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Chris’ Philosophy on Calling

I believe in saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.  For game calling, that can be harder than it seems.  How do you say what you mean or mean what you say if you don’t know what you’re saying?  This becomes even more critical when trying to call in critters with diverse vocabularies, and complex communication.

Each year we head to the field armed with the latest game calls, often pockets or lanyards FULL of ‘em, set out with the intent on doing our best imitations of the sounds made by whatever critter we’re going after.  And while we might be able to NAIL that “mew,” “yelp,” or “honk”, if we really think about it, how sure are we that we’re going to use it at the right time, in the right context, and for the right purpose in our calling sequences?  Remember, the vocalizations - or “calls” - we make to the animals we’re after are more than just “sounds.” We’re actually TALKING to them, in THEIR language, using THEIR “words.”

Just like in human conversation, vocalizations – or “calls” – have meanings, and strung together properly, those meanings relay thoughts, ideas, and feelings. 

Strung together improperly, well … all sorts of bad things can happen.

While a lot is still unknown about many aspects of animal communication and their vocalizations, some of it IS known.  To the greatest extent possible, I try to maximize my understanding of:

  • what particular vocalizations mean
  • how they’re used between animals (and between exactly which animals)
  • what the expected reaction or response should be to a particular vocalization, and, most importantly...
  • WHY a particular vocalization is used
Armed with that knowledge, and to the best of my ability, I strategically pick and choose just the right vocalization for the situation I’m in, to maximize my likelihood of success with each and every calling set-up. 

Do I always get it right?  No, not always.  Is it easy?  Sometimes it can be.  At other times, not so much.  BUT, if you strive to UNDERSTAND the vocalizations you use, rather than simply mimicking a particular sound because someone told you to, or because you heard it once while you were hunting, you’ll have a better chance of adapting yourself to the situations you find, rather than simply forcing your calling method upon them and hoping for the best. 

Purposeful and strategic use of the RIGHT vocalizations, at the RIGHT time, for the RIGHT purpose, translates into more consistent favorable responses to your calling efforts, in a greater variety of situations, and increases your opportunities for filling your tag.

Our motto of “Make the Right CallTM” is much more than a catchy phrase; it’s the backbone of what we believe in, and the key to your hunting success. 

When you understand WHAT you're saying, WHEN you should say it, and - most importantly - WHY you’re saying it, you’ll be able to "...Make the Right CallTM" in all of your hunting efforts!

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