A decoy caller like the “Secret Weapon” needs to cause the fox to come quickly for an easy meal.
- The fox can’t hear it:- It may be too far away or the wind is blowing the sound away. Wind upsets animals sensory system and makes them nervous and unpredictable.
- It may be too loud:- The sound needs to be at close to a natural volume.
- The sound may be distorted:- Playing the sound through a car stereo may have too much bass. Good for music not good for natural sounds.
- Distractions:- The fox needs to focus on the sound that means an easy meal. Excessive movements with spotlights or sudden metallic sounds like the working of the firearm action or dropping a magazine or ammunition on a metal roof. Talking:- Some communication may be necessary, but keep it quiet and to a minimum.
- The age of the fox:- An old fox may be more wary. Cubs that are under 3kg in weight are sometimes not as brave or curious as when they are more mature.
- Some foxes wake up to the fact they are being fooled sooner than others, so be ready, you may need to take a snap shot, running shot or a long shot.
These suggestions are based on decoy calling when spotlight shooting for foxes and feral cats.