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How to Get Started in Predator Calling

This brief video will teach you what you need to know to get started in predator calling, from setting up your electronic call to what firearm to use.

Scott Perkins from Unbroken Outdoors talks about what it takes to get started in predator hunting. He pretty well covers the basics of setting up your electronic caller, what calls to use, volume control and what firearm to use for what environment.

There are a ton of videos out there on predator calling. If you're interested in giving it a try, I'd suggest watching as many as you possibly can. The 'Everything Outdoors with Les Johnson' YouTube is a good place to start.

Two important items Perkins mentions in addition to the electronic caller are a wind checker and a visual attractant (the "spinner").

A wind checker of some sort is vital, because where and how you set up in relation to the wind will determine your success.

You want to examine the lay of the land and situate yourself in a downwind or crosswind position from where you expect the predators to come. Set yourself behind or to the side of your caller, and be well-camouflaged with your back against something.

Utilizing a spinner is common these days, though not everyone uses them. A spinner is nothing more than a real or fake piece of fur attached to a wire that periodically spins. It captures the predator's visual attention when it's coming in to the call.

Perkins says to make sure to start your caller at only around a third of its full volume. Calling too loudly right out of the gate can spook a predator.

He also emphasizes the importance using good ammunition in whatever firearm you prefer. All things considered, the quality of ammunition you choose is possibly more important than the caliber of your firearm.

So take these tips to heart, watch a some more videos and get out there and start hunting. You'll have a learning curve, but you can significantly shorten it by educating yourself with predator calling tips and techniques from experienced hunters online.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his Facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.