March 05, 2013
Survival Skills: How to Make Your Own Game Calls - 1
by Tim MacWelch
There are many ways to call wild game. But how can you call those critters if you brought no calls with you? What if it’s an emergency and you need to lure animals in for your food?
The answer: build your own calls with things you find in the field. Check out these three time-tested calls.
Hare and Fawn Cry
Split the stick in two with a knife and carve out a trapezoid-shaped channel on each side, making sure the channels line up. Sandwich the bark strip in between either side of the split stick and tie one end of the stick together tightly, leaving a few inches of bark hanging out the untied end of the stick. Pull the bark strip taught, and blow through the carved area of the stick. Play with the reed tension and your volume until you can make the call cry.
Elk and Moose Horn
Have you made your own calls in the field? Tell us your methods in the comments.