How to Make a CHEAP Predator Call in Only FOUR STEPS!

NOTE: I do not approve of the hunting of animals for sport and pleasure. However, I make these calls for the use of necessity (need of food), and for wildlife photography.

ALSO, I have not official tested this out-in-the-field, so if you pro's out there can, please let me know how it works. It sounds very much like my pro predator call, and I have uploaded a WAV. so you can get an idea of what it will sound like when you have finished.

What You Will Need: Two Popsicle sticks
One sheet of paper
Duct tape

Step 1: Step One: Make the Reed!

Put the two Popsicle sticks side by side on the sheet of paper. Mark it right next to the outside. Fold it straight down and cut out to make a rectangle. Fold in half.

Step 2: Step Two: Put It Together!

Sandwich the paper "Reed" Between the two Popsicle sticks so there is even hang-off on each short side. Lengthwise, make sure all of the hang-off is on one side. Tape the side with no hang-off together, taping up from the end about 1/2 to 1 inch.

Step 3: Step Three: Mark It!

Paint if wanted. Put an arrow on both sides of the "call" both pointing to the closed/folded part of the paper. This is the end you will blow in.

Step 4: Step Four: Test It Out!

Hold on to the taped area loosely wit one hand. Put opposite end up to your mouth and blow like you are blowing the low note on a Harmonica. Try it out until you feel comfortable and make adjustments if necessary.

Please, if you try this while "hunting", let me know if / how it works. No bad comments or flaming...but CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and ideas are welcomed.



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    9 Discussions


    9 years ago

    Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!


    3 years ago

    I made a slight variation using a sandwich bag and plastic strips, I called it out my patio door and a housecat came running


    5 years ago on Introduction

    My father and I used a call much like this 50 years ago. It was made by Burnham Bros. and they are still making calls. Much fancier now though. Great Instructable!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You can also make the reed with a plastic freezer bag it will sound sharper and last longer than paper;)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Another call that works very well for varmit is the middle bone from a chicken wing,you simply get all the chicken off the bone,cut the tips off,hollow out the marrow,and through the smallest end purse your lips and make like you are trying to kiss into the bone with your lips pursed really tight.You can let it dry first if you like,it takes about a day in the sun,with practice you can even call turkey,allthough theres a better design for a turkey call using all three of the wing bones from a turkey.Ive called a many a coyote,fox,coon and have got turkey to gobble in the early morning from afar with my chicken bone call.

    Thank you for your comment. I think maybe covering the paper "reed" with clear tape may make it a bit more water proof and reduce wear and tear. I am not sure how this will effect the sound though. Try it out and get back to me, I like to hear what others think and how I can improve my things! Thank you once again! ^_^ ~Chicken_whisperer~


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This works very well for a while then the paper gets to wet to make a noise. Besides that it works very well.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    i live in northern minnesota and i used this for bird watching.... i was surprised at how acustomed the nuthatches became to it... they actually began talking to ias far as hunting goes i was able to make a similar noise to that of a cow elk... still waiting to try it out though... thanks for the ible!