Dixie Mallard is a name in duck calling that has been around a long
time. This call had its beginnings in the late 1930s
and has been around ever since. As custom calls go there is no other
company with the rich history like this. Chick Majors started making
calls from a piece of Kentucky walnut he picked up while on a business
trip. Chick knew Clyde Hancock of Stuttgart Arkansas and asked him
to produce a caller for him from that wood. The piece had enough
stock to make two. One was made by Clyde and a matching call was
never done. Chick decided with the encouragement of another friend
to make his own call from the remaining wood. By hand and with a
knife the call was whittled and as they say the rest is history.
Chick Majors, like most custom call makers started making calls
for friends and then local folks in the early 1940s.
Sold from a shop in Stuttgart Arkansas the
Dixie Mallard saw several location changes, all in Stuttgart, and
many equipment developments through the years. A Lathe was first
purchased in 1948 and a drill press in the early 1950s. The
paper Dixie Mallard label was first used in 1954 and replaced the
wood burned "Dixie" logo that came before it. In 1958
the shop moved to its last location where calls were made
until Chicks death in 1974.
The Dixie Mallard business was a family activity.
Chick may have carved the first call but the family was very much
behind his efforts and involved. Chicks wife Sophie help as
did his children from and early age. Chicks daughter, Brenda"
tells of sweeping the shop floor for twenty-five cents at the age
of twelve. The family spent many hours making calls in the shop
at their home. School work was often done in the shop as were other
activities as well. The call shop was the central hub in the families
The Dixie Mallard call is still made today
using Chick's old jig from the early 1940's and has one of the richest
histories of any call on the market today. The family tradition
is being carried on by Chicks daughter and son-in-law Don and Brenda
Cahill. Don and Brenda have now retired but still spend a fair amount
of time in the shop. They don't make as many calls as they have
in the past but they have started making calls out of exotic woods
such as Brazilian Cherry, Paduk, Zebra, Goncola Alves, Purple Heart
and African Mahogany.
Competitions over the years have seen their
share of the Dixie Mallard and the Majors family as well. All were
accomplished calls and have all won their share of championships.
Chick won the World title in 1945, Gulf Coast Championship in 1957
and the International title that same year. Sophie majors won the
womens World titles in 1950 and again in 1964. Daughter Pat
won the Worlds Junior Championship in 1950 and held the Womans
World Championship from 1951 through 1955. She also won the Champion
of Champions title in 1960. She is the only person to have ever
won all the World titles. Brenda, the youngest step daughter, won
the junior championships in 1955 and the junior international championships
from 1956 to 1958 and the list goes on and on.