Do-It-All Predator Calls: 5 Reasons the Circe is the Only Coyote Call You Need

Serious predator callers carry so many hand calls into the field that their lanyards can look like clunky Mardi Gras necklaces. But ask me to pick a single go-to coyote call, and I’ll reach for my Circe, a simple polycarbonate hand call that can mimic just about any prey animal on the continent.

Easy to Blow: The stainless-steel internal reed of the Circe ($10; doesn't require much breath to play. That means I can adjust the amount of air I force into the tube, making sounds that range from subtle squeaks to ear-piercing shrieks that carry across long distances and through gusting winds.

Hard to Freeze: Unlike exposed-reed calls, the Circe's internal reed rarely freezes. Keep it in a jacket pocket in subzero temperatures.

Wide Vocal Range: Most tubular calls allow the user to cover the bell with one hand, closing the palm to muffle the sound and opening it to project higher-pitched screams. I like to blow air into the tube in a staccato rhythm while at the same time baffling the open end of the tube to add expression and urgency to the call.

Wide Register: My favorite of the four Circe models is the P-1 Coarse Long Range Rabbit (the others are the P-2 Medium to Long Range Cottontail, the P-6 Close Range Coaxer, and the MVP-4 Circe Three Calls in One combination squeaker and coaxer) because of its lower register that easily produces the gravelly scream of a mature rabbit having a bad day. By blowing gently, I can almost produce a purr or growl, but as I increase the air pressure, the sound turns into a high-pitched scream. I can also produce a very-high-pitched piercing, wavering wail by covering the bell so the air exits through a small space.

Ability to Howl: I can make passable coyote howling and barking calls through my P-1. To do this, I cut my breath short, almost coughing into the tube.

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