Crit'R•Call predator calls come in five models (from left to right): the Song Dog, Magnum, Standard, Song Dog Jr. and the PeeWee. All models are open-reed, plastic extrusion, molded for long life, are tough, and easy to service and to maintain. All Crit'R•Calls are sold with detailed instruction booklets and a selection of alternative reed shapes and materials to add sound versatility and convenience to your calling. If one reed is not completely satisfactory or you feel you need a change, substitute a different one. The reeds can also be trimmed and sanded to adjust their sounds.
Pick up your Crit'R•Call, any model, and inspect it. They are simplicity at their best, tough, light, convenient sizes and shapes. The plastic is tough and will last a lifetime if protected from excessive heat. The plastic is selected for durability, flexibility, non-freezing surface, and most important the sound carrying capacity it has to mimic sound coming out of the tissue of mammals. Our plastic formula is a secret, like Coca Cola's formula. Nobody else has it.
The Crit'R•Call Standard was first patented in 1977 so has many years of successful experience. There are thousands of those first Crit'R•Calls still in use with the original reeds, still singing the sweet song of rabbit death.Crit'R•Calls are freeze-proof, foolproof, and the ultimate of dependability, so there are no breakdowns of the call at the critical moment when the predator appears. The open-reed design allows the reed to stand away from the call platform so moisture blows through. It does not freeze the reed to the platform.
Here are a few maintenance tips for your Crit'R•Calls. Take the extra rubber band from the accessory bag, run a piece of parachute cord through it, then from the front tip of the call, roll the band back onto the barrel. Presto, you have a cheap and tough lanyard to hold your call.
When not calling, put the call into your jacket pocket or coveralls so the call stays warm for its next use. Swallow saliva occasionally and spit your Copenhagen juice frequently in very cold weather (-15 degrees F.). If moisture buildup occurs on the call platform or reed, simply blow it off from either end, or wipe it off with your glove or shirtsleeve.
Place the Crit'R•Call on a flat surface with the reed up. The reed should fit very tightly in the call, held in place by the reed block. Read the instruction booklet for specifics on reed tightness and adjustment. The reed should completely cover the air channel in the platform. If any of the air channel shows, the call will not perform to its potential. Adjust the reed with the thumb, right or left, in and out, to cover the air channel.
Each Crit'R•Call model is assembled with the reed in it, which we have found performs the best. See your instruction booklet for specific instructions on reed characteristics and exchanging reeds.
Pick up the Crit'R•Call and look at it from the side. The reed should extend straight out or bend slightly upward from its base. If it droops, it will not perform to its potential. Either roll the reed carefully backward with the thumb to retrain the reed's memory, or push the reed block out of the call body with a dull pencil, turn the reed over, then reposition the reed with the bow up and snap the reed block (number up) back into the reed block cavity.
Each model is sold with a selection of reeds of three basic thicknesses: .0075", .010", or .015" to .0175". The .0075" reeds are very easy to blow and very sensitive and maneuverable. They cannot be blown as hard and do not generate the volume and distance of sound as the thicker reeds do. The .0075" reeds reach out 1½ miles, which for most calling is more than adequate.
The .010" reeds are wonderful, easy to blow, sensitive, maneuverable, you can make them talk and sing, making sounds from mice to elk. We have tracked coyotes back to their beds from the spot we shot them in the snow. They jumped up from the bed and ran 2½ miles to the call. This reed thickness is the most useful.
The .015" to .0175" reeds are for making loud, long-range calls in wind and over long distances. Very piercing high-pitched calls can be made with this material as well as very low-pitched gravelly sounds. Generally, they take more air to blow and generate less emotional quality in the sounds.
When reeds are changed, the reed blocks also need to be changed unless the reed thickness is the same. See the instructional manual that comes with each call.Reeds are the essential and only working part of all Crit'R•Call. They are the vocal cords. The materials and shapes of Crit'R•Call reeds are the best, selected from long use and testing. Crit'R•Call was the first company to offer varmint hunters interchangeable open reeds.
We sell swatches of reed materials so that you can experiment with different shapes and lengths of reeds to fit what you feel are the best sounds and variety in your call.
Do not look at Crit'R•Calls as simple dummy tubes. They are unbelievably versatile mimicking tools and allow for all ranges of notes, pitches, and volume. Crit'R•Calls are hunting instruments on which you play wildlife music.
Crit'R•Calls are very simple, and every part of it is functional except small bars and circles in the back of the reed block cavity. These were made to help assemble the reeds. If they are broken out, the calls work fine.
