Ohley was born in raised in Alton Illinois. Happily married for
over 30 years he and his wife have raised a son and daughter while
he spent his working career managing home centers. He is a member
and supporter of organizations that include the CCAA, NRA, DU and
MWHI. The city of Alton is located in western IL, and nestled against
the mighty Mississippi River. Waterfowl hunting is prime though
this Mississippi flyaway and Herb has taken his fair share of birds
in an area known as Stump Lake. His hunting experience expands over
36 years and includes a variety of other small game to include squirrel,
dove, deer and turkey.
January of 2001 Herb was diagnosed with a serious illness. His road
to recovery was long and drawn out and left him with a lot of idle
time on his hand. Activities like hunting had to take a back seat
during his recovery, but that didnt stop him from dreaming
about those early morning duck hunts. While recuperating, he found
himself spending time one day organizing his vast collection of
accumulated duck calls, something true waterfowl hunters can quickly
relate to. As Herb sorted and organized he thought to himself how
interesting it would be if he made a duck call of his own. It didnt
take long as this one-day idea would turn into a newfound hobby
the help of Herbs son, the name Quackassassin
would quickly become the official name for his calls. Ironically
it is the same name as his e-mail handle. His ability to turn wood
came quite naturally, however there were many questions that needed
to be answered as he began. This is where he turned to message forums
on the Internet like Custom Calls Online and Miss Mallard. From
both of these websites he was able to find the answers to many of
his questions. If he couldnt find the information, posting
a question always yielded numerous replies from call makers abroad
that enjoyed helping a fellow call maker.
the years Herb has perfected the look, style and sound that would
make his calls what they are today. Several of his favorite woods
to work with include: Cocobola, African Blackwood, Bocote, and Osage
Orange. He primarily uses these woods to make inserts because they
offer excellent sound qualities. He prefers other woods like Lignum
Vitae, Olive Wood, Tulip Wood and Birdss Eye Maple for his
barrels because they give give his calls a unique look and one that
produces approximately 50 handmade Arkansas style calls each year.
He also offers calls that have wood barrels and poly inserts and
frequently sells them on the Internet. Checkering and laminated
calls are in the prototype stages right now, and he hopes to offer
these in the near future.
For now, call making is just an enjoyable
hobby for Herb. He has entered several of his calls in the NWTF
call competitions and intends on doing the same with the CCAA competitions.
Although placing in these competitions is a goal he hopes to achieve,
his greater rewards have come as he gives his calls to young hunters
and is able to watch their expressions of excitement.