Predator hunting is one of the most difficult types of game hunting. Since most predators are quite clever, they present a new range of challenges when going against them, which is why predator hunters need to take advantage of everything they can in order to be successful. The pieces of hunting equipment that have a proven track record in assisting with predator hunting are called hunting callers.
When they first appeared on the market, hunting callers worked in a way that they allowed the user to input commands that correlate with the type of call they wanted to make. This was a practical solution that allowed a lot of personalization, as long as the operator knew the commands. Nowadays, however, most models have pre-programmed sounds that can be produced with the simple push of a button.
There are two types of callers available – electronic and manual (mouth). Both types do the same thing, but they have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Electronic callers are capable of creating the perfect call every time, and you can pick between call type, yelp, and some models even have distress calls. Furthermore, you can queue up multiple sounds, allowing you to create a pattern of noises. Manual callers, on the other hand, provide more control and finesse, and they’re more lightweight and compact, making them easy to hold. Due to giving you more control, they’re also typically more successful.
On the downside, electric callers have to be set up first, and the sound quality will depend on the overall quality of the model. They also have the risk of battery failure or electronics fault. Manual callers aren’t perfect either. They require a considerable amount of skill to use, and you’ll need to have a different type of caller for every different animal you hunt.
Some other things to consider when shopping for predator game callers is whether you want a caller that imitates prey in distress, a threatening growl or yelps. Cries of foxes, rabbits, birds or squirrels can attract predators, making the prey in distress-type of callers very effective for hunting some predators. Similarly, yelp callers attract predators, as they rely on the parental instinct of hearing the yelps of their young. Yelp callers are especially effective with pack animals like coyotes. Threatening growl is effective with territorial predators who are keen on protecting their territory against intruders. Territorial animals will usually want to inspect the danger, luring them right where you want them.