First Pro Staff Outing for Buck Gardner Calls.
First Pro Staff Outing
I must say the entire family was excited about doing our first seminars
for Buck Gardner Calls. We had everything loaded up and ready the
night before so we could hit
the road right after work on Friday. The day dragged on for
Bridget, Jade and myself and
finally 5 bells rang and I was off to pick up the girls. We
grabbed a quick bite and off we
Leaving Northeast Nebraska at 5:30pm to drive all the way across
the state might not have been the best plan
but it the only option we had.
We arrived around 1:30 AM Central Standard Time or as we found out
12:30 AM Mountain Standard time. We unloaded and everyone
tried to get some shut eye before
the big day. All of us were up and ready to go check out the
I was impressed with how well
everything looked, even the ducks and geese on the pond.
The geese would be out classic definition of Parkies (park geese that
are not very afraid of humans). These two had other
plans when they saw me approach and decided they better head to
friendlier waters. It could have been the way I was eyeing those
bands now could it?
The entrance of the Cabelas Store has a wonderful statue of two bull
elk fighting and just puts you right into the outdoors mood.
We had a little bit to check out the store and the hunting area that we
would be giving the seminars in and also had a chance to go outside and
see where the calling contest was going to be held. At that point
Jade decided she was going to enter the contest. At that point no
one else had signed up in her division so I think that had a little
something to do with it. She got signed up and then her and my
wife decided they better get something to eat. I went into the
store and got ready to give my first seminar for buck Gardner
I met two individuals from Avery Outdoors that were very helpful and
knowledgeable about the products they were supporting. Inside the
were making an announcement for the seminar and a few kids showed up to
learn how to make a duck call.
I tried to go about the class very relaxed and to show the kids it
didn't matter how they sounded on the call only that they were going to
have fun doing it. It was amazing how fast some of the kids
picked it up.
Even the girls were getting into it and doing a great job.
This little gal was 4 years old and I think her mom was pretty darned
proud of how well she was doing.
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I did my
best to go around to each kid that was there and listen to them on
their quack and their cluck. The first one under my belt I was
feeling very good about how well the kids took to calling.
I headed outside to hook up with Jade and see if she was ready for the
contest. She had a few nerves as anyone would and I told he it's
just a bunch of ducks so no big deal. Hail em hard, greet sweet
and feed em down. She laughed at me and said yeah like it's that
easy. We did some mimic calling to put her at ease and get her
warmed up. At nine she never fails to amaze me. We were
sitting there and recalled it was almost a year to the day that she
blew in her first contest. It was at the Ponca Expo where Jade
met Buck and took his seminar. Buck was nice enough to sign two
Delta Waterfowl prints for her and those are still hanging in her room
today. The announcer called for the youth callers and it was go
There was one 12 year old boy that was entered in the contest with
her. She was nervous and so was he. It was his first
contest and he did a great job on the stage. Jade got up and I
think I was more nervous then her but after that first hail call things
settled down. She only blew about half her routine (nerves got
the best of her) and was worried it wouldn't be good enough. I
told her I think she sounded better but it would be up to the judges if
it was long enough.
Trea ended up taking second and Jade taking first. It was her
first contest win and she was very happy to have won it. It is
really neat to me that she competed for the first time after meeting
Buck then wins her first contest while I am out doing Seminars for
Buck. My hats off to Cabelas and the judges of the contest.
My trip was made with Jade winning the contest but I had to get back to
doing what I was there for.
Back inside the store one four year old boy and his dad came up between
seminars and ask if he was to young to take the class. I told him
if he could hold the call he could sure give it a go. The 4 year
old boy commenced to telling me we should only kill daddy ducks and not
mommy ducks or we won't have any daddy ducks left. I have spent a
lot of time with kids but this little guy just made my whole day.
I was on cloud nine already with Jade winning and this little guy just
put me up there a few more notches. In no time he was blowing a
voot through the call and sound A OK. Off to the three blind mice
we went. He said the nursery rime a few times and then he tried
to do it through the call. I think all the people around the
counter were surprised when he did it and it sounded darn good.
We worked on that for a bit then moved one to a cluck. Tic wasn't
working real well so he tried saying da and after a little work with
him blowing harder it sounded great.
His father thanked me and I told him no thanks necessary. Little
guys like him were the reason I become part of Buck Gardners outfit and
Buck's commitment to kids. I stayed around the store for a while
then headed outside. I had missed this little guy sitting down in
the decoys and calling ducks. Everyone I talked to said he was
doing a great job and they couldn't believe he was only 4.
Day two arrives and all of us were a little better rested and
ready. I didn't think it would be possible to surpass day one but
we were going to give it a shot.
I had my helper for the whole day and we were ready to have some
fun. The first class we had about 6 kids and Jade did a great job
helping out. I did the same thing as the day before and did my
best to help each kid out with a few seconds of one on one and listened
to them all. In my mind they all were great and that is all that
Chris Jones and Jerrod Watson from Avery Outdoors were a great
help to me and help us pass the time between seminars. Both are
very knowledgeable outdoors men and I look forward to our paths
I also look forward to doing my next seminar for Buck
Gardner calls and the opportunity to teach the kids a little bit about
duck calling and hunting.
Thanks To Buck Gardner for
Giving me the Opportunity to be part of such a great team.
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