Raccoons can be found all over Cape Cod. In neighborhoods, marshes, swamps, woods, along rivers and streams, just about anywhere. These mischievous ring-tailed furbearers are big fans of garbage, berries, insects, fish, frogs, eggs and small animals like chickens and ducks.
The raccoon’s best sense is its sense of touch. Raccoons are thought to be color blind or at least poorly able to distinguish color and are also believed to have poor long distance vision. However, they have very good night vision and their eyes are well-adapted for sensing green light, which makes using a green scanning light when calling at night a bad idea. Raccoons have very good hearing and their ears can pick up a broad range of sounds from high pitches all the way down to the sound of earthworms moving underground.
Raccoons are very agile animals. They are one of only a few animals that can descend a tree head first. They are also very tough and are able to survive a fall to the ground from 35 to 40 feet high. They are fast, can run about 15 mph and are excellent swimmers. Raccoons can be ferocious fighters and have been known to kill dogs when cornered. Raccoons can often be heard fighting in the woods at night, which makes the raccoon fight sound a good choice for calling them in.
Calling Raccoons on Cape Cod
Raccoons are known to respond to woodpecker and bird distress sounds, raccoon pup sounds, red fox pup sounds and raccoon fight sounds. Most calling for raccoons is done at night, but raccoons will also respond to raccoon fight sounds during the day if calling is done close to their denning trees. It is not uncommon at all to call several raccoons in on one stand.
One thing to keep in mind when calling raccoons at night with raccoon fight sounds is that raccoons will respond very fast and aggressively. I have been charged by coons a few times when calling at night. It is best to position the electronic caller a ways away from you when calling at night. Since they respond very quickly, stand up, keep your scanning light moving and look constantly to avoid an unexpected encounter with a pissed off raccoon or gang of raccoons.