Matt French wrote:I know I'm starting a bunch of BS but.......I have used the E-callers and I've used the moth calls. I much prefer the mouth calls. Its a lot easier carring them in, I can really put some dieing bunny emotion into the call. The drawback is when its colder than a well diggers ass.......The calls can freez up on ya. Try the mouth calls before droping some serious coin on a pricey e caller.
Well, I have been "trying mouth calls" for a number of years now. Both have their applications and, IMO, refusing to use one or the other only limits your options. I have hunted using both, frankly I prefer hand calls due mainly to their inexpensive nature and portability. However, a home made ecaller costs about the same as a hand call - if you already have an MP3 or personal CD player. While they usually require a fanny or back pack to be packed around in, they're be no means that big of hassle to get out in the field. Not quite as easy as throwing a lanyard around your neck, but still not that big of a deal. While ecallers like the foxpro, predation and others are fairly expensive, They are very portable to say the least.
Anyway, I've used both, thanks to some hunting companions who possess more wealth or more spare time for tinkering than I, and I have no problems with either type of call. I would just like to have both as an option. While the ablity to add "emotion" and other customizable features to your sound with a hand call is undeniably a plus, there's also a lot to be said about a reproduction of "the real thing" coming out of a speaker. If nothing else, it allows you to place the sound away from you and keep the coyotes focus off of where you're sitting.
By the way, I hunt in what seems to me to be some awfully cold conditions and I think the only hand call I've ever had freeze up on me was my Tally-ho. But, it was easily remedied. I don't recall any other problems with my other open reed calls, but maybe you're just hunting more than me or you generate more saliva... :mrgreen: Do you use open or closed reed calls, or both? I've had a few duck calls freeze up on me over the years, though.