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Hi guys,

On Saturday in Las Vegas after wrapping up a couple of very enjoyable days at SHOT, I toured the National Atomic Testing Museum. The great men and their accomplishments that positioned us to win the Cold War are awe inspiring. During that tour fantastic American technology, like the B53 H-bomb, the Atomic Annie artillery shell, the Davy Crockett warhead and successfully tested nuclear rocket engines were on display, I saw a poster with a famous Dr. Strangelove speech.  In that speech, Major Kong, superbly acted by Slim Pickens, described the contents of their B52 bomber survival kits. That got "Major" Bob of the Texas Crow Patrol thinking about what we usually take along on our adventures afield. Here is my crow hunting homage to that great movie:

"Toyota 1 Cargo Bed Contents Check: 2 Browning Maxus’s with Metrogun barrel extensions, 3 cases of 12 gauge Federal subsonic shotshells, 1 suppressed RRA AR15 with 3 20 round magazines filled with VMAX reloads, 1 suppressed Volquartsen rimfire rifle with 100 rounds of subsonic HP ammo, 2 fully charged FoxPro ecallers, 2 Gibson crow calls, 1 USA Turntable variable speed ”spinner”, 1 Hot Stick, 12 GHG Crow Decoys, 1 Mojo Critter, 2 MO Camo Leafy Gear suits, 1 LightForce HID corded spotlight, 1 days emergency rations with 6 bottles of water, one drug issue containing Advil and Benadryl, one combination Texas phase book and Bible, one hundred dollars in Federal Reserve Notes and one hundred dollars in Peso’s. Heck a couple of fellas could have a pretty good crow hunt anywhere in Texas with all that stuff!"

Coyotes, hogs, and raccoons are in trouble with this gear, too.  BTW when I was walking out of the NATS museum, a pair of very noisy Marine Harrier jump jets on final approach to Nellis AFB overflew my position. Go USA!!!

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Mr. Major Gadget: In reading your fine post/report, it is apparent that given the opportunity, you would have been on that mission with Major Kong in the B-52 even though it was a one-way trip. And you  would have probably had most of the gear you take with you on crow sorties..  stowed onboard somewhere!! You are a patriot, sir!



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Did FoxPro have a booth at the shot show?

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Hi Skip,

Thanks for acknowledging my patriotism.  I do love the USA!

Hi Bob,

Yes and they had their new Super Snow Crow Pro on display.  Always good to catch up with Mike and Steve Dillon.  That offers the ultimate in crow calling volume! 

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Bob,

What is the difference between the older model SCP units and the new ones?

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Bob:

I believe I've seen a black volume in the bed of Toyota One - "Crow Targets in Mega-Deaths".  Was that where I saw it?



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Hi Bob,

The Super Snow Crow Pro uses two 12 volt gel cells in place of one in the prior models for 24 volts of power.  Steve explained this significantly increases the sound output.  It also features their latest generation remote - the TX-1000 - significant advancement over the earlier remote models.  This new remote offers a full color graphic LCD screen which displays your sound list or sound categories, has a barometer indicator, moon phase indicator, temperature indicator, battery level indicator, timer or time clock and their exclusive FOXBANG technology.  It also now has FOXMOTION, FOXPITCH and FOXDATA that were not available with the SCP I or II.  Like the prior models it again offers FOXCAST so crow calling sequences can be programmed in advance and played in the field.  With the new remote you can organize your sounds into catagories for quicker access.

Hi Corporal Phil, 

Very preceptive of you.  I am not saying a few of our Texas crows won't get their feathers ruffled but their annual losses shouldn't be more than 2000 crows or so, tops!

Pecan peace is our profession...

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Hi Bob, is that caller louder than the Krakatoa? I bought the Krakatoa last year being they said it was the loudest call they made. I may have to upgrade again.

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Hi Gearly,

I think the Super SCP is their most powerful caller ever - as it is powered by two 8 amp gel cell batteries and can drive up to four 30 watt speakers for hours on end.  The unit weighs in at 14 pounds.

