It seems Foxpro is the choice for most folks and thats great but there are other options available so I thought I'd offer a mini product review on mine. (I also have a Johnny Stewart ecaller). I bought the call at the recommendation of a professional outfitter in Idaho who use them exclusively. Heres the call link: http://www.wildlifetech.com/pages/MA-21%20product%20page.html
My Wildlife Technologies is loud as hell (you cannot turn up the volume on this thing and be next to it!), clear and easy to use. Down side is it's pretty big and heavy. It came loaded with something like 120 calls. I used it to great effect in ID calling coyotes and crows. I've used it in PA and MD calling on crows as well and it performs flawlessly. I have not called in a PA yote with it but will start up on them right after Christmas! The remote works from a LONG ways off too, so setting up and staying out of sight is easy.
You can't play two sounds at once however. While I'm not sure how important that is, I do like the fact that I CAN play two at a time with the Johnny Stewart. Seems natural to me to play crow swarm and distress rabbit or crows and hawk for example. All the video's and You Tube's and books on coyote hunting (like Rizzos for example-which I consider to be top notch on the subject) don't advocate a combination of calls, so playing more than one at a time is probably not important.
Would I buy another? Yes, without reservation.
Are they the best out there? I do think they are one
of the best. I've never owned a Foxpro and from what I can tell, they are excellent callers too.
Battery life? The manufacturer says it plays max volume for 8 continuous hours on a fresh set of alkalines. It takes 14 AA batteries!
Sound clarity is excellent but there are a couple calls that get real ugly at max volume.
Sound updates come from the manufacturer in the form of a mico SD card they mail to you.
All for now,
Thank you! Wish I had a place to hunt on a regular basis.
Wildlife Tech puts out some of the best sounding, most realistic sounds on the market. Their callers are simple but rugged and effective. What stops most people from buying them (and me from recommending them like I do FoxPro) is the price tag.
But you are absolutely correct, they make one heck of a digital caller. The fact that they are built by sound engineers has a lot to do with that.
My dad just pulled the trigger on one of these and they are super clear. Brought in a boat load of Crows in a minute when we put it out behind the house for a test. He is going to give it a poke on coyote this weekend. Wish I could head out with him.