Electronic hunting calls have the distinct advantage of producing the perfect sound needed to attract whatever game is being hunted. They offer the ability to imitate multiple unique wildlife sounds from one compact unit. Most models include a remote control and some can be operated at a distance of 100 feet or more from the hunter, thus distracting the prey and helping to conceal the hunter’s location. They are great at mimicking distress sounds such as mouse squeaks and rabbit squeals, so they work very well for attracting predators such as coyotes and bobcats.
Mouth-blown hunting calls are smaller, less expensive and easier to carry than their electronic counterparts. Most are constructed of wood or plastic and, much like a clarinet or saxophone, utilize a reed to make the desired sound. It requires practice to become proficient at game calling with a mouth call, so don’t buy one with the expectation of heading straight to the field without first spending some time learning to make the proper sounds. Otherwise, the result will be to drive the game away instead of luring them in.
Mouth calls are available in various sizes and shapes depending on the sound you are wanting to make. Some make bird sounds, while others can simulate distress or vocalize to call for a mate. Turkey game calls utilize a latex reed situated within a plastic tube. The reed vibrates when the air is forced over it making very realistic turkey sounds. One thing about turkeys, they tend to be social and can’t help but answer when they think one of their own is calling to them.
There has been an ongoing debate for several years regarding the legality of electronic game calls. Some hunters feel that using one reduces the amount of skill required to lure in prey and thus detracts from the overall hunting experience. Since the process of hunting involves not only stalking but also matching wits with the prey in order to ultimately coax them close enough to kill, the ability to successfully attract game is an art. Electronic game-calling doesn’t require any skill, which is why those hunters believe electronic calls leave the prey at an unfair disadvantage. Be sure to check the regulations of your state or local hunting grounds before using electronic calls as they are prohibited in some areas.