There are many coyote calls on the market from diaphragms,mouth calls, and electronic calls. Diaphragm and mouth calls are the most inexpensive calls. Electronic calls vary in price but easily become very expensive. My favorite is the mouth call. It gives me a lot more satisfaction to know I had something to do with the coyote coming in to the call.
Diaphragm calls require a lot of practice. They typically fit in the roof of your mouth and sound is made while forcing air across the latex and the top of your tongue. Many Elk and Turkey hunters are familiar with diaphragm calls and how to use them.
Mouth calls very in design. Most mouth calls are referred to as closed reed or open reed calls. Closed reed calls usually have a metal or plastic reed inside of the call body. Closed reed calls are the easiest to master and sound very good. The only downfalls to the closed reed is they can freeze in cold weather and you are limited to one sound. Open reed calls have an exposed reed. Open reed calls require practice, but offer a wider variety of sounds from various distress calls to coyote vocalizations.
Electronic coyote calls are the most versatile and offer a wide range of sounds. They are easy to operate but typically are much more expensive than a mouth call. Many e-calls have a large inventory of sounds built in and have the ability to download many sounds from the internet from your PC. The electronic call also diverts the coyotes attention from the hunter to the sound produced by the e-call. Most coyote hunters choose to place the e-call away from them for this reason.
Choosing a coyote hunting call all depends on your experience and budget. Learning to call is exciting and rewarding. Take your time and don’t get discouraged. Once you bring in your first coyote, you will understand why the rest of us are so addicted to the sport of coyote hunting.
Lance Benson, Pro Staff
Bucking The Odds