A coyote hunter is only as good as his call. Check out our review of the four top electronic predator calls on the market today.
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Calling predators isn’t complicated. Colicky babies can do it. But babies are inconvenient in the field. Mouth-blown callers are handy but not very versatile. And blowing them with intensity can leave you gasping for breath. Recorded sounds on portable digital media players operated via remote control, on the other hand, offer several advantages.
A great e-caller should be durable yet light and compact, with a minimum of parts to lose. The best can be programmed with dozens of wildlife sounds. Some units use two or even four speakers. Most let you add additional speakers, which could further improve sound output. Some even have auxiliary jacks for adding motion decoys or video cameras.
There’s a lot to consider when shopping for an electronic predator call. That’s why we rounded up four of the latest offerings from top manufacturers and tested them over the course of a week last October in the high desert of southwestern Idaho. Here’s what we found.
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Keep in mind that predators seem much less discriminating of sound than people are. Darn near any kind of squeak, whine, or cry can lure predators of various species. A library of hundreds of authentic wildlife sounds may or may not be a huge advantage.