Custom Turkey Calls
the right combination of traits for a callmaker doesn't come along
that often. However, when you combine a hunter of 33 years with
a cabinetmaker since age 16 and banjo player on top of that you
have defined the perfect combination for the making of true callmaker.
With that said let me introduce Mark Hinkle of Hinkle Custom Turkey
Mark was born and raised in Hoopeston IL,
which is located just 17 miles from Danville, IL where he now lives.
He purchased his first hunting license in 1970 and has spent a majority
of that time hunting within a 30-mile radius from where he lives.
He has been a cabinetmaker since the age of 16 and currently operates
(since 1983) a wood shop by the name of Oak Ridge Woodworks where
he spends his evenings developing a rustic line of furniture of
own. His interest in making turkey calls began when he started turkey-hunting
7 years ago. Discontent with the look and sounds of calls on the
market he decided to make quality turkey call of his own. From that,
word quickly spread and soon after he was spending time making calls
for many of his close friends.
and sound play an important part when Mark builds any turkey call,
and being somewhat of a banjo player through the years has helped
him acquired a decent ear for music. After all Mark views his turkey
calls as nothing different from that of a banjo except they play
a song the turkeys like to hear. His calls are made from a variety
of woods, which include: cherry, purple heart, walnut, Osage orange,
pecan, red elm, maple, spalted maple, hawthorne and sassafras. He
enjoys the challenge of creating different calls especially when
it deals with exotic woods, unique grain configurations and natural
elements of the wood. His favorite call is one he made from sassafras
and walnut. Although he doesnt use this call in the field
he has always liked the look and sounds it can produce.
started making calls in 2000 and currently builds 20+ calls each
year. Customers have always been pleased with his work, something
he strives for with each call he sells. He is a member of several
NWTF chapters, which include: Three Forks in Illinois and West Central
in Indiana. Each year he donates turkey calls to these local NWTF
banquets to be auction off. Nothing excites him more than to see
one of his calls sold at a high price and bring in money for a good
cause. His ultimate goal is to pursue callmaking and woodworking
in his shop on a fulltime basis.