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Anybody make homemade strikers...what types of tools/materials do you use...thought it might be a fun way to kill the time till this god forsaken snow melts

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I make some to go along with a few calls I've made. I have a small lathe that I turn them on out of 3/4-1" stock that II have picked up. I've turned strikers out of Paduak, Rosewood, purpleheart, redheart, birch, maple and hickory.

You can also used hardwood dowels and shape then using sandpaper and a drill or cut a carbon arrow shaft with a dremmel. Then grue the down into a larger dowel or a corn cob with a hole drilled into the end.

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Here's one I carved out of an old piece of cabinet molding by hand....knife and sand paper only. A little bit of a low end tone...great purs

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funny topic..

Last spring hunt I was in the field and put a nice dry branch into a corncob. smoothed it down a little and got a nice tone. using the 2 different strikers, I got some nice tones and gobbles back..

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You can always try to make one out of the wing bone if you have one from last year.

This is very satisfying but time consuming to do. I have made around 20-25 wingbone calls in the past 3 or 4 years. I asked family members to cut the wings off for me. I have used the wings from toms and hens. The difference is I usually use 2 bones from a tom as the bones are bigger and 3 bones from a hen. I top this off with a section of antler that is used as a place to put a lanyard around the call. They are nothing fancy: just cleaned, sanded and bleached but sure sound good once you know how to use them.

I have 4 or 5 I finished up this fall and more in the freezer.

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