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date: 22 November 2019


  • Ivan Mačak


Hunting lures (decoy calls) of Slovakia. Formerly they were made by the hunters themselves but in recent decades hunters have replaced traditional lures with mass-produced ones, except for deer calls made from horn. The oldest known Slovak example dates from the 14th century. Vábničky produce or modify sound by various means; some are flutes or whistles, others are ribbon reeds, and so on. Many are used to extend the hunter’s mouth cavity and so have very thin walls in the part near the player’s mouth so as to increase its resonance. Most survive nowadays as toys imitating bird songs and other natural sounds....

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