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Calling Frequency

I would like to know fellow hunter's thougths on the following two topics;

1) How often should you do a call? I have heard from a frequent as every 5 min to as long as every hour.

2) Once you hear a reply to your calls, how fast do you respond? Right away? A few minutes? Not at all?

I know there are only a million variables in every situation to consider, but to share tips and tricks will help new hunters develop their methods, and to help experience hunters refine their skills.

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Calling Frequency

If you read back on this section there are quite a few posts dealing in part with your question. Read all posts as quite often the topic veers off the initial Post and usually saunters back on subject eventually with emphasis on "eventually"

The hearing on a moose is second to none, making up for the poor eyesight and I suppose average or lower sense of smell compared to other animals. A moose can hear another moose up to a couple of miles away, all conditions perfect or close to perfect. So, lets say to give a good cow call and a bull answers form across the swamp a mile away. YOU won't hear it. Wait 30 -40 minutes, another call, maybe an answer, maybe not, but that bull could now be on your side of the swamp, possibly a few hundreds yards away. A bull has an uncanny ability to go to the spot where the call originated, and I mean right to the spot.
Calling twice, at least 30 minutes apart, is suffice. Always wait an hour after the last call, longer if possible.
The moose has the advantage, you start winning when you got the patience and the abilty to keep quiet. Remember the keen sense of hearing..shhhhh. Big smile

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Calling Frequency

I never thought of it that way Hammer....thank you.

So if we do hear a moose, they should be within a few hundered feet.

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So many contributing factors, most important in my case is the age of the human ears, hearing is the first to go Laugh
On a frosty, windless morning sound can carry quite a distance, as opposed to most other conditions.
It's like hearing a dog bark, you know when it's far away or when it's closer than you like

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Calling Frequency

Listening is key, I agree.

Consider also what you are listening for...could be a bull grunting as he walks, could be a big "just before he comes out from behind the willows" grunt, or could be him thrashing around breaking branches and "displaying".

Imitating the thrashing around, often done with an old shoulder blade - or wooden paddle for that matter - is a pretty safe way to start. I mean, how badly can you screw up the sound of a stick breaking and raking willows with a paddle.....compared to how badly a new hunter can screw up a cow call or bull grunt.

Frequency? Depends on too many things. Rule of thumb perhaps: less is more. That said, if I have a bull coming in grunting as he comes in...I tend to respond as well with grunts....and a rake or two of the willows. The big boys can often come in fairly quickly but may not "show " themselves for some time....the smaller bulls are often significantly less cautious and frequently trail behind a larger bull - so keep your and ears open and watch the wind....they'll try to get downwind of the point of call if they can...and they can pinpoint that point of call like you would not believe.

it's very exciting to bring in big bulls....but, as you most likely already know...be ready.

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