I am trying out 2 very different calls. Texas allows electronic turkey calls and since I am a lousy caller, I decided to try them.
First, a small handheld, (or remote operated) call. The Knight and Hale "Total E Call". Cabela's has them on sale for $39.95. It has 7 sounds but for remote operation the call or sound and the volume must be preset. It gives moderate volume, and the remote range is at least 40 yds. In my opinion, it's well worth $40. Now if it will call in a turkey I'll know for sure. The cartridges plug in, and one for predators is also available.
The second one is a Foxpro
FX3. I have seen some posts on this caller and they were very good. Cabela's has it for $399 without the NiMh batteries and charger, and it is phenomenal (it should be for that much money). 32 sounds; 300 available, sounds can be downloaded and unwanted sounds can be overwritten. The remote can be switched to control 3 different callers simultaneously, it can change sounds and change volume of each sound and can also mute a call. The sound volume can be loud enough to be unnatural for most of the calls. Elk, deer, cougar, etc, may be O.K. at top volume, I don't know. It can also power accessory speakers and control a Foxpro
decoy. All good stuff, but the best feature is the great sound quality. It's hard to spend that much on a call, but it is also American made and backed.
My wife barred it from the house. I was having too much fun. Outside, it got all the neighborhood dogs to barking and the Crow fight and Bobcat in heat scared the $hit out of the birds in the backyard. Some have just now started to come back to the feeders. I don't know what would happen if I cut the Cougar in heat loose! However, a motorcycle cop pulled into the circle in front of my house and just sat there looking around for about 15 minutes. That sure opens up some entertainment possibilities.
Good hunting, Tom