I’ve been calling foxes—and most recently, coyotes—throughout the Midwest for 30 years. And although predator calls have come a long way—wireless remotes, digital sound, push-button performance, and so on—I’ve remained partial to the versatility of a traditional mouth call. Even if it’s one made from Popsicle sticks, a rubber band, and duct tape.
Crafting one is simple: First, square off the rounded ends of the Popsicle sticks with a file. Next, stretch a 1⁄4-inch rubber band over one stick lengthwise and stack the other stick on top. Pull one end of the rubber band so it’s very tight, and secure the sticks together at each end with a few wraps of duct tape. Tie the tag end of the rubber band in an overhand knot so it stays tight. Holding the ends, place the sticks between your teeth and blow. Biting down on the sticks raises the pitch; relaxing lowers the pitch. Airflow controls volume.
True, this call takes a bit of practice, but it’s more rewarding than “calling” in coyotes with the push of a button.