Hull grew up hunting ducks and geese in the rainwater basin area
of central Nebraska and the Platte River in central and western
Nebraska. This was when the waterfowl populations very high and
hunting pressures were low. He was in the Navy during WW II, became
a Dentist in 1952, and practiced dentistry for 38 years.
Doc started making calls after reading and
article in the "The American Shotgunner". Shortly after
that he contacted Ray Wright, spent time with him in his home in
Portage Indiana and learned the basic skills from Ray about making
calls. Doc has been making calls since about 1986. Doc
makes his calls using hardwoods, acrylic, synthetic woods, ivory
and horn for their beauty and tone quality. One of the most important
things in the quality of the wood is that it is very hard and dense.
He feels this quality in the wood helps to produce the sound he
wants in his calls. He dubs his calls "Doc Calls". He
seeks a smooth, high pitched sound for the hunting and competition
calls he produces. A raspy less loud sound is produced from his
timber hunting calls.
Doc Hull has always done miniature carving,
and along with his wife Donna who has a doll company that makes
porcelain dolls and "One of a kind Art Dolls". Doc sculpts
the art dolls and Donna, who is a World class seamstress, does the
stoppers in these calls are the curve tone board style with a tapered
sound channel, so as to produce a controllable volume and stable
pitch in the call. The barrel is "Glodo" in style. This
design was used by Victor Glodo of the Reelfoot lake area. This
barrel style allows a special treatment of the mouthpiece that makes
it easier to blow. Not all the attention is spent on duck calls,
Doc also makes two types of goose calls as well. A long reed call
with a one piece sound board and a long 9" to 10" flute
that is very easy to blow and makes all of the sounds that a flock
of geese make.
All "Doc Calls" are numbered and
signed. He guarantees his calls for as long as you have the call.