ICOtec GEN2 GC320 Review

ICOtec GEN2 GC320 Review: The Call/Decoy Combo

Why buy the ICOtec GC320 electronic predator caller?

The ICOtec GC320 is very similar to the GC300, but it is the next step up with a couple of key differences. It is a caller/decoy combo, as the AD400 is included, plus it comes with 24 sounds instead of 12. The GC320 however is NOT programmable - to get this feature you will need to upgrade to either the GC350 or GC500 model.

Although it may only have 24 calls, for most hunters this is going to plenty to choose from and will definitely ensure you are able to call in coyotes with ease. Even better, using the 24 pre-loaded calls, you are able to play 2 sounds at the same time to create a more realistic and natural sound to attract the animal you are hunting.

The 12 watt speaker is good for the price point, and the volume is adjustable using the included remote. However you will find that the audio quality is not as good as higher end predator calls at high volumes. Because of this, you might experience some distortion when up close or when playing sounds that are higher pitched, however on the whole, the speaker does a great job.

If you really need that extra volume due to the weather conditions, terrain or you're needing to cover a much larger area, then the GC320, like the other GEN2 GC models, includes an auxiliary port as standard, allowing an external speaker to be connected.

The caller and decoy both use standard AA batteries, and both of them take 4 batteries in each unit. One of the biggest questions that are asked about battery operated callers is how long the batteries will actually last. Some hunters using the ICOtec GC320 have reported doing 12-14 hunts at about 2 to 3 hours a sit and not yet needing to replace the batteries. As long as you use high quality batteries, they will certainly last for many hours of constant use.

The GC320 model is lightweight, compact and durable.The caller is not deemed waterproof, however it will hold up in heavy fog and snow, as well as light rain. In extremely heavy rain, it probably won’t hold up for very long so try to avoid this where possible. Just don’t go submerging it in a bucket of water if you can help it!

As with all ICOtec products, it comes with a 1 year factory warranty. So if you get your electronic predator caller and find something is not quite right with it, you are covered.

GC320 Remote Features

The main difference of the GC320 remote in comparison to the GC300 remote is that you will notice that each button has two calls allocated to it. ICOtec call this the A bank and the B bank, with the A bank being the calls in black text, whilst the B bank are the calls in the blue text. To access the different calls, there is a selector switch on the side to change between the A bank to the B bank.

You are still able to play two calls at the same time, and it can be either two calls from the same bank or one from each. Just use the selector switch to move between each bank. The volume level of the sounds can also be controlled using the volume buttons.

The remote now also has a pause and a stop button. By default, the sounds are going to play through the full file length and then pause for 20 seconds. With the pause button you now have the ability to pause it at any point you would like.

If you want the call to remain silent for longer than 20 seconds, use the pause button. The sounds won’t kick back on until the pause button is pressed again to start. Use the stop button to stop all the calls if you’re changing sounds completely.

The decoy motion can also be controlled by remote using the decoy button. Just push the desired button and away you go. The remote also operates the decoy, so you can easily activate and deactivate the decoy as needed.

Next on the side there is an on / off switch. This switch is also used to control the remote’s LED backlights which will light up the keypad. This makes using the remote much easier during a night hunt.

The remote uses one A23 battery, but it is not included when you buy the GC320. In the excitement to go try out their new electronic caller, a few customers have been caught out by this!

A big tip is that you do need to be careful with the buttons on the remote. If the on/off switch on the side gets accidentally knocked, it will activate and can quickly drain the battery if you don’t pick it up.

The range of the remote is advertised as 300 yards, and majority of users have had no issues using it over different terrains from 90 to 200 yards. This distance should be sufficient for most coyote hunting in just about any type of environment you are to come across.

The added benefit is that the remote doesn’t require line of sight to operate effectively. This makes it much easier to place your caller exactly where you need it without worrying that your remote might not work due to the terrain.

GEN2 GC320 Electronic Caller Customer Feedback

When using the GC320 out in the field, you might find the finish of the caller to be a bit too shiny and gives off some glare. If that's the case, you can try adding something like camo tape to the exterior to help it blend into the surrounding vegetation.

The caller, decoy and remote are all battery operated. However there is no indicators to show how much battery power is left for any of them. There is a little red light on the caller and a white light on the decoy.

The lights don’t indicate that the batteries are getting low, just whether there is battery power or not. The lights don’t dim, they just go out once the batteries go dead, so you know to swap them for fresh ones.

The remote doesn’t have an indicator of any sorts, therefore if it's not turning on, try changing the battery first.

Pros

  • 24 quality pre-loaded sounds
  • 300-yard remote range
  • No line of sight required to use remote
  • Play 2 calls simultaneously
  • Control sounds, volume and decoy motion from single remote
  • Decoy included, plus two toppers

Cons

  • Not programmable
  • Requires lots of batteries
  • Touchy on/off switch on the remote
  • Screw on battery compartment lid - makes it more difficult to swap the decoy in and out between stands.

ElectronicCoyoteCalls.com's Verdict on the ICOtec GC300

If you are looking for a few extra sounds compared to the GC300, plus a decoy then the GC320 is a solid electronic caller option. The GC320 and its remote are not programmable, however this makes it pretty simple to use. There is no need to try and read a tiny backlit screen, just press the specific buttons as needed.

The included calls are of good quality that provide a realistic and natural sound in the field. However, if you are looking for programmability in your predator caller, it may be worthwhile to look at the GC350 or GC500. The added bonus is that you can still buy the AD400 decoy separately and use it with any of the ICOtec GC models.

If you are looking for a caller that is simple and durable, with enough features to make sure your next coyote hunting trip goes off without a hitch, then the GC320 definitely fits the bill.