Each call is tested in actual hunting conditions. Every call is subjected to the same test at the same location. Weather can play a minor factor in testing, but should not affect overall performance. I’m not a scientist, nor are my tests bullet proof, they are only intended to give you a better idea of what you’re getting if you spend the money.
Volume Tests: The units are tested at 1 meter, approximately 40 inches from the speaker of the call. Because of the fact that you cannot test the same sound on all units, the volume tests cannot be replicated for each call. Each test will specify the sound that achieved the highest volume.
Remote Tests: The units are set in the same location as all previous units. I mark off 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards. I run initial responsiveness tests at those distances. Once the call passes or fails the initial tests, I then run further test to determine the quality of the remote range. The area has sage brush in between the call and remote to replicate actual field conditions that a hunter may face.
The 10 Areas Scored
- Caller Design: How well does the call function? Can you use the call without a remote? I like units that don’t need a remote, in case of a lost remote. How large is the unit? I do not like a large unit that folds out into a massive distracting blob. Small and compact is best. What are the batteries, power requirements, and battery storage like?
- Call Volume: How loud is the unit? Will it have the volume to carry on a windy day. Loud volume doesn’t always mean better, but it does make a big difference on a windy day or in the snow. Louder volume will help carry the sound in adverse conditions.
- Sound Quality: Some calls boast extreme volume, but their sound quality is terrible. How good are the actual sounds on the unit? This is based on the standard sounds that come with the unit, and the overall quality coming through the speaker. Some brands have high quality sounds, but they may sound different based on the speaker, amplifier, or call build.
- Portability: This is based primarily on how much the unit weighs as well as the remote. How easy is it to carry in the field and handle the remote.
- Product Build Quality: How will this unit hold up in the field? Is it rugged or poorly built? Will you expect it to last or have pieces and buttons fall off?
- Remote Design: Is built with a hunter in mind? How readable is the screen or printed text? Will it cause distractions in the field? Can you carry it with a lanyard?
- Remote Functionality: Is it easy to use in the field? This is primarily focused on user experience design. How easy is it to make the call play a sound, adjust the volume, or mute the call. Are the buttons easy to press? Is it intuitive or does it take a PhD to use it?
- Remote Range: How well does it perform in hunting conditions? How far away can you expect to use this remote? 100 yars + will receive a score of 10.
- Pricing Competitiveness: Based on the price range and comparable callers in that range.
- Best Selling Feature: Unique to each unit, what’s the best feature?
Calls tested so far:
- Foxpro Deadbone