DIY RATTLE BAG
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:
Find an old bootlength sock made of fairly heavy fabric.
Purchase hardwood dowels at a craft or hardware store. You want a dozen dowels of varying diameters, but all larger than ½ inch.
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.
Place the dowels in the sock and use a zip tie to close the open end.
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.