Courtesy of J.R.'s Turkey Calls
For nearly a decade, J.R.’S Turkey Calls in Ashland has been lending a creative hand to hunters wanting to call in that big Tom, and Rhon Stuckert crafts the calls by hand, one at a time.
Since he began hunting, Rhon has been handcrafting turkey calls. “I started making a few for myself and friends, and it snowballed from there,” he says. “Often, I donate them to the National Wildlife Turkey Federation and auction them off at their banquets.”
J.R.’S makes box calls, friction calls, and scratch boxes from a variety of woods. The calls can also be customized. Rhon says most calls are customized with hunters’ names, but he can also go as far as to laser a photo of a hunter with his or her turkey onto the call.
Costs vary by the type of call you want, and Rhon says it usually takes him about two to three hours to make them from start to finish. For him, the business is a team effort with his son Jacob and wife, Sandy, from which the name J.R.’S was formed. Together they’re helping hunters all over Missouri bag their birds in style.