Ferguson lives in Evansville Indiana with his wife and two sons.
He is an avid hunter of 25 years and spends much of his hunting
time in Southern Indian and NW Kentucky. He occasionally hunts deer
and turkey but his love has always been for duck and goose. He is
a member of the NWTF, Ducks Unlimited and plans to join the CCAA
in the near future.
In the Spring of 2000 Brian visited his local
wood supply store and noticed they would soon be offering a class
on how to make duck calls. Brian had always wanted to make his own
duck call especially since duck and goose hunting was a passion
of his. So he decided to sign up for the class. He never dreamed
a class like this would have that great an impact on him, but before
the class was over he was hooked and callmaking became his newfound
Brian started building calls in 2000, he didnt have the best
tools for the job but he didnt let that deter him from developing
his own unique style of call. Turning and assembling the barrel
and insert became the easy part, but as he experimented he ran into
problems. Sometimes his inserts would split, other times his guts
would slip when subjected to the cold temperatures, but Brian understood
this was all a part of the beginners trail and error process.
Slowly working through each of these problems he upgraded his tools
with better and more powerful ones to make the job easier. By the
end of that year Brian felt confident that his calls where ready
to take to the market.
Brian builds around 40 to 60 calls a year and offers them in two
series called the Pro Clucker and the Tall Timber. These handcrafted
one at a time calls are made from a variety of exotic hardwoods
from South America. Cocobola, rosewood, ash and bois d arc
are typically used on Brians calls. However, his favorite
wood is cocobolo because of the unique colors it will produce and
the grain patterns produce something different for each call. Other
variations include a mixture of wood and acrylic or even solid acrylic.
Customers can choose calls with or without brass bands, and decide
if they would like their calls to be coated with an oil finish or
a high gloss finish. For those who strictly collect calls, Brian
offers a combination duck and goose call match set. These matched
sets are turned out of the same block of wood to ensure matching
wood grains are consistent between the two.
recently started to enter his calls into the call making contests
that NWTF and other organizations promote. Although he hasnt
placed in one of these contests he has accomplished something far
greater. Donating calls to the local Ducks Unlimited Greenwing events
in his area has fulfilled one of Brians greatest achievements.
Just being able to watch a kids eyes light up when they receive
a duck call is always worth more than any ribbon earned at a contest.