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Gear of the week
Gear name: Yote Howler
Company: Triple Toe Calls (https://www.everybodyshops.com/triple-toe-calls-yote-howler-predator-call.html)
Gear type: Predator call
Product description: This is a coyote howler call, as its name suggests. But it’s not just for mimicking that one sound alone. This call can be used to bark, whine, yelp and yip, too. Why’s that important? Instincts. Barks, yips and yelps trigger all kinds of behavioral responses. Some coyotes respond territorially. Others come looking for pups or mates. Still more might respond in a social, pack-like way. Available options: This call features a black walnut body and plastic tubing.
Suggested retail price: $19.99.
Notable: These calls are made in Mill Hall, Clinton County, by a family three generations deep into making game calls.
Tip of the week
Electronic predator calls are a great tool to carry into the winter woods for coyotes, foxes and the like. Lots of hunters use them, for sure. And that can be a problem. Animals “learn” quickly if they hear the same sounds over and over again, presented in the same way. One way to trick them? Elevate your call. Sit it on a fence post, put it in the Y of a tree trunk, hang it from a branch. But do something to get it off the ground. The little bit of difference that makes can lead to more fur.
Recipe of the week
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ cups sifted unbleached white flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A backpacking buddy who liked to prepare goodies at home to eat on the trip introduced me to this sweet trail snack. They’re great for any time outdoors, but really offer a boost when the weather turns cold.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the shortening. Blend in the brown sugar, then add the eggs.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Stir that into the egg and brown sugar mix. Finally, fold in the walnuts and vanilla.
Spread the resulting mix into an oiled and floured baking pan. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.