My father and I have had an avid interest in hunting our whole lives, especially waterfowl! My Dad taught me the basics of hunting, waterfowl identification, and most importantly, respect and etiquette for the sport of waterfowl. The thrill of calling ducks and geese into your own decoy spread is unmatched. At least that is what I thought until I got to do it for the first time using a call that I had actually made from my own hands. From that point on, a new appreciation and passion for water-fowling was born.
As the story goes, I have always liked to tinker with woodworking and I was fortunate enough to have a great friend, Ron, who had a lathe and made custom duck calls throughout his life. He helped me find an old lathe to start learning on. I emphasize “old”, it was actually so old there was not even an ‘on/off’ button, only the power cord. So when you plugged it in, you better be ready because it was moving. With Ron’s guidance and expertise, I made my first duck call. From then on, I was hooked. I started making wooden calls, using hedge/Osage orange from our own farm in SE Iowa. Then I began searching the web for various exotic woods, and starting experimenting with various shapes mixing wood and different inserts. I started cutting inserts off a public jig until I eventually found the sound I wanted and from there I have tweaked the tone-board to our liking. After messing with gluing different woods and colors, shapes, etc., I decided I wanted to try the same idea with acrylic. It was much more difficult and expensive to do with acrylic, so I started my search to learn how to make my own acrylic. Through extensive research with chemists from various parts of the country I figured out what and how I wanted to make our product. Dad could see my passion for craftsmanship and for entrepreneurship. We began talking about setting up our own little ‘Son and Pop’ business.
Because of our success and product line that was unlike any product currently offered we were advised to file for a patent. It is a long and expensive process but finally in 2013 we were awarded our U.S. Patent!
Since we received the Patent we have decided to test the waters again, by marketing and producing our calls with our brand name for retail offering. We are still a small company, but have large expectations and high hopes. We have all the tooling and everything we need to do custom runs for people and/or companies, as well as a large production run for major retail. We’ve done calls for weddings, hunt clubs, businesses, etc. We can take any logo or image and put it inside the duck call. It will have an outer “shell” for UV protection and it won’t chip or fade. For instance, if you want a camo call or some other design, it is always on the outside and soon will be exposed to the elements while hunting. It doesn’t take long and it’s chipping or wearing off and soon you’ll be in the market for another call! That simply won’t happen with our calls!
We have designed our duck & goose calls to be very easy to blow, not taking a lot of air. While they don’t take a lot of air, they still have the ability to get loud, or back off and get raspy and quiet. The calls are great for the novice beginner or the seasoned veteran hunter. Check the sound files by each call description!
I am passionate about the opportunities out there, I’m fortunate to be working with my father in this endeavor. We are really excited about the creativity of custom calls. Not to mention, it is still a first time thrill to call in a duck or goose with one of our Double B calls! We are looking forward to a great future. We hope you’ll agree we have a special product and thanks for checking us out!
— Chris and Les Betts