Deer Calls: Your Preference, My Secret

With the season upon us I have begun my preparation work. The 2012 Pennsylvania archery season is just days away. I packed
my backpack and noticed that one of the reeds on my buck grunt was split. I guess it’s
time for a new one. I know every hunter has their own preference concerning the calls they
use, as do I, but I decide to run to the sporting goods store just to see what they had anyhow. I have
tried plenty of different calls throughout the years, and have found pros and cons to all of them.
I’ll tell you what I have experienced with certain calls I have tried to help you make your
decision for choosing one a little easier. I’m going to cover the basic doe bleat and buck grunt calls.

-Can calls: I have primarily tried Primos can calls, and they work fairly well.

Pros: They are easy to use, good for the beginner, quite reliable, and you really can’t
screw up the call, unless you drop it out of your stand, as I have one done.

Cons: Easy to drop, moisture can affect the fluidity of the sound produced, not a good
call to use if you have the bow or rifle in your hand. My personal opinion after hunting for
20 years is deer have variations of the sounds they make. The can call however does not, it is
the same sound each any every time you flip it over.

-Flextone Calls: I bought two when they gained popularity, just to see what all the buzz
was about.

Pros: Fairly easy to use, good for the beginner up to the experienced hunter. You control
the loudness and depth of the sound. Also, since they are flexible you can control the pitch,
vary the sounds you make, and muffle the sounds as well.

Cons: Not a call you want to be using with the bow or rifle in your hand. They are also
kind of bulky. If that’s the only call you use, you’ll be fine, but if you’re like me, and carry two or
three calls tucked in your jacket, then they can easily get in
the way of your draw.

-Primos Buck Roar: I have had this call for about four years; again, I purchased it to see
what all the hype was about.

Pros: Great sound, very deep, and very loud call. There is a wheeze on the call, which is
great if you are calling a fighting sequence. The end of the call is flexible, so you can also vary
the sounds, and muffle them.

Cons: It comes with a wrist strap, which I have seen hunters on TV use when they are
ready to shoot, however I don’t recommend it, it is pretty tough to do, it is awkward and I
personally believe it can affect your shot. It is very bulky and and hard to keep on your person.

-Woods Wise Calls: I saved the best for last. I have used woods wise calls for 18 years
now, and I have basically compared all the previous calls to my woods wise calls. This is my little
secret for getting those deer in close, and getting them to stop with no movement on my part.

Pros: I use the Buc’n’Doe call. It is a dual call, one call to imitate two animals. It is easy
to use for the beginner up to the experienced hunter. It is thin and not bulky at all. It features
removable mouth pieces, which is very handy if a deer is approaching. You simply remove
the mouth piece and put it in your mouth, buck or doe call, you choose. You are able to call
with your bow drawn back, without using your hands. Very nice when that buck gets hung up.
Depending on how hard you blow, or inhale, you can control the volume of the call, and you
can vary the sounds the call makes.

Cons: You can’t really muffle the sounds well.

I highly recommend the woods wise calls and the primos buck roar. These are the calls
I use. The choice is yours; choose the call that works best for your needs. Personally I always fall back to my woods wise calls. If your skeptical, by all means, try
one out, you will definitely be hooked. I hope this has helped you. Now get out there and enjoy the hunt.

Jon’s favorite calls can be found and purchased as

Jonathan Samanas
Pro-staff writer

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