W. Collins killed his first spring gobbler in 1982 and has hunted
them ever since. It was only a year later that he made his first
caller. Today his calls are known as the "Rowanty Creek Yelpers".
These calls are true wing bone yelpers. Up till now the only way
you could get a call was to know David. With his inclusion on Custom
Calls On Line, for the first time collectors around the country
will learn about and have the chance to obtain a Rowanty Creek Yelper.
When Dave and I talked about his calls, I
asked him what made them special. The reply quickly came back that
the calls were designed for their sound and that he took great pride
in the quality of his calls. "They are nobodys pretty
thing", Dave said, but they all sound great. The sound was
his most critical requirement. If it isnt right to him it
goes into the trash. I asked him what the hardest thing was to make
one of his wing bone calls and he replied, "
the Turkey to give up his wings".
takes a while to make a quality yelper. The bones need to be properly
dried and then hollowed up to just the right inside diameters. From
there they need to be fit together and glued into place. Unlike
many calls, David takes extra time at this point to make sure the
joints are fit exactly right and then he tapers the connection to
improve its appearance. Total time to make just a call once
the bones are ready is three days. Each call is signed and dated
by David. He marks the calls with a letter and then the year, W9n.
S9n or F9n. The letter stands for the season the call was made,
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall then the year 9n. For example W98
would indicate Winter 1998.
He started to hunt with his grandfather and
was raised in southeast Virginia. In 1994 he took an Old Tom with
six full beards. They measured a total of 54". This turkey
had 1.5" spurs and was a true record book kill. Scoring 138.12
its third highest in Virginia and #27 on the NWTF record books
for none typical birds.
Since starting to make calls David has made
about 120 total calls and makes about 20 calls a year. These low
production calls are sure to be valuable collectibles in the future.