Frequency Duck Calls
Dammann grew up on a small family farm located in Mallettown Arkansas.
Farm life always had certain advantages and one in particular is
the rich tradition of family hunting. For Anthony, this tradition
definitely held true because his father was a dedicated hunter since
early childhood. Finding a place to go hunting was never a problem
either. In fact, just outside Anthony's backdoor was an abundance
of prime hunting land at his disposal. It was on the Cadron and
Cove creeks that Anthony gained his greatest appreciation for hunting
and fishing. Since there wasn't much else to do for entertainment,
this area would become a paradise playground for Anthony and a place
that many hunting memories would take place. But, as time passed
his opportunities to hunt would become limited as Anthony would
soon find himself dedicated to schoolwork and eventually graduating
from high school. Afterwards he pursued a degree in electronics
and began working in the industry as an electronic tech.
pursuit of making duck calls wouldn't start until Anthony was in
his early 30's. After 10 years in the industry he decided to quit
and start his own custom metal finishing shop. Manufacturing these
precision parts was not a strange concept for Anthony as he had
spent much of his teenage years hanging out at his uncle's machine
shop. It was here he started making duck calls as a hobby. This
hobby eventually sparked the idea of what would take to make a fully
aluminum duck call.
Anthony's idea started as a simple duck call
but over a three-year period it would become very complex. His first
requirement was a call that would have machined threads thus eliminating
the gaskets or O-rings. This would insure that the reed board would
stay in a fixed position and would produce the same results each
and every time. Second he wanted a call that wouldn't fade, crack
or scratch easily, basically something that would be indestructible.
As stated earlier the ideal solution was a call made out of aluminum.
However, as he found out from many people the issue of aluminum
sticking to your lips and hand would have to be resolved. This is
where the metal finishing business would pay off. The truth of the
matter was Anthony had already been color-anodizing aluminum bands
for several other duck callmakers so why not utilize this same process
in building the entire duck call.
process itself is one of the fastest and growing technologies today
and is called special purpose electro coating. It is the same process
used in making nonstick frying pans. After the calls have gone through
this cycle, Anthony hand buffs the calls and applies an anodized
coating. This coating brings the surface hardness to a level that
eliminates the cotton sound that is inherent with the use of soft
metals. After the coating is applied it is then impregnated with
architectural dies to give the call a lustrous appearance in a variety
of colors. The last step in the process is an application of fluoropolymer,
which allows the call to remain stick-resistive at lower temperatures.
As Anthony began producing his first prototypes
he learned there was one more issue yet to be addressed. The call
at this point was still uncomfortable to the hunter's lips. After
all, who wants to hold a piece of metal to their lips for an extended
period of time? To resolve the problem Anthony devised an acrylic
nipple that would connect to the mouthpiece of the call. This final
addition would complete his modifications to the call and leave
him with one last thing to do. Start production and take his calls
to the market.
response to Anthony's Feathered Frequency duck call has been overwhelming;
with duck hunters drooling to get their hands on this new and innovative
duck call. This call the "Standard High Frequency Call"
is just one of several that will be available this year. Those interested
in collecting will be pleased to hear that Anthony is also producing
a special collectors series in limited numbers. The collector's
series will have the same precision and function as the field call.
However, and extra special masking to enhance the beauty of the
anodizing has been added making them truly a work of art. The collector
sets comes on a hand polished aluminum stand to match and makes
a wonderful addition to any call collection.