By Fred Abbas
When we set about inventing hunting aides, especially for deer hunters, we looked at the weaknesses of the prey vs the weaknesses of the hunter. In the case of a bow hunter we wanted to eliminate the probable mistakes the hunter is most apt to make under certain conditions, and that included us as well, in which he or she had no control. Then we focused on a deer’s sense of curiosity along with his social structure and viewed these as weaknesses that needed to be exploited. Deer are much more vocal than most hunters would believe, but for the most part they are soft and subtle 95% of the time. Back in the 70’s every deer call on the market was designed strictly for gun hunters, and unfortunately they still are today. These calls were too loud, their reeds froze when moisture got on the them in cold weather and they took a lot of air to activate them, making it hard for the hunter to control the volume, but worse they were designed only for the rut time frame with their deep and loud grunts. Being bow hunters who spent quite a bit of time afield we were hearing something quite different coming from the deer themselves, than what we were buying at the local sporting goods store. The first thing we needed to do was to duplicate that soft social grunt that we were constantly hearing, it took months to accomplish because we were working on 4 different tones, fawn, doe, buck, and dominant buck. Next we looked at the bow hunter, we knew that he would become almost helpless at the most critical stage of the hunt once both hands were on his bow, especially at full draw, of course he could always make a noise with his mouth, or whistle to stop a deer. The problem we had with that was the hunter would invariably put himself in a do or die situation, along with giving his position away, with absolutely no hope of bringing a deer into a more favorable position. We felt that a hunter could have more control over the situation, any situation, if he could control the volume needed for the changing situations. For instance, the hunter could call very softly to a deer behind a bush or tree, he would be able to create curiosity in the buck and get him to step out, or louder if needed to stop a deer. Every hunter must turn their head into the direction of their draw and that’s exactly where we mounted the call on their shoulder area. The small tube slipped into their mouth and they simply inhaled to activate the call, the call body was designed to face backwards because we discovered that deer will almost always lose both their sense of depth and height at the same time. They will look in your direction, but always on ground level as long as you never call when they are facing you. This deer call became famously known as the “Bowgrunter”, and to this day is the only 100% hands free patented social deer call in the world.
A few years ago crossbows exploded on the scene when many states began to loosen and lift the restrictions that held crossbow use in check when they realized how much revenue they were losing on declining license sales. We also realized that a healthy crossbow user was most apt to be a gun hunter who simply wanted to extend his season and had little or no experience with bow hunting. Actually 60% of all deer hunters were gun hunters, which meant that if these hunters owned a deer call it would be a hand held tube type call, and of course they would not be familiar with the “Bowgrunter” simply because of it’s name. Most of these new crossbow hunters had a problem that they probably didn’t know existed, namely by being up close and personal they couldn’t move as much as they did while gun hunting and their tube type calls were obsolete and too loud for this type situation, thus hindering their own success ratio. We viewed this as a problem that definitely needed a solution. The thought occurred to us, could we create a cross between our 100% hands free deer call such as the “Bowgrunter” into a tube type hand held deer call to be used during the gun season ? Would that call be able to cater to the needs of a bow hunter then turn around and cater to the needs of a gun hunter, which are totally different needs, basically merging two calls into one ? Mind you, this had never been done before, but that’s exactly what happened when we developed a removable mouth piece and lanyard that fit on the “Bowgrunter”, a new deer call had been born called the “Dual Grunter”. Which by the way is fast becoming our top selling deer call, especially our camo covered version .
There is a solution to every problem and if we find it you will be able to buy it! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEXT HUNT!!