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What is the best?

Was going to buy a new Fox Pro but there are so many makes and models to choose from now...thought I would get opinions.

Just a casual coyote hunter...BUT...when I go I want:

1) a riable unit and

2) a simple to use unit.


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Posts: 26106 | Location: Gainesville, TX | Registered: 24 December 2006Reply With Quote
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Lane, great post...I'm in the same boat. The Coyotes here are taking over, with nobody hunting them. Sometimes at night it sounds like there's a kennel nearby. I just bought a 243 to start to wage war, but am interested in electronic calls as well.
 
Posts: 17904 | Location: Very NW NJ up in the Mountains | Registered: 14 June 2009Reply With Quote
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I just bought one at DSC. One can load different animals calls onto it including predator calls. I bought it to see if it would work with hogs. I am going to try coyotes at some point. I fear my place may be too thick.

I will let you all know.
 
Posts: 10401 | Location: Orlando, FL | Registered: 26 January 2006Reply With Quote
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I have a FOXPRO Spitfire. It is a low cost Foxpro. I have called in Hawks,Owls,Coyotes,Deer and Elk. It works amazingly well. Their is NO NEED to spend a lot of money on one!!!


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Posts: 2190 | Location: East Wenatchee | Registered: 18 August 2008Reply With Quote
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The Top-of-the-line is Wildlife Technologies.

Foxpro, Johnny Stewart, ICOtech, Western Rivers, and more, will all work.

Fozpro is probably the most popular, because they are a good call and have a wide spread on price ($99-$800), and I have heard their service is great.

Of more importance than the call, is your stand selection. For example, if you set up with a brushy creek bottom 100yds downwind of you, you will not see any coyotes. You may have called 6 in, but they all used the cover to get downwindand then smelled you.

Watch the wind. If there is one thing I could chisel in granite as to calling coyotes, it's 'watch the wind'.

99.99% of the time will try to get downwind of the caller. In 28 years of predator hunting, I have had exactly one (1) come in with the wind at her tail.

As soon as they hear your call, they know precisely where your position is.

Good luck, and, watch the wind.
 
Posts: 620 | Location: Colorado | Registered: 04 January 2005Reply With Quote
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Posts: 2190 | Location: East Wenatchee | Registered: 18 August 2008Reply With Quote
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K-22hornet, Thanks for the advice. It will help me.
 
Posts: 2038 | Location: Kamloops, BC | Registered: 09 November 2015Reply With Quote
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I have a fox-pro. No regrets at all. Several coyotes and bobcats as well. Still waiting on my first fox.


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Posts: 531 | Location: Texas City, TX. USA. | Registered: 25 January 2004Reply With Quote
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Have used ICOtech since they came out. Same few calls that were loaded on it. Excellent sound qualities with a far reaching remote. I tend to keep things simple, and it works. Too many options with some of the other calls. You don't need a hundred calls and every other gaget they came stuff onto them. Keep it simple.
 
Posts: 430 | Location: New Mexico | Registered: 23 July 2006Reply With Quote
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I had an old Johnny Stewart cassette caller and that was stolen from my truck when my truck was stolen. I then bought one that took CDs but that thing would burn through batteries. I now have a Foxpro I think it's the Spitfire. It works fine but i'm thinking of buying a newer one for the newer features.
 
Posts: 632 | Location: Las Vegas | Registered: 23 June 2009Reply With Quote
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I've called in more coyotes with electronic calls, but killed a much higher percentage of coyotes called in with hand calls for some reason. It seems I'm always fiddling with the remote to turn it down when I spot one coming in instead of getting the gun ready. I've had many just blow in and jump the call and blow right out. When using hand calls you tend to just stop calling and get the gun on them...they see a little movement or just stop when the noise stops and gives you a perfect standing shot.


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Posts: 1079 | Location: Wisconsin | Registered: 19 July 2001Reply With Quote
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Primos Alpha Dog is by far the best caller I have had.I was tired of not being able to see the screen at low light just plain a pain to see
very good sound easy to see remote and excellent range of remote
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Posts: 190 | Location: wisconsin  | Registered: 20 March 2005Reply With Quote
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I don't know if it's the "best" but Foxpro has worked well for me. Decent volume and choice of calls.

The only annoying thing was you have to push once to select a call, then push again to send for it to happen. In the heat of the moment I would sometimes screw that up. Of course it could just be me. I'm sure my grand daughter could manage it all without fail. lol


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Posts: 2115 | Location: Washington (wetside) | Registered: 08 February 2005Reply With Quote
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I have a Foxpro. I would also highly recommend the FoxPro decoy. My coyote sightings are way up since I got it but on the downside they tend to come running in.


