Name: Gary Joffrion Jr.
Address: 13505 West Echo Drive; Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: 228-596-6985Fax:
E-mail: magnoliagamecalls@cableone.net
Personal Website:
www.magnoliacalls.com

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 Magnolia Game Calls

The Mission Statement of Magnolia Game Calls is: “To build quality custom calls and make them affordable for the everyday turkey hunter”. Magnolia Game Calls is owned and operated by Gary Joffrion Jr. of Gulfport Mississippi. A firefighter by trade, Gary considers his callmaking to only be a hobby. However with an annual production of 300 – 500 calls a year and a defined mission statement for marketing his calls, Gary is poised to turn this part time hobby into a full time business in the very near future.

Gary has lived his entire life in Gulfport MS and was introduced to the world of hunting by his uncle at the early age of 12. Growing up he spent most of his time hunting small game like squirrels and rabbits but eventually became interested in deer hunting. The sport of turkey hunting never caught his attention until one day while deer hunting he heard his first series of gobbles from a wild turkey on the roost. It would be several years later before he started turkey hunting but an experience that now has him hooked.

Anytime a hunter changes types of hunting they must first be outfitted with the proper gear. For Gary this meant he would need to purchase a turkey call and become proficient with it. After buying several production line calls he became disappointed with the results they produced and attempted to build a call of his own. After a few attempts and failures he gave up the notion. Insistent on owning a custom wood friction turkey call he ordered one from a custom callmaker but was again so disappointed in the workmanship and quality of the call he soon found himself back in the shop. Taking the lessons learned from his first attempt he finally began producing a call that meet his personal demands in both quality and sound. After building a few calls, friends started wanting them and within months he began selling them to the public.

Gary's call line consists of slate type friction calls that come in four choices of woods: Red oak, cherry, Honduras mahogany, and black walnut. Customers can choose from the following calling surfaces: Glass, slate or aluminum. Each call comes with a matched maple corncob striker. If slate calls are not your fancy Gary also markets a full line of laser engraved custom-built box calls. These box calls are built using several variations and combinations of wood such as sassafras, black walnut, ash, butternut, cherry, Purple Heart, eastern cedar, and Honduras mahogany.

Customers looking for calls with a personal touch can order the following. Gary makes something called the “Special Memories” call, which incorporates a picture of that, special someone or something on the soundboard of the call. The second call is called “The Ultimate Custom Call” which can be built with special piece of wood from an old home place, special tree, or other meaningful piece of wood the customer sends him.

Gary’s calls have recently been featured in the Mississippi callmakers collection though the NWTF. Many of these calls have been auction off at both the State and National Level and local banquets.

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