desire to become a call maker often time starts with inspiration.
For many this might be a skill or trait handed down from a father
or even a personal experience out in the woods. But for Steven Holland
it was the friendship he established with his former professor Ronnie
McGaughey. Ronnie teaches at a local college in Arkansas and is
well known for his turkey hunting abilities. In fact he was even
featured on an early turkey hunting video with David Blanton who
now works with Realtree. This student teacher relationship has since
grown into a personal friendship and one that Steven attributes
his success as both a turkey hunter and callmaker.
Steven, born and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas
has hunted since he was old enough to carry a gun. Although he has
only been hunting turkey since 1999 it is a sport that he takes
very seriously. Steven began making turkey calls in 2002. His calls
go by the name O.H. Custom Calls and Feathers the O
stands for Ottis his first name and also his grandfathers
name. Ask him why and he is quick to tell you that his grandfather
had a big influence on his hunting life when he was young.
callmaking has become a serious hobby for Steven and nothing excites
him more than to make a great sounding call whether its field or
collector grade. Custom wing bone yelpers has become one of his
specialties and he currently makes about 60 of these a year. Steven
also makes Cost style box calls using most domestic woods and some
exotics. Steven has always been intrigued with the turtle shell
slate call. However, these calls are made only upon request and
in limited quantities.
To fancy up his calls Steven met with a wildlife
artist in Branson, MO. With thier help and guidance, he discovered
a permanent hobby in painting and one that fits perfectly with his
hobby of callmaking. Many of Stevens calls can be purchased with
an array of artistic scenes making his calls not only instruments
for calling turkey in the field, but a call that can be displayed
in a personal collection. This artistic touch is offered on both
his wing bone and turtle shell slate calls. Box calls are offered
in field grade or available with custom carving at the customers
request. Steven also spends time painting feathers. Although he
doesnt offer many feathers for sale, if a customer has something
specific in mind he is willing to try.
pride in his callmaking ability he offers a full guarantee on each
and every one of his calls. If the call is not what the customer
expected in craftsmanship, sound quality, or artistic quality just
let him know and he will offer a full refund.