Fincher was exposed to the out of doors and hunting since he was
just a young lad growing up in the Mississippi Delta. His grandfather
owned and operated a sporting goods store that was the center for
congregating sportsmen in the area. Stuart remembers the men sitting
around a heater telling stories of the ones they bagged and of the
ones that got away. The store was filled with all the things a young
man would enjoy looking at and handling. From guns, knives, boats
and motors the store had everything he needed.
It was with his granddad and brother that
he first hunted. Living in the delta hunting was a passion. This
area does keep the outdoors person active. From fishing all summer
to doves in September, bow season in October, gun deer in November
and ducks in December and January. Don't forget hunting turkey in
the spring. Stuart remembers hunting in the early 60's in the Sharkey
Bayou. He hunted with his grandfather till 1966 when he passed away.
It's the Sharkey Bayou that has very special memories for Stuart
and those memories lead to the naming of his calls "Sharkey
not hunting for a few years with the birth of twin sons, Stuart
got back into the sport and quickly realized the calls he had were
not exactly what he wanted. Being an experienced wood worker he
decided to make his own calls. He wanted to make an attractive call
that would not stick. One thing about call making, Stuart reports,
is "the more you learn the less you realize you know".
Sharkey Bayou calls fill the requirements
of a good call. They are functional, attractive, durable, won't
stick and most importantly they call ducks.
The calls are designed for hard use. They
take allot of air and won't break up or squeal. At the same time
they produce a full range of tones from the softest feeding calls
and clucks to the rich highball calls. The barrel design is unique
and is shaped to allow it to be held comfortably in the hand and
allow the hunter to work the opening to control the tone. Stuart
uses material common to the Delta area. He likes Persimmon, pecan,
walnut, maple, cherry, willow and osage orange.
addition to the duck calls Stuart also makes two types of turkey
calls. A pocket sized box call and terrapin shell calls with a cherry
sound board. Stuart also makes a quail locator call. In addition
to these there is also crow and owl locator calls as well.
Stuart has entered the Landmark's Gallery
call show for the past two years and has sold several calls through
that event. At a local NWTF banquet he had a display case of his
calls that brought over $500.