Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker Review

Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker Review

Buckle up for the Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker Review!

Cass Creek Big Horn remote speaker was designed to amplify game calls and help you lure small and big game through realistic sounds of various animals. This model is slightly larger than other options from Crass Creek, and the increased size comes with its own benefits.

One of them is that it is three times louder than its previous version, the  Big Horn Outdoor Speaker Excellent. As wild game strongly relies on their hearing to communicate and stay aware of their environment, this loud amplifier will make a big difference in your hunting and help you lure the animals closer.

 

So, does this speaker really have what it takes to lure those animals closer? Is it worth the money? Well, read on, and find an answer to that and many other questions in my review below.

 

About Cass Creek

Cass Creek is a US-based company dedicated to producing high-quality electronic game calls, lures for a wide range of animal species and wireless predator decoys. But, what they’re really best at are their electronic game calls, designed to constantly mimic the sounds of a wide variety of animal species.

Cass Creek belongs to the renowned Altus Brand family, together with Benchmaster Rifle Rest, Pro Ears and Woodland Whisper.

 

Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker Review

I chose the Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker because it is reasonably priced and it fitted all the requirements I had for a game calls amplifier. I found that it is a great choice for big game calls.

 

The speaker is of extremely good quality, and I must admit I was surprised by how loud it was. As a matter of fact, the volume is incomparable with the other speakers in this price range. The quality of sound, on the other hand, is a bit lower when compared with smaller battery-powered speakers. Thus, if your main goal is flawless sound, this speaker might not suffice. However, if you want the loudest sound you can get for less than 100 bucks, then this speaker is for you.

 

Regarding the connection, I believe a wireless speaker would be a bit more appropriate for big game hunting. Nevertheless, this wasn’t a big issue because the Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker comes with a 75-foot cable. And, this is more than enough for most scenarios. Furthermore, the official website state that their speakers can work with nearly any MP3 player. However, I only tested it on my iPhone. You can connect it through a regular 3.5 mm jack, and I had no issues whatsoever.

 

The Cass Creek iPhone App allows me to use more than 20 different sounds, which is more than enough for me. However, I researched some of the reports of other users, and many of them used the speaker with MP3 and had no issues. If you choose that option, you can easily find and download various predator sounds online for free. And, of course, you can also use this speaker with electronic game calls. But, if you want to be sure that your speaker will work with a game call, I recommend you to also purchase your game call from Cass Creek. They offer a great number of options in their Mini, Ergo, Mega Amp and Nomad series.

 

One thing that worried me at first was the thin rubber stand that holds the speaker, as it looked like it wouldn’t be steady on rougher surfaces. Although I haven’t yet tested it in all terrains, it seems that my doubts were dismissed, as I had no issues on this matter. The handle on the speaker makes carrying very practical. And, the speaker itself is surprisingly small and lightweight, which makes it even easier to carry. The above mentioned handle also comes with a convenient fold out-hook. That allows you to hang it up (e.g., on trees). The sound range seems to significantly increase when hanged compared to when it’s simply placed on the floor.

 

This speaker requires 4 standard C batteries that are not included in the package. They give it enough power, and I believe they should last me at least a year of regular use. The speaker is very easy to operate and features only a simple push button on/off switch.

 

Since I hadn’t had any issues with the speaker, I had no need to contact customer support. However, I talked to some other users about it, and they stated that the support at Cass Creek is very friendly and eager to help with any issues. If you want to return your product, you can do it within 30 days of purchase. Still, you should first contact the customer support to get a pre-approved RMA number.

Specifications

Size: 7x7x11 inches

Weight: 1.5 pounds

Cable length: 75 feet

Batteries: 4 standard C batteries (not included)

Power: LED Power Indicator, on/off switch

Color: Camouflage

Waterproof: No, but it is fairly water-resistant (e.g., will withstand light rain)

Handle and base: Adjustable grip handle with a fold-out hook; non-skid rubberized base

 

Pros:

  • Sturdy and lightweight design
  • Extremely loud sound
  • Affordable when compared to similar speakers
  • The long cable enables more mobility than many other speakers
  • Easy carrying
  • Works with most mobile devices, MP3 players, and almost any electronic game call
  • Ergonomic design for easy grip

Cons:

  • More expensive than smaller game call speakers
  • Sound quality might not suffice for some users

Final Verdict

All things considered in this Cass Creek Big Horn Speaker review, I believe this speaker is a great choice for hunters, photographers and explorers alike. Its primary feature is the extremely loud sound, especially considering that it is fairly small and lightweight. The only disadvantage is that the quality of sound might not suffice for those who seek perfection. However, it is more than enough for general use. Moreover, some users report that the sound clarity largely depends on the type of device you are using, so this issue can be tackled easily. The speaker is well-built, durable and easy to use. Therefore, if you are looking for a loud mid-range speaker for your game calls, I believe this speaker would be an excellent choice for you.

