Mountain Turkey Calls
Rusher lives in Big Island Virginia a small town in Bedford County.
Bedford County is located in the southwestern part of the state
of Virginia and is bounded on the North side by the spectacular
Blue Ridge Mountains and Parkway. Born and raised in this area,
Craig has made this spot home with his wife and 3 young boys. The
fact that Bedford is one of the top 3 counties in the state for
deer and turkey is just one more reason he is not looking to move.
Sportsman organizations have always been a
part of Craig's life. He is an active member of the NRA, Buckmasters
and life member of the North American Hunting Club. An avid hunter
for 25 years, Craig has spent most of his time hunting deer, bear
and other small game on both private and National Forest land. However,
to extend his hunting season he started spring turkey hunting about
7 years ago.
for Craig originated from one of his past time hobbies, which is
woodworking. Being the type of person that likes to try new and
different things it just seemed natural to try his hand at making
box calls. The results of this first attempt progressed into what
one would call call making fever. Although new to the
hobby of callmaking, Craig has overcome many of the novice obstacles
that callmakers encounter. If you ask him if callmaking came naturally,
Craig will tell you, callmaking is a challenge that keeps you trying
new and different styles. The toughest challenge is how to improve
your sound and make a call that is good enough to win a calling
currently makes two styles of box calls. The first is a glued and
sawn type call. This call is 6 inches long and 1 3/4 wide at the
base and similar in looks to a Rhom Brothers call only shorter.
Combinations of wood include walnut, cedar, poplar & walnut,
poplar & cherry, walnut & cherry, walnut & sassafras,
cherry & sassafras, cherry & wormy chestnut. The second
call designed specifically by Craig himself is bored from a solid
block of wood. These solid block calls measure 8 inches long and
1 1/2 in width. Woods used include cedar, cherry, wormy chestnut
calls are the preferred style Craig likes to make. They are easy
to use and dont have to be replaced every couple of years
like mouth calls do. But dont be fooled into thinking this
is all he intends to make. Future plans include the design of friction
calls and wing bone calls and the introduction of exotic woods.
Yearly production of Craigs calls ranges from 50 100
per year, but Craig hopes to see that change in the near future.
If your looking to add a new call to your collection from an up
and coming callmaker, be sure to contact Craig and order one of
his Terrapin Mountain Turkey Calls.