started to make calls with an interest in whistles when he was a
boy. A man showed him how to make a whistle using scrap metal found
near the railroad. It was an early discovery that the neighbor's
dogs and cats were attracted to the whistle's sound. Jay tells of
attracting a coyote one day while using the whistle. This experience
while frightening at the time, fueled his interest and fascination
with calls. Over the years Jay has developed a great respect for
those sportsmen and women who successfully use them to their advantage.
Jay produces a fair number of predator calls.
Hes been making them since about 1990. They started as totally
hand carved, whittled, creations done in his spare time. Even early
calls worked. The sounds produced were just different enough to
attract predators even in areas that had heavy calling pressures
from others. Wood is the favorite material. The tones and sound
generated from the density and resonant quality of this medium is
thought to be much better then that of plastic.
time progressed Jay purchased a lathe and started to make calls
from exotic and special hardwoods. He has made duck calls in the
past but has recently switched his focus to the predator call line.
His calls are a one piece design utilizing
a plastic reed in a stainless steel reed housing. The present body
style took over two years to develop (and Jay adds several trees
worth of wood). Jay feels he has achieved the sounds he was looking
for and a call that is truly easy to blow and master.
These calls are all hand done and not mass
produced or duplicated. Production is limited to about 150 calls
a year. Included in this figure are calls donated to organizations
like Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Arizona Predator
Calling Championships and other promotional
purposes. Calls available for sale are limited.
Jays love of the hunt that drives the interest in his calls. When
he can not get away he enjoys creating the calls used by others
and hearing the stories that come back to him about the hunts his
calls have been on.
Jays calls are marketed under the trade
name "Rhino Calls". He currently makes 2 models of calls.
They are the 05Flare and the Brass Rhino. There is a wonderful Multi-page
flyer available from Jay that goes into detail on all the variation
and woods available. Contact him for more information and pricing.