I grew up in Rock Island, Illinois on the Mississippi River Flyway. I started duck hunting with my father as a teenager in the 1960s in the Mississippi backwaters there.
My hunting partner, Hal Moore, Dad and I owned 30 acres of flood plain next door to the legendary call maker, Lenus O’Dean, whose work inspired me to learn the art of duck call making and decoy carving. Lenus held the first known duck calling contest in the 1920s and was a master call maker and duck caller.
I have been carving decorative, detailed realistic decoys and making duck calls since the early 1980s. I recently began making working decoys and really enjoy it.
I have won awards at many shows for both my carvings and calls. My work has been featured in several books about duck calls and custom duck call making. I am a past secretary for the CCAA and have also been a judge at several of their annual shows in St. Charles, Illinois.
After a six year hiatus where I took a science teaching job in Arizona, my wife and I have retired and moved back to Wisconsin and I have resumed carving and making calls. I’m fortunate to have the famous Horicon Marsh and several area lakes to duck hunt again!
Calls and carvings are available on this site and by special order. Please contact me directly for details and availability.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is 262-412-5438.