Deer callers are a very important tool for deer hunters in the field. They can be used to lure deer into your area when none are visible, known as “blind calling”. They can also be used to lure visible deer a little bit closer so that you can get the optimal shot.
The Charm of Making Your Own
While there are many professionally made deer callers available at various outdoor and sports shops, making your own deer caller is simple and fun. Fashioning your own may also make you feel like that much more of a sportsman. In this article, we’ll go over two separate methods for how to make a deer caller that any hunter can fashion themselves on a whim.
Simple and Functional
The two deer callers we’ll look at are both incredibly simple, yet functional. They may not have all the fancy features you can find in a store-bought deer caller, but they’ll get the job done just the same for any keen hunter. Surely, once you’ve made one for yourself, you won’t want to be caught out on the field without it.
How to Make a Deer Caller out of PVC
The first DIY deer caller we’ll be going over is made from a few PVC tubes. It may be slightly limited in scope, but it will get the job done for any hunter in need.
These materials are easy enough to procure at any hardware store. You can also slightly adjust the ratios of measurements to accommodate any supplies that you may already have in your garage or workshop. Using wider PVC pipes will make a lower-pitched sound and using thinner PVC pipes will make a higher-pitched sound, so keep this in mind when experimenting.
5-inch long and 1-inch wide PVC tube, Qty 1
3-inch long and 3/4-inch wide PVC tube, Qty 1
3/4-inch o-ring, Qty 2
Strong PVC glue
Take the 1-inch wide PVC tube and the fine-grit sandpaper. Begin sanding the inside of the tube to a depth of one inch. The goal here is to make the PVC rough enough that the PVC glue will hold. Once done, do the same to the outside of the 3/4-inch wide PVC tube, for the same purpose.
Take the 2 3/4-inch o-rings and work them over the sanded end of the 3/4-inch wide tube. Have them spaced apart by one inch, or at the beginning and end of the sanded area. These o-rings will form an airtight seal once the two pipes are glued together.
Apply a solid amount of glue to the inner sanded area of the 1-inch wide tube and the outer sanded area of the 3/4-inch wide tube, over and including the o-rings. Once done, slide the 1-inch wide tube into the 1-wide tube up to the second o-ring, or about one inch. Both o-rings should be inside the 1-inch wide tube, as well as the entirety of the outer sanded area of the 3/4-inch wide tube, and no glue should be exposed.
Refer to the PVC glue directions to see how long it will take to dry. Be sure that your call can be kept undisturbed while it is drying so as not to mess up the airtight seal. When it’s done, you’ll have a simple DIY deer call you can use by simply pursing your lips at the smaller end and blowing.
How to Make a Deer Caller out of Wood
The next deer caller we’ll be taking a look at fits in much more with the outdoor aesthetic. These materials are likely going to be easier to procure than the materials for the PVC deer caller. You likely won’t even have to visit a store. This one is also much easier to make.
3-inch long and 1-inch wide pieces of wood, Qty 2
1 small rubber band
1 roll of electrical tape
Cut a small, triangle-shaped slot in the center of one surface of each piece of wood. The slot should be minuscule, only about 1/32 of an inch in depth. You can use a small Exacto knife or any razor blade to make the cut.
Take the rubber band and stretch it across one of the wood surfaces on the cut side. The rubber band should be tight. If the rubber band is not tight, you’ll need to either use a smaller rubber band or larger pieces of wood.
Once the rubber band is stretched, tape it in place in order to hold it in position. Tape it on either side, making sure no tape gets anywhere near the middle of the surface with the cut. The tighter the rubber band is stretched, the higher the pitch the call will make, so keep this in mind before finalizing the stretch with the tape.
With the rubber band held in place, place the other piece of wood over it with the cut side down, facing inwards. Both cuts should be aligned with only the stretched rubber band keeping them from touching. When you’re satisfied with the placement, apply some more electrical tape to tightly bond the two pieces of wood together over the rubber band.
With this deer caller, simply hold up to your lips and blow through the hole left by the two cuts. The air passing through the cuts and the stretched rubber band will create the deer call. If the noise is too high or too low, you can either disassemble and reassemble it with the rubber band stretched accordingly or make a new one from scratch.
Simple and Easy!
So, there we have it. You now know how to make a deer caller in a pinch. These DIY deer callers may take some getting used to if you’re more experienced with the store-bought variety, but they should serve you nicely. They’ll certainly have a lot more charm than anything you can pick up at the store, and the sound they’ll make will always be just a little more natural and unique.