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Success With E-Calls-"Predator Xtreme"-April '09

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Success With E-Calls

Bob Connell

Copyright 2009


Predator Xtreme | April 2009 | www.predatorxtreme.com


A.Set Up: The basics of any calling stand still

apply when using an electronic caller. Wear

full camouflage including a face mask and

gloves. Hide your vehicle, go in quietly, and don't

silhouette yourself going over a hilltop to set out your

caller. Set-up so you are either calling into the wind or


The main advantage of a remote controlled electronic

caller is that it gets the sound away from you. Critters

focus on where the sound is coming from, not where we

are sitting. Unfortunately, this is also the main disadvantage

of a remote caller. It gives us one more chance to

get "busted" while setting up because we have to walk

out and set the caller down. Be careful setting out the

caller. Stay low, use cover, and get it done fast, then

move back to cover. Be patient and do it right. Be aware

of your scent trail into your stand.


B.Decoys: A decoy next to the caller focuses two

of their senses, hearing and sight, on the caller

and away from you. There are many good

electronic decoys on the market, but I am "old school"

and use a turkey feather on a stick. They are light weight,

easy to carry and set up, and indicate wind direction. You

can make one yourself or purchase one. There are two I

use — Burnham Brothers Stick Tease Decoy and

Predator Sniper Styx' Feather Dancer. The decoys have

significantly increased the number of predators I have

killed. It gives you that extra few seconds you might

need to get a shot.


C.Volume: Many, if not most new callers, as well

as many "seasoned" callers, tend to use too

much volume with electronic calls. This can

"blow out" animals that are close, and make critters coming

in more cautious. I rarely turn up any e-caller past

half volume. I do a lot of calling in west Texas where we

have strong winds, but a coyote can hear a mouse moving

under snow at 100 yards.

Start out at quarter volume or less. This will call in the

close ones. You would be surprised how close a coyote,

fox, or bobcat might be when you set up. After a few

minutes, turn it up half way for 30 to 60 seconds and

then back down to one-quarter to one-third volume. This

will get the long distance runners moving. When you

spot one heading in, turn the volume way down, or off

and lip squeak them the last 100 yards.





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really enjoyed this, and needed it. Years ago i used a caset recorder/player and it worked pretty well. Got a Primo DOG CATCHER for christmas, now to find a place to hunt and maybe a partner.

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