THE BEST ELECTRONIC PREDATOR CALLS ON THE MARKET!
After hours of field testing we’ve made our decision! Take your time and browse our top choices.
TOP 3 ELECTRONIC CALLS
Choosing the right electronic call depends on a few key factors. You need a call with high quality sounds, coyotes will run away from low quality sounds most of the time (I’ve seen it happen). You need a call with a good quality remote, not only so you can set your electronic call away from your sitting position, but so it’s easy to use in the heat of the moment. You also need something that’s easy to pack around and transport in the field. There are other factors when considering a call, and we’ve done some of the work for you in this article about the best coyote call.
We put just as much effort into finding the best electronic coyote calls on the market as we did in researching our other recommendations. These five models are rugged and reliable choices for callers on looking for the best. We’ve found a few options for you to choose from, depending on what features you need. Here’s the list!
The Best Coyote Calls
1. The Lucky Duck Revolution
I really like this call and what the Lucky Duck team has accomplished. They are making major inroads into the electronic call market with this call and others on the horizon. I wasn’t so impressed with all of the features before I used the call, but once I took it out in the field I had a big change of mind.
It has extreme volume like other top calls (I haven’t had the chance to meter this unit yet). I love the built in decoy and the rotational base system. I was a bit skeptical of the rotational setup, it looked a bit under built, but I was pleasantly surprised in the field. What Foxpro achieves through “FOXMOTION,” the Revolution achieves through actual movement, I prefer the Revolution rotation.
I wasn’t able to get a good shot with the HD video camera, but it’s a great idea as many know that coyotes and fox often charge the call extremly hard. I am excited to see what features Lucky Duck has in store for the future.
While I would have never thought I’d like a sound library more than Foxpro’s, I was blown away at the sound from this unit! I was more than happy with the 100 pre-loaded sounds on this unit. They were good enough to win “The Worlds” calling contest two times! This call will hold up to 2,000 sounds, so you can put your favorite George Strait albums on it with loads of room to spare.
2. The Foxpro CS24C
Until recently, the Foxpro CS24C e-call has been the most affordable professional model we’ve recommended. It’s been better than the competition in the budget range for a number of reasons.
The CS24 line of calls have been somewhat unknown to the mainstream market for the last several years because it was developed as a “Custom Shop” model, thus the “CS.” The 24 is designated from the 24 bit sound board capability that was a huge jump in technology several years ago. This model is the favorite of TV show host and competition callers. Al Morris, 4 time national champion uses this model.
The CS24C boasts extreme volume at around 124 decibels at one meter. It is compact for carrying and operates off of 10 AA batteries on the unit and 3 AA ion the remote. The remote is Foxpro’s higher end remote, the TX-1000, just like the Shockwave and other high end models. FOXDATA™, FOXMOTION™, FOXCAST™, FOXBANG™, however it doesn’t have FOXFUSION™ or FOXPITCH™ capability like the Shockwave.
Personally I don’t care much for the bells and whistles of the remote other than foxbang. The quality of the build and the ease of use with the easily readable remote are more important in my mind. This call will allow you to call in coyotes if the wind is gusting 20+ mph or more.
I love this call and I may be partial because I called and killed my first coyote with the CS24 several years ago. It was a windy day, 10-15 mph wind gusts, but the call had no problem reaching out and getting this yote from several hundred yards away.
Recommended Accessory: Small Speaker Cover
3. The Foxpro Shockwave
The Shockwave has the appearance of the ultimate coyote call. It was groundbreaking when it was released because of all the new features that the TX-1000 remote featured. The remote gives you unbelievable access to important data that can affect your calling experience, such as barometric pressure, moon phase, and temperature.
If you want the call that has the most features, high quality sounds, and produces predators consistently, then the shockwave is the best coyote call to get. While not as loud as the CS24C, it still booms the volume out at around 118 decibels at one meter. This is louder than most calls on the market, even if they boast something greater than this.
The sound quality is unmatched because of the four speakers on the unit. I was extremely impressed the first time I used this unit with the volume and quality. The only thing I didn’t like was the unit weight and the rubber latches on the speakers. The remote worked from a great distance, nearly 100 yards, and even when I was elevated 50 feet above the unit.
4. Foxpro Banshee
The Foxpro Banshee has replaced the Hellfire which was introduced sometime in 2013. This is a simpler version of the CS24C model listed above. It uses the same remote as the Foxpro Inferno but boasts greater volume due to the power provided by the batteries and amplifier. It actually matches the levels of the shockwave with 118 decibels at one meter.
This unit doesn’t get the marketing love of their other units and so it’s not as popular, but I actually love this unit especially at this price! The remote is really easy to use and it’s really easy to read. If you have troubles reading the newspaper, you’ll find this remote a refreshing change compared to other units.
The only downside is it’s known for going through batteries pretty fast. With 10 AA batteries it might be worth getting a nice rechargeable battery system to keep up with the diet of the Banshee. The batteries are in an external pack and cold weather will speed up the charge loss for those in colder climates.
