Sunday, July 17, 2011

How to . . . call a dove

Posted By on 07.17.11 at 01:04 PM

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  • Ingrid Taylar
Louder than most whistles, this clarinet-like call is supposedly how hunters lure quail and doves into their sights. Now, I’ve never actually tried attracting quail, but I have developed a knack for waking up neighbors at 5 AM, playing the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and getting dogs to inquisitively cock their heads, which is really its own special pleasure.

1 Hold your hands like you’re cupping water, with the sides of your palms pressed together and one set of fingers behind the other.

2 Arch the fingers of your inside hand onto the slope between the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand, and fold the other set of fingers around back, leaving space in the middle.

3 Line up both thumbs in parallel over the space, leaving only a little hole that’s too dark to see into.

4 Put your mouth on your knuckles and blow across—not into!—the hole, varying the angle until you hear the sound.

5 To make the sound from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, just straighten out your back hand while you’re blowing, and then bring it back.

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