How to Call:
Wait in silence for about 5 minutes before starting a calling sequence. It will give nature time to
return to normal. Begin on a low volume of about 3/10.(3 out of 10). My favorite is to start with a prey
distress call.
Keep the volume on 3/10 for 2 minutes then increase the volume to 7/10 for one minute and bring
the volume back to 5/10 for 2 minutes then wait for 4-5 minutes before calling again. Continue like
that till 45-50 minutes passed.
If no jackal or caracal have shown up, change the call to a jackal howl to see if any jackals are in the
vicinity. If none responded vocally use another jackal howl and see if any respond on the second
howl. Wait in silence for 10-15 minutes for the old and wily jackal to show up and then move to a
different location to make another stand.
Some people are against continuous calling but I have found it to be the most successful. I have
also, on the other hand, had jackals coming in after 20 minutes of silence on only two minutes of
calling. I use the last method for extremely educated and call-shy jackal.
Research has shown that the average black-backed jackal moves at ± 2.5 km per hour under normal
circumstances. When hungry, it will usually come faster, say at double it's normal speed. If you call
for 60 minutes you will most likely attract any jackal that is interested in your call from 2 km out. After
calling for about an hour leave the area and move to a different calling spot. Do not move further
than 2 km from the previous stand.
The most important factor to remember on night hunting is to shine the light, from the time you get to
the stand to the time you leave, every 40-50 seconds through 360º to pick up the eyes of any
incoming predator, even in the time you do not call. They often come in before you start to call or
react very quickly; I shot one jackal at 45 yards after only 40 seconds of calling.
How to react when a predator comes in:
When a predator comes in, turn down the brightness completely (see lights and dimmers). Slowly
turn it up until the eyes are barely visible through the scope. The light intensity at this stage should
be so low that the body should not be visible. Turn up the light to identify the animal only if the
predator is moving. Do not shoot at the eyes of an unidentifiable animal since non target animals
(e.g. steenbok, duiker & bat-eared foxes) also react to calls and may be killed or wounded.
When the animal is within shooting distance, bark at it. It usually comes to a dead stop, which gives
you ample time to shoot.
This is an example of how to stop a jackal to get a standing shot, even if
you have missed an opportunities by struggling with the rifle.
If you kill a predator, keep on calling - The most I have shot at one location(stand) were ten jackals.
There are no hard and fast rules in calling and experience will be your best teacher.
There is nothing that can describe the feeling when the hunter becomes the hunted, enjoy your
hunting and remember patience is the real name of this game.