Anthony Haydel was born in Raceland on Bayou Lafourche on April
5, 1940. At the age of fourteen he began playing professionally
with various groups in the area. The money he earned helped support
his passion for hunting and fishing in Louisianas beautiful
Joining the Air Force in 1958, he was assigned
to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. While in
the service there, he won several Air Force talent shows. He also
worked one-nighters with various local groups. After an honorable
discharge in 1961, he remained in Bossier City were he worked on
the then famous "Bossier Strip". It was here that he met
"Louisiana Music Hall of Famer", Jon Smith, one of the
leaders of the "Boogie Kings".
In 1964, Eli started his own group called
"Eli and the Seven Wonders". This band featured three
go-go dancers as well as Alan "Do-Do" Wayne on vocals.
The group set a record of longevity at Merle Kemmerlys very
popular "Saks Whisk-A-Go-Go". After a thirteen-month
stint the job ended and Eli formed a four- piece combo called "Eli
and the Expressions". It was also at this time that Eli launched
another career as a sales executive to help support his growing
family, thus cutting back his music career to doing one-nighters.
"Eli and the Expressions" played many of the top gigs
in the area including performances at the local country club parties,
wedding receptions, debutante parties, etc. His group also provided
back-up for such greats as Johnny Desmond and Pete Fountain.
passion for hunting and fishing prompted him to enter a duck calling
contest in Marshall, Texas where he took third place. Since then
he has taken first place at many local, state and regional contest.
He and his three sons have won nearly eighty trophies in competitive
In 1981 Eli started his own game call company,
manufacturing only three duck and goose calls at the time. His ear,
and music background, gave his a definite edge in creating new products.
"Haydels Game Calls, Inc." celebrated their fifteenth
anniversary in 1995 with close to a hundred products in their 1996
catalog. They are recognized worldwide as leaders in the game call
Within the industry Eli Anthony Haydel has
co-authored in NRAs Waterfowl Manual. Many stories and articles
have been written on him in top hunting magazines. Eli is a sponsor
of "Ducks Unlimited" and a Honorary Trustee in that organization.
He and his wife, Linda, travel throughout the country where he is
commissioned to do seminars on game calling. Because of their expertise,
many know writers join Eli and Linda in the duck blind for their
assignments in major sporting magazines regarding waterfowl. On
January 13th, Eli was joined by Bert Jones and Grits Gresham for
the "Suzuki Great Outdoors Show", which aired on ESPN.
Another show aired on January 20th, 1996, this time with Bert Jones
and State Senator Tommy Cassanova. Eli is in the "Shreveport
Sports Hall of Fame" where he is depicted in an impressive
display of achievements.
has traveled extensively hunting and fishing, but as far as he is
concerned, theres no place like Louisiana. When consideration
was given to deciding upon a logo for his business trade label,
he selected on in the shape of the state of Louisiana. This label
is proudly displayed on each of his game call products which inadvertently
brings our state a lot of well-deserved attention.