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 in use.
The remote itself is ergonomic, using 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 initial 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