When it comes to predator calls, FoxPro is without a doubt a leader in the industry. It makes some pretty high-dollar electronic calls, too, but as the company’s latest introduction, the FoxPro Inferno, shows, it also makes a value-packed call for the budget-conscious hunter.
The Inferno sells for $199, is compact and lightweight, and ideal for walking into a set and maintaining your stealth. It’s also incredibly loud, featuring 20 volume settings and 75 preloaded sounds (it can hold up to 200), including a substantial menu of rabbit calls. The wireless remote and speaker run off AA batteries, and the speaker also has an additional jack or another auxiliary speaker.
I put the Inferno to the test during a recent trip to Eastern Colorado for a February coyote hunt. It’s an ideal place to test the range of the Inferno, as winds regularly reach 15-20 mph and the wide open spaces have a way of drowning out sound. On the second set of the day we found a long section of rolling hills surrounded by CRP to setup on, and I placed the call about 15 yards in front and to the right of my seated position. I cranked the jack in distress sound, and after about three minutes of continuous play I saw the first set of ears pop up over the horizon at 300 yards.
Locked onto the call and charging hard, that ‘yote was soon followed by a second. I pushed the safety forward on my Remington 700, did a little Kentucky windage adjustment, and squeezed off a round. Chambered in .243, that 75-grain Hornady V-MAX bullet tore two gaping holes in the dog, which was anchored in place. Unsure whether the action was yet over, I let the call play on. About two or three minutes later, another set of ears reappeared. Game on.
Later in the hunt we setup on a several-mile-long valley with side draws feeding it, playing coyote howls instead of relying on the distress variants. Even when winds reached 10-15 mph the call was effective, bringing in song dogs from 600 yards and beyond. Wary and probably educated about calls, most of the dogs would hold up at about 250-300 yards—one more reason to make use of the long-range capability and wind-bucking prowess of a cartridge like the .243.
In terms of battery life, we used the Inferno for three days with standard AA batteries and it didn’t fade out on us—in fact it never made it below a half charge. Conveniently, the remote has a battery indicator to let you know when it’s time to replace the old batteries. The call holds four batteries and the remote three, for a total of seven. I typically throw in lithium batteries for extra life, but even the standard alkaline batteries were more than sufficient.
The remote works exceptionally well and features large buttons that are easy to depress even with gloved hands. We tried it out to about 25-30 yards and had no issues; response time was nearly immediate. The Inferno comes with an auxiliary jack for additional speakers, mute button and 20 volume settings. When you play the jack-in-distress calls, for example, the call automatically alternates between louder and quieter calling, so you really just push play and let it roll. If you do want to adjust sound or volume while the sequence is playing, you can do so with the push of a button.
For an unbeatable price with premium sound quality, the American-made Inferno is a must-have for both the entry-level or hardcore predator hunter. It’s small enough to stash in your truck, yet powerful enough to reach out across open spaces to bring the dogs in.
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