I try to do something special from time to time for landowners that let me trap. Its my way of building social capital....you never know how or when it may come back. I make these wingbone turkey calls and give them to people I have much respect and appreciation for, usually old farmers I trap on. These two are going to a couple guys that have really helped me out the last couple of trapping seasons. The most important thing a trapper can have is a good reputation with the landowner. When we die, the only thing we can take with us, is our good name.
Very nice. Describe the decoration. What material is the red band and how did you do the feather?
The two different color bands is simply thick thread like you would use for buttons and coats (think it actually says that on the spool). After I get it wrapped real tight kinda like putting center serving on a bowstring or serving in a peep, I coat the thread with fingernail polish or nail hardener. This makes the string hard and it will never unravel (not that it would anyway). The feather and turkey track is hand drawn with a pencil, then colored over with a fine point felt tip black pen. They are signed and dated on the back then get about three coats of clear gloss. I buy jewelry boxes at Hobby Lobby with the cotton in the bottom like a necklace would come in or something, put the calls in and deliver. I usually make a couple to give to kids at our local NWTF Jakes Day as well.