L. Campanie Turkey Calls
has crafted his own turkey calls since 1989, as long as he has been
hunting turkeys. When Gary first started hunting turkeys in Central
New York there was only one store in town that sold calls and they
only sold one style of call. This fact and his love of woodworking
prompted Gary to try his hand at turkey call making. He has been
refining his calls ever since. The box call is his forte but he
has experimented with many other calls.
has used many types of wood from colorful hardwoods including purpleheart,
cocobolo, bocote, and padauk to traditional North American woods
including walnut, butternut, and red elm to name a few. Some of
his favorite woods are cypress, osage orange and dyed laminated
birch. All calls crafted by Gary are signed and numbered, and each
is truly one-of-a-kind.
has won 26 ribbons in the last three years at NWTFs decorative
box call competition. Last year in Nashville Gary won 1st, 2nd,
and honorable mention in the laminated and inlaid category. In his
book, Turkey Callmakers Past and Present The Rest of The Best,
Earl Mickel says I have seen no other laminated calls that
display better workmanship.
When Gary is not hunting Turkeys he likes
to bow-hunt deer which he has done for 34 years. He has fashioned
several longbows and take down re-curves along with arrows, strings