If you’re looking for the best coyote call under $300, this unit is the one to get.
5. Foxpro Fusion
The Foxpro Fusion is the replacement for the popular Foxpro Fury. Combining the TX-1000 remote with the traditional call body has made this a popular selection for a lot of predator hunters. I personally don’t like this style much, but it’s still a top seller perhaps because it looks like older callers that hunters are used to.
It runs off 8 AA in the unit and 3 AA in the remote. The volume will peak in the mid range, all of the callers above will have more volume. It’s going to be on the border for cutting the wind, but the quality will still be there.
Personally I would choose one of the units above this, but it’s not a bad choice, it will last you for years to come, and it will call predators as good as any of them.
6. Primos Alpha Dogg
The Primos Alpha Dogg was made popular by Randy Anderson. He spent a lot of time with Primos to build the sound library up to what it is today. It has a nice remote that will range up to about 75 yards. The screen is a tad small, but it’s nice having everything in color.
The volume is excellent on this call, it will cut the wind really well with that large horn speaker. I don’t care much for the side speakers, they seem to be more of a marketing ploy than actual functional accessories. The unit operates on 8 AA batteries (not included) for the base unit and 3 AA batteries (not included) for the remote.
Overall this is a quality call, and the price keeps getting better every year!
7. IcoTec GC500
The ICOtec GC500 is nice call if you’re looking for some unique sounds and something different than the traditional Foxpro. ICOtec started their company by making decoys for Foxpro, and then expanded into making their own ecalls to help fill the void that mid range calls lacked.
One caution, don’t add sounds on a Mac computer. If you do, once you turn on the call, it will sound off in a loud human voice saying, “Please insert SD card, Please insert SD card!” Over and over if you let it. Talk about an easy way to blow a set!
8. Foxpro Inferno
I am currently field testing this unit as I write this article, I’ve taken it out with me several times now. The remote is a big jump compared to the Wildfire’s TX-9 that I hated! As mentioned with the Banshee, it’s much easier to read and it can really reach out there. I tested it at over 300 yards and I was still able to send commands to the unit.
The big difference compared to the other units is the lower volume, it only hits around 110 decibels at one meter. This is due to the lack of power and a smaller amplifier on the unit. It doesn’t take away from the sound quality however, and Foxpro has high quality sounds.
If you’re looking for something compact and reliable in the field without breaking the bank, then this call is for you!
Bonus: Johnny Stewart Grimm Speaker GS2
For those of you on a serious budget or you’re just not ready to invest in something that you’re not so sure about because you prefer hand calls, then this is a great little unit. I was impressed with the volume and the remote functionality coming from Johnny Stewart. They have missed the mark with their last few e-calls, and this one is a step up.
Johnny Stewart has always had great calls, but one thing they haven’t done is update their library for years. These sounds are quality, but they are old recordings that you used to be able to buy on a record, then tape, and now electronic. The Grey Fox sound is still a deadly sound on grey fox and coyotes. It’s the best call under $100 for sure.
have you tested the Foxpro Krakatoa? Also, since this article have you had a chance to test the decible level of the Lucky Duck? wondering which is louder… Lucky Duck, KraKotoa or Shockwave
I haven’t put the dB meter on the Lucky Duck yet, I’m guessing it’s close to the CS24B. The Krakatoa is the loudest I’ve ever measured at around 127 dB. The CS24B comes in around 124 dB. The Shockwave came in at 118 dB. It’s hard to get an exact measurement unless I put the same sound on all of the units. Calls like the shockwave have a disadvantage with sound coming from two sides, rather than one main speaker. When I get the time I’ll create a better test to compare, but all of those are excellent callers. I don’t like the Krakatoa only because of the size, but maybe after using the Lucky Duck it won’t be as noticeable.
Im hung up between the Lucky Duck Revolt and the FoxPro Shockwave. I currently have the Primos Alpha Dogg and it sounds like crap. There is a constant puttering noise that always comes out of it and its my second one that does that. I’m almost sure that it drives coyotes away more than it brings them in.
If money was no object, which would you choose based on the most likely to be successful; the Revolt or the Shockwave?
It’s such a toss up. I’m currently running the revolt, and my hunting partner runs the shockwave. I like them both a lot. I might go with Revolt, only because the sounds aren’t as prevalent as the foxpro sounds. Dogs haven’t heard them as much. That’s just a theory though, it might not really matter.
I’ve used the Turbo Dog and didn’t like the sounds. Didn’t seem natural. I switched to the FoxPro Banshee but it seemed to have distortion at higher volumn levels. When I first started calling I used the Johnny Stewart cassette caller and had reasonable results. So am wondering how well the GS2 is doing, have seen mixed review results. Also noticed that All Predator Calls.com has a larger selection of sounds for the same call. are these from Johnny Stewart of someone else ?
An excellent article. Thank you very much!