Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:38 AM
I'm not sure how my hand calling is. I've called in a bunch of coyotes in Nevada and Utah, a bunch close enough to hit with a slingshot. But to date I've only called in ONE in CA and that was just messing around on some guy's private property (I have no idea who's, it was on the side of the hwy, couldn't shoot). I see TONS of scat here in CA, but I just can't call them in. I've been skunked my fair share for sure. But I'm still a novice, I'm pretty new at this. I didn't get to hunt much at all last year, the one dog I killed was in NV. I tried some public land here local and no luck despite tons of scat and prints.Seems like folks with Foxpros can't help but turn it on and have coyotes jump in their lap more often than not. Therein lies the temptation. Everybody wants to have more dogs come in, that's why even experienced callers have electronic callers. They work. You get more dogs with electronic callers. I like hand calls and howling with open reed calls, but I also want to shoot more dogs. I don't plan on using binos for coyote hunting, never have so far. They're primarily for squirrels. I don't hunt deer right now, but I will eventually. Thanks for the input guys, your eperience in the field will benefit me. I'm now leaning towards the binos/rangefinder combo, and drooling over the Foxpro. By the way, since the new FX3 is CHEAPER than the older 516, might as well get the newer, better, cheaper model.