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  • What kind of camouflage is the best in your opinion?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I prefer Realtree® camo. I've been wearing it for years. You want to look at your surroundings and get a camouflage that blends in.

  • What are some good cover scents to use while hunting wildlife?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    I like to use what is native to the area. Fresh Earth is my favorite, but others like cedar, pine, acorn and raccoon I also use a lot.

  • When calling foxes is it best to use the vocalizations of the red fox pups or grey fox pups. I believe I have heard that reds will not come to the sound of greys but a grey will come to the sound of reds?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Red fox will not respond as aggressively to the sounds of their own species quite like grays do to their own vocalizations. One sound that both will come to is our CT113 Red and Gray Fox Mix.
    Reds will come well to Rodent, woodpecker, canine pups and cottontail sounds also.

  • What is the best type cover scent for red fox, coyotes, gray fox and coon?
    Answer:

    Try coon urine. It will attract coons somewhat and not spook other animals.

  • The coyotes I hunt around home are called a lot and we have a lot of smart or call-shy dogs. Anything you can tell me to work these dogs to get them to come in?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Use sounds that include coyote vocalizations. Also use sounds that are common to domestic animals (Housecat Distress 125A, Domestic Pig 124A, CT166 Coyote and Grey Fox, CT167 Coyote and Raccoon).

  • If you can hear a turkey and its got hens with it, what do you do?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    First, I try to figure out a direction of travel and position myself in front of them (unless I hear another turkey gobbling that I can go to). Once I feel I have the right position I will almost never call aggressively, just soft yelping and clucking and purring. Many times aggressive calling will push the hens another way. If this isn't possible I will hunt and come back to that gobbler later in the morning, around 10:00 a.m.

  • What is the most effective decoy in number? I have a jake, tommy, and 3 hens. Should I use them all or how many is best to use?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    First of all, don't carry so many decoys that it becomes a hassle and don't put out more than you can effectively cover. If I had to use one decoy it would be a hen, because that is what the gobblers are looking for anyway. However, using multiple decoys can be very effective as long as you can remain mobile and able to change locations quickly.
    A multiple set-up that works well for me is two hens and one jake. Place the hens about three feet apart with one slightly off to the side and behind the other, then place the jake about 15 yards behind the hens as if he is following them. Make sure all decoys are within 20 yards and in a clear shooting lane. This set-up plays on the gobbler's jealousy side and more times than not the gobbler will head straight for the jake in a love-blind rage and allow a perfect shot opportunity.
    No doubt decoys can be effective in luring a bird into shotgun range, but PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHILE USING THEM. The gobbler is not the only thing out there looking for a turkey. I've heard several stories where predators like coyotes and bobcats have had close calls with hunters using decoys, but the biggest danger is other hunters. Always set your decoys at an angle to your location. This way if a hunter approaches outside of your line of vision and takes a shot at your decoy you won't be directly in the line of fire. Be safe and good luck this season.

  • I have two questions. Do turkeys cut in the fall? How much should I kee kee?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Yes, turkeys will cutt in the fall. It is more of a dominance call. Kee-kees are a good call to use to call birds in. A kee-kee is a young, lost turkey and you want to sound lost. If you get a flock of young birds broke up, you will hear almost constant kee-kee's coming from those birds. Best of luck.

  • Do turkeys fight in the fall, or all year round? The reason I am asking this question is that I want to know if you can use fighting purrs in the fall or is that just a spring thing?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    From time to time turkeys will fight in the fall but for different reasons than they do in the spring. I have never had any success calling turkeys in the fall with fighting purrs. Try splitting up fall flocks and calling them back in with kee kee calls.

  • What kind of call do I use when the ducks are call shy?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    When the ducks are call shy here's what I do...let them approach your set silently. Don't hail are greet them at all. After they swing over the decoys and start to leave give them the absolute best hen greeting you can. Let them work back on their own after that and see what happens.
    If you think about it what you are doing in this scenario is duplicating nature. Ducks aren't sitting there hailing incoming ducks, but after a flock passes over resting ducks you'll almost always hear a hen bark out one of those nasty greetings. The flock usually turns into the wind and sets in. Try duplicating this and I bet you'll start calling in more birds.

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