DIY RAT­TLE BAG

Outdoor Life - - HUNTING -

I don’t like to carry big, bulky antlers. In­stead, I tend to rely on small rat­tling de­vices that can more eas­ily fit in a pack. You can buy rat­tle bags, but here’s how to make your own:

STEP 1

Find an old bootlength sock made of fairly heavy fab­ric.

STEP 2

Pur­chase hard­wood dow­els at a craft or hard­ware store. You want a dozen dow­els of vary­ing di­am­e­ters, but all larger than ½ inch.

STEP 3

Cut each dowel into 8-inch lengths. You can use 6-inch dow­els if you want a more com­pact bag, but the longer dow­els will make louder sounds.

STEP 4

Place the dow­els in the sock and use a zip tie to close the open end.

STEP 5

Start rat­tling by smack­ing the dow­els to­gether against the palm of your hand, and then grind the dow­els by rolling them be­tween both hands. — T.H.

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