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http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-wavin-yel.gif Hi! long time no talk guys. I finally ran across my login and password. I had a question for you being that you guys are the kings of home made stuff http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-king.gif . I was wondering if any of you have made your own hand predator calls? I was thinking about giving it a try. But was interested in info on reeds.
10-14-2002, 06:53 AM
Yes, I have. I don't have any plans or pics but I can tell you they are simple to make and they work as well, if not better, than the store bought ones.
For a while my hunting and fishing buddies would gather out at my farm on weekends and we would sit around sometimes and work on our hunting clothes or make stuff. We've made many tree stands, fishing lures, targets, ground blinds, shooting benches, etc.
To make a rabbit or squirrel squeaker you can start out with hardwood dowel rods. I used 3/8" and 1 1/4" for the reed holder and the main body. Actually I used a Bass Pro call as a go-by example and just whittled until I got close. I used several pieces of cane until I got a reed design that worked. In no time at all you can refine your techniques until you're an old pro at it. One of my best ones has a very tiny piece of fire-cured ash for the reed. It's sweet.
As you get into it, you'll realize how easy it is to make all sorts of calls just by adjusting the size of the reed and reed holder. I guess between the five guys that I hang around with we have made over 30 different calls in the past 6 or 8 years.
Give it a try - it's fun. You'll cut your fingers for sure when you get your reeds thin enough to work well. Have fun..
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