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The Pill Bottle Turkey Call

A tube call, if done properly, is a loud and versatile addition to any turkey hunter’s arsenal. All you’ll need is about ten minutes, a utility knife, a pill bottle or 35mm film canister, one latex glove, and a rubber band. Here are some quick steps to make a pill bottle turkey call that’ll help you while you’re on the hunt.

Scissors, a latex glove, a small knife, and a pill bottle.

With these simple supplies, you can make your own pill bottle turkey call. [Image: http://www.bowhunting.net/wildturkey.net/Articles/NWTF-2003-MakingTubeCall.html]

1. Using a utility blade or sharp knife, cut a half circle out of the lid. Be sure to cut through the plastic seal on the underside of the lid or else the call won’t work. Following that you’ll want to cut off the bottom of the pill bottle.

2. Cut a 2×2 or 2×3 inch rectangle out of a powder free latex glove. Fit the latex over the cutout leaving a 1/4 inch of space between the latex edge and the bottom of the half circle. Make sure you secure the latex with a rubber band.

A bunch of pill bottles made into turkey calls.

Simple to make and easy to carry with you, there’s no reason not to make your own pill bottle turkey call. [Image: http://www.customcalls.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1237255671]

3. To use the call, place your bottom lip along the latex slit (the cutout should be facing up) and your upper lip along the lid’s edge to form a seal. To yelp, say “shuck” into the call. You can tune it by adjusting the size of the gap or tightness of the latex.

A man blowing into a pill bottle turkey caller he made.

And just like that, your pill bottle turkey call is complete! [Image: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/make-personal-diy-turkey-call-pill-bottle-pics/]

And that’s it! Now you’re ready to bag that bird with a bit of extra help. Check out our Fish & Wildlife Apps before you head out, and good luck on your hunt!