FINE Important Tips
I have learnt much
over the years, and with being in the bush and
having the one on one experience with calling a
few important things always must be carried out
to be successful –
by keeping to the
basics will allow you to achieve far more
success than normal.
Look over my 10 part calling series on this website
here for more aspects to calling
I called and shot this cat in the throat from 80
metres, was a dark overcast night. I used a 223
rifle and an open reeded caller. Time I waited was
Here are the rules I never break! You may say this
is my personal RULE BOOK of calling.
– Always make your first stand
at a place active with predators, fresh kills and or
many tracks etc, make your stand early in afternoon,
and await nightfall, avoid driving with lights on to
the first spot. Your first spot is the most
important of the complete night hunt. Your location
must be good with 100% visibility.
– Always mark areas you will
hunt at night with toilet paper or so, so its easy
to find and stop at, try moving from one place to
another with red filters over bakkie lights, and
make sure your petrol / diesel don’t smell.
– Always cover your truck well,
with soft netting
shade cloth, it shines and glares in light, make
sure you understand the moon and when to hunt.
See my on line course! Use correct
sounds throughout the year for a jackal’s cycle. And
make sure you know how to call with either
electronics or hand calls.
– Always make sure to not stand
away from a jackal proof fence, otherwise the
animals can’t get to you, never place the speaker of
electronic more than 20 m from the truck, otherwise
you wont see an incoming predators eyes as he will
be looking in the wrong direction, having that
speaker near you will make him look your way and you
will see his eyes (this is especially true with
cats). Give cats an hour to get to you and jackals
– Always after you shoot a
jackal slit stomach open and drag it behind truck
from one place to another, then after a hunt drive
back that way. You can often see jackals, cats and
other stuff on the road. Try light up from downwind
more often than normal, keep all noise besides
calling sounds to a minimum. Don’t eat and talk
– Always sweep out the back of
the truck and remove stuff that can make a noise,
oil the swivel chair well, check lights work well,
that the rifle shoots its first shot with a cold
barrel dead on target !
after calling and shooting a jackal carry on
calling; give it time, often you will be able to
call in another one at that same stand. Don’t be in
a hurry. Have patience, it does pay! I have hunted
many places, one such place is Namibia, we called 5
jackals in at the same stand, just waiting, it took
about 7 minutes to call 2, then 1 then 2 and then
another 2. So, wait after you have shot a dog, give
it 5 minutes then quietly move to another previously
marked out location.
– Always have spare equipment
if going out at night, extra fuses, bulbs, extra
battery, extra items like a switch of a torch etc,
if something breaks then fix it on stand, don’t
drive all the way back home. Be prepared, have extra
penlights for FoxPro’s or 9v remote battery etc,
check you have a hand caller in case the electronic
gets damaged. If I go far away to another farm I
take an extra torch with red lens.
start the hunt with scanning around you with the red
light IN CASE a critter is walking nearby, then go
to a squeaky sound and chirp on and off for about 5
minutes, if nothing shows and is close then start
the hunt with how you choose to begin.
Always stick to the basics, I
speak to many guys and hear many stories, as far as
a guy who uses his bakkie lights on full moon to
trick jackals into thinking the moon is what it’s
seeing and not bakkie white lights, I have not heard
of such a thing before!!!! So, stick to basics, use
red lights, good sounds, have a good location, use
the weather and moon condition correctly and have
patience and you will succeed.