Name: Jim Young
Address: 2340 Towering Oaks Circle; Seffner, FL 33584
Phone: 813-661-9460 Fax:
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 Jim Young's Wingbone Turkey Calls

If you were to take a look at Jim Young’s resume you would find it quite impressive. Jim holds a variety of degrees, which include Math, Science, Computers, Biology and even a minor in European History. To top that off he holds certificates in Computer Technology and has even passed Microsoft’s rigorous Client Server Developer course, which is one of the most demanding in the field of computers today. However, despite all of these technical skill sets Jim holds, nothing can compare to his favorite job of callmaking and turkey guiding.

Jim was born and raised in the Auburn New York, which is also known as the Finger Lakes Region. A hunter since age 16, he has spent many a day in the field hunting for squirrel, geese and deer. While growing up, the region was never known for an abundance of turkeys. However that has since changed, thanks to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Bureau of Wildlife and it focus on New York State’s Wild Turkey Management Plan. In the early 90’s Jim started seeing wild turkeys in the area and thought he would try to hunt them as well. To date his best turkey taken weighed 20 pounds had a 10-inch beard and 1 inch spurs.

His interest to start making wingbone calls was sparked by a college professor who stated with his background in biology he should attempt to build one. Jim took his advice and soon mastered the skills of cutting, cleaning and assembling both double and triple wingbone calls. On average Jim finds himself building and selling around 1000 calls each year. Currently, he is the only wingbone callmaker to carry the North American Hunting Clubs Seal of Approval. Jim makes both field grade and collector grades calls. Collector/fancy grade wingbone calls often reflect detailed artistic scenes making them more of a showpiece for the wall or display case. All of Jim’s calls are handmade from wild turkey wing bones but he is more than willing to create a custom call for customers who provide their own bones.

When Jim is not in the shop you can find him active in a variety of other activities. He is a senior sponsor of the NWTF and vice-president of his local chapter. He is also a life member of the NRA, NAHC, NAFC, American Call Makers and a host of other clubs and non-profit organizations. In the past, Jim has written articles for Turkey Call Magazine and Field and Stream (March 2004) detailing the proper steps and procedures on how to make a wing bone call and recently an article on how to make Rosin from pine pitch for box calls. Other significant accomplishments included his appearance on the television show “Cabin Country” which airs on PBS and featured his wingbone callmaking.

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