Crafting a custom tube call can be easy. Just modify an old pill bottle using these steps to create a great call for spring and fall.
This effective and inexpensive turkey yelper is easy to build and fun to use — yet another call option in your turkey vest. First, gather your materials and tools.
- An empty pill bottle.
- An unpowdered nitrile or latex glove.
- A rubber band.
- A hacksaw, sharp scissors, and a knife or utility blade. Tweezers can be handy, too.
- A black permanent marker.
- Camo tape.
- OK, you’re ready to build a pill-bottle tube call.
Pill bottles and caps have size and shape variations. Remove the prescription tape from the outside. Wrap your camo tape of choice around the pill bottle. Take the empty pill bottle and cut off the bottom with a hacksaw. Sandpaper any rough edges.
Take off the white cap. You’ve several options here. Remove the inner cap liner (on childproof, twist-on caps). Use it to make the call’s lid. Or use the snap-on cap and liner.
Ink a half-moon with a black marker on the pill bottle’s thin inside liner. This marks the section to be cut out. When using the hard snap-on lid, it and the inside liner need to be cut to match up correctly. Either way, carefully cut out the half-moon, keeping the rim intact, and discard it.
Fit the cap liner from the inside of the lid, with a half-moon cut out, on top of the call. Again, if you use the hard white cap (it’s a bit tougher to cut) and liner, fit both back on the pill bottle.
Cut out a square of the nitrile or latex glove. Party balloons also work. This square of material should cover roughly half of the call top. Stretch it across the half-moon opening, leaving a small gap between the lid edge and the glove material. The rest hangs loosely. Yep, some tube-call makers put the taut reed inside and cap the top with a half-moon opening.
Hold the taut glove material in place, and slip a rubber band tightly over it. Tune the reed — and the gap space — by gently adjusting it to suit your calling style. Add a fresh square (and rubber band) as the other one wears out.