- June 26, 2018
- Heath Wood
One morning, during an early season predator hunt, a buddy of mine and I decided that we would wait until later in the morning before we started calling. Typically, we would be set up by day break, which during the summer months of the year, occurs around 5:30 a.m. This time however, we decided to hold off on calling until around 6:15 a.m. Due to the fact that we had to be at work by 8:00 a.m., we knew that holding off would only allow us time to make one stand. With the time crunch on our minds, we ventured to a small piece of property that has only one set to hunt.
On this particular morning, I let my hunting partner do the calling with his Lucky Duck Rebel Electronic caller that he had previously had success with. We started off with howling on a diaphragm combined with howls from the Rebel caller. After a few minutes of silence, he began with a rabbit distress sequence that played a couple of times, lasting 4 to 5 minutes each time. Around the 15 minute mark, I witnessed a coyote enter into the field at 500 yards, directly in front of where I was positioned. Being that my hunting partner was facing the opposite direction, I got his attention by saying out loud “coyote coming my way”, as to not startle him when I made the shot. I knew that this shot had to be clear, due to a few cows being present in the field, and the opportunity for the clear shot never presented itself to me. The coyote circled around the edge of the field trying to catch our wind and was successful in doing so. Once we could tell that she had caught our scent, my partner began to play a pup distress sound. Once she heard the sound, she stopped long enough to give my partner a shot at 277 yards, in which he made successfully.
After that morning hunt, I too was convinced that the Lucky Duck Rebel is one of the best entry level electronic callers on the market today. The Rebel features 12 predator sounds recorded by The Verminator, Rick Paillet. It is also equipped with a motorized decoy. The long range remote control does not require line of sight, and reaches up to 300 feet. Remote and decoy store conveniently in the caller. The Rebel runs on 10 AA batteries for the base and the remote runs on a 12V 23A battery.
The quality of sound and the remote range is very impressive for the size of this e-caller as well as the price. The sounds that are preloaded are excellent choices for the predator hunter. Realistic howls are a great choice to incorporate vocals into a calling sequence and great food source sounds such as rabbit distress and woodpecker are also included. A great sound to add curiosity and realism to a set is a crow battle and one of my favorite go to sounds, the pup distress are both loaded into this caller as well.
For more information on the Rebel E-Caller visit www.luckyduck.com