Best predator call : the top 10 picks for advanced hunting
In order to be a successful coyote hunter, getting the best predator call should be a priority. Wild predators have the advantage of better senses over us humans but thanks to modern technology we can mimic different coyote sound such that at the end of the day, the hunter becomes the hunted.
Coyote hunting is not easy and there’s a lot to be considered such as the right sounds to make and how often you should use the various sounds on your predator call.
Most importantly, getting the best is not that easy. There are lots of marketing schemes which end up giving us predator calls that aren’t at all as good as advertised.So, to save you on the trouble of looking around for what suits you appropriately, we’ve got the best coyote callers that are much ahead of most predator callers in the market.
Stay with us and get the perfect coyote caller of 2019.
- 1 Best predator call: the top expert picks
- 1.1 1. FOXPRO Shockwave American Made Electronic Predator Call (best high-end predator call)
- 1.2 2. FOXPRO Fusion in Kryptek Highlander Camo (our recommendation)
- 1.3 3. FOXPRO HammerJack American Made Electronic Predator Call (runners up)
- 1.4 4. FOXPRO Banshee American Made Electronic Predator Call
- 1.5 5. Primos Hunting 3756 Alpha Dogg Electronic Predator Call (best build quality)
- 1.6 6. FOXPRO Inferno American Made Electronic Predator Call
- 1.7 7. Primos Hunting 3755 Turbo Dogg Electronic Predator Call
- 1.8 8. ICOtec GC320 Electronic Predator Call (best budget predator call)
- 1.9 9. Icotec GC350-24 Call Programmable Remote Electronic Game Call
- 1.10 10. FOXPRO Deadbone American Made Electronic Predator Call
- 2 Here’s how to get the best predator call
If it’s too much trouble for you to read all through, why not have a quick look at the side by side comparison chart below of the best of the best?
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Best predator call: the top expert picks
Of the many tests we had to do on different predator calls, only these 10 did make it to our reviews and you can choose from the best priced and best-performing predator calls of 2019.
1. FOXPRO Shockwave American Made Electronic Predator Call (best high-end predator call)
Though it is the most expensive on our reviews, the Shockwave from FOXPRO does take things to a whole new level. It’s got 2 speakers, weighs a mere 3.9 lbs. and measures 5.75 x 12.25 x 7 inches. Despite all the amazing features, the steep price might be a setback to some.
Packed with 100 high-quality sounds
Right out of the box, the Shockwave comes with 100 animal sounds and what’s even more interesting is that it has a capacity of 1000 sounds hence you can add your recordings at any time.
Powered by two external speakers, you can have the volume as high as you want and since there is an auxiliary jack included, you can connect it with another approved device such as a Predator Decoy.
Powered by rechargeable batteries
Power management is unlike anything you’ll get on just any predator call. You can have at least 3 hours of operation and a maximum of 7 hours. Still, on that note, the predator call uses 10AA batteries and its recommended that you use the NiMH rechargeable batteries
Features the FOXMOTION & FOXFUSION technology
For a more realistic sound, there’s the FOXMOTION technology which gives a fade of sound from the left speaker to the right one and by doing so gives the impression of a moving animal.
The Foxfusion technology, on the other hand, allows you to blend 2 different sounds altogether hence increasing the realism even further.
Recording of Real-time data
With FOXDATA, you will be able to record real-time information each day and you can have access to the recorded data at any time.
Hands-free calling with FOXCAST
To always keep your eyes on the target, there is a FOXCAST functionality that has a call sequence that is played throughout the hunt. The shockwave also comes with 12 FOXCAST files out of the box inclusive of which are sequences for crows, coyotes, the red fox and much more
In addition to this, there is a remote control with a full-color LCD display fora easy operation at any time of the day.
2. FOXPRO Fusion in Kryptek Highlander Camo (our recommendation)
Lighter than the SHOCKWAVE is the FOXPRO fusion. With a more compact design that is much lighter than our previous pick, it’s perfect for anyone looking for utmost portability and even though it has a dual speaker system, it’s all the same worth having.
Fox Fusion mix and match feature
The Fusion comes already preloaded with 100 quality sounds from FOXPRO but in addition to this, it’s got a capacity of 1000 sounds.
