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Megaphone / Canada Dept. of Interior/Library and Archives Canada

The best way to call a moose.

Why change something that’s worked perfectly for thousands of years? Today’s moose hunters have no reason to adapt the megaphones used by their Ojibway and Attiamek predecessors. Made out of birchbark, bound with spruce roots, and secured with leather straps, these devices amplify and direct the sound of the moose call, attracting the creatures to the hunters. While today’s versions may be made out of different materials - plastic and whatnot - the enduring Aboriginal megaphone is still the best way to call a moose.

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