Predator Calls from Modern Call Products
After returning home empty-handed from a couple of
recent coyote hunts, I decided the local yodel dogs were tired of hearing the same
jackrabbit-in-distress call Id been using the past several years. If I wanted to
change my luck, Id better give them something new to listen to.
coincidence, I remembered seeing game calls advertised in this very magazine. I found the
ad and phoned Modern Call Products. A few days later I had a trio of brand-new varmint
calls in my hands. There was a translucent blue jackrabbit call, a red cottontail call and
a see-through orange call that yielded a high-pitched rodent squeal.
The three calls are made of high-impact plastic with a
stainless steel voice insert and are strung together on a braided lanyard. Cheerful colors
make it easy to identify each call without taking time to read the labels, and they make
my old, well-worn wooden call look kind of dowdy.
few days later I made another early morning visit to the Utah desert. Because it wasnt
too many miles from a heavily populated subdivision, I knew this particular chunk of real
estate had received its share of hunting pressure. Still, I hadnt tried my luck
there in awhile so thought Id give it a try.
minutes of intermittent squalling produced no results, so I walked back to my car and
drove another half-mile. Leaving my car alongside the rough desert road, I hiked through
the sage until I found a likely spot. I sat against a tall clump of sagebrush to break my
outline, then began blowing the cottontail call.
squalled steadily for a minute and a half, then gave it a rest. Five minutes later I tried
again. As soon as I blew the first frantic notes, I spotted distant movement from the
corner of my eye. I looked up just in time to see a coyote disappear into a patch of
sagebrush 150 yards away. As I continued calling, I caught brief glimpses of the animal as
it gradually closed the distance.
was no young, foolish pup. Its cautious approach convinced me the yodel dog had heard
other rabbit calls that hadnt paid off. Instead of an expected easy meal, hed
probably been greeted with rifle fire. He was in no hurry to get closer until I switched
to the squealer call and made soft, mouse-like noises. That did the trick. The coyote
popped up from behind a sagebrush, and I shot him at 30 yards.
was the only varmint to come to my call that morning, but one yodel dog was a vast
improvement over the goose eggs Id been scoring. Being able to sound like a variety
of different succulent critters is a real plus when dealing with call-savvy predators. Ill
soon be headed to the desert to try my luck with these calls again.
three colorful calls I used were priced at $12.95 apiece. The two rabbit calls were plenty
loud and apparently sounded near enough like the real thing to get a coyotes
attention. The rodent squealer closed the deal. These calls worked so well the first time
I used them, I plan to try other Modern Call products in the near future. Im
particularly interested in the elk calls listed in the companys catalog.
also interested in the Cub Bear Bawler for the next time I head to Alaska to hunt brown
bear. Guide Ed Stevenson and I once tried using a cottontail call to lure a boar within
rifle range, but it didnt work. Maybe the fact there wasnt a rabbit within a
hundred miles had something to do with our lack of success. But a Bear Cub Bawler? Hmmm.
company offers a whole batch of other interesting calls, including one for javelina and a
variety of quail, deer, duck and turkey calls. Cassette calling tapes are also available
sounds of barnyard chickens fighting are said to bring foxes on the run.
order calls or get more information, contact Modern Call Products, Dept. SH, PO Box 231
Buckeye AZ 85326; call toll-free: 1-800-386-3187; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit