Barnett has enjoyed hunting all his life, but his interest in turkey
hunting didn't peak until the early 1990's. It was during this time
frame that the State of Tennessee focused its efforts on restoring
the wild turkey population. As a small boy, Anthony fondly remembers
seeing his first wild turkey in the eastern Cherokee National Forest.
This area was known as one of the last strongholds of the native
eastern turkey populations in Tennessee.
If you ask Anthony how he got started making
turkey calls, he will quickly tell you he was inspired by his uncle's
old cedar scratch box that he made a copy of when he was 9 years
old. This was the only type call he was familiar with until was
an adult. He was amazed at how few scratch boxes where on the market
for the modern turkey hunter. So when he began making calls for
his hunting friends, he started with none other than the old pattern
scratch box. Anthony is a firm believer that no other turkey call
has the distinct sound like the scratch box.
scratch boxes are based on 2 different old-time patterns. The first
being the "long scratch", which is about 5 inches long
and has a familiar shape that most of the older turkey hunters would
recognize. The second is a "2 X 4" pattern, which is a
pocket-type scratch box designed with and without a hole in the
front. Scratch boxes without the hole will produce more of a swallowed
note. These calls can be made in a variety of domestic or exotic
woods, but the majority of them are made with eastern cedar or California
redwood. Each scratch box call is hand tailored and tuned to the
customers liking and come with or without ink art. Each call is
also signed and dated by Anthony.
Anthony's passion is the scratch box, he does make some of the traditional
style box calls on a limited basis. Box calls are tuned for hunting
and can accurately reproduce the yelps, cutts, and cackles of the
hen. Each box is adorned with ink art and some with hand painted
designs for those that collect. A variety of woods for the box calls
include cedar, cherry, poplar, persimmon, walnut, butternut, ironwood
and American chestnut.