Wingbones By Durk
call makers today specialize in making just a single type of call.
Durk Stark is one of those unique people. Durk only makes wing bone
yelpers and does a great job in doing it. A special education schoolteacher
by vocation he makes calls as a side business and hobby. He became
interested in making bone yelpers after reading an article in a
"Turkey and Turkey Hunting" magazine. During a Thanksgiving
family gathering he remembered the article and collected the bones
from the turkey that was served for dinner. From these he made his
first call and as you might say the rest is history.
first calls were given way as gifts to friends and landowners that
allowed him access. In fact, the first caller he made was even put
together backwards. It worked however, and that just added to the
fuel he needed to keep him going. Over the years many improvements
have been made and today his calls are sold around the country.
It was in 1997 that Durk named his call business and now offers
his calls under the name "Custom Wingbones by Durk". Although,
as I stated, he only makes wing bone yelpers, he does make several
His tried retail sales of his calls in Scheel's
Sports for one year. It became too much mass production. In that
year he went through 38 X 40lb cases of turkey wings and hunted
only 2 hours that season.
had to change. Durk stepped up the quality of his calls. He incorporated
copper wire and created a vintage look.
His calls also received attention from the
conservation groups. In 2009 Whitetails Unlimited created a piece
with artist Jim Kasper for their banquet packages.
2010, Ducks Unlimited wanted his World Slam of Wingbones for their
banquets. Then in 2011, Durk was honored by the National Wild Turkey
Federation and had his call featured in the World Slam Edition for
all their banquets.
Durk became friends with artist, Michael Sieve
and was influenced by one of Michael's paintings called April's
Promise in which a large whitetail shed is featured with 2 toms
strutting in the background. Durk was moved by the combination of
his two favorite passions and began creating calls made from gnarly
whitetail sheds and and wingbones. They have since become his favorite
calls to make because of the sculptural quality and fantastic sound.
now resides in Alexandria, MN. He loves to hunt with his family
and actively pursues antelope, bear, deer and turkeys with his bow
and of course, his wingbone call.
2006 MN NWTF 1st place decorative wingbone division
2006 Midwest National honorable mention decorative wingbone division
2007 MN NWTF 1st place decorative wingbone division
2007 Grand National Call Competition 2nd place best overall display