A combination of living remote, being a self professed gadget addict, and never being satisfied with “good enough,” the accumulation of redundant equipment is inevitable. I personally use and recommend Aktis Blacktail Deer Calls. Calling Prince of Wales home and being an avid Blacktail hunter there’s one of these calls hanging around my neck all fall. Between the feedback from clients I’ve given these little calls and my own time in the field, I have not used a better call. The sound is consistent and ease of use builds confidence.
– Greg Cook, Alaskas Fish Tales Lodge, Whale Pass, AK
Handcrafted Cedar Deer Call
Made in Alaska.
AKTIS Blacktail Deer Calls began out of necessity to get deer calls to share with family and friends. Listening to the local South East Alaska “Old Timers” telling stories of calling in blacktails, I decided to give it a try.
I bought some of the name brand commercially made deer calls and tried them for a couple years with little to no success. They may have worked on whitetails, but the blacktails weren’t buying it.
I then went to a local sporting goods store and bought a rather expensive handmade blacktail deer call. I’m definitely no expert at calling deer, but I had almost immediate results; some within a minute or two of blowing the call. I wanted to get more calls to share with family and friends and after checking several times throughout the year for a couple of years at several sporting goods stores, the story was either they were sold out or the maker had not made any more yet.
I decided to try and make my own call. The first calls made were rather crude, but they worked. I enjoyed making and experimenting with the calls so much I couldn’t seem to stop. Each one is basically the same, yet unique.
I’ve also enjoyed trying to find uniquely colored and intricately grained cedar to make the deer calls.
I wanted to make deer calls that were fairly durable, had good tone, looked well and were affordable. I’ve seen blacktail deer calls advertised from $40 to $80. Some of them looked very beautiful, but a little out of my budget.
As with all helpful gadgets, you’ll find different results on different occasions depending on the time of the year, the mood of the deer, etc. Many times the does seem to come running in, while bucks seem to be a little more cautious. Sometimes the bucks, if moving away, will stop and check out the call. During the rut, if the does come in to the call, many times the bucks will be following the does. At times the bucks will stand up from their beds to look your direction after a call is made and sometimes the bucks will come running to you. Try your hand at it. Experiment and see what you can do. These calls work as a predator call as well. Some people have bought them specifically for that task. I’d be delighted to hear from you on your experiences.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not an expert in calling blacktails, but it’s been fun learning how they respond and react to the calls. I’ve included several YouTube video titles of different people calling blacktails using calls similar to mine. I hope these help. Best wishes and good hunting!
Selected Videos Showcasing Blacktail Deer Calling
My Dad With His Nice Buck
There is a lifetime warranty on the calls if the reed happens to slip or gets stuck and on the craftsmanship of the call. I will fix or replace the call free of charge. Just return the call to:
AKTIS Blacktail Deer Calls
P.O. Box 874403
Wasilla, AK 99687
If the call gets stepped on, sat on, run over by a Mac truck etc., . . .sorry, there’s no fixing that.
If you would like to buy 10 or more calls at a time, there is a 20% discount. I also offer some premium cedar calls made from the more unique grained cedar woods for $5 extra charge.
Thanks, best wishes and good hunting!
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