Game call

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A game call is a device that is used to mimic animal noises to attract or drive animals to a hunter.

Many hunters can be divided into two categories. The first group sits silent, motionless and hidden until a game animal wanders or flies into view. This tried-and-true hunting method takes plenty of game, but some people prefer a more 'active' approach. This group of hunters also remains hidden, but they make plenty of noise. They are wildlife callers, and their success depends on producing a convincing enough reproduction of an animal’s calls to convince a game animal to come to them.

But, you can’t simply buy a call, head to the woods and reap the rewards of game flooding to your calls. Just like any activity, becoming a competent caller takes practice and education. No matter if your interest lies in calling turkeys, waterfowl, deer, elk or whatever, each call demands the appropriate calling technique, and the only way to become competent is to learn what the call should sound like, how much to call, where and when to call, and a long list of others.

A variety of animal species are attracted to game calls[edit]

There are many different types of animal species that are attracted to game calls

Electronic Game Calls[edit]

Not all game calls are handheld or mouth-blown; in fact, many hunters are now beginning to adopt electronic game calls, which play pre-recorded sounds to lure in animals. There are many benefits to using new electronic versions of game calls, including:


Hunters -- especially predator hunters -- are much safer when using a remote-controlled game call. Remote control of game calls allows the hunter to displace himself from lured-in animals.


By using an electronic game call, hunters can dedicate their full attention to their hunt. Using one's hands and mouth to produce a convincing game call can take one's focus off of the landscape, making it more difficult to spot incoming animals or get the best shot off.


Unpredictable and unstandardized, mouth-blown calls never sound exactly the same. Some hunters may appreciate the more organic sound of a human-produced game call, but using an electronic caller provides perfect consistency. Electronic callers also allow the user to sequence different calls; for example, a jackrabbit distress call followed by a coyote howl.