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Posted by Semp (Member # 3074) on September 26, 2019, 11:48 AM:
I mostly use hand calls but I recently got a good deal (I think) on a Foxpro Fusion caller. The callers I've used in the past I turn on and let them run. The Fusion has a bunch of bells and whistles that just about requires an electrical engineering degree to operate.

My question is this: for those of you that have a Foxpro are Foxbang, Foxdata, Foxcast, Foxmotion, Foxfusion and Foxpitch worth the time to try and learn how they work and when to use them? What features (if any) do you use and why? Thanks.
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on September 26, 2019, 02:08 PM:
I think that it depends on what your goals are.
A hard charging contest caller might want anything that might give an advantage.
Me, on the other hand, I'm likely to be found behind an old FoxPro 416 & holding a single string bow. Too many bells & whistles just tend to confuse me.
Posted by Eddie (Member # 4324) on September 27, 2019, 02:58 PM:
I use foxbang on my cs24 because as soon as the frist shot it will go to a hurt pup sound. It helps stoping a second coyote and getting a shot or sometimes if you miss it will stop the one you miss. That's the only one that I use. I don't use it when calling cats.
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on September 29, 2019, 05:25 AM:
Well, I agree with the above except I don't often target cats specifically. The foxbang works, more or less on the multiples, depending on your intensity, like, responding to a 17 caliber report, you have to select the level for the rifle you are using.

But I agree with ko ko also, the run amuck engineering doesn't have everything to do with hardcharging contest hunters of which I used to be a card carrying member. You just don't need all that shit! Pick out something, give it a try but even your top ten selections have been heard by every coyote in the county by this time of the season so it's time to be a little bit more creative.

Yes, I blame Foxpro for the bullshit. This stuff need not be so tech, digital oriented. There's no skill and no inventiveness. The current nimrod is likely to go home if his battery goes dead. Depending on the gadgets is pathetic, in my opinion.

Good hunting. El Bee
Posted by Semp (Member # 3074) on September 29, 2019, 06:55 AM:
Thanks for the comments. I'm not a contest hunter and never will be. Just not my thang so to speak. Anyhow, I bought the Fusion because it sounded clearer than the Alpha Dogg I used to have. I might set up the foxbang feature and see how that goes and forget about the rest of them for now. I don't call cats specifically. If one shows up it's a bonus in my eyes.

This digital stuff is getting way out there. I'm old enough to remember when they looked like this:

Johnny Stewart Electri-Call
Posted by Kokopelli (Member # 633) on September 29, 2019, 08:49 AM:
Now, how cool would it be to do a 'retro hunt' with one of those old players ???

FWIW; I once put together a caller with a cassette deck, an amp and a horn in a project box. To say the least, it had somewhat less than 'studio quality sound'. No remote, either.
I called it the 'possum Pro.
Killed a few shotgunned coyotes, a bobcat and a small archery buck with it.

Mayhap predator populations and stand locations are more important than bells & whistles ????
Posted by Semp (Member # 3074) on September 29, 2019, 09:39 AM:
Mayhap predator populations and stand locations are more important than bells & whistles ????
The best stand location and a high dollar caller won't offset a lack of coyotes to hear the screams.
Posted by Eddie (Member # 4324) on September 29, 2019, 09:41 AM:
KoKo......I had I set up one time like yours, but I didn't have a amp. Used it a lot to call crows back in the 70s.
Did any of you guys every use the old record player with the 50ft wire to a old horn speaker. That was the frist caller I ever used to call crows with. First time I ever saw a hawk come down and hit the speaker was using it. Sorry got off topic.
When the fur gets right I do a lot of cat hunting in the real thick stuff. Most of the time you are calling soft and shoots are no more than 30yrds.
Posted by ATexan (Member # 6799) on September 30, 2019, 04:02 AM:
I just bought a fox pro fury, one of the smaller units. The fury is small enough to carry in my back pack, I use a dirt bike to move around so carrying a big unit is hard for me to manage. Took it out last Sat evening for the first time. Killed a young female. The fox bang is a nice feature. I am not a contest hunter but I like being able to project the sound of the call away from my stand location. Seems to give me a little more wiggle room to move and get on target without being noticed. I hunt alone 99% of the time. The small unit probably won't work in a high wind situations but is a nice unit for sure
Posted by Leonard (Member # 2) on September 30, 2019, 05:25 PM:
Fuck, I happen to remember a time when there wasn't anything electronic, if you couldn't handle a Circe jackrabbit, you weren't going to see a predator.

Then came 4 tack tapes and 8 track tapes and I have still called and killed more coyotes with an 8 track tape and it's inferior sound than anything since. Cassettes were a bit of a problem because of the difficulty in changing sounds. Purity of sound reproduction is a little overrated.

You guys don't know how good you got it.

Good hunting. El Bee

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