Nethery began hunting at the age of 5, taking part in the traditional
family Thanksgiving Rabbit Hunt. At age 9 Mark inherited a Winchester
Model 53 that had already passed through the hands of an uncle and
grandfather. There wasnt a rabbit, squirrel or blackbird
that was safe
its hard to imagine how much game that
gun has taken. Mark still has that gun, which holds a cherished
place in his gun cabinet.
Mark hunts and fishes extensively throughout the United States,
Canada, South & Central America and the Caribbean
while studying the sounds and habits of the game he is in pursuit,
as well as the techniques of other hunters.
Like most people,
Mark used commercially made calls but noticed they all sounded alike.
One of Marks philosophies is that calls should sound differently,
just as no animal or person sounds the same.
first calls were often given to friends who would report back on
their success, those successes lead to more requests and refinement
of the craft and sound. Turkey calls made are slate/glass, glass/glass,
one piece turned strikers, box calls that often contain mosaic inlay
on the paddle top and locator calls. Choosing to work strictly with
instrument grade exotic woods, such as bubinga, padouk, cocobolo
and zebrawood are favorites although it is not unusual for a call
to be made from a customers wood that carries a story or history.
All calls are signed and can be personalized upon request.
calls are not limited just to turkey. Mark hunts a wide variety
of game, creating just as wide a variety of game calls including
duck, deer, elk and predator calls. All calls are custom handcrafted
and field ready.
turkey with gun and bow, taken several B & C / P & Y deer,
elk, antelope and bear; He is a trophied Skeet and Sporting Clays
Shooter, an accomplished custom knife maker, jeweler, painter, sketch
artist and bowl turner working with native downed trees.
as many as 500 calls a year, Marks work is often found in
auctions & fundraisers, bringing very handsome prices, many
of his calls can be found displayed in personal collections.