“I really enjoy calling specks,” Stephens said after the hunt. “They are such vocal birds, and they respond well to calling. The key is to get one bird to answer back to you. Once you get a conversation going, where you and that bird are calling back and forth to each other, the rest of the geese will often join in. It’s pretty impressive when a whole flock gets fired up like we saw this morning.”
Stephens’s personal interest in hunting all kinds of waterfowl is clearly evident at RNT. Since he took the reins as company president in 1999, RNT’s catalog has grown to include a variety of duck and goose calls, including classics like the Original and innovative new designs like the Microhen.
“We are all waterfowl hunters and we all hunt with our calls, so we are always working on new call designs that will give us an edge,” Stephens said. “It’s a thrill to build a call in the shop that feels right in your hands and then take it along on a hunt and have ducks or geese respond well to it. In our business, the birds are the judges that really count.”
RNT calls, videos, and other products can be ordered online from Mack’s Prairie Wings at mackspw.com. For more information about Rich-N-Tone calls, visit the company website at rntcalls.com.