Paracord Duck Call Lanyard: What It Is and How To Build One

A durable duck call lanyard is more than just a useful accessory to take into the field. Having a strong lanyard can let you carry multiple duck calls, and keep your calls away from the mud and elements which could damage them.

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Duck calls are instruments, and like all instruments, they should be well cared for in order to work properly. Let’s learn how to make a paracord duck call lanyard.

Why A Duck Call Lanyard?

A paracord duck call lanyard is easy and convenient to make and will save you lots of money. Hunting hobbies can get pretty expensive, as a rule, and duck hunting is no exception. In a shop or online, duck call lanyards can cost up to $40.

But if you follow these easy instructions, you can have your own paracord duck call lanyard in a few hours for less than $10.

Why A Duck Call Lanyard

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Without a lanyard, you have to put your duck calls down in the grass, or tuck them into pockets. If you do that, you run the risk of scaring off the birds, as ducks can flare at any sudden movement. With a solid, handmade lanyard, you’ll be able to have all your calls easily within reach.

See also: How to Make A Paracord Lanyard: 3 Different Styles for The Same Outcome

In this way, your lanyard will also save you money, because you won’t be losing your duck calls in the grass and mud!

Special Considerations

Now you’ve decided to make your own lanyard, there are a few things you need to consider. The first is, you should pay attention to what material you make it out of. Some cords are coarser than others.

It may be tempting to just choose the cheapest cord in the shop, but keep in mind, you’ll be wearing this lanyard for hours while you trek through the cold and the mud, waiting for the ducks to come. Choose a material that will feel comfortable on your neck, your skin will thank you.

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Another thing to think about when you’re choosing your paracord is color. This may seem unimportant, but do yourself a favor and choose colors that you like. Also, don’t forget that paracord can sometimes shrink over time, so always buy extra and use a lot more than you think you need while you are weaving.

Today we are going to teach you how to make a lanyard that can hold two duck calls, but in reality, a lanyard can hold as many calls as you need them to.

You can stitch on extra drops, or weave in the extra central cord from the beginning. Experts do suggest limiting it to two to five duck calls, however.

To follow these how to make a paracord duck call lanyard instructions, you’ll need to have two lengths of paracord. The first should be about twice the length of your lanyard, and the second should be about 90 feet. Now that you have the materials, let’s get started

How To Make A Paracord Duck Call Lanyard

  1. Take the length of cord that is twice the length of your lanyard and fold it in half. You can loop it over a nail to keep it stable, or just lay it out. This will be the core of your lanyard.
  2. Take the 90-foot length of cord, this will be your knotting cord, and start with the midpoint of this cord just below the nail, or loop end of your central cord.
    Tip: Roll up the ends of this cord and tie them up, that way you won’t need to pull an endless amount of cord through as you braid.
  3. Begin creating the lanyard by braiding the cord around the central cord. Braid by tying square knots in the thread. Tie a square knot by taking the right knot cord, passing it under the center cord to the left side.
    Now take the left knot cord, bring it under the “right” knot cord, over the center cord, and through the loop on the right side. Next, you’ll repeat this process but alternate which side goes over and under.
    So now, take the knotted string on the left, pass it under the central string. Take the knotted string on the right, pass it under the “left” string, over the top, and through the new loop.
    Pull tight. Continue this process, alternating which side goes over and under the central cord, until you’ve braided enough lanyard to fit comfortably over your head. About 27 to 28 inches.
  4. Now that the lanyard is the desired length, remove it from the nail, bend it into a loop, and insert the loose ends through the small loop at the finished end. Pull all the way through until it is tight. This forms the loop that will pass over your head.
  5. Hold all the loose strings and pinch them together. Tie a few more square knots on the central cord to extend the lanyard a further 5 or 6 inches.
  6. To seal off the knots, take the loop side of the last square knot and cut it. Use the loose end to wrap up the ends of the strings, in a wrap knot.
  7. Now you should have 2 cords hanging down from the end of your lanyard. You will use these strings to create the drops to hang two duck calls.
  8. To tie a noose for the duck call drops, take one of the central strings and bend it into an elongated S-shape. Take the loose end and wrap it around the center of the S four or five times.
    Then tuck the end into the loop on the right side of the S. Pull on the loop on the left side to tighten the knot. There you have an adjustable noose. Repeat this on the second cord. This gives you places to hang duck calls.
  9. Clean up the lanyard by cutting off the loose cord and burning the ends to close up all the knots.

Duck Call with Confidence

You’ve woven your first lanyard, and hopefully it holds up well for you out in the field.

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Remember to weave it a little longer than you think you need, in case the paracord shrinks. Then, take it for a test run before you take it out in the field.

Duck Call with Confidence

Maybe spend an afternoon carrying around your calls on your neck, just to make sure they don’t fall out. Other than that, tuck your calls into your lanyard, and get out there.

For more tips on how to make your paracord lanyard work in any survival situation, read our article on this topic.


Shawn Harrison

Shawn Harrison is our expert in hunting. He was born in Alaska, so hunting was his hobby since high school. Later, Shawn took a Hunter Training at Alaska Department of Fish and Game to structure his knowledge and now he is open to share his knowledge with our readers. Shawn is taking ‘Safety First’ approach on all of his trips, especially is some people are going hunting for the first time.


  • In the past, I’ve always bought duck lanyards and although they do the job they’re designed to do, however, as a larger guy many of them have proven to be a little too short in length, and using them often interferes with my shooting. I think I’ll be trying my hand at making a custom one for myself.

    • I really recommend customizing them if the duck call lanyards happen to be too short. Too short lanyards can cause injuries and discomfort when wearing them. Getting a customized lanyard provides a comfortable and desirable length that you want.