Cass Creek Ergo Predator Call Review

Cass Creek Ergo Predator Call Review

Here Goes my Cass Creek Ergo Predator Call Review!

 

Today, every hunter knows just how important it is to have the right equipment. Gone are the days of romanticized old-fashioned hunting – nowadays, your electronic call device is your best friend. The truth is, using technological gadgets does not make hunting any less of a challenge. What they actually do is simply speed the whole process up. Before all those devices were invented, hunters had to spend much more time waiting in ambush and hoping for a stroke of good luck. Nowadays, you can turn the odds in your favor just enough to cut down on the wasted time. So, if you’re looking for a high-quality call device, I’m going to share my personal experience in this Cass Creek Ergo predator call review.

Overview


I decided to write a Cass Creek Ergo predator call review because I had a pretty good time using this device and thought someone else could benefit from my experience. Mind you – this one was not the first e-call I ever used. In fact, I bought this one after my old e-call’s speaker started failing (after years of use). I decided on the Cass Creek Ergo e-call based on a word-of-mouth recommendation and the relative cheapness of the model. I was not looking to make a serious investment. Instead, I just wanted a quick solution that would last me a couple of trips, before going back to a more expensive model.

 

However, I was very apprehensive about the idea of getting a cheap predator call at first, since I had a strong impression that I would be wasting my money on a useless product. Luckily, this model turned out to be more than decent. Although it does not offer a particularly huge selection of calls, it does a great job in its area of expertise. On top of that, it is very sturdy and practical. So, let’s start off this Cass Creek Ergo predator call review by saying something about the main features of this e-call.

Features

 

In terms of size, the Cass Creek Ergo is a small, pocket-sized predator e-call. The dimensions are 4’’ x 7’’ x 9’’, and it weighs roughly around one pound. This little device is very tough and resilient. It comes with a handy clip on the back for you to keep it on your belt while moving in the field. On top of that, the battery lasts a very long time, especially for an e-call of that size. Furthermore, the interface is very easy to figure out and become accustomed to. There’s a volume dial, an on/off button, and five different sound settings to choose from. Moreover, it has an auto-interrupt function, and it runs on 3 AAA batteries.

 

The sounds you get on this device include the following settings:

 

1.   Woodpecker wail

A setting for a piercing, shrill and repetitive wail

2.   Raccoon Pups

This lets out a raccoon distress sign

3.   Kitten distress

This is the feline equivalent to the previous one

4.   Grey Fox Pup

This one lets out a territory infringement signal for young foxes

5.   Rodent Squeal

This one attracts predators by luring them with the sound of potential rodent prey

Now, the most important feature of the Cass Creek Ergo model is the selection of highly effective sounds. First of all, the volume levels are more than decent. The e-call can be heard really well, and it really does attract all kinds of predators. Secondly, the quality of the sound is completely satisfactory. That is very important when it comes to hunting predators because, unlike other animals such as deer, predators are intelligent and hard to trick. They aren’t likely to fall for just any trap – it needs to be convincing enough for them to expose themselves to risk. With this e-call, I’ve personally had a lot of luck attracting coyotes and foxes. In a way, I can guarantee the effectiveness of this particular product.

Pros and Cons

 

As I stated at the beginning of this Cass Creek Ergo predator call review, this product is pretty budget-friendly, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to get one just to try it out. In spite of that, it’s always a good idea to carry out some really thorough research before making a purchase. For that sake, I made a list of all the pros and cons I’ve experienced using this device:

Pros:

●    Cheap

This device is very affordable for the level of quality it offers.

●    Durable

It is extremely practical and resilient.

●    Portable

You can carry it on your belt and never give it a second thought.

●    Efficient

Most importantly, it attracts a lot of animals in a very short time. For example, I’ve had lots of luck with foxes and coyotes while using it.

●    Great battery life

You aren’t likely to ever have problems with battery power if you’re using this e-call.

●    Good volume

The volume can be very high if you set it that way, which makes it possible to attract really distant critters.

●    High-quality sounds

All the recordings are very good and do an excellent job of fooling the predators.

Cons:

●    Automatic shut-down

This device only runs on its own for a few minutes before it shuts down automatically. That can be somewhat impractical because you have to press the button manually over and over.

●    It can’t be used remotely

Because of the previously mentioned problem, you can’t really put a Cass Creek Ergo e-call away from you. Instead, you have to have it with you to use it.

