Dear Writing Huntress,
Duck hunting is quickly becoming my favorite thing to do outdoors, but I’m on a tight budget and I don’t know what kind of gear I can make myself. Do you have any crafty tips for a dedicated waterfowler?
Crafty in Cresson
Hunting, duck hunting especially, can be on the expensive side – from the clothing and firearm, to decoys and calls and everything in between. I kept myself confined to an extremely tight budget when I first started hunting. Luckily, I met my husband, Mike, who happens to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to making something out of nothing, and we made some of our gear, without breaking the bank.
I never excelled at boondoggle as a child. While my peers would crowd around the craft table, producing bracelets and necklaces, I would sit, watching and wondering how anyone could make such beautiful “plastic-wears” from yards of boondoggle. Fast-forward quite a few years later, and Mike had just bought a case of camo-colored paracord. What soon followed were many nights watching him weave a tapestry of colors while making a dog collar for our lab, Avery, and then a call lanyard for himself and one for me, too. He claimed it wasn’t difficult at all, and he showed me how to make paracord creations for duck hunting.
Keep in mind, patterns of all kinds are available online. Instead of buying a pre-made dog collar, call lanyard, duck carrier or decoy bag handle, invest in a few yards of paracord and have fun!
How to make a Mike Barron Special Duck Call Extreme Layard
The best part about making your own lanyard is you can customize it in your own way. Mike added detachable call straps with miniature clasps, and even a ChapStick holder for those windy mornings. It may be a little confusing to get your first lanyard started, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be as easy as tying your hunting boots before an early-morning hunt.
Crafty, I hope that you have a great time not only making your own lanyards, collars and bracelets, but also during your duck-hunting season! Be sure to check back and post pictures of your successes on The WON’s social media sites.
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