first decision any new callmaker has to make is what style of calls
do they want to specialize in. For turkey callmakers this can become
quite a task, since there are a variety to choose from. Box calls,
yelpers, slate calls, terrapin shells and even push button calls
all have a list of pros and cons associated with them. However one
style of call separates itself from the rest and that style is none
other than the Wing Bone. Wing bones calls have been
around for quite sometime, and the steps involved for building one
is time consuming thus making the end product a true custom job.
When Roy Wilson began making calls in early 2000 he opted to pursue
this type of call and has had no regrets since. Today Roys
Custom Wing Bone Callers have evolved into works of art that are
gaining attention by both call collectors and hunters abroad.
Wilson was born and raised in Kansas City Missouri and has stood
behind the barrel of a gun since the age 10. He has hunted deer,
dove, quail, pheasant, duck and goose but nothing excites him more
than hunting turkey in the spring. In fact Roy doesnt even
have to shoot at a bird to have a great hunt. In the early spring
Roy can often be found in the woods practicing his calling techniques.
He loves to hear them gobble and watch them display and for him
that is what the hunt is all about.
started making wing bone turkey calls more or less to use the wing
bones as a trophy of his first turkey. Pleased with his first attempt
he started making them for friends and family members. With each
call made the better he got and the better the calls got the more
he wanted to build. His biggest challenge he overcame was perfecting
the sound of the wing bone. Wing bones calls often sound better
when they are made from the bones of a hen. But most customers want
a trophy made from their gobbler. To fix this problem Roy discovered
he could simply change the sound by making the bones shorter or
longer and even by honing the insides of the bone to make them thinner.
He is now able to make gobbler bones sound like a young hen, old
hen, jake or even a boss gobbler, depending on what the customer
for Roy is currently a hobby that he would love to see turn into
a family business for his 3 sons, Spencer, Hunter and Sam. Spencer
being the older has already become a huge help and has been quick
to learn how to cut, clean and even sand the bones. Roy averages
around 100 calls a year and normally has a waiting list due to the
increased demand for his calls. Roys calls are collector grade
and each one is built to the specifications provided by the customer.
When a customer sends Roy their turkey bones he is always willing
to personalize it with the date and time of the kill, the weight,
beard or spur length, name and even the NWTF chapter they belong
to. All calls are painted with a feather and turkey tracks somewhat
of a trademark that distinguishes Roys calls from the others.
has recently started making custom bamboo yelpers. Each bamboo yelper
features his famous painted feather and turkey tracks just like
those provided on his wingbones. All of Roy's calls come with a
100% satisfaction guarantee and he has yet to have one returned
after it has been shipped. On a side note, Roy is a collector of
calls himself and enjoys swapping his custom wing bone and bamboo
callers for other callmakers custom calls. His calls can be purchased
Turkey Call Supply or directly from him.