I know my SCP II+ is extremely loud and Steve Dillon told me this new unit is a significant step up in volumn.

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Gadget Bob,

Fox Pro needs to build a SCP unit with no cords like the CS-24 L unit. I take it that the new unit has speaker wire for the speakers where you plug it into the machine?

Here is how Dick & I have the speakers to the CS 24 L unit with no speaker wire. It works great, you don't have to search for just the right branch to point it in the direction you want!

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Hi Bob,,,, I notice in the pic your speakers are pointed slightly up. I have 2 questions. When you are shooting a flyway, what volume do you run your 24 on and do you fluctuate it any??? I notice as well you don't have the speakers pointed directly at the flight path. Thanx...........



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Gadget Bob,

Fox Pro needs to build a SCP unit with no cords like the CS-24 L unit. I take it that the new unit has speaker wire for the speakers where you plug it into the machine?

Here is how Dick & I have the speakers to the CS 24 L unit with no speaker wire. It works great, you don't have to search for just the right branch to point it in the direction you want!

Bob A.


Hi Bob,

I agree with you completely, and that's why I have them build me the "Plus" custom model of their SCP's.  The speakers are attached to the base unit - no wires for fast setup and portable operation.

Right now Steve Dillon is seeing if he can devise a way to put two speakers directly on their Super SCP unit for the Texas Crow Patrol.  With the 2 big gel cells their isn't much internal space compared to the prior models. 

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Gadget Bob,

I would want external speakers so you can tip them in any direction plus keeping them apart from one another as situations can change in the field as you know.

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Hello Chip,

I do have them pointed at the flight path, there were two flyways that were coming in our direction that afternoon. One from the south, the other from the west.

The more wind on any given day the more volume I use. Example, if the wind is above 20 MPH I crank it up all the way. If the wind is light, say 5 to 10 MPH I turn it up 1/2 to 2/3rd's of the way.

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Thanx Bob that makes sense, By the time the birds get to me, They simply are a hell of a lot more educated. Although when I am shooting a flyway and there are tons of birds volume really isnt that big of a factor. I usualy point my 24 either level with or let the sound bounce of the ground. I've had a decent roost down here til a couple idiots shot it couple weeks ago. Ruined it and the birds are unpredictable and scattered. We should get one more good push with all the snow up north. Hopefully They will establish before season goes out.biggrin



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Gadget Bob, Thanks for the info. Greg

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Hi Bob A., I have the exact same caller set up as you, I run another speaker off of my Krakatoa which I believe is the new version of the CS-24. My Krakatoa will hurt you ears if we have either of the speakers even generally in our direction. I think that it is plenty loud but may look into the SCII. I'm not sure if I would need more volume, what's your opinion? Thanks, Greg

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Hi Greg,

You have plenty of volume!

The conditions in which you are hunting that day are more important in my opinion. On days where the wind is above 20 MPH (steady 20 MPH) if you are to far from them and they can still hear the call (provided they are not spooked to death from pressure) they will not fight the wind to get to you. That's why it's critical to pick "the right spot" so they will come to you!

Had some soft shooting yesterday afternoon, the wind was straight west at 15 to 25 MPH 43 degrees out, very enjoyable shoot, I was solo. It gets my motor going (after all these years) seeing them coming through the trees where they can't wait to get there!

This was my last shoot of the season, I'm tired of shooting them. Got to get ready for pool season, have a tournament coming up on January 30th. I bought a very nice custom cue last spring, the guy wanted $ 2,500.00 but he took $ 2,000.00 cash, it has ivory inlet in the butt of the cue. Has very tiny sea shells inlayed in the butt as well plus an ivory ferrel just below the elk skin tip on the cue. It has elephant skin on the grips, it gives you the same kind of feeling that NH and his pal get when they fondle there 10 gauge Parkers!

Talk with you soon.

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Hi Bob, thanks for the advice. Sounds like a nice pool cue, Wow!!

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I believe I've seen a black volume in the bed of Toyota One - "Crow Targets in Mega-Deaths".  Was that where I saw it?


 

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