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Nice coyote!! I use to have the woodpecker on an old Foxpro, but never had much luck with it. As many woodpeckers as we have around here, seems like it would work great with bobcats. Was that a call you built? :thumb:
 

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Dangit Chris....now ya know they will be after me over that Ivory Bill...you weren't supposed to tell it!! :wink:

Good luck at daybreak....it is 46 degrees here...man I wish I could go!!!

We are going to have to get together and make a few stands one of these days....

Yerssir Zane....it is all I do anymore...love it!


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As hard as I tired to get the pecker cal to work for me, I have never got a shot using it!

I know it works,, and patience may be my problem!!

I don't hunt the predators much anymore.. not really sure why either.. I loved it!!! It just seems like time and opportunity keep me from it!!! Nice dog and congrats.... when time allows you got to post the story behind it too!!!
 

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Must be a different woodpecker call...I just finished perfecting this one a couple weeks ago and there are only four in existance ... mine, my broher in law's, my son's and my friend Kelly Jackson in Oklahoma.

Kelly had just called in a double with his and I had to take mine out. As to a story, not really much of one, sadly...not to say this is indicative of using this little call, but I didn't even get a sequence blown...5 minutes from sit down to back in the jeep ( counting dragging/loading him in the rack on the Jeep) I musta been right on top of him...

At any rate, I didn't design this call as a "go to" call but rather to be used in an area when other things weren't working... i.e., a heavily called area where the coyotes weren't responding to bunnies well. It is another trick in your bag of tricks, I don't figure I will call 10 a year with it...most of them in late season...only time will tell :up:


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My experience with the woodpecker call has been extremely varied. When I was a sixteen year old kid growing up in rural southern Maryland (and, yes, parts of Maryland are rural, believe it or not), it was absolutely magic!

Back then (early 80s) I had a cheaply copied Burnhan Brothers cassette of a Yellowhammer Woodpecker that I played on a $15 recorder. Often I would hear Red Foxes barking at the sound within fifteen seconds and making their appearance in under three minutes! Using a cheap Marlin .22 rimfire I bagged as many as four from one stand in less than an hour, and then trekked to another stand and snagged a fifth before dark. Amazing!

Nonetheless, I've tried the same sound in Arkansas--with far better equipment and in a state with immeasurably more huntable territory--to no avail. Nothing but a few crows and a hawk or two ever responds. What gives??
 

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The camo on the rifle was done by Greg Ballard, and is duracoat...Greg does a SUPER job I think, and thanks!!

VA - if the crows and hawks are responding, I believe it to be a good thing!! When they respond, it is my opinion you are doing it right, and with a good sound.

I think of the woodpecker as a "Specialty" sound rather than a "Go to" sound. I believe it will be excellant for cats, though I haven't tried as of yet...it is easy to keep busy and should fare quite well. A couple of us have used it to call coyotes. Time will tell....

Here is a clip I recorded to show the sounds I use with this call. The quality of the recording isn't good as it was done on a $5.00 Wallyworld mike and a home PC. I am sure many of you can do much better, but this will give ya an idea as to how I use it...

http://www.arkyyoter.net/sounds/ArkysDirtyBird.wav


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Nice dog, good pic too. I'm finding myself more and more attracted to predator hunting all the time. I've made a couple of stands after a day of spring turkey hunting...called a couple up, one into shotgun range. Just got a bobcat the other day while bowhunting. Not far from being hooked. :wink:
 

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Nice dog, good pic too. I'm finding myself more and more attracted to predator hunting all the time. I've made a couple of stands after a day of spring turkey hunting...called a couple up, one into shotgun range. Just got a bobcat the other day while bowhunting. Not far from being hooked. :wink:
Bobcat with archery equipment! Not an easy task! Hats off to you.
 

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The camo on the rifle was done by Greg Ballard, and is duracoat...Greg does a SUPER job I think, and thanks!!

VA - if the crows and hawks are responding, I believe it to be a good thing!! When they respond, it is my opinion you are doing it right, and with a good sound.

I think of the woodpecker as a "Specialty" sound rather than a "Go to" sound. I believe it will be excellant for cats, though I haven't tried as of yet...it is easy to keep busy and should fare quite well. A couple of us have used it to call coyotes. Time will tell....

Here is a clip I recorded to show the sounds I use with this call. The quality of the recording isn't good as it was done on a $5.00 Wallyworld mike and a home PC. I am sure many of you can do much better, but this will give ya an idea as to how I use it...


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Thanks for the encouragement. Just this year my law practice has finally started bringing in enough money for me to afford a few extra rifles, a FoxPro3 digital caller, some decent cammo, and a couple other toys. (Some people think all lawyers are rich, but trust me, this one isn't).

Anyhow now that I've got the equipment, I want to do some real predator hunting this fall. It's just that most of my Arkansas experiences have been damn frustrating. I've tried both public and private land in many areas of north Arkansas and end up walking off feeling like a fool when all I've got to show for a day's predator hunting is a few chigger bites.

I know I can do it because I've done it before. I also expect to be told to "keep trying." That I shall, but it's hard to escape the impression there's something I just must be missing.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement. Just this year my law practice has finally started bringing in enough money for me to afford a few extra rifles, a FoxPro3 digital caller, some decent cammo, and a couple other toys. (Some people think all lawyers are rich, but trust me, this one isn't).

Anyhow now that I've got the equipment, I want to do some real predator hunting this fall. It's just that most of my Arkansas experiences have been damn frustrating. I've tried both public and private land in many areas of north Arkansas and end up walking off feeling like a fool when all I've got to show for a day's predator hunting is a few chigger bites.

I know I can do it because I've done it before. I also expect to be told to "keep trying." That I shall, but it's hard to escape the impression there's something I just must be missing.

Yep, Keep trying. :biggrin:

Seriously though, the location has lots to do with it. I have very little success on public ground. Esepcially after middle of september rolls around. with all the scouting traffic, the coyotes are very wary and they don't charge the calls. They will sneak up like a cat at times.

We also don't have the sheer numbers of coyotes that the western states have, that coupled with the cover availible to them makes it even harder. Predator hunting is not easy for sure, but it one of the most rewarding things I have found as a past time. When you realize that you have outwitted an animal that hunts to live, and which has senses thousands of times stronger than ours - and uses them to defeat his prey, it changes your outlook a bit. :thumb: That really is an accomplishment. ( Not to mention that deer hunting becomes easy after you have done this for a while :head: ) You have to use honed tracking, hunting and stalking skills for this game. In my opinion, it is the ultimate hunting skill.

I have heard of places where guys call and bring home fur 1 in 4 stands in the west. I have also heard people in the far north east that will bring in fur 1-50 stands. I'm guessing somewhere around 1-20 for me.

Also, try getting on some private land that has cattle or sheep :wink:. Chicken houses are good areas as well. They are sarting to respond to locator calls pretty well now and it is a good thing to cruise your hunting areas late at night, get them to respond, then hunt that area the next morning. You certainly won't kill any if there aren't any there. :up:

#1 Wind, watch the wind. Use it to your advantage.
#2 vision, try and hunt with the sun at your back (Sometimes you just can't, but try). Makes you impossible to see unless you are skylined on a hill.

Those 2 things will seal the deal if you see one.





BryanH. You just saved about 5 deer this year from being killed by a cat. :up:
 
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