Varmints Inc. Custom Calls



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Osage Circe Style

Posted by Lonehowl on November 18, 2018 at 6:25 PM

This is the first one of this style. Ive always liked the scalloped lip rest of those old calls, along with the simple shape. Ive added a coaxer to the barrel of mine, and the internals are the same as my other wood enclosed reeds. This one aint perfect...the coaxer reed is not perfectly inline with the lip rest, its a tiny bit off center. I built a couple of jigs to line things up but looks like Ill have to tweak em a little. All in all though, it turned out perty good. Might post it for sale?

A howler for me!

Posted by Lonehowl on October 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Built myself a new howler today. Its turned out of Ash and Jet-Phen micarta. Mouthpiece is machined out of polymer with a standard .010 thick reed.

Handbuilt Howlers...

Posted by Lonehowl on October 19, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Turning up some custom howlers. These are Thompson style, but most everything on them is different. I always liked the deeper barks and howls you can get out this style if toneboard. Super easy to get high pitched puppy whines etc. as well.

Custom Handbuilts

Posted by Lonehowl on October 17, 2018 at 3:40 AM

Love turning wood...

Camaru and blackwood...getting ready to get sleeves and reeds istalled.

New... Superlight Green howler

Posted by Lonehowl on August 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM

This is a new, 2 reed lightweight howler. Its made with super thin latex that makes it easy to blow and control. Great for higher pitched howls, puppy whines and ki-yi's.



Posted by Lonehowl on February 2, 2018 at 2:55 PM

 This newest call to the lineup is the Deuce. It is a small open reed with a dual air channel toneboard. It is high pitched and can get raspy on the low end too. Great call for fox and cats. Great bird sounds with that two tone birdy squeal when you get out on the tip.

 This call is the same size as the Sweetpea. 1/2" toneboard and bore.
Super call to have in your arsenal.


Deathpunch and Sweetpea

Posted by Lonehowl on February 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Released these two open reed calls recently. Always trying to improve my calls, and they all may evolve in the future.

 I described the Sweetpea a bit in a post below. The Deathpunch is a bigger call. It has a 5/8 toneboard with a bigger air channel The reed is standard .010 with a tapered cut.. The exhaust/bore is 5/8 as well.  It is brassy and loud for a call this size.

   These calls are designed with a short exhaust  that makes the call responsive and the sounds crisp and clear. To many open reed calls out there are made with long, deep exhaust/bores that deepen and restrict the sound so much that you cant get a good range of sounds out of them. They just sound flat and muddy. They may look good, but they are really hampered by that design in my opinion.  There are just to many predator call makers out there that are using the duck call shape and size for thier open reed calls, and Ill add, enclosed reed calls as well. Weve all done it, Its a sharp look, but I just believe in designing a call around the intended purpose...chase the sound and performance first, not the look. JMO.

Sweetpea and Deathpunch

Suckerpunch Revival....

Posted by Lonehowl on January 14, 2018 at 9:35 PM

This is an enclosed reed call that is in the same linup as the new model Sweetpea open reed posted below. It has either a single or double reed setup inside, with a coaxer reed mounted in the barrel for great coaxing peeps to pull in those hung up coyotes and cats that last few yards.

This call is designed to be tough and versitile. It has that sort of hollow distress sound that some guys like due to the long-ish exhaust. This is unlike my wood calls, that have that tight scream to them.

The call is 2 piece so reed changes are easy. The reed is captured in place tightly by a rubber bushing, so no worries about a reed falling out. Also, I can build 2 mouthpieces with different reeds installed that you can change back and forth.

Anywho, coming soon.

Suckerpunch Enclosed Reed

Return of the Sweetpea...

Posted by Lonehowl on January 11, 2018 at 11:55 PM

Sweetpea Open Reed Call

Lately Ive had a bunch of guys asking for the old Delrin line of calls I made for years and discontinued a few years ago. I stopped making them because I just didnt have the time to devote to them. I use my personal set all the time and got to thinking maybe I could bring some of them back just for kicks, but in a different form that made more sense to build for the price point I was after.


