In 1998 Jim James purchased Carlson Championship
calls from Wendell Carlson. However this purchase didn't take place
over night. Jim spent over a year working with Wendell to learn
his hand crafting techniques. Jim has had some major accomplishments
using Carlson calls. In 1995 he won the US Open, 1996 he won the
World Contest and also took first in the Winchester World Open in
1997. He has won a total of 8 State and Regional World Sanctioned
Contests in his competitive career.
calls have made a tremendous impact in the call contests abroad.
4 World Championships, 3 Canadian National Championships and over
200 State and Regional Contests... all in men's division. The accomplishments
don't even take into consideration Women's and Junior's Championships.
CCC calls are the only call to simultaneously hold both 1st and
2nd place in the World and Canadian National Championships (1991).
To give our readers some history of how these
fine calls started we first will take a look at the man who started
the process. Wendell Carlson started making duck calls almost 30
years ago. Prior to making calls he was half owner of an electronics
business firm which gave him the insight to "build a better
mouse trap" as he states. His technical background in electronics
has provided the basis for research, development, production and
quality control in his call design.
Well over 20 years ago he began developing
his copyrighted instructional system as a matter of necessity. To
him it didn't make any sense to put out all the necessary technology
that is required to create functional, versatile, and stable calls
without providing a better instructional system. After doing seminars
for a couple of years it became very apparent to him that a better
way of instructing call operation was sorely needed.
addition to making his living at electronics he also sang and played
sax for about 20 years. Based on his experience, he believes that
musical talent and ability are greatly overrated when it comes to
designing consistently functional calls. His focus has been that
technology is the answer to that challenge. Wendell states "now
that a make sense approach to operational instruction is available,
musical ability and training aren't nearly as important as they
once were when it comes to learning proper call operation."
Instead meaningful instruction is the answer to the puzzle. His
example, the 4 gentlemen who have won World Championships with his
calls are not musically inclined.
The first World Championship won with a Carlson
call was nearly 20 years ago, and before his instructional system
had been around long enough for that champion to have become a student.
However, the last 3 World Championships, the U.S. Open Championship,
and the 3 Canadian National Championships have all been won by serious
students of the Carlson instructional system.
To date: CCC duck calls have won 176
World sanctioned State or Regional Championships, (the last 38 of
which have been won with VOLOCHOKES), 4 World Championships, 3 Canadian
National Championships, the Canadian Calling Classic and the United
States Open Championship.
revolutionary VOLOCHOKEtm design is the result of 25 years
of research, development, and proven track record. Volume has always
been the most important element of waterfowl calling. Too low, and
the birds can't hear you, too loud, and you may scare them away.
The VOLOCHOKEtm allows you to cover all ranges of volume.
The VOLOCHOKEtm comes complete with 4 thread in chokes for the
various volume ranges. Also, included
will be a new 90 minute copyrighted instructional audio tape called
Mastering Your VOLOCHOKEtm, as well
as a full page of information that can help you derive the satisfaction
and respect that comes with calling those birds down from the sky.
The VOLOCHOKEIItm which is also available
allows you the same super range of calling volume as the VOLOCHOKEtm,
but also provides a unique WHISTLE feature for calling the whistling
ducks. With this design it is possible to switch from one type of
calling to the other very rapidly with very little movement. This
feature is especially important to those waterfowlers who hunt pintails.
The tape Mastering Your VOLOCHOKEtm is also included with the VOLOCHOKEIItm
and covers the operation of the whistle feature.
The EQUALIZER has been purposely designed
to be more "ducky", have a little raspier ring, and a
somewhat higher pitch than one might expect. This is because of
the demands made by the serious waterfowlers and guides that use
Carlson calls. They know the old adage, "Get higher and louder
than your neighbor!" has merit, if the call is properly operated.
The EQUALIZER, by design, can do all
of the things that are necessary to successfully call ducks. The
job of the call operator is to be able to get it to do these things,
and do them at the right time! Neither proper call operation or
the ability to "Read The Birds", so as to know what to
say and when to say it, are simple or quick to learn. If they were,
there would be a LOT more good callers around than there are now.
One thing for sure, you'll be no better than your instrument and
instruction allow you to become.
EQUALIZER when ordered comes with a 60 minute audio tape
of meaningful operational information. Then new tape is called THE
CARLSON COMPACT CALLING COURSE. The purpose of this copyrighted
instructional information is to help you better understand what
you are doing and thus become better at the skills involved in quality
call operation. Forget about what you think calling instruction
consists of and take a fresh NEW look at what Wendell Carlson has
successfully taught for 20 years.
Becoming a good waterfowl caller is just like
learning any other subject. It takes proper equipment and instruction,
both of which you can now have.