up with a father in the military, kept Don on the move at an early
age. So when the opportunity to go hunting presented itself, Don
was right by his fathers side. Hunting in those early days
consisted mostly of squirrel hunting. When Don entered the 10th
grade his father retired from the air force and they moved back
to Omaha Texas. While in high school, Don spent much of his spare
time dove and deer hunting and some occasional duck hunting. Don
eventually meet an old duck hunter at work that introduced him to
more than just the jump-shooting and running the river that he was
use to. Big on Yentzen and Dwight Thomas duck calls, the old duck
hunter showed him the ropes of calling and decoying ducks. Now 20
years later, Don has become extremely proficient at calling and
enjoys spending his hunting seasons working mallards down through
the timber in the Texas bottoms.
Don became interested in call making like
many call makers do, the desire to find a duck call that has greater
range and versatility. After reading an old magazine article about
Stuttgart AR, he happened upon a call maker by the name of Billy
Starks. Immediately he made a phone call and ordered one of Mr.
Starks rebel calls. Unfortunately Mr. Starks stated it would be
several months before he started production again, so Don decided
to try his hand at making one by himself.
nature Don was a habitual tinker and piddler, so he looked forward
to the challenge. Designing the tone board became the biggest obstacle
over the two-year trial and error process. He would often turn to
advice from Billy Starks, but through determination and patience
he prevailed. Don stated it seemed as if he had literally gone through
a truckload of wood to come up with a design that he was happy with.
Now five years later Don is proud to offer both a single and double
reed Arkansas style duck call.
Single reed calls offer a full range of sound
from the highballs to the low raspy quacks and his double reeds
are one of the easiest to blow. Dons calls are made from a
variety of woods with Bois darc being his favorite. Don feels
is easy to turn on the lathe, and it will produce a rich ducky sound.
Don also turns acrylic calls in a variety of colors. Each call is
ringed with a brass band, has a tapered mouthpiece and has a cut
in lanyard grove. All of Dons calls are handmade by him and
hopefully his sons when he passes this call making tradition down.
Don offers a 100% guarantee on each call and he is willing to work
with anyone for a truly custom sound.