In the past I haven't used a decoy when turkey hunting. But, decided to try using a jake decoy this morning. I hiked logging roads where I know there are turkey, set the decoy on the road's edge if I noticed a good bit of droppings or tracks, and hit our ceramic-surface all-weather call.
I'd just moved to my third setup this morning. Placed the decoy on the road's edge, and fired up the call when I heard a hen responding. Also had a gobbler fire up--just once.
He came in fanned and strutting. Took him with a load of 5-shot.
Below is a short video of the hunt:
This video gives a quick snapshot of our Old Goat turkey-call at work. The ceramic surface of this all weather call is designed to work regardless of the weather.
We'd shipped one of our OG calls to a turkey hunter in New Mexico last fall.
I just noticed that the New Mexico opener was April 15 (like ours here in Idaho). So, I'd emailed him to see if he'd had a chance to get out yet. He reported that he hadn't due to serious wind over the last several days.
But, he had put the call to work last November. And, it had pulled in an entire flock. He forwarded the below photos of the result! (Note that he paired the call with a Primos 777 striker.)
Can't beat the Idaho panhandle in April!
A friend just emailed a picture of one of his sons, and, one of two birds his sons took this morning with their Old Goat turkey-call during the Idaho youth hunt.
These birds were fooled with the ceramic all-weather call.
We're introducing a new color for the kokanee fishermen: It's a fluoro-orange/pink tail. (This color was producing in the 2.13" size; so, we wanted to offer it in the 1.8" size as well.)
Now, due to the hard work of our rigger, we have a batch up on the store. (In addition, he's replenished our supply of 1.8" fluoro-orange, fluoro-green/pink-tail and fluoro-green chartreuse!)
If you're a kokanee fisherman, you'll want to give this new color a try!
Due to the hard work of our rigger, we're able to offer a new glow version of our 2.13" kokanee lure. The plastic used to create this lure is embedded with particles that absorb, and then emit, UV light.
In the photos below, the first picture was taken with ambient room light. The second picture was taken in a dark room after the lures were placed under a 5V UV light for 12 minutes. You can see the lures reflecting the absorbed light.
These lures are available now on the store: Click the Store tab to order yours!
Every spring, the folks in Homer, Alaska sponsor their Winter King derby. This is a derby that brings fishermen from around the country, for one day, to target the King salmon that are feeding in the local waters.
For the past several years, we've had the privilege of sending a couple of boxes of our OG2s up as prizes for the giveaway that takes place on derby day. This year, we included a new glow version of the OG2. This lure is constructed from plastic filled with particles that absorb, and then emit, UV light. You can charge these lures directly with a UV light, or, you can place them in direct sunlight to absorb the ambient UV emitted by the sun.
Just saw the below on FB. (Hoping that one of these years, we can get up there to fish.)
First, a little history: The bodies of pot calls have historically been turned on a lathe. (This limited the interior to a cylindrical shape.) And, the sound ports on these calls were created by drilling holes in the base with a drill press.
These calls, and their design, were limited by available tools.
We took a different approach: 3D printed call bodies. The 3D printer lets us create the most realistic sound possible: Our call body didn’t need to be a cylinder, and, the sound ports didn’t need to be equally spaced holes on the bottom.
The walls of our call bodies are segmented (rather than cylindrical): this results in a unique reflection of internal sound waves.
In addition, our call includes a single sound-port in the perimeter wall. This port fine-tunes the tone. And, it allows you to direct your yelps and cuts at the specific bird that you’re working.
We also wanted a call that would work when the friction surface was wet due to rain, or, sweat. So, we added a ceramic friction surface.
And, we wanted a call that you could wear around your neck, or, attach to a strap on your vest. This way, you wouldn’t lose it when you’re scrambling over downed timber, and through thick brush, to close the distance on a bird that’s talking; but, not moving.
We’re not knocking the calls that are out there today. (I carried a Woodhaven Cherry Classic for years). Quite a few of these existing calls are works of art: The wood grain and high-gloss finish are remarkable. But, visual aesthetics were never our goal.
The appearance of the call wasn’t on our radar screen: Our goal was to create a call that could entice gobblers on public land. Birds that typically heard a dozen, or more, hunters every April. A call that would fire up the gobblers after the first series of yelps. And, after two years of hard work, we believe we have it.
We've put a batch of our new calls up on the store (click the Store tab and scroll to the bottom to find them).
(Limit: one per customer!)
Due to the hard work of our rigger, the three most popular colors of our 2.13" kokanee lure are back in stock. (These are the fluoro-pink, fluoro-orange with pink-tail, and fluoro-orange.)
Order yours now through the store!
Salmon, trout, and other fish are highly sensitive to UV light.
So, we just finished rigging a new dual-blade spinner with UV-reflective blades (instead of the foil-reflective blades that we'd originally offered). We believe these new blades will be a game-changer! (These blades aren't painted--the plastic itself is loaded with UV reflective pigment.)
To help demonstrate what this means, we took a picture of one of the new spinners under a UV light.
They're available on the store now!
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.