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Coyote Hunting, Predatorial Series #2 - "Calls Of The Wild"
The closed reed call will be a call that does not have the reed exposed outside of the barrel of the call itself. The reed will be contained within the barrel and these reeds are typically made of metal. These calls are very easy to learn to blow but are somewhat limited to the range of different sounds that you are able to produce on them. Most of them also will freeze in cold temperatures as the moisture from your breath will freeze the reed shut. To prevent this from messing up your stand in cold weather it is a good idea to have multiple calls on your lanyard and to keep them either within your outer clothing to keep them warm with body heat or keep them within a pocket with chemical hand warmers.

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Closed reed calls are very easy to learn to blow, yet effective on coyotes. A great call for beginner and experienced alike.

The open reed call is one that has the reed that is exposed outside of the barrel of the call. You can place your lips or your teeth directly onto this reed to make the sounds by then blowing across the reed. This type of call is harder to learn to blow well, but it is a very versatile call. You can produce about any sound that you need to by using this one type of call. You can instantly switch from a cottontail to a jack rabbit to a bird to a coyote KiYi by just changing the position and pressure of your lips and teeth on the reed. The reeds on this type of call are typically made of Mylar and are not as prone to freezing as the closed reed calls are. The disadvantages of using a mouth call are that it requires motion by the caller to produce the sounds well and it also puts the attention of the incoming coyote directly upon the source of the sound.

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Open reed calls take more time to master but can produce a plethora of different sounds making them a valuable tool for the coyote hunter.

It is hard through the written word to explain exactly how to blow the calls to make the sounds, but for the mouth calls you will typically create your sounds by cupping your hands over the end of the barrel and then blow into the call while opening and closing your cupped hand to produce a frantic sound. Normally you will create a series of these screams for about 10 to 30 seconds and then you will create a pause in the sounds for about an equal amount of time as you catch your breath and this also gives you time to scan for incoming coyotes. You might start out the calling at low volume and then increase the volume with the passing of some minutes to try to avoid making the sounds too loud for nearby coyotes if you think that this might startle them. The coyote can hear extremely well so it doesn’t take an awful lot of volume for them to hear you.

We now move into the magic of the push button predator caller. If you can push a button on a remote control then you can be a predator caller by using one of the various electronic predator callers that are prevalent in the world today. The electronic call has a lot of advantages to it, but it does remove most of the “personality” out of the calling process. You can’t deny the effectiveness and efficiency of this type of method, though.

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