So you want to call and hunt predators do you?
Well, you're in luck. There has been a huge surge in the sport within the last few years. It has gone from one of the least known hunting sports to one that has become very popular. There is a wealth of knowledge out there both on the web and in print to help you along. First off, I recommend that you go out and purchase a couple good books on predator and varmint calling and read them... then re-read them. Learn what skills the experts use to call them in and you are well on your way to starting off on the right foot.
Even before you start out on your first hunting trip, there are a few skills that you need to practice and get down before you make that first stand. Getting these skills down pat will greatly increase your chances of calling in a predator.
There is a huge assortment of predator hunting equipment out on the market now. Everything from really nice handmade calls to very expensive digital remote-controlled callers. Really though the majority of the equipment isn't required to call and hunt predators. There are only two major things that you will need to call predators.
You will notice that I did not list camouflage in the list. In my view its not 100% necessary to use camouflage while calling. While I personally wear it while I hunt, I know people who do very well and they wear old faded coveralls and maybe a light colored hat to break up the head/shoulder outline. The main skill hunters like this rely on is the TOTAL LACK OF MOVEMENT to keep from being spotted by their quarry.
I have also not listed a specific type of firearm in the required list. Your choice of gun is up to you. Your choice of gun depends on where you are going to hunt, what you have available and what YOU like. I used a Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55 for quite a few years when I was starting out. While I did catch some flak for it, it worked for me. I recommend that you look at the areas you will be hunting. Is it wide open country like out in the West Desert or is it somewhere where the cover is tight and you wouldn't take a shot at anything over 30 yards? Now I usually pack both a rifle and a shotgun to the field and use the one that best suits the stand that I'm on.
Before you are ready to make that first stand, go out and practice with your call a bit. Learn what it sounds like, when and if the reed breaks from a gravelly sound to a smooth sound and get a feel for how loud it is. If you are using an electronic caller learn how the controls work, how long the batteries last and how to set it up fast and quietly.
Ok! You have the basic skills down, you know the area and your equipment... its time to select a stand.