From the decoys to the blinds, Jeff DePaul and his friends don't mess around when it comes to hunting.
All of the visuals are great, but DePaul says one thing really draws the birds in -- the calls. "You've got to get their attention and get them to think these things are real, and if they're flying by and don't hear any noise, the chances of them coming to them are pretty slim," DePaul said.
DePaul makes duck, goose and deer calls for his business, DePaul's Custom Calls.
The calls are crafted out of wood and acrylic in his Essex home -- no two are the same. The pieces can be customized with names or words.
There's a lot of fine tuning that goes into each one. DePaul shaves the reed until he achieves what he's looking for. The deer call doesn't need to be pulled apart to adjust the tone of the sound quickly. And larger holes to blow through make it so you don't have to use as much effort to make the most true-to-life convincing sound. "Some of the calls I've got made by manufacturers, by the time you're done blowing them you're so damn tired you can't pick your gun up," DePaul said.
DePaul's Custom Calls started four years ago. At first selling around 15 a year, now the business is taking calls on about 100 orders annually.
"A lot of calls come with an instructional video to walk you through, but with Jeff's call, anyone can pick one up and it just comes natural," said Mike Demars, a satisfied customer.
Reporter Gina Bullard: I might not be calling in the waterfowl just yet, but DePaul says people catch on quickly and he stands behind them. Not only are they guaranteed for life, they come with another promise -- one of DePaul's slogans -- "Shoot em' in the lips!" "When you got one of my calls you can get them close enough to see their lips most people have never seen goose lips," DePaul said.
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