit distress call but Western coyotes respond equally well to jackrabbit calls and often (and very surprisingly) they’ll come running even faster to electronic game calls of distressed woodpeckers.
Here's How To Approach Coyote Calling
Remember you are painting a mind picture for the coyote with coyote call sounds. Start with small soft blasts. Rabbits' lungs are much smaller than yours. Call for around 30 seconds, wait a few minutes and then call again. An interested coyote within earshot should come within ten minutes or so. If not, increase the volume on your electronic game call. Work with the calls for around 30 minutes. It helps to start with a female coyote invitation call which indicates that a mate wants some companionship, then switch to the distress calls. That should cause the males to be even more interested in checking out your call sounds.
Wind Increases The Challenge For Predator Hunters
The more wind there is, the less effective a call will be and the more volume will be needed. In a 15 to 20 mile per hour wind, the coyote may well circle 200 yards or more downwind of the call source to check things out. In a five to eight mile per hour wind, he may only circle about 25 to 50 yards. Use the right sound on your electronic game caller to match the position you are in. Small birds would be tucked in nests in high winds. Rabbits would probably be in their burrows. Try a distressed puppy or fawn call instead. Coyote call sounds are made by Johnny Stewart, MAD Flambeau, Knight and Hale, Hogsback Custom Calls, CritR Calls, Modern Calls Products, ELK Inc. , Dan Thompson and Carter Predator Calls. Electronic game calls may be downloaded from the Internet at www. averagehunter. com/downloads/coyote-sounds.
Why Doesn't The Dying Rabbit Call Work Every Time?
The folks at FoxPro, the premier electronic game calls company, tell us that the rabbit distress call is very appealing to coyotes. When hunters are using a rabbit call themselves, the biggest mistake they make tends to be blowing the same cry over and over again. This type of “wah wah” sound does not often work well because it simply is not natural to the environment. The secret to sounding like a distressed rabbit with electronic game calls is to be unpredictable. Shake things up a bit. Vary the amount of time you call (three minutes, then stop for a while). Vary the length of each call (one for 30 seconds, the next for 10, the next for 5 and so on). Vary the intervals between calls (2 seconds, 6 seconds, no waiting, etc.). Create a medley rather than one rabbit distress call (loud screams, squeaks, a long drawn out cry, quiet whimpers). It has to sound to the coyotes like there really is a dying rabbit waiting nearby somewhere for them. Outdoorsmen who have personally heard distressed and dying rabbit sounds multiple times have a serious leg-up on other hunters who have not heard the actual sounds in the wild. If you can, find one or even several different recordings of an actual live distressed or dying rabbit and listen carefully – you'll find that the sound may be far different than the way you had imagined it. If you can make predators think that dinner is served, you’ll likely have very good luck (and a lot of fun) with your electronic game calls.