Varmint Callers Association
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Not only is he afraid of humans, but he must consider the possibility of confronting his natural enemies also. Most times a predator will circle trying to determine what you are, relying on three main sources:
No.1 sight (we assume you are hidden or camouflaged);
No.2 sound ( we assume you don't make any unnecessary noises while going from your vehicle to the call spot and during the call itself). A predator can hear the "click" of a rifle safety over 100Yds away! ;
No.3 he must smell something to make him want to get to the exact spot the sound is coming from.
HOW TO USE A CIRCE CALL
Hold the end of the call in the "V" formed by the thumb and palm of your hand so that you can amplify or muffle by opening and closing your hand.
Always blow the call from the diaphragm rather than puffing out your cheeks. This method give you much better breath control, which of course, makes your calling more realistic and produces better results.
Close you hand over the end of the call and blow hard, opening the hand at the same time. Make the first few screams loud and terrified, then let the screams trail off as if from exhaustion, ending with whimpering cries that gradually fade out. Wait about a minute and then repeat the complete series.
The caller must impart feeling to the screams emitted by the call. An injured rabbit's screams impart all the intonations of terror, pain and despair. The more terrified and frantic you can make the call sound the faster the predator will come in. It is not unusual to have two or more come into the call on a dead run after only a few screams on the call. However, the animal might be a mile or more away so its best to call for about 10 to 15 minutes at each stand. There is no hard and fast rule on the way an animal will come into the call, so the hunter must be alert. He must watch all directions, yet keep concealed and move as little as possible.
When you spot an animal approaching while you are calling, it's best to stop calling and let him come into close range. If he should stop too far out, or begin circling, use either the whimpering tone or give a few squeaks with the circe close range coaxer. Even an animal that is running away usually can be stopped and turned for a standing shot by this technique.
If you call an animal and make a kill, don't expose yourself or make any movement or noise. Predators frequently run in pairs or even families and it is not unusual to call two or more from the same stand. This is especially true with fox and with coyote in the late summer and early fall, less likely with bobcat.
The range of the Circe call will amaze you. Predators can hear it a mile or more away, depending upon the terrain and wheather you are calling in open or wooded country. Most of the time predatory animals are able to locate the exact spot from which the call is coming.
The Circe long range jackrabbit model is tuned to reproduce the loud, gravelly scream of a jackrabbit and is very effective on all predators as well as other wildlife.
The Circe long rang cottontail model is tuned to reproduce the higher pitched - scream of the cottontail rabbit. Both models are very effective and many callers use both models.
The Circe close range coaxer is best used with fast, short squeaks sounding like a mouse. This is very effective when the predator is close and you wish to maneuver him into a more favorable position or bring him even closer. It can be held between the fingers of the hand on the forearm of the rifle or shotgun, leaving both hands free the handle the gun, bow or camera. The coaxer is also very good for signaling your hunting partner when you see an animal approaching.
CALLING MOUNTAIN LIONS
HINTS TO HELP YOU CALL
Always walk into the wind away from your car for at least 100 yards before taking a stand. In approaching the spot you have picked to make a stand, be as quiet as possible and take advantage of any cover there might be to conceal your approach.
In choosing a stand try to find a high spot that will hide you yet give you good visibility in all directions. If there is a tree handy in which you can sit comfortably and just high enough for good visibility, it will be an advantage as predators don't usually look up into trees unless they are very close while you are actually calling.
Blend into the natural cover of the country in which you are hunting. Using a blind or camouflage clothing, greasepaint (green or brown) on face and hands, and scents to kill the human odor, are a great advantage to the caller.
Always call into the wind but watch all points as an animal may come from any direction. When an animal is sighted coming in, don't be in a hurry to shoot; let him come closer for a better shot. Sometimes there will be two, in which case you might get a double. Shoot the one furthest away first and the closer one before he gets out of range.
When scouting for good calling country, look for tracks and droppings around water holes, stream banks, game trails and in soft dirt along roads. If there are no predators within hearing distance you will draw a blank. Allow 3/4 of a mile between stands. Allow more distance between stands in open country than you would in wooded areas. Be sure to check game laws for the area in which you plan to call. Don't give up easily; predator calling will have good as well as bad days, just like any other type of hunting. Early morning and late afternoon is best for calling during hot weather, but is good all day on cool days. Calling is poor on very windy days, but not impossible. When calling in high winds, watch mostly to both sides downwind.
Good luck and good calling.