Several decades ago, hunters used whistles. The good old whistles may have become obsolete. But with the technological advancement, we are witnessing in different fields, the hunting art hasn’t been left behind: we are now seeing a digital version of the whistle-The predator caller.
The electronic gadgets work by mimicking the distress call of baby predators, drawing the attention of their mothers. They can, therefore, help to bring your target predator close to you. However, for the best results, you will need to choose the right predator caller.
When making a buying decision, one of the options you are likely to find is the Foxpro Hammerjack. This is one of the most popular predator callers due to the Foxbang and Foxcast features. But it also comes with its downsides and you may be wondering if is it worth buying. Let’s find out in this FoxPro Hammerjack review.
FoxPro Hammerjack Review: Key Features:
- Sound capacity:100 preloaded sounds and up to 111 free to download sounds
- FoxCast & FoxBang
- FoxJack 4 ( Integrated Decoy )
- One auxiliary jack and two Inner speaker jack
- Double amplified speaker system with a FoxJack decoy
- Programmable sounds via USB port
- Different sound file categories for quick and easy access
- Low battery indicator
- Battery life: 3-7 hours of continuous use
- Caller weight: 3.5 lbs including batteries
- Batteries: 8 AA batteries ( recommended NiMH rechargeable batteries not included)
- Product Dimensions: 8″×5.5″×6.”
- Speaker positioning: Front (1 horn), Back (1 cone speaker)
- Connectivity: 2×3.5 mm jacks ( External speaker), 1×3.5 mm jack ( Auxiliary), 1× charter jack, USB port
- Warranty: 3 years ( limited)
- Operating distance of 200 meters
- Large screen makes it easy to read
- Two preset buttons
- Compatible files: 16B, FXP, WAV, MP3
- TX915 transmitter
FoxPro Hammerjack review: Pros & Cons
From the above features, you can see that the FoxPro Hammerjack is one of the best predator callers. But it also comes with its downsides Before you make a buying decision, you will need to know them
- Efficient FoxJack 4 decoy that has a topper to distract coyotes.
- High quality sounds in the FOXPRO sounds library
- Warranty of three-yea
- Simple and easy to understand remote display
- Lightweight and durable.
- Super easy to navigate in-between settings, menu, and music library.
- FOXCAST and FOXBANG features offer good value for money
- The Hammer Jack e-caller requires a total of 11 AA batteries to operate, which can be expensive
- Sometimes the remote needs a line of sight for the caller to work.
- Not waterproof.
- I get around 5 hours of back up from my Hammer Jack. That’s why I keep another stock of batteries ready to go. I suggest you do the same.
- Can’t produce two types of sounds at the same time
FoxPro Hammerjack Review in Details:
The FoxPro Hammerjack is an American-made predator caller that is also sturdily built, making it to be an excellent mid-range digital caller. This e-caller has an audio library that produces great sound imitation for different predators such as foxes, Coyotes, and Pumas.
Let’s dig deep into some features first.
During our Foxpro Hammerjack review, we found that it has similar features to the high-end predator callers such as the FoxPro Shockwave or the FoxPro X2S Highlander. On the other hand, it comes with far better features than the budget callers such as the FoxPro Patriot. You can read the FoxPro Patriot Review here.
FoxPro 4 Integrated Decoy:
The caller features a FoxPro integrated decoy that draws the visual attention of predators. The Foxcast feature helps you to program their movement.
What is FOXCAST?
FOXCAST is a feature that allows you to program different types of calls in a sequence. Therefore, you don’t have to keep making the same call over and over. This feature allows you to mix different types of calls such as high-pitched yippies, puppies in distress, howl, bark, etc.
You can use FOXCAST to sequence different types of sound at a separate volume. You can also set the call reparation numbers and pause duration per call.
The primary purpose of FOXCAST is to play your preferred sound without juggling through different folders, especially when you are aiming at your kill.
Remember, different sounds are needed to attract different types of species. Let’s say you’re hunting for coyotes. You need to choose the right tone when calling coyotes.
What is FoxBang?
When you discharge bullets, the “BANG” triggers mute, decoy, or preset sound files from 1-5. The FOXCAST allows personal call sequencing development, and the FoxBang features handsfree sound toggling. This may not sound much, but you’ll get the hang of it once you start using these features.
Precise and Robust Sound Quality:
The main reason you are looking to invest hundreds of dollars is the sound quality. And let me tell you, FoxPro Hammerjack won’t disappoint you.
The first time I used it, I noticed the sound didn’t break even in a higher volume. And there’s zero distortion. Predators are genetically intelligent creatures, and they will detect fake sounds from miles away.
