Gaston was born and raised in Camden Alabama and lives in area that
some would call a sportsmans paradise. Growing up he had the
opportunity to try his hand at white tail deer, quail, turkey and
the list could go on for days. But, it wasnt until the mid
1960s that David started to duck hunt, and from that time
forward it has been his favorite sport. Duck hunting opportunities
came in the form of jump shooting beaver ponds and river bottoms
along the Alabama River when he first started. But all of that changed
with the completion of the Millers Ferry Lock and Dam in 1969.
David was soon living in a duck hunters dream world, especially
when you could get in a morning hunt and be back at work by 8:30.
Bag limits soon consisted of more than just your backwater wood
ducks. Soon the skies were filled with a plethora of ducks to include:
mallards, blacks, widgeons, pintails, gadwalls, ring necks and even
an occasional canvasback.
hunting was good in Wilcox County David ventured out and started
hunting in Mississippi. In 1979 he visited call maker Gordon Hartley
of Leland, Mississippi, maker of Southland Duck Calls. After that
visit he began turning his own duck calls. The first attempts were
crude and although he continued, his attempts didnt seem to
be improving. In his teenage years he had successfully built turkey
calls but perfecting his duck call was beginning to become a challenge.
However, all of that changed with a hunting trip to Arkansas in
1984. While hunting, David met Alvin Taylor of Clarendon Arkansas,
maker of Taylor Made Duck Calls. Through the years Mr. Taylor and
David became close friends and started a friendship that continued
through the years. Mr. Taylor has since passed away, but during
those years David acquired a set of call making skills and techniques
from him that he will cherish throughout his call-making career.
Today, David makes and sells calls under the
name Gaston Custom Calls. These duck calls are available in two
types acrylic and wood. Wood calls are made from either cedar or
Bois dArc. Instead of buying wood from a lumberyard, David
harvests his own wood and personally delivers it to the mill where
it is cut into 2 x 2 strips. Each piece chosen is hand
inspected by David before he stacks it and sets it aside to dry.
David realizes that many hunters prefer wood calls for their excellent
sound and traditional appeal. Therefore, each call that he completes
he carefully adds a high-gloss sealant to protect it from the elements.
acrylics come in a variety of colors such as, smoke, clear, green,
mallard green, black and copper. Acrylic calls have become a standard
by which duck calls are measured and he insures that each of these
calls will produce that extra special sound that will have ducks
flying into your blind. So, whether you choose an acrylic or wood
Gaston Custom Call you can be assured that each one is hand turned
and tuned to produce all the sounds of the mallard hen, from the
ringing hail calls to the softest quacks and clucks.