By utilizing the dual speaker system whereby, the front horn speaker handles coyote vocals and the rear one handles low frequency sounds such as bear growls and owl sounds
Features the Fox Motion technology
The Fox motion technology allows the sound to fade from the left speaker to the right one and by doing so creates the impression of a moving animal which then increases the reality of the different calls. Either of the speakers has a double amplification and the rear cone speaker handles low-frequency sounds such as owl sounds and mountain lion sounds whereas the front horn speakers handle high-frequency animal sounds like distress calls and common coyote call.
Even when combined, the speakers produce high quality, clear and realistic sound and just in case you want more volume, one can connect two external speakers.
Hands-free calling with Fox Cast
Like the Shockwave, the FOXPRO Fusion also has got the FoxCast feature that plays a sequence of sounds such that you won’t have to operate the sounds with your hands but instead keep your eyes on your target at all times
There is also a tx-1000 remote with an LCD display with which you can operate your predator call. It also does have a barometer, moon phase, temperature and battery level indicator, the Fox bang and more.
Includes the Fox pitch technology
So as to increase your chances of triggering a response, there is the Fox pitch technology with which you can manipulate the pitch of any sounds
3. FOXPRO HammerJack American Made Electronic Predator Call (runners up)
Yet another one from FOXPRO is the HammerJack. It’s got a 300-sound capacity, the sound quality is amazing, it is conveniently portable and not at all difficult to use.
Features a dual-amplified speaker system
The louder the sound the better the performance of your predator call, right? Well in the case of the Hammer jack, there’s a dual speaker system that includes the front horn and the rear cone.
Whereas the front horn handles coyote vocalizations and most animal distress calls, the rear cone, handles low-frequency sounds of other predators such as bear growls and mountain lion sounds and when both of these are combined, you get high quality and realistic sound.
There are also 2 external speaker jacks just in case you may need more volume to cover more ground
Out of the box, the Hammer Jack comes preloaded with 111 sounds and it’s got a maximum of 300 sounds. What’s even more interesting is that you can reprogram it as you deem fit. All you’ve got to do is plug it in your computer via a USB port and you’ll be good to go
Comes with a handsfree calling system
The hammer jack, like the other FOXPRO predator calls we've seen, does have the FOXCAST feature that virtually has a hands-free calling feature so that you won’t have to take your eyes off your target.
Whereas the Fox cast feature automatically lays the different sounds in a set sequence, there’s a fox jack decoy that might just better your odds in attracting your target
Operable using the Hammer Jack remote
The operation is quite straightforward. There is a hammer jack remote which is easy to operate and it also makes navigation through the different sounds quite easy.
There are two major preset buttons which include the mute and the volume button and plenty more all of which are in a compact unit which you’ll be needing only 3 AA batteries to run. Speaking of batteries, the unit uses 8 AA batteries and in either case, the battery life is long.
4. FOXPRO Banshee American Made Electronic Predator Call
It’s amazing how much you’ll be getting from the FOXPRO banshee without spending a fortune. It weighs only 3 lbs. with batteries inside it and measures only 9” x 6.5” x 5”. It’s not all about the weight however, there’s plenty more to look forward to than just this.
Includes a banshee remote control
For ease of operation, there is the banshee remote control. This has a large and easy to read LCD display that can be seen easily even in bright sunlight.
On it, you will conveniently be able to organize the different sound categories and the interface should be quite easy to navigate. There is also a user button which you can assign any function of your choice.
An integrated USB port for re-programmability
On the FOXPRO banshee is an integrated USB port which allows you to connect the predator call to your PC so you can add or remove any new sounds as you deem fit.
Features the FOXBANG technology
Another important feature is the FOXBANG. Once you activate this, the FOXPRO banshee will switch automatically to an assignable function once you discharge your firearm. This then allows for hands-free sound changing so you are able to keep your eyes on the field.
Comes preloaded with 100 sounds
Right out of the box, the Banshee comes with 100 sounds but you can be able to add 100 more since it’s got a maximum capacity of 200 sounds.
With each sound you select, the horn speaker will emit the sound just right that has got a standard new long-range remote control. In addition to this, there is an external speaker jack included which allows you to connect an external speaker to the caller.
For the power requirements, it needs 10 AA batteries and for the best performance, the manufacturer’s recommended choice is the rechargeable NiMH
5. Primos Hunting 3756 Alpha Dogg Electronic Predator Call (best build quality)
It’s got quality construction guaranteed to get you through even the toughest environments, has a large sound coverage and more amazing features that make it stand out from the rest.
