Calls, better known as Dan Rodgers Custom Calls is a name that is
well recognized in Carbon Hill, Illinois. In fact, if you drive
through this small town you are bound to see a DRC call hanging
on the rear view mirror of a hunting truck. Dan has lived and worked
in Carbon Hill as a steel fabricator for the past 10 years. Fortunately
for Dan, Carbon Hill is only 8 miles from where he grew up in Wilmington
IL, something that allows him to return and hunt many of his favorite
began hunting with his father when he was just a child. It was a
bonding experience that his dad created with him and his two older
brothers. He enjoys the thrill of deer, the anticipation of wild
turkey but the real passion is duck and goose hunting. To this day
he makes it a point to return home and continue this hunting bond
with his father.
Wood working second to hunting is yet another
interest Dan has always enjoyed dabbling in. Over time he realized
if he combined these two favorite hobbies something might just come
of it. This folks is how the name DRC Calls came into existence.
Turning a small room in the back of his garage into a wood working
shop, he began creating what he considers his passions of the sport.
Starting with just a drill press, which was quite cumbersome he
realized there had to be a more efficient way to build calls. To
simplify the process he purchased a lathe at the local wood working
shop. Making calls on a lathe took some time getting use to as Dan
had never worked with one prior. However, as time progressed he
chose a call style that seemed to flow on the lathe and gave him
the distinct look and feel he wanted. The first DRC prototypes were
considered trail and error, but fortunately for Dan he had a core
group of hunting buddies who were eager to try them out in the field
and provide the feed back he needed to perfect his calls.
he makes Louisiana and Arkansas style duck calls out of a variety
of woods such as cocobolo, bocate and walnut, and favorites like
maple and Osage orange. Dan also experiments with various other
materials to include antlers and corien. Most of his calls are field
grade, but on occasion he makes laminated and even checkers some
at 18 lines per inch. Dan also makes short reed goose calls and
some flute goose calls as well.
Dans most recent accomplishment was
his blue ribbon award where he won first place in the open division
at the 2004 CCAA in St. Charles. He plans on entering additional
contests in the future and use this as a platform to continue promoting
his calls. Ultimately, he hopes his son will start making calls
when he is older and DRC Calls will become a family
tradition that can be passed down from father to son.