name Doug Gerlach might be new to those in the circle of call makers,
but his credentials in the sport of waterfowl hunting and guiding
are known by many in the small town of Willisville Illinois. Willisville
is located in Southern Illinois and if you blink your eyes when
driving by you might miss its population of 500. Growing up in this
small town, Doug was introduced to waterfowl hunting by his father
at the early age of 10. In Dougs words there was no
turning back, I have been hooked ever since. Over the years
his knowledge of waterfowling and his ability to call eventually
landed him a job of guiding with a hunting club at Horseshoe Lake
in Olive Branch Illinois. It was there a gentleman by the name of
Richard Thompson who also guided introduced him to the flute call
and taught him the basics. Doug professionally guided for 8 years
at Horseshoe Lake, but today he enjoys spending most of his hunting
time with close friends.
started making calls in 2000 with his first design being the fluted
goose call. Doug credits much of his success to call making friends
like Bob Hayes of Hayes Calls located in Havana IL and Jim Ward
of Hullem Game Calls located in Topeka IL. It was good friends such
as these that have helped him perfect his call style and sound.
Today, Doug makes a variety of calls that include not only his fluted
goose call, but also a short reed goose call and double reed duck
call available both banded and non-banded. In the near future Doug
plans to introduce two new calls, which include a Reelfoot style
metal reed duck call, and an Arkansas style single reed duck call.
produces 75-100 calls each year. His calls are field grade hunting
calls made for hunters, but many of his friends feel they should
be in the class of collector calls. Dougs calls are available
in 40 different woods types both domestic and exotic. Woods include;
ash, cedar, cherry, varieties of maple, bocote, bubinga, ebony,
padauk, and tulipwood to name a few. Most of his calls are made
out Cocobolo, which is his favorite wood. Cocobolo is highly figured,
easy to work with and produces an exceptional sound. However, if
a customer requests a wood that Doug does not have in stock, he
will go out of his way to locate that wood and fill the customers
Each of Dougs calls is hand turned individually
by him and goes through a rigorous quality control process. That
process is none other than his wife who has become his biggest supporter.
If a call is not sanded enough, has a defect or the finish isnt
perfect it never leaves the shop. Doug takes pride in every call
he makes and backs it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.