Deer calls for blacktails

dahlenburg

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Been doing some reading on deer calls and keep coming across recommendations for Hank Masters deer call which are apparently made in Alaska but google is not turning up much on these. I'm curious if anyone is familiar with these and if they are still made or available anywhere near Anchorage or surrounding area.

Also curious if anyone is familiar with AKTIS deer calls that look to be made in Wasilla. https://aktisblacktaildeercalls.com/
These look intriguing but curious if anyone here has first hand experience with them.

I have a home made call with a rubber band but didn't seem to have much luck with it so looking for different options. Welcome to all options that people find useful of had had success with.
 

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These work well for me. Seems the key is to make it as high pitched and distressed sounding as you can. Find a doe to practice on with it!
 

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I have a home made call with a rubber band but didn't seem to have much luck with it so looking for different options. Welcome to all options that people find useful of had had success with.
Believe it or not those homemade calls work just fine. There just has to be deer in the area to hear them.
 
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The best reed for my calls that I make is friction tape. Cut the tape approximately 1/4 inch in width and plenty long as to have plenty sticking out both sides of call. If you don’t cut it straight, you’ll end with fuzzies on it and it won’t sound right. When preparing the wood area where the reed will be, I sand the area rather than carve with a knife. This allows for enough wind to pass over the reed to make it “sing” but won’t wind you in the process. Making your own is very satisfying. It takes a few to get one you like, but after building my own, I would never use another.
 

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Believe it or not those homemade calls work just fine. There just has to be deer in the area to hear them.
I had a store bought one like that when I was a kid. It worked. Later as an adult, a friend and I were using blades of grass between our thumbs and imitating the old call. Right at dark. We were bow hunting. We finally heard something and flipped on our trusty Eveready flashlights. Dim by todays standards. we had called in a BLACK BEAR.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I do plan on making a couple of my own eventually but really wanted to try something that was pre-made to get an idea of what it should sound like. Was afraid that with my home made one with rubber band I was sending out a warning to stay away instead of saying come on over. I went ahead and ordered one of the AKTIS calls and will see how it works this year as long as the weather cooperates and I can make it out this year.
 
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