But with the FoxPro Hammerjack, even a seasoned veteran hunter can’t make the difference between predator and caller sounds.
The unit comes with a dual-amplified speaker that delivers quality sounds even in higher volumes. If you are looking for more sound on a budget, then the additional twin-speaking input port allows you to mount two more external speakers.
The main two-speaker delivers sound in different intensity. You’ll get high-frequency noise at the front speaker like a coyote distress call. And the rear speaker puts out low frequency sound like mountain lions, owls, bear, puma, etc.
Preloaded and Free Sound:
The FoxPro Hammerjack speakers have reliable build quality. Its paired with 100 different sounds, with 111 tones free to download. But the digital caller can store up to 300 different sounds.
Some of the preloaded predator sounds include Red fox rally, coyote puppy distress, the howl of foxes and wolves for mating, grey fox distress, and puppy cries, and last but not least, the submission call from the female coyote.
And some of the free to download sounds are Buck snorts and grunts, buck fighting for females, puppy distress, and coyote siren.
Lightweight and Easy to Transport:
The FoxPro Hammerjack is easy to use. The interface is very intuitive and features a comfortable, accessible layout. Its smaller size and lightweight build let you shift from spot to spot seamlessly.
Weigh-in at only three pounds, the FoxPro Hammerjack lightweight is one of the lightest e-caller out there. You can slide through the hunting ground without making a sound.
I also love the option to add two additional speakers. One may should we need those extra speakers? In the rain, storm, or snow, we all could use a little more sound.
Remote Control Features:
Like every FoxPro e-caller, the remote is easy to use. The button layouts are easy to understand. You can navigate through different options and categories sounds with ease.
I also love the light-red backlit LCD panel. The display is easy to read, even under direct sunlight. You can adjust the brightness level from 10-100%, depending on your surrounding light condition.
I always appreciate little details put together like that timer to track elapsed time on the FoxPro Hammerjack remote. It’s a nifty feature to track the duration of your hunting sessions.
FoxPro Hammerjack Remote Range and Keypad Layouts:
- Select button
- Power on/off
- Mute Toggle
- Preset buttons ( P1 and P2 )
- Volume up and down
- Auxiliary Button
- Loop for hooking the remote
- User button
- FoxBang on/off indicator
- Remote range is 200 yards approximately
- Port to connect with your compute
- Mute status indicator
- Battery Capacity Indicator
- Elapsed Time Tracking
- Volume up/down indicator
Now let’s get familiar with the FoxPro Hammerjack Horn.
- Durable ABS Plastic outer shell
- Power On/Off Switch
- Decoy ( FoxJack 4 )
- Cone Speaker (Backside)
- Port for the internal speaker ( Front )
- Principal Speaker/ The horn ( Front )
- Port for the External Speaker ( Rear )
- Port for the auxiliary device
- Charging Port
- Switch for the internal speakers (On/Off)
- Service Light Indicator
Included Tools with the FoxPro Hammerjack:
My first FoxPro e-caller was the Patriot model. I was thrilled with some of the included useful devices when I opened the box.
Their efforts really made me stuck with the manufacturer. You’ll find some useful tools already included with the FoxPro Hammerjack.
These devices will be very convenient for your hunting and save you some money. Let’s see what tools we are getting out of the box.
You’ll get an auxiliary jack, a USB cable, and a charging cable with an adapter after unboxing the FoxPro Hammerjack. The auxiliary jack allows you to connect two additional speakers. And the USB connection is what made the FoxPro Hammerjack so customizable.
Simply connect the e-caller with your computer to access those preloaded audio files in the sound library. You can download free sounds from the FoxPro sound Library.
I loved the fact that the FoxJack 4 decoy is included with the Hammer Jack e-caller. It’s a quality decoy with a Fuzzy Wuzzy topper, which delivers flawless movement across the giving ground.
I wish they included those 8AA batteries too. FoxPro, let’s get it done with the next shipment of e-callers.
Don’t be too stringy with the battery price. Invest on premium batteries to get the most of the FoxPro Hammerjack. Undoubtedly one of the best electronic callers in the market today.
Consider buying these FoxPro accessories:
We cannot end our FoxPro Hammerjack review without mentioning the accessories that come with the predator e-caller.
- The remote has a little loop at the bottom side. You can use the FoxPro Lanyard with a carry sling to keep the remote from falling and keep your hands free to show your marksmanship.
- You can add an external speaker that supports 3.5 mm jack for higher sound.
- I got the FoxPro Fast Car charger kit couple of months ago. It works just as it advertises.
