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Cow Horn preparation for use as a call media

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:25 AM

I live on a working Dairy/Beef operation, and we end up with a decent pile of horns each year. My question is this: How do I go about preping these "empties" for use as call material? I would like to have a few howlers made, at some point, for a few buddies and I. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

Howdy Calvin,

Not an expert,but I don't think you really have to do anything with them,other that a little cleaning,and make sure they are dry. The hard part is making the reed /mouth piece,but I don't think it is overly complicated,just tricky to get it adjusted to the right sound.you might be able to get one of the makers on the board to do a little barter -x no of Horns for finished Howlers?


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

If the core is still in them they need to be boiled until the core is loose enough to remove. Depending on the condition of the horn they may need to be scraped, but you can usually sand them smooth. Start with a course grit and sand using finer grits until you get the finish you are looking for. If you want to buff them to a high polish sand to at least 600 grit. Scotchbrite pads work well for cleaning out the inside of the horn. Let the horn dry well and seal the inside with laquer.


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