OVERCALLING & COMBO’S
Here is a HUGE mistake many hunters make, OVERCALLING!
Not every stand you hunt at is the same, everyone will
get a different reaction from predators, some will
answer back, some will not, some will come fast and
bark at the same time, some will not, BUT what is
always the same is DON’T do the OVERCALLING thing!
Jackal, listen to them at night, note how he talks to
his mates, and corresponds – take note of his vocal
sounds he emits, he never or hardly ever gooi’s a
disco or continues to bark at an alarming
So, you must copy his natural ability and try mimic
his actions to hunt him, many guys are guilty of
overcalling, I also was guilty of this but learnt
Here is a style I use and it works for me, (while you
read this picture a jackal hearing me at 1 kilometre
away at night).
It is (January to April) so – I start with half volume
on the caller and let out a jackal howl, a type of
locator sound, just once, I then PAUSE the music. I
sit dead still and wait, it does NOT matter if I get a
reply or not, I sit dead still and make no more music.
I wait for 2-3 minutes, then I again ad in a little
jackal general barking, a social sound not aggressive
just normal barking, I let the jackal bark about 3
times in quick order, I then PAUSE the music again.
NOW think about it, if the jackal heard me at that
first howl, and is committed he will come in at a
pace, they cover ground fast or can do. So, he comes
in and after 2 minutes he would cover 400m easily, so
at 400m he heard another social bark x3 and it keeps
He now sits out at 400m plus, and if so you should
have seen his eyes, if not it does NOT mean he isn’t
around, you can miss his eyes or he may look away, or
be in a donga etc, so be awake.
So, at 400m he hears the 3 barks, as I said I PAUSE
that music, if he barks at me, I will drop my volume
to a quarter and give him a quick single jackal bark
maybe two to keep him interested, I stop music again
and wait, I don’t play again. I wait at least 3
minutes, and if he don’t show I will start with food
then, but if he does show, if I see he is committed
and is running in I will not play more music and stop
altogether, just using my mouth as a kissing sound to
keep him on the right path so to speak.
So, you bark, wait 3
min, bark 3 times, wait 3 min, and again a bark or two
and wait 3 minutes, then gooi food, 3 seconds on wait
2 minutes en so aan.
If you call and nothing answers you,
don’t worry, but
if you call like this with these breaks after 8
minutes take note of a possibly sighting.
Some guys say if he does this you do that, if this
happens do that etc etc, BUT there is no rule book,
but overcalling is a problem. Some hunts if I sit at a
place for 35 minutes I will in all that time maybe
play jackal vocal sounds 5 times.
My food sounds I will let it play for about 3 seconds
and stop, then again after a minute maybe 2.
DO NOT OVER PLAY SOUNDS; give predators just enough
to keep them interested.
Here is a list of combos I use during the year that
work for me. Also
NOTE THE COMBO mentioned above
I play a food sound, let it play 3 seconds and wait a
minute, I do this 3 times, on the 3rd
attempt I immediately go straight into a fighting
young jackal sound. (Sounds like a jackal stole
I play a female jackal sound and a minute later play a
jackal puppy that’s playing
Play a Alpha male jackal that has barked twice, then
after a minute play a young jackal that’s a challenge
Play a social jackal with two callers 200m apart.
Play a single jackal male jackal and a food sound 200m
apart with two callers.
Play food and the 3rd attempt mix in with
fighting adult jackals.
REMEMBER TO NOT OVERCALL!!!