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So Cal Predator Calling Seminar - July 22
Fwd from Predator Callers of Orange County and Turner's Outdoorsman:
Hi Fellow Predator Callers:
Attached is our June Predator Press newsletter for your reading enjoyment.
Be sure to read the president's message regarding the Predator Calling Seminar we are conducting on Sunday, July 22nd, at Raahague's Shooting Sports Center in Norco, CA. We have 2 great keynote speakers. The first is Gerry Blair, who everyone knows. And, Rich Higgins, one of the best mouth callers in the West. He really knows the coyote language. There will also be plenty of time for a Q&A session. In addition, there will be a friendly calling contest at the end of the seminar. There will be more details out soon.
The local clubs are encourage to be a part of this event. We will have flyers out soon. Word will hit the Western Outdoor News, the Turner's Outdoorsman stores, The Trapper Magazine, Predator Xtreme, Jim Matthews online newsletter and more. Tell everyone you know so they can be at this seminar. Its the real thing.
Andy McCormick of Howa Rifles is donating a rifle as a door prize! You can win a rifle and there is no admission charge. We are really trying hard to make this a great event. This is one event you don't want to miss.
Shoot Straight, Don Jamroz, Hunts Chairman.
Sorry, I'm not attaching the club's newsletter. It's a big download and it's already available at the California Varmint Callers website.
If you have ever considered coyote hunting, Gerry Blair has written three books on predator calling and is an extremely entertaining speaker. Rich Higgins is one of the most knowledgable coyote men on the freakin' planet. From beginnner to expert, there will be something for everyone.
Also, Saturday, July 21 is Youth Outdoor Safari Day sponsored by SCIOC.
Edit: Doorprize rifle is a Howa 1500 Lightning 20" sporter .223 with Hogue green over-molded stock, one-piece base with Nikko-Stirling 3-9x42 scope, sling, and soft case.
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A "10" FOR ADRENALINE
Thrill of calling predators never diminishes
By JIM MATTHEWS
Outdoor News Service
Giggling is not allowed.
But the first time or two, you just can't help it.
You are wearing full camouflage and face paint. Your hunting
partner has misted enough urine from a variety of wild animals into the
air (thankfully, downwind) to make you think a stinky coastal fog is
moving in. And then there are those gawd-awful sounds you make trying to
sound like an injured or dying animal or bird.
It suddenly all seems like another version of the childhood snipe
hunt where you head out into the dark with burlap sacks to make a fool
This version is called predator calling.
But then a coyote barrels in, intent on pouncing on whatever,
whoever is making those sounds, and you suddenly realize it isn't a joke
after all, except maybe on the coyote. There's a method to this madness.
* * *
We sat back-to-back and I told my brother-in-law to nudge me gently
if saw anything coming in. I heard him snicker slightly when I started
squawling on the call, but I'd barely finished my first series when his
elbow rolled me over sideways. Rolling the rest of the way onto my
belly, I could see the two coyotes coming toward us on a dead run. The
closer they got, the more Bruce tensed up. One coyote peeled off and
slowed, while the other kept barreling in -- closer and closer and
finally sliding and backpedaling on all fours, trying to reverse
direction just 20 feet away as it recognized us, kicking up dirt and
small rocks that rattled up against Bruce's pants and boots. Bruce's
eyes were as wide as the coyote's, both getting an adrenaline rush over
something they didn't expect.
* * *
When I suggested we run over to a big wash near the house to call
for coyotes, testing a new electronic tape I'd just received, Bruce was
ready to go. I didn't have the electronic caller yet, so we took a boom
box and set it up 20 yards away while we hid in some brush with
camouflage netting in front of us.
There were mournful sounds coming from the speakers, and we saw the
three young coyotes about the same time. Across the wash, they were only
100 yards away, and two of them dropped off the lip of the wash and
started trotting our way, weaving in and out of the broken brush. The
other stayed on the vantage point watching. Then the show began. The
three pups had distinctive personalities. The front dog was aggressive
and started growling, yipping, and strutting around. This went on for
five minutes and Bruce and I were both giggling under our breath. The
pup finally howled when it got it's nose right up to the boom box and
smelled us. Then it bolted down the wash and started circling back to
the coyote still standing where we'd first seen them. The second coyote
had been more cautious, coming in silently and circling downwind,
hitting our scent about the same time the first coyote stuck its nose up
to the speaker.
