Earlier this year we unveiled a multi-use product called The Badger. It's an all-in-one system for game calling, cattle calling, speaker for outdoor events and easy set up for playing music. If hunting is your speed, take a look at Eddie Hood's predator calling tips. Why did we choose Eddie as our hunting expert? Eddie has committed his career to helping protect animals and educate others on proper hunting and fishing techniques.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN PREDATOR CALLING?
I started calling in gray fox. I was thirteen years old out in West Texas in Tom Green, Coke county area. We used a mouth call initially. When we graduated up, I used an eight track tape. Then got really sophisticated and got portable by using a cassette tape that could be set out. I set the speakers somewhere else and that's how I started.
Whenever you get into digital-type electronics, like the Badger, they are much more effective, very portable, and you do not have to be very skilled and learn how to blow a mouth call to use one of them.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE GET STARTED IN GAME CALLING?
There's not a whole lot to it. You're going to go out there, you're going to pick your spot and you're going to turn on the sound and generally within five or ten minutes either you're going to have something coming in or you're not.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CALL IN GRAY FOX?
If you're going to call in a gray fox in west Texas or south Texas that's within 300 yards they're going to come in within seconds or minutes.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CALL IN COYOTE?
If you're going to try to call up coyotes, they can take a bit longer. However, I have watched them come in where you can see from half a mile or so. I've watched them run in from three quarters of a mile hearing a digital call.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CALL IN BOBCAT?
Whenever you get into calling in bobcat, you need to wait at least twenty to thirty minutes. They sit there and they creep. Everybody has seen a cat and they take their time doing whatever they are doing.
HOW DO YOU USE THE BADGER TO CALL IN PREDATORS?
You start out with the Badger predator call turned up very loud to call in everything around. Then use the volume control to tone it down just a little bit. Whether you're using a jackrabbit or cottontail call, you might want to actually switch to another one that's a little higher pitched to coax them in.
If you can see the eyes of the animal out there just turn it down a little bit more, and a little bit more, and a little bit more. They think that the prey is getting farther and farther away. This might coax them to come in a little bit faster without as much regard for what's going on around them.
Generally when we were calling, depending on the terrain, we move and call in every quarter to three quarters of a mile. Whenever you start out you begin with a call that will bring in an animal from a mile or half a mile away. I have personally seen a coyote hear a rabbit or a woodpecker in distress from three quarters of a mile away.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THE BADGER?
You know the good thing about the Badger, it's digital. You have five easy settings that you can go through. You're going to have settings that are going to be long range calls, to medium range calls to close range. The volume control is at your fingertips and they're easy to access. It actually makes it so simple and maybe even unfair to your predators out there.
Everybody has a phone, you can take it hook it up, get even more calls by downloading apps with different types of predator calls. Plug it directly into the Badger and there is your call.