Monday, July 6, 2015

DKT-1 Trumpet Turkey Call

Hey folks, I've been in the shop doing some turning. Knocked out this trumpet of 100 year old oak, copper ferrule, Delrin mouth piece and bead on the lanyard... This one is a gift for a new friend and fellow turkey hunter and call maker. Thanks all for giving it a look, Doug.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

DKT-1 Trumpet Turkey Call

from my workshop comes this Model DKT-1 in Ebony, faux ivory spacer, copper ferrule and Delrin mouth piece. This one is sold and headed for GA...

thanks for looking....

Friday, May 8, 2015

Turkey Hunting 2015 - tagged out in week #1

Had a great time hunting with friends this week. The three of us all took birds, 4 total...... here are my two.

Bird #1 - Bearded hen, some people might balk at taking a hen in the spring..... But, I consider a bearded hen a rare trophy. We hardly ever shoot hens on the property even in the fall. This is the second one I've taken in 40 years of turkey hunting. 

Bird #2 - Gobbler 

my buddy Jim (left) and I with my gobbler....

tools of the trade - Richard Hudson Hen Box (the turkey's love this call) and my own homemade Ebony Trumpet Call....

Jim's bow killed gobbler...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Flying Ants in April?

Hey folks - I know summer is coming when the shop has me tying 30 dozen flying Cinnamon Ants.

That's a lot of ants.... but hey, they work and the fish love them. If a hopper is the cheeseburger in a Happy Meal then Cinnamon Ants are the french fries...... Fished as a dropper off the hopper it's a great combo for those dog days of summer. Here is the PFS version.

side view

bottom view - what the fish see...

Hook: #16 MFC 7000
Thread: 8/0 Uni Rusty Brown 
Front hump: small ball rusty brown DK dub 
Rear hump: rusty brown DK dub 
Wing: white MFC Widow Web, fairly thick, split. 
Hackle: 5-6 turns brown or furnace Whiting saddle. 
Use high-end hackle, we want this sucker to float on the Yellowstone!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Turpin Style Trumpet Call in Ebony

Hi folks - turned this turpin style trumpet today. Ebony horn with an ivory spacer, copper ferrule and Delrin mouth piece.

thanks for checking it out, Doug.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I made this call today..... Osage with stacked leather mid section and a Delrin mouth piece...

thanks Doug.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Out for a Scout...

I went for a scout today to check out a new piece of land to turkey hunt.

I took along some toys to play with, from top to bottom: Richard Hudson Hen Box Snakewood over Spalted Pecan and my own Osage Trumpet and crow call...

What a great morning I had. Sunny and almost 65 degrees.... I was scouting a new area and slowly worked along the edges of it, lots of glassing the fields and looking for sign, but not seeing much.... I got to a likely looking corner of the field and woods and crow called into the woods.... nothing.... So, I sat down and had a snack and a cup of coffee, just enjoying the day. I had been sitting there about 30 minutes or so and decided to give my Hudson box a run and sent out a series of sweet old hen yelps.... A couple of clucks was my reward, from a hen not very far away..... I sent out a second series of yelps and got a reply yelp and then spotted the hen coming down the edge of the field coming right to me. I froze with no mask or gloves and a steaming cup of coffee by my side as I sat with my back up against a tree...... She came in to ten yards and then walked along looking for the hen down thru the woods.... yelping as she went. Well, we have at least one bird here I thought to myself, that's a good sign. After a while I moved on to the far side of the property.

At the far side of the of the property the woods meets a swamp and creek bed. I sat down on a fallen log and took out my osage trumpet that I had just made a few weeks ago. I sent out a few clucks and yelps as I leaned back against a tree and then heard a faint cluck in return.  Then another series of clucks, I clucked back and she yelped.  I yelped and then saw her coming, walking and looking for the hen she had heard. She was coming from my left looking intently for me...... She came to within 8 yards and kee-kee'd, yelp, yelp, yelp..... standing right in front of me. She then circled looking and walking a step or two and yelping and kee-keeing all over the place..... She walked all around me yelping and looking for the hen she just couldn't find...jumping up on logs and looking almost in a panic for a full 10 minutes or more..... what fun.... I think I'll be back here at some point in the season and see if we can find a gobbler!  Enjoy your hunts folks....