Turpin Turkey Calls
Turpin grew up in the northern sandhills of Nebraska. He has been
married to his wife Reenie for over 40 years and is the proud parent
of 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Dick recently retired in 1999
with over 40 years of service for the Nebraska Game & Parks
Commission. Working his way through the ranks he has held several
titles to include Conservation Officer, State Hunter Safety Coordinator
and Chief of Law Enforcement. To this day, Dick continues to work
in the field of hunting and conservation. He serves as a board member
for the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, the Izaak Walton
League of America and the Nebraska Game Protectors Association,
just to name a few. Needless to say, his involvement with conservation
efforts such as these has sparked an addiction to studying and hunting
hunting has become a major part of his life thanks to the State
of Nebraska re-introducing turkey hunting in the early 1960s.
Spring turkey hunting is by far his favorite. Through the years
his hunting has fueled an interest in turkey calls, and eventually
lead him to start the creation of his own box call. Dick has tried
his hand at different types of woods and shapes for his calls not
to mention a variety of finishes. As the old saying goes, with
practice comes knowledge and this knowledge has helped him
develop the call he makes today.
Each call that is made starts with a solid
block of walnut. Dick first shapes the top of the box call to its
desired dimensions. His next step is to remove the center of the
call where he begins to test strike for that desired tone. This
process is repeated by continually
thinning the walls of the call until he is satisfied with the results
that it produces. Next he sets the bottom on the call and starts
his hand and treating the wood. This last step of treating the calls
is something that sets his calls apart from other calls on the market.
Dick patterns his wood treatment from a similar type of lacquer
treatment that Antonio Stradivarius used on his famous violins.
Dicks lacquer treatment is made with a mixture of black beer, turkey
blood and rabbit manure. In theory, black beer contains a lacquer,
blood or red wine is used for color and the rabbit droppings (when
boiled and strained), contain and acid. Each call is carefully hand
dipped and hung to dry. Once dry they are each hand rubbed with
a commercial lacquer.
finishes his calls with a personalized touch. Each call is numbered
and dated and then personalized on the bottom with the customers
name. Once complete, Dick rubs the under side of the lid with Pine
tree pitch rosin that he collects in the forest. He has found that
rosin works better than chaulk because it is less effect by moisture.
It also produces a good raspy sound on the call. Each call that
is delivered is backed by its craftsmanship guarantee. If you are
not satisfied with the workmanship or sound he will replace the
call for you.