If you’ve called coyotes or bobcats, you probably already have one of these calls. Cottontail, Snowshoe, and Jack rabbit distress calls also work well for calling in wolves. Even though a rabbit might not be much of a meal for 120 lb wolf, the distressed cries of the small mammals have proven to be very effective for calling wolves in.
Rabbit distress calls generally come in two varieties, each with benefits and downsides:
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How to Use a Rabbit Distress Call to Call in a Wolf
To simulate the dying cries of a rabbit:
The biggest mistake new callers make with a rabbit call is blowing consistent even toned sequences of cries over and over like- “Wah, Wah, Wah, Wah”.
The key to calling in wolves with rabbit distress calls is to be unpredictable. Vary the intervals you call for and how long you call. Try to create a combination of loud screams, quite whimpers, squeals, and long drown out cries. You must convince wolves that there really is a tasty, dying, critter waiting for them.
Tip: If magpies, ravens, or hawks start flying overhead and landing nearby, you are doing a good job
When to Use a Rabbit Distress Call to Call in a Wolf
Rabbit distress calls work well for calling in wolves when used alone or in combination with other calls. If you are in an area that has few deer or elk, a rabbit call is a good choice for calling in wolves.
If you are using a rabbit distress call by itself, a sequence as follows can be effective.
Stop calling as soon as you spot a wolf coming into your stand.
Any movement should be avoided if possible.
Recommended Rabbit Distress Calls for Calling Wolves
The following are 4 of our favorite distress calls for calling in wolves. They are easy to learn to use and create more realistic sounds than any other calls we have used.