Amazing design and build quality
Meant to get you through even the toughest of environments, the Primos Hunting 3756 Alpha Dogg is made of a rugged plastic that is easily portable. It also includes a rigged speaker case that's got elevated speaker lets and there are also universal tripod mounting threads.
The caller has for a Realtree MAX-1 camouflage that allows it to blend into most environments.
Features an audio in and audio out port
Just in case you may need an additional speaker, there is an audio out port and if you’d prefer to use custom sounds from your mp3 player.
Right out of the box, the predator call comes preloaded with 75 sounds and there are also 6 complete expert hunts. In addition to this, you can download up to 1000 sounds via the present USB port.
Features a double cone speaker system
The predator call has got 2 cone speakers which can be adjusted so as to cover 180 degrees for more coverage and there is one forward facing horn speaker powered up by a dual 25-watt digital amplifier. At the end of the day, you get to have more realistic sound output.
Easy to use remote control
Also included with the predator call is a remote control with a 200-yard range and a 2.5"full-color LCD display on which the sounds are organized by species some of which are coyote, fox, deer, and elk.
6. FOXPRO Inferno American Made Electronic Predator Call
We’re halfway through with our reviews and we’re doing great. From one of the best brands in the predator call market is the FOXPRO Inferno. It's conveniently portable, has a remote control and up to the task for most hunts.
Features a user-friendly inferno remote
For easy operation, there is a remote included with the predator call. On the remote is a large and easy to read LCD screen. The interface navigation is quite easy and more so, there is a user button that’s got an assignable function of your preferred choice.
With the remote, one can also organize the sounds by your preferred category
Includes the FOXBANG feature
The FOXBANG feature is one of the most convenient features since when activated, the FOXPRO inferno will automatically switch to assignable function on either preset 1-5, toggle mute or toggle decoy when you discharge your firearm.
This will then allow for hands-free sound changing so that you'll have your eyes on the target and both hands on your weapon
Convenient connectivity options
There’s a USB port to connect it to your PC for programming. In addition to this, it does include a 3.5mm auxiliary jack as well as single speaker jack. The auxiliary allows for use with a FOXPRO decoy whereas the external speaker jack will come in handy if you need more sound from your predator call
Reliable sound capacity
The predator call has got a 200-sound capacity and more so it’s preloaded with 75 sounds. The standard unit has got a single horn speaker for sound propagation.
There’s a low battery indicator, an on/off switch for the internal speaker and a tripod mount location right t the bottom of the unit.
7. Primos Hunting 3755 Turbo Dogg Electronic Predator Call
It does have a large sound coverage, already preprogrammed with sounds, there’s a simple to use remote, it blends into the surrounding and much more.
Features a distortion-free speaker
The Primos Turbo Dogg features a single horn speaker that is powered up by a 25-watt amplifier. With this much power, the speaker is able to produce both a realistic and quality sound on different frequency ranges.
The speaker is also rotatable so as to maximize on the sound projection on various terrain. The rotating speaker is also distortion free and just in case you might need more sound, there is an audio output port to connect another speaker and there’s also an additional decoy jack.
Includes an easy to read LCD remote
There's a simple to use remote with 1.75-inch full-color LCD display, has a sound playlist menu and programmable hot buttons for added convenience. The remote can be operated quickly with ease just with one hand and has a coverage of up to 150 yards.
Features a large sound library
For the sound capacity, it comes already pre-programmed with 36 sounds and there’s also 4 full sets of expert hunts. The sound library can store a maximum of 500 sounds and you can add your own. For addition of new sounds, there’s a USB port with which you can download sounds from your PC.
8. ICOtec GC320 Electronic Predator Call (best budget predator call)
Looking to get a decent predator call but you’re on a budget? This one will do just right. With the ICOtec GC320, you’ll be getting a compact design with some of the best sound qualities for its price and on top of that a remote-control function.
Packed with 24 proven-deadly calls
Right out of the box, this predator call has got 24 different sounds and not only are they proven to work but you can also play 2 different calls at the same time.
Also, when you need extreme volume, there’s an auxiliary jack included for connection of an external speaker.
Includes the PD400 predator decoy
So as to give you the best predator attraction, it comes with a visible motion decoy that’s got audible sound effects for extreme results.
The PD400 decoy has got an LED night light for topper illumination, speed dial control, an autorun capability, imminent motion modes, and much more features.
The decoy’s motor is silent and no gear noises that could interfere with any the calls and it will easily attach to the ICOtec GC320 for complete predator attraction in a package that is compact and easily portable for transportation.
