Calling Predators With Your Smartphone

Bob Connell spends a night in West Texas calling predators with a new high-tech caller and his smartphone.

Calling Predators With Your Smartphone

Last past spring at the 12th Annual Texas Predator Posse Rendezvous, Byron South announced he and his partners had just started a new electronic caller company — Convergent Hunting Solutions. Byron, along with his technology team designed and produced the Bullet HD, which allows you to use your cell phone as your remote. He introduced it and demonstrated it to us at the Rendezvous before it was on the market. It’s easy to use, has excellent sound quality and volume, a built-in decoy, and a screw-in metal spike to get the call above taller vegetation. You operate everything from your smart phone via the app, which includes individual sounds, four preset-favorite sounds, volume, video (yes, I said video), and the decoy (which alternates turning in both directions).

All you have to do is download the free App to your iPhone or Android phone, sync the caller with your phone, set it out, and start calling. The app comes loaded with six sounds, though there are 50 available — you can add more for a small fee. It also allows you to video your stand through the app on your phone.

Byron asked me if I would be willing to test the Bullet HD in the field and let me take the unit he had brought with him. Unfortunately, with our south Texas flooding rains this spring and our summer temps in the 100s, I did not get a chance to use the Bullet HD in field until mid-August.

My calling partner was overseeing several construction projects at a friend’s ranch in west Texas. He said he needed a break and wanted to do some calling. I loaded up my .22-250 and the Bullet HD and headed to Pecos County. We had a new moon, light winds, and temperatures finally down in the 70s at night.

Friday night turned out to be one of the best times I have had calling in a long time. We got up on the mesa just after dark. I put out the Bullet HD, started the remote, and put on Cottontail Duo. A few minutes in, Doug tapped my shoulder and pointed. He had picked up a brief flash of eyes. I looked through my scope and saw a body emerging from behind a mesquite. It was a bobcat, and he was on my side. The .22-250 dropped him in his tracks. What a great way to start the hunt!

On the next stand, I had a gray fox come in to the caller on my side. We got him stopped near the caller and I had my second predator of the night. We made several more stands. Doug shot a couple of fox and I got two more. Out of the first six stands, only one was dry!

We headed over to another part of the ranch. About five minutes into the call I caught a flash of white that looked out of place. I put the scope on it. It was a badger coming to the call. The first time he presented shot, I fired. This was only the third badger I have called in.

Then it dawned on me, I had a “Hat Trick,” three different predators on one hunt. This was a first for me. I ended up with four gray fox, a bobcat and a badger that night and Doug ended up with the two fox.

I found the Bullet HD caller to be very easy to use with plenty of good quality volume. You do need to maintain line of sight with the call for the Bluetooth to work. The Bluetooth range is about 200 feet with the Bullet HP.

I’ve since loaded all 50 sounds on my app. Byron has added hog and deer apps, too. Most of the sounds on the deer app are by Larry Weishuhn, “Mr. Whitetail.”

A 10-watt audio amplifier drives a pair of water-resistant speakers that develop a high-fidelity sound intensity of over 100 decibels giving you plenty of power for long-range calling. The caller also features a Lithium-Ion battery pack, which provides 10 hours of continuous run time.


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