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Posts: 7254 | Location: Arizona | Registered: 28 July 2004Reply With Quote
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ICOtec GC500 Call here, I like it because it is programmable, you can add your own sounds to it, all on an SD card. Change the SD card and change stored sounds on the fly. It's remote has a very long range, like well over 100 yards. Also have the spinning Decoy that attaches to the call, you can turn it on and off with the remote.
 
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I have a Foxpro Shockwave. Have had it about 5 years now.. And love it.. Get the rechargeable battery and decoy also..you wont be disappointed https://www.eurooptic.com/FOXP...c2018&utm_medium=rbh
 
Posts: 19 | Registered: 18 October 2018Reply With Quote
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I had a foxpro Fire storm, it worked well.
Just bought a Foxpro CS24C. Will try it this weekend.
Excellent points about the wind above. Watch down wind as that’s where there will be. And seen as they get your scent, they’re gone.
Also, some callers come with 100-200 sounds, that’s bs marketing. There may be that many sounds, but that’s just adds complexity. You can easily get by with less than 20 sounds for coyotes.


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Posts: 2174 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: 08 December 2006Reply With Quote
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I have a FoxPro and they do have tons of features, but it’s not all happiness. Mine just came back from the mother ship, and while it’s still well within warranty, they charged me to fix the mysterious short that was driving me crazy. Although I was getting great exercise - walking back and forth to the call to shake it to try to make it work - it was blowing my cover from each spot and I finally mailed it back when I recently had to hike to shake it with a client and he said, “Didn’t it do that the last time we were hunting together too?”

Even more frustrating, the FoxPro folks asked that I return the expensive rechargeable batteries - that I bought from them - so they could test them. They agreed with me that they weren’t the issue…, but threw them away (for the call and remote) anyway “just in case they were a problem”. So… $100+ later I have their newest rechargeable batteries, it’s rewired so hopefully the short is gone, and I’m up and running again.

For what their calls cost you’d think they’d apologize for it needing repair so soon and fix it rather than holding it hostage and discarding accessories. They even made me pay shipping both directions. Obviously, I’m not real impressed with their Customer Disservice.

If it keeps costing this much to keep it running, I’m switching back to the old reliable mouth calls. They’re cheap, compact, and they ALWAYS function when needed.


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Posts: 2341 | Location: Central Coast of CA | Registered: 10 January 2002Reply With Quote
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For what their calls cost you’d think they’d apologize for it needing repair so soon and fix it rather than holding it hostage and discarding accessories. They even made me pay shipping both directions. Obviously, I’m not real impressed with their Customer Disservice.

That's not good to know, but thanks for the heads up with FoxPro.
 
Posts: 14926 | Registered: 04 April 2005Reply With Quote
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I’ve owned a couple of foxpros, the firestorm and the fury. Lost the remote to the firestorm and the fury has a crackling sound when volume is tuned up all the way. Needs to go back to foxpro which I feel is entirely unnecessary considering how new the call is and how Little I have used it.

Needed a call to go with me up to Alaska on what may or may not be a one way trip. I was looking for something compact and cheaper. Well Cabela’s had a icotech gs500 on the shelf for $199 so thought it would be just fine.

Blown away by this call. Only thing it gives up to the foxpro is total volume but it’s plenty loud. Love the remote attach, size of the remote and overall compactness of it. Read so much and seen so many advertisements for foxpro I’d always assume they were the only ones out there. But what suits your fancy but the biggest advertiser isn’t always the best.
 
Posts: 42 | Location: Las Vegas, Nevada | Registered: 24 August 2010Reply With Quote
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I ordered a Lucky Duck Riot Electronic caller and will send it to South Africa where a pal will load it with some African sounds. We will hunt Jackals, etc. for a week. I will let you know.
 
Posts: 2038 | Location: Kamloops, BC | Registered: 09 November 2015Reply With Quote
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I like Foxpro. Whatever you get you should check out www.allpredatorcalls.com

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Posts: 1242 | Location: Mountains of North Carolina | Registered: 14 January 2008Reply With Quote
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Ive used a cheap cassette tape to call coyotes, bobcats, foxes, ringtails..I have wood side boards on my pickup,to break up my silloute then a pillow on te cab of my pU, for the cassette, the pillow muffles the tinny sound of the cassette, use a red Q-Beam light, a rifle on one side of the pillow and a shotgun with no. 2s or 4s on the other side, give my hand call a few blasts and turn on the cassette..Ive killed as many as 25 coyotes I one night along with 4 or 5 bobcats, not counting ringtails skunks and badgers..When it got daylight Id run my trap line, take a long nap and do my cowboying the rest of the day..Back then I got $125 for coyotes. $600 for bobcats, didn't bother with the other stuff..called up two lions over the years, but never close enough for a shot, so depended on traps for them...


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