●    Only 5 sounds in the library

Expensive e-calls sometimes offer dozens of customizable sounds, while here you get only a specific selection.

●    Not as good as the expensive e-calls

If you are an extremely ambitious hunter, you probably need something more exclusive than this product.

Final thoughts

All things considered, I hope my Cass Creek Ergo Predator Call review has helped you make up your mind. While this may not be the ultimate e-call out there, it’s probably the cheapest option you have that will actually land you results. Although there aren’t too many sounds to choose from, the ones you have work great as long as you’re hunting these specific animals.

 

Overall, the Cass Creek Ergo Predator Call is cheap, practical, portable and easy to figure out. Most importantly, it can make a huge difference and drastically cut down on the time you spend waiting in ambush. A good predator call device can make your hunting experience really dynamic and engaging. Not everything has to be a test of your patience. So, I personally recommend any hunter who doesn’t have one of these yet to get one as soon as possible and see what it’s all about. I guarantee you will have a completely different experience this time around.

Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call Review

Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call Review

Here Goes the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call Review!

I’m an avid hunter. That means I’ve used my fair share of game calls. Mostly coyote calls, since I live in the Midwest. But I’ll be honest – lately, I haven’t been too impressed with a lot of those bulky, premium-priced models out there. There are a few I like and recommend, but most are just cumbersome to carry, program and use. Not to mention that they’re often outrageously priced. Hence why I am writing this Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call Review.


When I stumbled across the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call, I was looking for a portable, compact call I could stuff into a backpack. One that wasn’t too pricey, but still did the job. I hadn’t heard of Cass Creek before, but the company from Michigan has been around for a while now from the looks of it.

 

I’ll be honest, just looking at this call, it didn’t look like much to me. But, it was a bargain, so I thought “why not?”

 

I’ll say this – I’m glad I took a chance with this call because it’s a blast to use. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought it, but I definitely didn’t expect it to work as well as it does, given the price.

 

I’d like to go into what I like about this call and a few of its features.

Key features

Works at long distances

One of the most important parts of any electronic call is the distance I can use it at. After all, I can’t just plop down right next to it, rifle ready, and expect a coyote to waltz in.

 

In this category, the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call more than satisfies. To be clear, it can’t match the range of the pricier calls on the market. But, it still works over a fairly impressive distance. I’ve found the remote control will work with the stock speaker up to 50 yards away. However, I can set up more than one receiver in series, which will boost the range to 100 yards or more.

Traveling (“moving”) sound

One of the things I was very excited to try when I bought the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call was its “traveling” (or “moving”) sound feature. It looks like Cass Creek has figured out that game reacts better to “moving” calls. The reason for that is that it’s just more realistic. Rabbits, coyotes, and deer are always on the move, after all.

 

Honestly, I didn’t expect a budget game call to have a feature like that in the first place. That’s usually reserved for the pricier calls, the ones in the $300 to $400 range. I have to applaud Cass Creek for including that.

A variety of high-quality call sounds out of the box

While, admittedly, the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call doesn’t have a large selection of call sounds, the ones it has are pretty much the only ones I need for coyote hunting. And, luckily, they’re also very good call sounds. I read that they were recorded by world-famous naturalists and while I’m not sure about that part, I can tell you they’re good.

 

Personally, I’d rather have a few high-quality call sounds than a few dozen bad, ineffective ones. Thankfully, not only are the included call sounds good, the Nomad Predator Call’s loud stock speaker really helps get them across long distances. I’ll go over the included call sounds quickly, but you can read more about them on Cass Creek’s website:

 

  • There’s a jackrabbit call, which I’ve personally found works best for coyotes
  • A howl, great for attracting male coyotes
  • A pup yip, great for mother coyotes
  • Cottontail rabbit. This one attracts rattlesnakes too if you live near those. Be careful!
  • Lastly, a standard fawn distress

 

Again, that’s a very limited selection of call sounds, and I’ll be sure to note that later on. But, they work, which is the most important part.

Pros

One of the simplest and easiest to use electronic predator calls

Simplicity isn’t always a good thing. I’ve found that with budget calls like this one, “simplicity” usually means a lack of features. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call. It may not be as fancy or as programmable as those $400 calls you see on Amazon, but that’s why it’s ready to use out of the box.

 

Maybe that’s not as important to the young hunters out there who like to tinker and are more computer-savvy than me. But, personally, I like that I instantly knew how to use this call.

