Knight & Hale’s Outlaw was designed in collaboration with Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector crew to be a no-frills call that functions flawlessly at producing a range of buck sounds. The call produces soft contact grunts, tending grunts, buck bawls, aggressive grunts, and the snort wheeze. All of these calls represent buck sounds that will work in all hunting situations, from early to late season.
FEATURES OF THE OUTLAW
The Outlaw provides the authentic guttural and nasal sounds of a buck and has a soft, rubber texture that is quiet and impervious to weather.
A unique reed channel allows the caller to achieve the softest of contact grunts to the loudest available buck bawls. The reed holder and channel act like a muffler to slow down reed vibration for very soft contact grunts.
When a larger flow of air is used, reed vibrates more, producing loud guttural grunts.
The snort wheeze is a very aggressive sound a buck makes when challenging another buck. The Outlaw perfectly produces the nasal, wet sound of the snort wheeze.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE OUTLAW ALL SEASON
Early season usually means hunting a food source. That doesn’t mean using a call isn’t important. Deer are vocally social all year long. The Outlaw is just as valuable in early season as it is any other time.
During early season use the Outlaw to create basic soft contact grunts. This is just to let deer know there’s another deer in the area. Keep things very soft and non-confrontational.
During mid-season or pre-rut, use the Outlaw to make louder contact grunts, and possibly snort wheezes, depending on the body language and stature of the buck. By late October, bucks will be roaming for does. This is when you want to add some aggression to your calling, especially when you have visual contact contact of the buck, and can keep him from heading downwind of your position.
The rut and breeding phases are when deer are the most vocal. However, this time-frame can be feast or famine. Calling is nearly impossible when bucks are tending. But when a buck has lost his doe, or is still searching for her, calling can put him in your lap.
Always start your calling with a short contact grunt, it may not take any more than that. If there’s no response, a loud tending grunt should grab his attention. Hit him again with a couple more tending grunts to seal the deal. Still, he may decide to venture on. If so, hit him with the snort wheeze on your Outlaw.
Late season calling usually means contact grunts. However, if you find a second rut going on, pick up your aggressive calling again.
Regardless of time of year, be sure of the wind direction and the position of the deer before calling. If he tries to circle downwind, make sure the distance is closed to an effective weapon range before he gets downwind of your position.