Some Crit'R•Calls are packaged in .020" thick plastic clamshells, which can be reused for storage, or in a pinch, cut up and used for reeds. Some calls are packaged in Ziploc bags instead of the clamshell packaging. Ziploc bags are reusable and a good place to store your call and accessories.
With each call, there is an accessory bag with supplementary reeds and reed blocks to substitute with them. An extra reed band is enclosed for use with a lanyard.
The reed band installed on the rear of the mouthpiece can be removed. It is not necessary. It can also be rolled up and down the call mouthpiece to fix the reed fulcrum at a desired spot. Normally, the upper lip is used to make this fulcrum. Read the instruction booklet for uses of the reed band.
Crit'R•Calls are designed to sound slightly different in every caller's mouth. This reduces chances of varmints becoming call-shy as they can when they hear an identical sound many times. Crit'R•Call sounds stays new and fresh.
Crit'R•Calls are long- and short-range calls. You determine the range by how hard you blow on it. We have tested Crit'R•Calls so we can comply with the truth in advertising law to see how far a normal human ear can hear them: The PeeWee reaches out 1.5 miles; the Standard, 2.5 miles; the Song Dog, Song Dog Jr., and the Magnum reach out 3 miles.
The Standard Crit'R•Call
The Standard call is used by state, federal, and private professional trappers all over the USA. Coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bear, lions, deer, elk, and scores of other predators come to look. It makes mouse squeaks, jackrabbit and cottontail rabbit squalls, coyote pup squeals, and other necessary sounds. If you call predators, you need a Crit'R•Call Standard. It comes in olive-green and blaze-orange colors. Size: 3" x 7/8".
The Crit'R•Call PeeWee is a smaller version of the Standard model, designed to make tantalizing higher-pitched squalls and squeaks. It was engineered for Eastern and closer-range calling. It is made with a long platform and reed for maximum variety, and a short barrel for crisp resonance. Sounds made are sharp and attractive. It makes mouse squeaks and rabbit squalls in a very authentic and realistic way. Deer fawn bleats for calling predators and deer are excellent. Very easy to blow, this little gem is a great call. Switch reeds at will for varying pitches. It works great to call red and gray fox, and is the best fox puppy call on the call market. Insert the .015" reed and you will have a great long-range coyote call. It comes in blaze-orange and olive-green colors. Size: 2-1/2" x 3/4".
The Magnum Crit'R•Call
The Magnum was redesigned in 2001. It is the biggest, loudest predator call and howler on the calling market. It is great for very long-range and windy days. The original Magnum has operated well for 15 years. Our customers have asked for improvements to make it easier and more comfortable to use, and we did it. It comes with an updated instruction booklet, 3 extra reeds, 2 extra reed blocks, and 1 extra reed band. The Magnum comes in the olive-green color only at this time. Size: 5" x 1-1/4".
The Song Dog Crit'R•Call
The Song Dog was designed with the best features and use characteristics of all Crit'R•Call models to make coyote vocalizations. The Song Dog makes great lone howls, group howls, challenge barks, ki-yi calls, whines, whimpers, and combinations of all coyote sounds. It provides excellent range from very quiet sounds to howls which can be heard three miles away. It is sold in a kit with 5 reeds, 3 reed blocks, 2 reed bands, 2 extensions, and a 54-page instruction book on how to call coyotes with howls, barks, yelps, and whines. The book identifies coyote vocabulary, instructs you on how to make the sounds, when to use them, and what to do to respond to coyotes that reply to the caller. The book provides the caller with highly successful methods which have been used for 50 years by predator-control professionals. Used with quality rabbit distress calls, fawn bleats, and other prey sounds, coyote talk becomes the clincher in bringing call-shy coyotes into range. It is terrific on windy days and when calling in timber and heavy cover.
The Song Dog is also a terrific main-line prey distress call. It makes excellent rabbit squalls, pig squalls, doe bleats, and other fox and coyote sounds. It is available in blaze-orange and sand colors. Size: 6" x 7/8".
The Song Dog Jr. Crit'R•Call
The Song Dog has proven so successful and versatile that we have decided to offer it in a less expensive and more adaptable package. The Song Dog, Jr. comes in a brown color, which fits well into any kind of background. The instruction booklet is an abbreviated lesson on how to make jackrabbit, coyote talk, duck, crow, elk, moose, deer, and antelope sounds and distress calls. New reed material selections and shapes make the Song Dog, Jr. an outstanding mimicking instrument. Size: 3" x 7/8".