 

And that’s not the only part I like. The stock speaker that’s included weighs about 12 oz, while the remote is a feather-light 3 oz, or maybe even less. The bulky calls you see with built-in speakers are nice, but they can get a little tiresome to carry around, especially on long trips. The remote control is tiny but ergonomic. And, as a bonus, you can strap it to your belt, in case you’re laying down.

Great audio quality

I mentioned the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call’s great audio quality above. And I’ll be honest, with how this call looks and its price tag, I wasn’t expecting much. I thought the audio quality would reflect the price tag. That’s how most things are, after all. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying before, “you get what you pay for”.

 

But, much to my delight, the Nomad Predator Call surprised me with its robust, hi-def audio. I mentioned that the call sounds were good, but the best call sounds in the world won’t sound good through a poor speaker. Thankfully, Cass Creek struck a balance here.

 

And not only is the audio crystal clear, but the stock speaker is surprisingly loud for a unit that’s as compact as this one. Maybe if I were out hunting in open grasslands, I’d want a more powerful, external speaker. But I’ve found the stock speaker projects well up to about 200 yards.

Portable and compact

One of the parts I like most about the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call is just how light, compact and portable it is. I can clip it onto my belt, carry it in a backpack of any size, put it in the back of my car, and carry it just about anywhere.

 

It won’t weigh me down on long trips, like a lot of the bulkier (and pricier) calls do.

Good variety of call sounds included

Again, one of the flaws of the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call is its limited selection of call sounds. But, to be honest, I have all of the call sounds I need for hunting coyotes on it.

 

The call I use the most, by far, is the jackrabbit call. It just works most of the time. That’s not to say the other call sounds aren’t any good, or that I don’t ever use them. The one I use the least is probably the fawn distress, but how well that works depends on where you hunt, of course.

 

I’ll say, the high-quality call sounds and the Nomad Predator Call’s “moving” sound feature really work well together. So far, I’ve had more success with this call than I’ve had with other pricier and bulkier calls.

 

Be careful of attracting rattlesnakes with the rabbit calls, though. I’m lucky I don’t have a lot near where I hunt, but hunters who live and hunt in California, or anyplace in the Southeast, should be cautious. Rattlesnake bites aren’t fun!

Cons

A limited collection of call sounds to choose from

If I had to pick one thing that’s my biggest gripe with the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call, it’s the very limited selection of call sounds out of the box.

 

So far, the ones included have worked great for me, but that’s not really an excuse to only give us five sounds to choose from. It’s hard to ignore the stunningly small number of call sounds Cass Creek ships this call with, when other calls come with a few dozen at least.

 

It’s true I’d take five good call sounds over a few dozen bad ones, but why not just throw in a few more? Hopefully, Cass Creek will do that next time.

Build quality could be better

Sadly, a low price tag usually means a product made of low-grade materials. The Nomad Predator Call is no exception. That’s not to say it feels like it could fall apart at any moment, but it looks and feels a little cheap.

 

Then again, it is cheap. That’s just a compromise I chose to make when I bought this call. Yes, there are game calls out there made of hi-grade materials and with truly stunning construction. But, they likely cost a few hundred dollars more than the Nomad Predator Call. Is it worth it? Maybe, but it isn’t for me.

No expandability

Lastly, I’m annoyed that Cass Creek chose not to include an SD or a micro SD card slot in the Nomad Predator Call. For all intents and purposes, that would have fixed my biggest gripe with this call, which is the small number of call sounds.

 

It’s true, memory cards can be lost, and they can break in the field. But I’d still like to be able to use one if I wanted to. Maybe it’s just another compromise for the price tag, but it’s a feature Cass Creek could have easily included. Hopefully, they’ll do so next time around.

Why buy the Nomad Predator Call?

As far as compact, portable and bargain-priced predator calls go, I doubt you will find a better one than the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call. It may not be much of a looker, but it works. If you’re an avid coyote hunter like me, the Nomad Predator Call will do the job better than a lot of the pricier calls out there.

 

The one thing that holds it back is its very limited selection of call sounds. I’m not sure why Cass Creek didn’t include a few more, or at least a memory card slot. If they had, this call would have been a dream come true. But, sadly, I’m stuck with the five call sounds that come on it.

 

They’re not bad call sounds. In fact, they’re great. But, when other calls have a few dozen to a hundred call sounds out of the box, it’s hard to ignore.

 

 

However, if you can get past that, then I definitely recommend the Cass Creek Nomad Predator Call.

Final thoughts

There isn’t a lot I can say except that the Nomad Predator Call surprised me with how good it is. That’s a lesson in not judging a book by its cover if I ever saw one.

 

I hope Cass Creek includes a memory card slot and a few extra call sounds in the next version of this call. I’ll gladly pay a few dollars extra for that.