How to Make a Squirrel Cutter Call
Using a squirrel cutter call is a great way to lure spooked squirrels out of hiding. These calls are incredibly versatile and can be used in a number of situations. Here are three ways to use your squirrel cutter call:
Squirrel calls are versatile
Making a homemade squirrel call is an effective way to attract bushy-tailed acorn-munchers. All you need are some popsicle sticks and some tape. Break a popsicle stick in half by hand, or use a pocketknife to cut it in half. Wrap two inches of tape around one stick, and then the other. Repeat for the second stick. This will simulate the sound of a squirrel in distress, and will attract the elusive acorn-muncher to the acorn-rich trees in your yard.
After making your squirrel cutter call, wait for the response to come. This is critical to bringing in a squirrel. Once you get the animal in sight, you can use your call to get its attention. It may be necessary to repeat the process if you don’t hear a response from the animal. If it doesn’t respond right away, switch locations and try again. By repeating the process, you’ll have a high chance of catching a squirrel.
One of the easiest ways to lure a squirrel into a tree is to use a cutter call. The sound is made when a squirrel breaks a nut with its front teeth. It is most common early in the season, when mast crop is plentiful. But if the nut supply is low, using this call may make the difference between a squirrel getting in your tree or not. It’s no wonder many hunters mimic the sound of a distressed young squirrel in an attempt to attract the squirrel into their tree.
They can be used in a variety of situations
One of the easiest ways to attract bushy-tailed acorn-munchers is by learning how to make a squirrel cutter call. Using two popsicle sticks, you can easily break one in half with your hand or pocketknife. Then, wrap two inches of tape around one stick and one on the other. When the squirrel hears the sound, it will come running.
The volume of the call you use will vary, depending on the environment. In a quiet day or on a foggy day, the volume should be higher. Remember not to overcall, as this will only make the squirrels more evasive. Also, don’t make the call too loud as this may scare the squirrels away. The volume of the call should never be too loud, or it will be a waste of time.
If you’re worried about attracting the right kind of squirrel, try using a midrange call. A squirrel with a midrange voice will be easier to spot than one that makes an intense, high-pitched yelp. This will also cause the other squirrels around it to pay attention to the sound. If they aren’t interested, you can also use the same squirrel call to attract a hawk, owl, or even a dog.
They can be used to lure spooked squirrels out of hiding
Using a cutter call is an excellent way to entice a squirrel to come out of hiding after being spooked. This squirrel call consists of a plastic paddle that drops from one thread of a screw into the other, making a popping noise that mimics a squirrel eating a nut. The noise will spook the squirrel into thinking its surroundings are safe.
After using the cutter call, the squirrel will come out of hiding, and you can catch it as it escapes. Squirrels are fast like birds and can escape quickly from the area they are in. Make sure to get the squirrel out before attempting to catch it. Otherwise, it may bite your finger and become stuck. If this happens, it will be very painful and it could lose its fur.
If you’ve managed to catch a squirrel using a cutter call, you need to know where to place it. If the squirrel is hiding in an attic, then you can use it to lure it out. Remember that squirrels are very smart animals, and will generally leave the area if they see you approaching. However, if the squirrel is a young squirrel, you may have to wait a couple of hours before you can catch it.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.