So, I got to tinkering in the shop the other day and decided that I still enjoy working with the plastic stuff, and maybe I could bring these calls back on a limited basis, so I made a few prototypes just to knock the rust off. I decided that I would use my handpoured toneboards assembled into a machined grey PVC barrel for the open reed calls. I wanted these to be great performers but cost effective at the same time. The result was a great sounding call that looks pretty cool, and is tough as nails.


These will have black toneboards, matte grey body with a (hopefully) new decal at some point. I plan to make a few different models , including an enclosed reed call, so I will post them up soon.

The Much Maligned Enclosed Reed Call...

Posted by Lonehowl on February 8, 2017 at 9:40 PM

 The most common, and simplest of all hand calls to run for predator calling...is the enclosed reed call. These calls are very easy to use and are extremely deadly. They are sworn by, and at, by callers all over the country.

This type of call has  been around for many decades in one form or another. By definition, the reed (the part that makes the noise) is...wait for it..."enclosed"..as in...inside the call. All you have to do is blow on the call and it makes noise. Pretty simple. These calls have pros and cons, as any type of call does, so lets take a look at a couple.

 First a couple "pros". As mentioned above, they are very simple to use., and have a relativley short learning curve.  You simply blow into the call and it makes  noise. When you learn to manipulate the call, you can make great rabbit distress sounds with it. Very realistic ones at that.  A guy just starting out can get a couple enclosed reeds (that sound a bit different  from one another preferably) and call a lot of animals in with them. Untold amounts of coyotes, fox and cats have fallen to this type of call. These calls are also easy to maintain, and can, in most cases, be refurbished with a new reed every once in a while if need be. A good enclosed reed call can be kept in service for many years if you take care of it.

 Speaking of reeds, these calls have many different reeds available for them so you can make a lot of different distress sounds, with a little experimenting.

Some "cons". Enclosed reed calls have reeds inside that can be rendered inoperable in certain circumstances. In real cold weather they can freeze up. This is the biggest complaint about these calls. Its the nature of the beast...you blow hot moist air into the call, and after your done calling, if the call sits outside your coat or whatever, the moisture on the reed freezes and it's done. It can happen while calling to, in between sequences. Also, reeds can get debris in them, clogging them up. By this I mean almost anything that can wedge in the reed somehow, or making the reed sticky, not allowing it to work. The biggest culprit is your saliva, in any weather. If your a "wet" caller, a guy that naturally spits a lot of saliva into a call while calling, your going to have more trouble than guys that arent. This is true for almost any type of call though. Sucking down sugary snacks and sodas while out calling makes it worse. Sugar makes saliva super thick. If you try to manage these things you will be a lot better off. 

 Reed fragilility is another con here. The reeds in these calls are made of thin shim like material, and are a bit fragile. If you constantly blow hard into the call, it can ruin the reeds. They get slightly tweaked by the pressure and the sound and ease of blowing get wrecked. The reed can also get sort of work hardened sometimes and stop working altogether. Again, just the nature of the beast with these things. Most guys really overblow these calls trying to get max volume, or they simply get excited and blow the shit out of em, thinking they are really doing something. If you learn to control your calling, you will avoid this.

And yet more cons...stigma.  Two things here...These calls are commonly thought of as one trick ponies, as in, you can only make one sound on them. For the most part this is true. You have a reed that is tuned a certain way, stuck inside the call with no way to really change the sound much. The thing is, there are other ways to make the call sound at least a little different, like changing your air presentation into the call, or changing cadence etc. Sort of "advanced" techniques for lack of a better term. Things like this can "liven up" the call sometimes.

Also, the stigma of "beginners" call. Most handcallers start out with enclosed reed calls. After that they advance on to open reeds or diaprhagms or whatever. After that, they think that enclosed reeds are for beginners, and stop using them, because somehow they are some sort of pro caller now. We have all done it, and this is a mistake. I stopped using them for years, then got interested in them again because  I realized just how great they sound, period. These things are killers, and at this point in time, the most under rated tool out there in my opinion. 

 Thats it in a nutshell. I can think of a couple more things to mention, but thats probably enough for now, and hopefully will get more guys to consider the "lowly" enclosed reed call more.