The Alpha Dogg
Towards the tail end of the
season, a new call showed up
on my doorstep, the Primos
Alpha Dogg. I've taken the
call out for some non-hunting
sessions as I get to know it
better. I have some upcoming
predator hunts to take it on,
and this will be one of the calls
I carry along to South Africa
to hunt their predator species
in September. It's already
provided outstanding results
on my outings for crow, which
will be a feature next month.
In some ways this call resembles a
transformer toy, the speaker covers
swing down to become legs, and the
speakers can then be swiveled to the
optimal direction. But before getting to
this point, you will find that there is a
convenient carrying handle and a slot that
the remote locks into when the call is not
The remote itself is ergonomic, useing
large menu controls, and has just the
right backlighting to allow it to be read
without killing your night vision or lighting
your face up like a spotlight.
With the legs deployed you can set the
call in the snow or mud puddles, with no
worries of submersing the electronics.
Alpha Dogg uses 25 watt digital amps
and produces plenty of volume. The
speaker system is advertised as being
distortion free, which from my
experience is a true statement. There is a
bit of rasp as the batteries go flat, but slip
in a fresh charge and they are once again
providing a high fidelity sound.
|Jim starts working a new call, and based on intial experience
will be using this one a lot in the coming months! It's
ergonomic, has very good sound quality, and a large sound
library ... with a twist!
All of this is great, but you need the right sounds to be effective in the field. What I have found interesting
and useful with this call is that besides the 75 sounds that come preloaded, and the ability to load
additional sounds from the Primos website, you also get "expert" applications in which a combination of
sounds is provided. This allows you to use the calling strategies employed by guys like Randy Anderson,
to generate a territorial set in which a pair of yotes stake put and protect their territory, or seven other
expert sets. I've been doing a lot of calling with mouth calls and electronic calls over the last several
years, and have hunted with a many great caller/hunters across the country. In the process I have
become a reasonably proficient caller, but there is always something to learn from the true experts. I look
at the sets as much as a learning tool as a call in its own right.
I'll be using this Alpha Dogg, comparing it with my other favorites from FoxPro and Extreme
Dimensions, and will update this post as I get more information.