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- Nov 25, 2002
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- Klondike, Louisiana
Fun to think back on some of that, but bittersweet, as well.Big appreciation to @speckiller1957 and @Rick Hall for sharing their wealth of background knowledge.
Know you weren't addressing me, but speckiller1957 hasn't shown, and James was guiding with us when he started making calls.@speckiller1957 I love the read, out of curiosity where does James Meyer fit into speck call making with the above mentioned.
Might be sticking my foot in my mouth with only one half of the story to go on, but it's my understanding he and Nathan Wright had guided for the same outfit, become friends (James passed me a mighty sweet hedge Short Barrel duck call Nathan had passed him, which I eventually passed to a young fellow working with he and Bill at Riceland) and it was James' understanding they were going into business making 5/8" gutted calls together. That didn't happen, and Redbone and James Meyers Calls resulted. Don't know Nathan and only spoke with him briefly the day he won a state speck contest on a Gaston, so I've not heard his take. (Never was a contest caller or follower, but believe Nathan's won with a number of calls. Fellow could wring a speck out of a tube sock.)
Anyway, James' personality could be something of an acquired taste, and one of his hunters was the first I heard the term "goose Nazi" from. But he was good hearted and reputed by his call customers to spend hours on the phone getting them up and running. And he was my friend.
Blessed me with the hedge early James Meyers that's remained my favorite until this day, albeit with guts self-shaped from the handful of blanks he gave me and "customized" by careless grandchildren (who turned themselves in and made it more dear):
James was also good enough to reshape one of their somewhat larger bored, appreciably louder and fatter handled micarta Ricelands (also with guts I, not they, am to blame for) to that James Meyers profile that better fits my hand:
Not at all sure what James and Bill's history was, other than both guiding with us for a time, but remember being asked what I thought and approving of "Riceland" when they were teaming up. What I'll sum up as James' "medical issues" eventually left Riceland in Bill's hands, and the shop couldn't be in better ones.
While browsing through photos for the above, I ran across my personal favorite from the predator/speck call era, a Thomas I ran 18 every-open-day seasons through:
Speck calls have come a long way, but "those were the days..."