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How to Take Coyotes and Other Predators

The Expert’s Squeak with David Hale

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: David Hale, one of the co-founders of Knight & Hale Game Call Company in Cadiz, Kentucky tells us about predator hunting and his company’s predator calls.

Our electronic caller features a smaller speaker, so it won’t be awkward to carry. Yet, it will produce the same volume and range of sounds that a big speaker does. The trend is that electronic callers are shrinking in size and weight, and the popularity of electronic callers seems to be growing. A few years ago we introduced the Predator I, a unique call that doesn’t sound like any other critter-distress call that you’ve ever heard. Because foxes, coyotes and bobcats are getting smarter and have heard just about every distress call on the market today, we’ve introduced the Predator I to offer a new distress call that predators haven’t grown accustomed to or wised-up to. Our little Mouse Squeaker also has proven to be a very-deadly call, especially for close-in work. We recognize that there are basically two types of predator calling: calling to the wide-open spaces aroundClick to enlarge the big grain fields of the Midwest, the Northwest and the big cattle ranches west of the Mississippi River; and then there’s eastern calling. Hunters east of the Mississippi River usually have to call smaller areas where they can see less and have to make more setups in one day than western hunters do. Due to the diversity of calling situations, our company has tried to provide calls for long-distance calling and for close work.
I’ve also learned a new calling technique that is especially effective and adds more realism to my calling and will to yours. For instance, if I’m working in close and using my Mouse Squeaker or the Predator I, I’ll change over and start using a Coyote Pup Fight right behind it on our new electronic caller. I want to send the message out that a coyote pup has caught and killed a mouse, and there are two pups fighting over the mouse. If there’s an adult coyote that hears this two-call scenario,Click to enlarge the adult is much more likely to come in to the sounds. This realistic calling strategy also works extremely well when you’re using long-distance calls, especially if you can see how the coyote reacts to the call. If you’ve given any of the animal-in-distress calls, and a coyote starts coming in and hangs up or starts to walk off and doesn’t want to come on in to within shooting range, try the Coyote Pup Fight call. Many times you can pull a coyote, a bobcat or a fox those extra few yards you need to get the shot if you’ll combine sounds. If I’m really honest, I have to say that I like calling where I can see 300 or 400 yards or more better than I do close calling, for two reasons:
* the viewers of our TV shows and videos enjoy the anticipation of seeing the animal before a predator takes the animal, rather than if the critter just pops out of thick cover, and we take the predator.
* you can see and learn so much about how the call affects the animal. For instance, I can tell you that when you use a Click to enlargeCoyote Pup Fight call behind a distress call, critters will come in much quicker.
When our viewers see the success of this predator-calling technique, and I can prove that this method is a better one of calling in predators on our videos and our TV show, then more hunters will adopt this new method and use it to take more predators. That’s one of the advantages of owning the Knight & Hale video series. We can show you the calls in action and teach you how to use them just as if you’re on a hunt with us. I believe that one of the reasons predator hunting has grown so much and will continue to grow is because hunters can see and learn to call predators much easier and quicker now than they once could. Another tactic I like to use is to switch calls so I sound like a pack of coyotes feeding. For instance, if I start with a rabbit-in-distress or a bird-in-distress call, and I spot a coyote or think one may be close by, then I’ll change calls. Maybe I’ll use a Mouse Squeaker so that the coyote coming in thinks that after something has caught and killed a rabbit or a bird, he’s found a mouse to eat. I think this tactics sends a message to the predator that this area is good for feeding, and plenty of game lives there. As more and more people get into predator hunting, we, as call makers are going to have to develop new calls, better calls and calls that have more realism in them. That’s what I see as the future of predator hunting, and that’s why our company, Knight & Hale, strives hard to keep up with the demand for better calls from today’s predator hunters

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Check back each day this week for more about "How to Take Coyotes and Other Predators"

Day 1: Taking Coyotes in February with Al Morris
Day 2: How to Take More Predators with Gerald Stewart
Day 3: Mix Sounds for More Coyotes with Gerald Stewart
Day 4: What I’ve Learned Hunting in February with Al Morris
Day 5: The Expert’s Squeak with David Hale



Entry 391, Day 5