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Any advice for a newbie Coyote Caller?

Hi all,
I'm a long time lurker on bgh and now a first time poster. I am brand new to coyote hunting and have no experience with calling. Naturally, I ran out and bought a Primos Hot Dog without doing my research first. I havesince been told by a few people that an open reed howler is not the best place to start. I've never used a call before, so when I put my mouth on the reed and blow as the cd indicates, instead of the propper pitch and and drawn out sound it comes out like a cross between a child's plastic play horn, some kind of elk call, and a dry fart (sorry to be disgusting, but that paints a pretty acurate picture!).

So, any ideas what I may be doing wrong? I have several dvds on the way that I hope will help. I have been trying to make a sustained note on the horn, and can sometimes accomplish this, but it still has a very flat sound, nowhere near the siren-like quality the cd indicates. Any thoughts? Thanks a lot in advance.

SnowBass

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Sorry I can't help but I wanted to say welcome.

I do know a call doesn't have to be perfect to work.

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Also want to say welcome and practice! With the open reed calls you need to build your confidence level with them. I had the same feeling you did at first, but I feel very confident using them for howling now, it just came together for me all of a sudden after many times when I felt it was wrong. For rabbit distress, I prefer the closed reed calls.

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First time I used the hot dog it sounded just like you described. I was making all kinds of noise except what I thought it should sound like. To my surprise, just before dark a yote came straight into me and was at 25 yds. before I knew he was even there. After practice I feel very comfortable with the call. Give it time and you'll sound just like a yote.

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Thanks for the warm welcomes and advice. I have been practicing it every time I get in the car, and it is starting to sound MUCH better. It still doesn't sound anything like it does on the cd, which leads to my next question.

I have read on a couple of websites that a lot of game calls (not just coyote) will not necessarily sound correct up close. Like, they may have a very artificial sound but that only the higher pitch sounds travel. So, while it might sound so obviously fake to you, all the coyote hears is the higher pitch natural tones, which is why he is deceived by it. Does anyone notice this to be the case? Kind of like Redrider said...

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SnowBass23 wrote:

I have read on a couple of websites that a lot of game calls (not just coyote) will not necessarily sound correct up close. Like, they may have a very artificial sound but that only the higher pitch sounds travel. So, while it might sound so obviously fake to you, all the coyote hears is the higher pitch natural tones, which is why he is deceived by it.

I'll believe that.
All I know is that call sounds like a New Year's Eve party favor, but those yotes do respond.
Something I use in addition to the call is using a quivering decoy (about $20). Really helps draw the attention away from you when they decide to commit to the setup. Have your gun ready, they tend to show up out of nowhere and any movement will tip them off. Good Luck Thumbs up

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Any advice for a newbie Coyote Caller?

I have one of those hot dog calls too and I agree that it sounds off when I blow into it but its close, at least it has the right rythem and cadence that a coyote does. I have seen it work....even with me using it Think

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Re: Any advice for a newbie Coyote Caller?
SnowBass23 wrote:
.......so when I put my mouth on the reed and blow as the cd indicates, instead of the propper pitch and and drawn out sound it comes out like a cross between a child's plastic play horn, some kind of elk call, and a dry fart (sorry to be disgusting, but that paints a pretty acurate picture!).....
SnowBass

hey snow bass thats a pretty good description...i just fely like writing something, coz i loved the way you wrote it... i have never used any such coyote caller, so cant really say anything on it

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Haha Thanks. I'm getting better on the call, but now the wife swears the only thing that will respond to it is a gay coyote because of the unusual hi pitch I get at times.

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Any advice for a newbie Coyote Caller?

Get a PRIMOS LIL' DOG. That is one of the best calls I won. Very universal. Get one of Randy Andersons : CALLING ALL COYOTES DVD. Very good. He has about 6 of them out.

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