FOXPRO Fusion Review: Blending Technology, Quality and Fun!
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Those who are in the hunting with an e-caller “business” for a while now, know what the name FOXPRO stands for: reliability, effectiveness and durability.
However, if you are new to the e-caller market and would like to give it a shot (pun intended), know that this is one of the company’s high-end models… and it isn’t high on the model ladder without a valid reason.
It comes with a whole lot of the typical “bells and whistles” that you would expect from an electronic caller. There is also a vast array of technology included, yet it’s still really easy to use and doesn’t have a steep learning curve.
Even though it has a price tag that comes in just under the $400 mark, FOXPRO Fusion brings you the features and experience many other, more programmable electronic game calls don’t.
Let’s take a better look at what to actually expect from this model of FOXPRO predator call.
Review of the FOXPRO Fusion
The Fusion electronic game caller comes with a compact and durable design and a whole bunch of advanced features that will help make your predator hunting more effective, and therefore more enjoyable overall.
In addition, unlike its cheaper cousin the FOXPRO Patriot, whose remote is not one of the most advanced on the market (but functional and easy to use nevertheless), the Fusion’s remote is truly a state of the art model.
All things considered, the Fusion is an e-caller that should definitely be considered if you are in the market for a high-end model that will significantly improve your predator-hunting score by increasing your kill rate.
Quick Feature Snapshot
The FOXPRO Fusion is a relatively small caller, weighing in at just 3.5 lbs. It also packs a serious punch when it comes to volume strength and sound quality.
Likewise, due to the internal memory storage of 4GB, you are able to store up to 1K sounds and not have to worry that you’ll run out of sounds while in the field.
As for the power supply, the unit uses 8AA, which provide from 3 to 7 hours of runtime. And, the operating distance is over 100 yards from the remote.
The unit itself comes with two speakers (front and back). The front is a horn, while the rear is a cone speaker and they can work both separately or together, depending on the situation and your chosen scenario.
In case you need additional sound power, there are also spare auxiliary 3.5mm jacks for more speakers to be connected to.
Design of the FOXPRO Fusion
What we are certain you will like about the Fusion is its packability. You can fit the whole unit in a small backpack.
Or, if you prefer, you can likewise carry it in hand to and from the stand as the handle is ergonomic and the unit itself is lightweight.
Judging by the outdoor tests done by the Pros, you can expect about 5 to 6, 20-minute continuous stands and then you will have to change the batteries.
Speaking of changing the batteries, one of only two cons we discovered is the fact that there’s no battery level indicator on the remote for the unit.
However there is a little green light indicator in the front of the unit that flashes when the battery levels are low. If you are far away and not facing the unit directly however, you will have a hard time noticing the low battery warning.
On the remote, there is at least an indicator that tells you the power level of the batteries for it.
If you are a type of a hunter that likes messing with the predator’s instincts by using a decoy, we will have to disappoint you by telling you that this model doesn’t come with an included decoy.
However, if this is a MUST HAVE item for you, don’t despair because the unit does have an auxiliary jack so you can add a decoy.
Just note that it cannot be some random after-market decoy but the original FOXPRO decoy. Therefore, if you already have one, it will fit. Otherwise, it will be an additional expense you will need to consider when purchasing.
Sound Quality & Volume
If you set the volume control to max settings (volume 40) you will get a pretty loud, and crystal-clear sound. However, we have to point out that the quality of the uploaded sounds still needs to be high so that it doesn’t distort at max volume.
As for the quality of the preloaded sounds (all 100 of them) they are of the highest quality and very effective. The FOXPRO Fusion’s selection includes various distressed prey, deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, mountain lion, and bobcat sounds.
In addition, when ordering the Fusion, you have two options when it comes to sound selection. You can choose a custom or a standard playlist. We found that both options provide quality sounds and that it just comes down to your personal preference.
In case the 100 free sounds are not enough, as we mentioned above, the memory storage allows you to upload additional 900 sound files and it’s done through a 2.0 USB cable.
When you connect the unit with your computer, you will notice how easy it is to add or delete sounds and that you also have the option of customizing by creating, renaming, and organizing folders however you like.
We have to mention that the unit supports sounds in the following formats: WAV, MP3,24B, and .FXP. Otherwise, your Fusion will have a problem reading the sound file.
Once you’ve uploaded the sound files into your caller, all you have to do is sync it with the remote so that it displays the names of each folder and file on its screen. Then you a ready to go with your set of new sounds.
TX 1000 Remote
The TX1000 is one of the greatest remotes on the market and it’s unbelievably functional. It comes with nicely defined, large, backlit buttons that are functional even with your gloves on.
As for batteries, the remote uses 3AA batteries, which is quite economic, especially since they will last you from 10 to 12 hunting outings.If your hunting a lot, you may want to consider investing in rechargeable batteries to minimize replacing the batteries regularly.
When talking about the light strength and screen quality, as with everything else FOXPRO makes, the TX1000’s display is designed to perfection.
You will find settings for night hunting, day hunting, and the standard FOXPRO backlight color setting. And, switching from one light setting to others is quite simple and quick.
Finally, there’s also the option of a “favorite folder” where you can store your favorite sounds, without connecting the unit to a computer. It can all be done just with the remote.
Other Important Features
One of the reasons why the Fusion is highly popular among hunters is its remote-operable features. For example, the Fusion allows you to program any sound you like at any volume to be activated when an external sound peaks at a certain decibel level (a gunshot).
This is predator tricking at the highest level because if you want to prevent, for example, a coyote from running away after you’ve made your shot and missed, the Fusion automatically plays a puppy destress* sound (*that is our pro advice) so that the coyote stops and instinctively wants to come back and check out what is going.
Another feature we really liked is FOXFUSION. This is the feature that allows you to play two sounds at once and add some realism to your predator outsmarting strategy.
You can also try the FOXCAST feature. In this mode, you can configure an entire stand sound list that you activate with a press of a button. It works, for example, this way:
- Plays coyote howls
- Five minutes pause
- Plays prey distress calls
- Ten minutes pause
- Starts with the howls again
You can play with combinations as much as you want but the important thing is that you will be hands-free all the time.
Finally, you have the FOXMOTION feature, which moves the sound from one speaker to the other, making the predator think that the animal making the noise is moving, and the FOXPITCH, which lets you manipulate the pitch so that any predator nearby responds, making you aware of its position.
Verdict on the FOXPRO Fusion E-Caller
With the important features, we have reached the end of our FOXPRO Fusion E-caller review. Now you have a much deeper insight into what it offers and you know if this model is the one you were looking for.
As you can see, the Fusion is a great choice for both seasoned and novice hunters because it comes with a great design, a plethora of useful, advanced, yet easy to use functions, and judging by the hunters that have already used it, it’s pretty effective out the field.
So, if you are looking for a great electronic game caller that will significantly improve your effectiveness while hunting coyotes and other predators, we think the FOXPRO Fusion E-Caller just might be the right one for you.