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Coyote Calls: Styles, Forms and Preferences

There is a lot to learn about this little hunting accessory.

When selecting a coyote call, the options seem virtually endless and can be overwhelming to a consumer. With styles ranging from compact closed reed calls to the modern electronic calls with wireless controls, how are you going to choose which is best for you?


There are a few stereotypes revolving around the predator call industry which are suggestive when familiarizing yourself with call types. Although some of these suggestions are based on sound reason, a few need to be ignored completely.

The most ridiculous of these stereotypes is that electronic callers work better than mouth calls or vice versa. The truth is that any predator call has the potential to call in any coyote if it is presented correctly.

Another is the brand bias stereotype, in which people rant about how much better one brand works than all the rest. The only reason behind this is that some calls may be better constructed or have better components than others, however most call companies have entry-level calls and progress in quality, as well as in price, from there.

Personal Preference

I personally prefer mouth calls because I live in a heavily-called area and feel that I can project more realistic and believable tones with these. I would not venture to say that I can call better than someone's name brand electronic call, but I am confident in the way I am able to display the sound.

There are negative features to using hand calls, as they require more movement from the caller and direct focus onto a person. There are also negatives to using electronic calls as one has to walk to the call point to set the call down and back to a place of concealment, exposing themselves and leaving a scent trail to and from the call.

My Preference

Regardless of your personal preference for call type, there are calls of all kinds that will work. It just comes down to what you're confident with. If you follow my preference and choose to use mouth calls, there are some details to pay attention to. There are open and closed reed variants of mouth calls, and they may contain a small metal reed or multiple large plastic reeds of different thicknesses.

My preference is an open reed call with a raspy tone and multiple reeds. These prove harder to learn for most people as there is a little more to it than just blowing through the body of a closed reed call. When learned, however, one of these open reed calls will have more variance of pitch and tone than a closed reed, allowing more sounds with fewer calls.

Another plus to these calls is that they are fairly inexpensive when compared to the electronic calls that are leading today's market.

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Go Basic

I have done my part to mentor young people in hunting, and have introduced several hunters to predator calling by simply getting a reed from the dollar store and putting it in a pet toy or an old pen. These have called in coyotes and fox for me and although they aren't loud, they have minimal construction.

Many people find that buying the components and constructing their own call ends up providing more rewarding success, and there are plenty of ways to do it. Among the most popular of call bodies is simply a light PVC pipe.

Handmade Call
Handmade Call

The Verminator call system is just one of many that features open reed calls primarily, and are some of the best. Looking at the construction, they are fairly basic and similar from one style to the next but with names like Twisted Syco, the producers are quite aware of their individuality.

coyote call

If you are interested in trying a Verminator call they are available at Cabela's and most other sporting good stores online. Regardless of the brand, I encourage all of you aspiring callers to try an open reed call and see if your success changes for the better.

With this info, you're hopefully ready to give coyote calling a shot, and have an idea of how to go about it. Start small and inexpensive, and work your way up from there.

And above all, happy calling!

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Coyote Calls: Styles, Forms and Preferences