you talk to Jack Scott you will quickly discover he is quite an
authority when it comes to discussing facts about wild turkeys.
His career led him to the Millhaven Plantation in East Georgia where
he spent 11 years as the Wildlife Manager. Following that he began
working for the Georgia Wildlife Division of the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR). In 1996 he retired from the DNR at the age of 65
and was ultimately responsible for supervising 10 wildlife management
areas for the State of Georgia. Throughout his career he spent many
hours sitting in blinds, and trapping wild turkeys for restocking
projects in Georgia. He has heard about every noise that a turkey
makes and a large percentage of those sounds were so close he could
almost reach out and touch them.
interest in turkey hunting started in the early 70s. While
hunting he tried a variety of turkey calls available on the market,
but never found one that he really liked. The following year Jack
decided he would try and build one of his own before the new turkey
season rolled around. After several attempts he built a one-sided
box call, which actually produced a pretty good sound. The only
thing left for him to do was give his newly created call one final
field test. Spending only a short amount of time in the woods the
box call produced the results he was looking for as he killed a
gobbler within a short amount of time. This experience started Jack
off on two lifelong ventures turkey hunting and building
turkey calls which he continues to this day.
officially started building calls in 1980 with his first calls being
one-sided box calls and short two-sided box calls. It took Jack
approximately 10 years of trial and error to perfect a sound, size
and shape he was pleased with. Over those 10 years he invented more
than 10 different jigs that he now uses for building his box calls.
Each jig has a specific purpose and helps him make a particular
part of the call whether it is the base, sides, or lid. Once the
components have been built, he begins gluing them together and preparing
for his next step of hand sanding the call. Following this he ensures
the striker fits properly before he attaches it with a brass screw.
After the call has been fully assembled, he spends time tuning it
to the proper pitch and then sets it aside for the final coats of
finish with the last being a good wax.
wasnt until 1990 that Jack ultimately developed what he now
calls the Scotts Cutter. The Scotts Cutter
makes great purrs, yelps, cuts, clucks and the best fly down
cackle that can be made on a box call. The amazing thing is all
of these sounds can be made on either side of the box. Each box
is numbered, signed and the type of wood used printed on the side.
This long two-sided box call measures 11 ¼ long and 2
high and comes with additional chalk inside. The base is made from
Walnut or Poplar. The striker is made from birch. The sides of the
call are from either a combination of the following or two of the
same type wood. Boxes are made from Butternut, Catalpa, Cherry,
Chestnut, (limited - 100 + year old wood from a log cabin in Tennessee)
Chinaberry, Dark or Colored Poplar, Holly, Mahogany, Mulberry, Nogal
(from South America), Paulownia, Rock Maple, Sassafras, Sycamore,
Wormy Maple, Cedar Elm, Dogwood and other woods.
All of Jacks Scotts Cutter
calls come with a satisfaction guarantee. Each call is hand built
and tuned by Jack himself and made for both collectors and hunters.
For those customers that want added protection for their calls,
he also sells custom built holsters that the calls can be carried
in. Jacks other specialties include custom built strikers. These
strikers are made out of various woods and make a great addition
or replacement for those individuals who use slate calls.
new to the Custom Calls Online website Jacks callmaking history
has not gone unnoticed. In 1994 he was included in Earl Mickles
first book Turkey Callmakers, Past and Present. He has
also been featured in the magazines and journals like the Georgia
Outdoor Adventures, the Macon Telegraph, the Cochran
Journal, and the Turkey and Turkey Hunting Magazine.
He regularly attends the Annual Outdoor Show at the Atlanta expo
and also the Turkeyrama in Perry Georgia. If you dont get
to meet him at these events be sure and visit his website which
is listed above.