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How to Make a Homemade Predator Call

by Eric Cedric
A good call will bring predators closer.

A good call will bring predators closer.

A good predator call brings typically wary animals into your field of view. This can result in great photo opportunities with species that are hard to see, let alone photograph. The predator call, particularly for North American predators such as coyotes and wolves, will mimic the yip and bark of the animals, luring them in with their curiosity. You can make a predator call at home with some power tools and an hour or two of time.

Put on the safety goggles and work gloves and pick up the PVC tube with the needlenose pliers. Turn on the bench saw and cut one half of the PVC tube, lengthwise, in half going widthwise. You should have a PVC tube that looks as if it lost its top portion on one half of the length of the tube.

Turn on the bench grinder and smooth down the cut edges of the PVC tube. Try to use the grinding and sanding to create a wavelike flow on the cut portion of the tube.

Moisten the saxophone reed for two or three minutes by soaking it in water or by placing it on your tongue and letting it moisten. When the reed is moist, place it on the cut side of the PVC tube so the fat end of the reed meets up with the fat side of the PVC tube.

Wrap the elastic band around the fat end of the reed and PVC tube so they are attached to each other.

Blow through the full hole on the noncut end of the PVC tube to make the reed vibrate and the caller imitate the sound of a yip or bark from a predator. This takes practice to get your tone to where you want it. Take the time to experiment with the predator call.

Items you will need

  • Safety goggles
  • Work gloves
  • Needlenose pliers
  • 4-inch piece of 1-inch diameter PVC tube
  • Bench saw
  • Bench grinder
  • Saxophone reed
  • Elastic band
  • Bone handle (optional)
  • 5mm nylon cord (optional)

Tip

  • Customize your call by adding a bone handle and a nylon cord to use as a leash to attach to your vest or belt.

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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