I have an entry level ICOTec GC300. It can work, but has its limitations. On some of the sounds, like the CottonTail Distress... it sure seems like the amount of distortion that starts to come into the playback of the sound when at it's highest volumes would be bad?... and would possibly deter incoming predators?, does that thinking seem right to you experienced Coyote/Bobcat hunters? I've been trying to bump the volume up to just as loud as it can go just before my ears start to notice that distortion creeping in.
Am I right to think the distortion during playback will tip them off that something is not right with this picture?
As far as placement... I've been trying to place the MOJO Critter in a place of prominence. When I can... I'll place it in the sunlight. On a piece of the terrain that's raised up a little so the Decoy is as visible as it can be without me having some kind of extended pole mount to raise it up higher.
I know that the predators are supposed to come in... see the decoy... and that they will try to work themselves around to being downwind of the decoy before they attempt approaching it. When possible, I try to position myself downwind of the decoy, but a little over to one side or the other. Or... I'll pick a spot 90 degrees off to the side of the winds path, again trying to make sure I am not in the visual corridor the predator is most likely to be pointed towards upon entering the scene.
I try to place the eCaller relatively close to the decoy so that the sounds appear to be coming from the decoy, and I always point the eCaller into-the-wind, or sideways into the wind, but pointing towards the thicker vegetation side when it's a corridor of open grassy area between two thickets. I always try to place/hide the eCaller right beside or inside some brush or grass near the area of the decoy.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU COYOTE-CALLING VETS:
After you've set out the motion decoy, and set out the eCaller and returned back to your sit... how long do you wait before starting the caller on a sound? My thought was that I'd better wait for a bit after all that walking around just happened. Like, to let the area calm back down. Is this sound advice? Or should I start calling as soon as I get back to be sit spot?
What's the most comfortable way you've found to take a sit? I use a Tripod stool most of the times. I also have a Kings Camo inflatable sit pad that I'll sometimes use. Thing of it is It hurts to sit on the floor (even with the pad) and I'll start to have circulation cutoff to my feet or legs, or my hip sockets will become unhappy about. My tailbone had hip socket have both had major trauma long ago.
I always find a spot in the shadows to sit in, though as time marches on shadows sometimes move and expose ya. I'm sitting there with the 3D concealment gear though. I put it on about 700yds before I reach my first destination area of the day.
What's like a common distance away from the eCaller to take your set? Or perhaps another question might be what's the closest distance you'd ever try to brother to sit at in an area with not a lot of open space?
When you start opting to switch over to mouth-calls. I was told to blow them for 10-15 seconds, put in as much emotion as you can. But then with mouth calls, wait a longer amount of time between the calling. Like 1 or 2 minutes. That sound right?
(This happened the other day) When your eCaller is going... and ya got 3 Turkey Vultures circling the area overhead for a bit and then diving back around over some oaks bordering the area to make their fly-over circles...how likely is it that they are seeing a predator like a coyote advancing toward the set and thus they are preemptively getting excited for a potential meal? Does the Turkey Vultures being there (or Crows being there) indicate they've probably spotted a predator advancing toward the area?
How long do you try one call before you switch over to using another one? Like what's the pattern? how many seconds of the call playing, followed by how much silence afterward? And when deciding it's time to switch to another call... how long to wait before now starting in with a different call?
And how long do you work a single sit spot? 45min? 60min? What's the norm for how long you give it a shot at a particular spot?