Custom Turkey Calls
you spend much time around callmakers you will probably catch yourself
judging the quality of that callmakers calls by the number of years
they have been building them. Most folks equate this number of years
to a scale such as this; Novice, Intermediate and Expert. I to often
catch myself thinking that unless that callmaker has 10 or more
years under their belt they have not yet reached the plateau that
separates the novice from the expert. But for some, the skill of
callmaking just comes natural. That is especially true when you
learn they already have won numerous awards for the quality and
sound of their calls within a 5-year period. With that said let
me introduce you to David Tyree.
was born and raised in the small central town of Linn, Missouri.
An avid hunter for more than 27 years, his interest in callmaking
began through a close friend and turkey call collector by the name
of Rod Bauer. The art of callmaking came so naturally to Dave that
he has now made this activity a full time business. As with any
new business, starting it takes time, effort and a lot of motivation
and this is where his wife Kay plays an important role. Kay has
become a true source of motivation for Dave as he deals with the
day-to-day decisions that come with running a business. She not
only helps out with the operation of the business but also through
time has become one of his best hunting partners when out in the
field. In Daves words hunting with friends and family
is soul food for me, both Kay and I have shared many successful
days in the woods.
calls go by the name X-Treme Custom Calls taken after
his motto that all his outdoor activities are taken to the extreme.
Average for him is not an option and this is why customer satisfaction
is top priority. If a call doesnt sound good to both him and
the customer it never leaves the shop. Since starting callmaking
in 1998 he now averages around 250 friction calls and 50 box calls
a year. Each call is built 100% by Dave and you can often find him
in the shop tinkering with new designs and trying new styles. Friction
calls by far are his favorite to build because they are easier to
use and offer a variety of sounds and realism when used properly.
Friction calls are built using Red Oak, Walnut and Lacewood and
his box calls come in a variety of Yellow Popular, Butternut, Cedar,
Chestnut and Purple Heart.
date, Dave has won 52 N.W.T.F awards with the most significant being
his 3 N.W.T.F Grand National Championship Titles and 2 Neil Cost
Awards Best of Show Box call awards. If youre in the market
for a new turkey call from an up and coming callmaker, I strongly
suggest you contact Dave and see what he has to offer.