Remote control functionality
One of the best features on this predator call is the remote control. It's got coverage of 300 yards that doesn't rely on line of sight for stealth operation. The remote is also meant to control both the predator call and the decoy which gives you easy operation right at your fingertips.
9. Icotec GC350-24 Call Programmable Remote Electronic Game Call
Yet another one from ICOtec. Despite having a really simple design, there is more to it than meets the eye. It has lots of call noises, the design is compact and durable and it already comes preloaded with calls.
Pre-loaded with 24 high-quality wildlife sounds
The Icotec GC350-24 already comes preloaded with 24 calls all of which will work fora wide range of animals. You can use it for attracting crows, fox, bobcats, coyotes, wild turkey and much more. These should be enough to jumpstart you and it’s equally as good for use by experts as it is for beginners and there is also a call library that is completely free to access.
This predator call also sports quality speakers which can play custom mp3 and WAV audio formats that are up to 16-bits. It is also possible to use your own sounds as well- just record 24 of them on an external SD card and you’re good to go.
Though it has quality speakers, there is also an auxiliary jack with which you can connect an external speaker for more sound output.
Includes a 300-yard remote range
Besides the 24 different calls, there's the remote control feature. The remote range is a reliable 300 yards which do not require line of sight at all so you shall be hidden from your game completely which leaves you at an advantage over them.
The remote comes with a 12-volt battery included but you’ll have to get 4 AA batteries for the unit.
10. FOXPRO Deadbone American Made Electronic Predator Call
The FOXPRO Deadbonemight just be the best budget predator call of 2019. Compact design with outstanding call capabilities and a loud enough speaker as well.
Has got a 15-sound capacity
This is quite fair for a budget predator call. You can choose from either of the 15-high quality FOXPRO sounds that work with most animals. Some of these include the coyote howls and challenge sounds, crow fights, vole squeaks and much more.
The only downside to this is that the sounds cannot be changed whatsoever.
Plays 2 sounds at the same time
Though you cannot change the sounds, you can combine either of the two at the same time. This way, you’ll get a vast sound capability and a more natural output hence better chances of getting your target.
Includes a high-efficiency horn speaker
There's a high-efficiency speaker with high efficiency that delivers a high quality and crystal-clear sound that is protected by a rugged ABS housing that’s lightweight and gives maximum portability
Features a low battery indicator
When the batteries are on, the Pilot low battery indicator glows green but if they’re low, it blinks so you always know when it’s time to replace them with another 4 AA batteries.
Here’s how to get the best predator call
Coyotes are some of the most dangerous predators to your livestock since they go for anything from calves to chicken and the more they are, the more dangerous it is. Since they are much smarter than most people think, it would be important that you know how to get the best depending on what you’re facing.
The last thing you want is having to replace a predator call after a few weeks or months. Instead, a predator call should last for at least a year. One of the surest ways to verify for durability would be checking for any flimsy or weak parts.
Most predator calls are made of a plastic body which at times is not really strong so it’s good to always look for one that has a sturdy construction.
The overall design
Second to durability is the overall design. Here, the two major things to consider are portability and the weight.
The lighter your predator all is, the easier it will be to carry and on the other hand, the better the portability, the easier the transportation. For the best results, I'd advise that you look for a predator call that has both of these features.
An electronic vs a mouth blown predator call
Whereas most people prefer an electric predator call, others would go for the mouth blow predator calls. If you want something simple, a mouth blow predator call will be convenient. These are easy to use and the major advantage is that they have a more natural sound.
If you’ve had an experience with predator calls, are sure of what you’re doing and your focus is having better chances of getting a coyote, an electronic one would do as they come with a number of options and require less effort to use.
Is programmability a priority?
To date, one of these would be the best predator call you can get your hands on. Their advantage over standard electronic and mouth blown predator calls is that you can add or remove predator calls from them and therefore can be used to meet all your hunting needs.
Our final word- the best predator call
Some people hunt for sports but most people basically hunt in order to protect their animals. Coyotes mainly go for weak prey such as rabbits, hare, and even calves and they do know when it's calving season so it would be great if you protected what's yours.
The same can be said other farm animals such as goats and chicken. On the bright side, you could use this to your advantage. Always get a predator call that mimics the sound of most of the farm animals in your area and you’re sure to strike down most of the coyotes.
With the buying guide and product listing above, you’re sure to get a good head start on the way to go when choosing the ideal predator call.