- You must use a bag for the e-caller. Although both the horn and remote have the rugged build quality, a drop could potentially do cosmetic or hardware damage. If you don’t use a bag yet, please grab one of this FoxPro e-caller carries cases to keep your hard-earned investment safe from jeopardy.
- You could use rechargeable AA batteries instead of non-rechargeable ones. I use a rechargeable battery charger. It’s affordable and saves me from spending extra money.
FoxPro Hammerjack review: Why should you buy?
I don’t see why not? You’re getting a package deal at an affordable price tag. Not to mention the preloaded 111 sounds, additional external speaker connectivity, modern features like the FOXBANG and FOXCAST, and much more.
You can also control the FoxJack 4 Fuzzy Wuzzy decoy with the remote. Just tap in the “aux” button to start the decoy movements and press it again to stop.
It’s three years warranty period is enough to convince any hunter to put their money down for business. Long story short, you’ll get a fantastic deal of performance with a fraction of the price. And it’ll be criminal if I don’t address the excellent Customer service and warranty support from FoxPro.
The “legendary” FoxPro warranty:
I’m making this bold statement because I’ve used their warranty clause. The problem was minor and after 27 months of using the Hammer Jack, I was convinced that FoxPro might not consider it a challenge.
Because my unit accidentally had a fall, and I wasn’t able to connect it with my computer. FoxPro offers limited warranty coverage where physical damage wasn’t under their policy. But to my surprise, they serviced my Hammer Jack, knowing it was my fault in the first place.
Never have I ever got this kind of support from any product manufacturers in my entire life.
FoxPro Customer Support:
Just like their warranty coverage, customer support is spot on. They will provide informative replies to your queries by email or in their community forums.
FoxPro provided an easy-to-read usermanual. You should look at least once to understand how to use the FoxPro Predator caller properly.
I would give them after-sale services a 10/10.
A few tips
- Let’s say you forgot or damaged your decoy for some reason, what do you do? I use a few turkey feathers and hand them from a branch via a wire. It resembles the prey that coyotes tend to notice. But you can’t make this improvised decoy move like the FoxJack 4.
- You should carry extra sets of batteries to use the caller for longer. Some people don’t buy the recommended (NiMH, 2300 mAH or more) capacity batteries, which causes a weak backup.
- Try to reposition your e-caller. If no predator shows up, then shifting hunting spots will help. So you can cover more grounds without the caller dying on you.
- Try to keep the remote in the line of sight of the caller. Try to place your caller at least 3-5 feet off the ground. It will increase the transmitter range to its maximum.
- I did everything you said, but still, the transmitting range is reduced. You have to understand that its a radio signal. Your surrounding atmosphere will make an impact. You might face this issue in cold, rain, snow, or windy weather.
- Another issue most FoxPro caller faces is the sensitivity of the FOXBANG. You can do two things to address this issue. First, you should calibrate the FOXBANG sensitivity to the recoil of your rifle. If you still face this problem, then place the remote on the ground or in your thigh strap. Just keep the remote away before making the kill shot.
- Don’t go night hunting right after you buy the new FoxPro. Get familiar with button layouts beforehand because those aren’t backlit keypads.
- I was surprised to see there are no threads or attachments for tripod mounting. But if you wish to place the caller off the ground, then hang it into the bushes or from a tree branch.
FoxPro Hammerjack review: Frequently asked Questions:
1. What time of the day is best for hunting coyotes?
A. Coyotes like to hunt in low lights and when it’s dark. So you should look for them in the dawn and dusk. Nighttime is also best for coyote hunting.
But you’ll need some unique gadgets like infrared scope and binocular to be successful. Although if you like hunting older coyotes, then most of the coyotes dwell in the daylight are old.
2. What is the best gun to hunt coyotes?
A. I’m not going to name one or two specific guns and label them as the best. Because every manufacturer puts maximum efforts, and every weapon is useful in a professional’s hand.
But I personally use two rifles. The AR-15 and Marlin 336. Both guns are good at hunting coyotes and other predators.
3. What happens if I shoot and miss a coyote?
A. Don’t worry if you miss your shot. Coyotes are very social animals. They will do absolutely anything to protect their young. So play coyote puppy distress sound in your e-caller and wait for at least one of them to show up, trust me, they will show up.
Conclusion of our Foxpro Hammerjack Review:
I’ve used a few electronic predator callers over the decade. Few made sense and performed as it should. The reason I’m writing the FoxPro Hammerjack review is to get the word out.
Yes, it is one of the best predator e-caller in this price range to this date. Let me be clear; you won’t get all the features like FOXDATA, FOXFUSION, FOXMOTION, and FOXPITCH. Despite the absence of these features, the FoxPro hammerjack is worthy of your hard-earned dollar.
Happy hunting, folks.