Primos Bullet Bugle

By Ike Eastman

Primos Bullet Bugle - Ike EastmanSpring. The time of year when we here at Eastmans’ have a chance to catch our breath from show season, get caught up on e-mails and phone calls, and start to work on new projects. One of my projects each spring is to come up with the plans for the new Primos call giveaway.

For the past ten years, we’ve partnered with Primos Hunting to give away one of their cow calls or bugles when you renew or subscribe to the magazine for free. Don’t forget there is a small shipping and handling charge that picks up the postage and packaging - a fraction of the cost if you were to go to the store and buy it. It’s always a pleasure working with the guys over at Primos because I get to test all the new stuff and come up with the perfect gift for our subscribers. One of the bugles I looked at this year was the Bullet Bugle and here is how it stacked up during my test.

The Bullet Bugle has some of the features that I loved about the Super Pack bugle built in…like the easy-touse blue reeds that comes on a couple of their bugles. It also has some features that are unique and are sure to complement your elk-calling arsenal. The reed cap is similar to the other Primos bugles, but this one is more durable and has a spot for a spare reed. One of the worst things that can go wrong on a backcountry elk hunt is breaking a reed and not having a spare. Primos took care of that with this addition and you won’t find yourself without a bugle again, as a spot for spare reeds is right there with the call.

The strap is also wider than the past bugles and has a very easy adjustment system. No matter how much or how little clothing you have on, the strap on this bugle has a wide range of adjustment.

A noticeable difference to me was the size. The Bullet Bugle has a unique shape and sound that is meant to mimic the sound of a weaker, but challenging bull. Sometimes, those thunderous, growly bugles will actually intimidate a bull from coming in and that’s why this call will stack the odds in your favor.

The construction is also more durable than bugles in the past, which makes it less likely to crush or wear out quickly. The down side to this is the weight, as it weighs just a bit more than the Super Pack bugle at 5.9 ounces. The exterior is soft, more like rubber, and doesn’t have that "plastic” sounds when you bump it against brush, tree branches or your pack.

One thing that I really like in a bugle is the ability to change the sound projection. Sometimes, I like to turn the bugle away from me, but still look forward and watch for an approaching bull. This technique has worked for me more than a time, as the bull I’m calling thinks the challenger is moving out. The Bullet Bugle’s tube is fixed, so you’ll have to move your body more in order to project different directions, but I think it’s something a guy can adapt to.

Keep your glass glued on your mailbox this summer for our pre-season special flyers. We may have this call and a bunch of other specials that are exclusive to our subscribers. Heck, maybe the Bullet Bugle will be the gift that will help you take that trophy bull of a lifetime? Good luck this fall and I hope to see you around a campfire with full meat packs.