Making Elk Whistle by Yourself
Few THINGS IN the outdoor world are more exciting than elk hunting. And there is no question in my mind that the most rewarding way to hunt elk is by bugling for them with whistles with the easy Making Elk Whistle in the home by your own self.
. Aside from the Alaskan and Canadian moose, elk are the largest antlered big-game animals available to North American hunters.
The most productive time of year to bugle for elk is from about September 15 to October 15. And those who see the greatest success seem to agree that on any given day the first light of dawn and the last hour of dusk are generally the times when elk are most likely to respond to a hunter’s bungling efforts.
- 1 How to Make an Elk Whistle?
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Yet unlike waterfowl, turkey, and predator calls, which have to be accurate and convincing, elk calls only have to be barely representative to get a response. The most effective call begins with a low note or two, rises to a screaming banshee-like cry, and then slowly tapers off to a brief series of hoarse and raspy coughs or grunts.
How to Make an Elk Whistle?
Elk whistles can be made from many types of materials and at almost no expense. I have made them from conduit pipe, which is used by electricians to enclose wires, and also from a hard plastic water pipe, copper tubing, pieces of old rubber garden hose, ribbed pieces of flexible gas tubing, and even thick sections of bamboo from discarded fishing poles.
All work exceedingly well and yet produces varying sounds and pitches due to the resonance characteristics of different materials and the length and diameter of each whistle itself.
“Calling in a bull elk is one of the outdoors more exciting challenges. Here I talk to a Wyoming bull, using a homemade whistle of copper tubing.”
But in experimenting with various materials and whistle lengths. And, the best time for bugling with homemade elk whistles is between September 15 and October 15. Shown here, before the onset of the rut, two bulls run with five cows.
You should strive to produce clear and crisp tenor notes that will carry long distances. In the following steps I work with 1/2- inch-diameter conduit pipe, but the procedure is basically the same when using other materials.
Step 1: Cutting the Conduit Tubing
With a hacksaw cut a piece of 1/2-inch-diameter conduit tubing to about 12 to 14 inches in length. Conduit is cheap, costing only about 17¢ per foot, and it as well as copper tubing, plastic water pipe, and similar materials can be obtained in most hardware stores and through all plumbing supply stores; you probably have Scraps of other materials such as garden hose around your house.
“Elk whistles can be made from a wide variety of materials. Shown here, from left to right, are whistles made from electrical conduit, copper tubing, bamboo (from a discarded fishing pole), and plastic water pipe. Different materials, whistle diameters, and whistle lengths produce different sounds.”
Step 2: Making Vertical Cut for Elk Whistle
Again with your hacksaw, about 21/2 inches from one end of the conduit tube make a vertical cut that goes halfway through the tubing. Then, about 1/8 inch from the first cut, make another cut that angles to the vertical cut. Lift out and discard the pie-slice waste. The photo shows what the notch should look like.
Step 3: Cutting Wooden Dowel
Now cut a 3-inch length of 1/2-inch-diameter wooden dowel and with sandpaper smooth it down a little so that it will fit into the end of the conduit tubing. Don’t sand too much because the dowel should fit snugly. It helps the hunter to hunt easily and steadily with rifle scope.
With a file or coarse sandpaper, flatten one side of the wooden dowel about 1/8 inch. That makes the elk whistle singers to use the product with better performance.
Step 4: Inserting Process
Insert the dowel into the conduit with the flat side up. So that the end of the dowel just barely shows in the notch. Now, cup your palm over the far end of the tube. And then blow through the whistle end, sliding the dowel back. And forth a tiny bit at a time until the desired tenor pitch is achieved.
You’ll notice that with the dowel “reed” in certain positions you’ll get no sound whatever, with it in other positions the whistle will be quite muted and that there will be a position, somewhere, that gives forth a sound that is shrill and sharp.
Step 5: Processing the Dowel Reel
When you’re getting a loud and crisp whistle, the dowel reed is properly positioned and now has to be securely anchored so that it doesn’t move. If you fail to anchor the dowel you’ll have to readjust it, and you also risk losing it.
I usually anchor a dowel reed by drilling a small hole through one side of the conduit tube. Starting through the dowel, and out the other side of the conduit.
Then I insert a small nail and pound both ends of it flat against the conduit. So, it holds the dowel in a place like a rivet. Exercise care in this pounding, however, if you are using copper tubing, bamboo, or some other material that is fragile and susceptible to squashing or splitting.
Step 6: Final Finishing of the Whistle
The final step is to use the hacksaw to angle off the whistle end of the conduit tube so that it comfortably fits your lips. Then go over the entire whistle with a small file to smooth down any burrs or rough edges.
Spend some time practicing with your whistle before actually attempting to bugle in an elk. You may even wish to experiment with several different types of whistles. It starts from drilling holes in them. So, they look like flutes and produce a wide range of notes.
I’ve found the most effective bugling technique is to inhale very deeply, begin the first two whistling notes softly. Then, increase the volume of air to your maximum strength for several notes. Then finally allow the sound to gradually taper off to nothing. The call, from beginning to end, should last about six to eight seconds.
The mouthpiece of whistle should be angled off with a hacksaw to fit lips and then filed smooth. Note how the dowel reed has been flattened on the top side, how snugly it fits into the tubing and the nail that goes all the way through the whistle to hold the reed in place.