The only time I ever encountered problems with my caller, it always turned out to be the battery in the remote. I carry a spare 9v with me. The caller itself is set up to run for extended time. I wired in a SLA battery which I throw on a smart charger after I get home.
I swapped batteries in the remote after the first set and no difference.
Call battery was charged before heading out.
I have two fully charged call batteries (with the newest charger) and a new pack of fresh Duracell's for the remote.
This weekends cold temps will be a test of my equipment and myself.
I have the vehicle mounted thermal ready to go too, just in case I want to sit in the ranger and scan, if the wind gets to bad.
Went out last night, still freezing cold but there was no wind. So it was tolerable.
1st set, absolutely nothing at all.
2nd set, seemed like it was going to be just like the first but at least we got a call back.
Coyotes after awhile started calling from our left and seemed like they were getting closer with each individual call but they never came up over the small incline in the field.
When we were walking back to the truck my buddy spotted something in the field, right where the coyotes were calling to us. I could tell whatever it was, was bedded down but couldnt tell if it was a coyote or not. We walked towards it whistling, barking, yelling and doing whatever we could to get it to move. When we got within 50 yds I could tell it was a deer. It didnt matter what we did,,, this deer wasnt moving. It was just to damn cold out. Probably could of walked up to it and got a ride.
I got the new scope sighted in for the .204 platform last weekend, but I wasn't really happy with it. Of course, it was all my fault for not paying good enough attention as I was doing it. I couldn't make the reticle adjustments small enough to get it dialed in as well as I wanted. Today after the 4-1/2 hour coffee meeting I went back to the range and had the scope mounted on the .223 Wylde platform. The scope has the ability to save settings for 3 guns. This time I figured out how to get the point of impact where it needed to be. The adjustments aren't super precise. Each "click" is one mil, so 1.1" @ 100. Certainly that's close enough. Minute of coyote is larger than that. I'll try to get back to the range with the .204 and dial it in a little closer this week, and Friday will be the first night afield with it. Playing with it near my house has me drooling to go out with it.
Went out Friday PM, Sat at dusk and Sunday at a different location near a pheasant preserve in orange county.
Friday PM was brutal, -20+ below temps with the wind chill and I only lasted about three hours, thanks to the heat in the ranger between stands.
Nothing seen or heard but some deer.
Sat Pm I was only out an hour, as I was scheduled to help with some tractor work in a heated garage at a neighbors place.
A balmy -11 below and while I did hear a few coyote and fox in the distance, nothing seen.
Sunday was a bust also, but I did get to hunt at a new pheasant preserve that's supposedly getting decimated by coyote.
Didn't hear or see anything, which is weird since a storm was rolling in and there was a 50+ bird hunt that day.
I was still happy, as it was warm and another location to hit on my way home from upstate.
I'll be getting my reworked trigger assy back for my semi 243 this week, get it sighted in and maybe get to drop some fur with it this weekend.
I went out friday night, but I didn't last very long. Went to the place where I can set up in the hayloft of an old barn. By the time I walked out and set up my call and got into the loft my fingers ached. Even with the protection of the barn, the little bit of wind combined with 0° and below made for an uncomfortable set. The temp according to my truck was 0° when I got there and -4° when I left just over an hour later. I didn't see a anything at all. Hoping for it to be in the 20°s tonight so I can last a little longer.
Went out last night a little later at the new farm.
Saw a dog at a bait pile as we were heading in, but couldn't get a shot at it.
Snow was crunchy as corn flakes.
My protégé said he saw another dog as we were cleaning up to head out, but I didn't see it at all.
Haven't heard any type of calling at this spot, but the farmer says he hears calls from three different areas as he's headed to the barn before sunrise.
Saw over 30 deer, a couple of rabbits and a crap ton of mice running around.
Plenty of dog tracks and trails in the snow around the bait piles, so we think their visiting during the day.
We also set up a cell cam on one of the most recently hit bait piles and will hopefully get a time their visiting and drop a few, day or night.