Talkin' Fur Takin' with Abner Druckenmiller of FOXPRO Fur Takers TV

“Look at it as if you’re the one being hunted.” FOXPRO’s Abner Druckenmiller immediately had my attention. “It’s all a numbers game.” Many know Druckenmiller as co-host of the hugely popular FOXPRO Fur Takers TV show on the Outdoor Channel. I like Abner's aggressive predator hunting strategies and know him as one of the smartest predator hunters I’ve ever met.

Abner keeping a keen eye open for a hungry coyote. Abner keeping a keen eye open for a hungry coyote.

 

I had the chance to talk predator hunting with Abner recently. I was curious as to how he got involved. “I grew up hunting animals- especially animals that I could call. I consider myself the “puppet master” and get a huge sense of satisfaction knowing I called an animal in. Like many people, I started on small game and graduated up to deer, turkeys, and waterfowl. I got serious about predator hunting in the last 7-8 years.”

 

Having a deep respect for predators and understanding their God given survival instincts is the first step toward becoming a fur taker. Take scent for example, “ScentBlocker’s gear is perfect for predator hunting. We really appreciate how versatile it is- from sunny, warm western hunts to the frigid Midwest in the middle of winter. Predator hunting is a lot of running and gunning, and ScentBlocker has gear that will always keep us warm (or cool when necessary) and always dry.” Druckenmiller also shared with me how important being concealed is when predator hunting. If one thing looks out of place, a coyote won't come in. Similar to hunting other wary game animals, try to set up in the shadows, don’t get silhouetted against the skyline, and always be covered in seasonally appropriate camouflage.

Fur Taker's co-host Al Morris with a batch of coyotes he recently killed in Alberta Fur Taker's co-host Al Morris with a batch of coyotes he recently killed in Alberta

 

“Many times the scent control is the difference between a kill or not. Often, a coyote may smell something fishy and hang up at 200 yards or so. With our ScentBlocker gear, they’ll come in nice and close, and we can get the 40 yard shot we’re looking for.”

 

Beyond the obvious of sneaking in quietly downwind of where the coyotes are expected to be, I asked Abner about his ideal setup. “Many guys will say you have to sit a spot for at least an hour. I never go longer than 20 minutes. They may kill a coyote at 45 minutes, but in that time I’ve killed three.” The fur taker gets his FOXPRO electronic call set maybe 20-40 yards away with the wind in his face, and 40-60 yards away when he’s hunting a crosswind. Abner gets comfy, and immediately starts into his calling sequence. Step one is starting with the “babee cottontail” call, at a soft volume for a 1-1 ½ minutes. Then, Abner uses the same call for 2-3 but at a much louder volume. He starts low and builds up the volume to take an inside out approach, trying not to scare whatever is really close by before cranking up the noise to reach out further. Then, he changes it up a bit and at the maximum volume blasts out something a bit more raspy like a “lightning jack” or an “eastern cottontail distress” for about 2-3 minutes. At this point, if nothing has come in yet, Abner keeps the volume high and switches it up to a bird distress such as the “nutty nuthatch” or a “lucky bird”. It’s important to note that in the thick eastern woodlands to listen for an echo. If the calls are echoing off the trees, back off the volume a bit. Echoing isn’t a concern in the wide open western states. The bird distress calls continue for a few minutes until switching up to another bird distress call or some sort of rodent distress such as a “roaring squirrel” or a “prairie dog distress”. Finally, after all of the prey species distress calls, Druckenmiller will go into a coyote pup distress to pique a reluctant dog’s curiosity. Depending on the location and time of year- he may also use some dominance or mating calls. Otherwise- he’s “outta’ there”, and looking to hunt a new set. How far away to set-up really depends on the terrain. Out west in the plains Abner will look to cover a few miles between setups. In the east, at least a quarter mile.

 

ScentBlocker is proud to be teamed up with the guys at FOXPRO. They're honest, hard working, blue collar American folk with a strong faith and family values. For more information on FOXPRO or Abner’s strategies, be sure to check out their website at www.gofoxpro.com or watch Fur Takers www.furtakers.com on the Outdoor Channel Tuesday’s at 7am, Thursdays at 9pm, and Saturday’s at 12am Eastern. For more information on all of ScentBlocker’s hunting gear and liquids, and how they can help you kill more predators, or deer, or turkeys, or waterfowl, or... please visit www.robinsonoutdoors.com. As always, be safe, happy hunting, and let’s take some fur!

2 Comments

  • Roger Plank

    Just a minute to voice how much you and your program is appreciated. I am a 67 year old retired cop. I have more time than money available, so I enjoy fly fishing and predator calling here in Colorado. I live at the base of Pikes Peak and have both prairie and mountain terrain to call in.

    Numerous times I have been reminded, by watching the program, of things to do that I might have been negleting. It is usually a "back to basics" thing, like wind direction and sun location.

    I was a SWAT team sniper for six years but, contrary to many of your viewers, I am not infatuated by shooting ultra-long distances. I would rather call them in as close as possible.

    Calling her in high elevation Colorado, coyotes are not the only responders. The occasional fox and/or bobcat can respond as well as the less frequent bear or possible mountain lion. Due to this, having an electronic call placed a distance from my actual location is a safety issue.

    Again, thanks for your great product and show.

  • Mike

    Great story and advice.

    I really like Abner and company and really appreciate the benefits that this hunting style provides:
    1) taking down more predators, keeping the deer herd healthy, particularly this year!
    2) Extending the hunting season while helping the deer herd!
    3) Did I say more hunting season??

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