By the time the three coyotes were standing together again, we'd
all learned something.
* * *
The truck was parked and I was watching desert deer feed in an
alfalfa field with my binoculars. I'd been there 15 minutes when coyotes
started howling and yipping practically right next to me in heavy brush.
Everyone who spends any time outdoors has heard one of the choruses,
usually right at dusk. This was mid-afternoon.
There was no call handy, so I simply started sucking on the back of
my hand, making a loud, kissing noise. Don't ask why, but I hunkered
down a little in the truck, as if hiding behind the mirror would improve
my odds at luring in a coyote. The howling stopped instantly, and I
could hear feet thumping in soft sand. Suddenly, a lone coyote poked out
a hole in the brush, just his head and shoulders showing. He was just
across the road and we made eye contact instantly.
I'd swear his eyebrows furrowed together when I sucked on my hand
again, and he showed his teeth as he turned to run off. Was he laughing
at me for peeking over the edge of the window, lips on the back of my
hand? But there was no laughter or yipping, just the sound of feet
padding across sand in hasty retreat.
* * *
Coyotes, gray fox, and bobcats have come in to my calls, and I've
called all over the West, frequently thinking this really was more like
the proverbial snipe hunt when nothing showed up for stand after stand.
If I felt like I was any good at this, I'd give you some tips. But if
you go out someplace where there are coyote tracks, don't make a lot of
noise, get away from the vehicle so the critters can't see it, and then
blow the call like the directions say in the packing, you'll do as well
as I've ever done.
It's pretty sad I can sum up my whole predator calling technique
and strategy in one sentence. But that's proof that it's not rocket
science and anyone can be successful. Getting good at it might ruin some
of the sheer shock and awe I feel every time something actually comes
After 35 years of doing this, you'd think I'd quit being surprised.
And, really, I'm not going to giggle anymore.
VARMINT CALLING LEGEND SPEAKING: Gerry Blair is a legend in the
world of predator calling, his name ranking up there with the likes of
the Burnham Brothers, Gerald Stewart, Lew Mossinger, Jim Dougherty and
Doug Kittredge. Blair is coming to Southern California to share some of
his knowledge during the Predator Calling Expo II.
Blair's book "Predator Calling with Gerry Blair" is considered the
bible on the sport for many hunters, and Blair has just completed a
complete rewrite of this classic that should be out this fall. It
represents a lifetime of accumulated knowledge about predator calling.
He says he's been calling "a hell of a long time and maybe more."
Blair started his calling career as a kid in the late 1930s using
just his voice to make the screaming sounds of injured animals to
attract coyotes, bobcats, and foxes. Blair was part of the explosion in
the sport that took place in the 1950s and 60s, and he continues to be
an avid caller today at 76 years old -- still hunting for pelts in the
winter months to supplement his Arizona highway patrol retirement
Blair will be joined by two other well-known callers from
successively younger generations for one of the most comprehensive
predator calling seminars ever conducted under a single roof. Rich
Higgins, who filmed the video "Up Close and Personal" with his son
Tyler, along with Les Johnson, host of the cable TV show "Predator
Quest" and one of the most successful contest predator hunters in
history, will team up with Blair on the stage for the Turner's
Outdoorsman Predator Calling Expo II to be held beginning 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 22, at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises in Norco.
The informative and entertaining presentations are designed to give
both new predator hunters the tools they need to become successful
callers while, at the same time, giving veteran predator callers
insights from three veterans who've learned more than a few tricks for
bringing coyotes and other predators within rifle, shotgun, bow, or
"There's a lot more to being a good predator hunter than learning
to scream," said Blair. "What you need to know is how to outwit these
"Predator calling is a great sport that lets you go out into the
woods anytime of the year."
While the calling expo is free, there is limited seating and
hunters are asked to call Raahauge's at 951-735-7981 to reserve their