Sure Shot Game Calls

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The Story

There were quite a number of duck calls made across Texas, some local, and others that grew in to notable commercial manufacturers, like Johnny Stewart Game Calls, based in Waco. But if asked to name the best known duck call makers in Texas, most people would say George Yentzen and Cowboy Fernandez.

Sure Shot Duck Calls. George Yentzen in the 1940’s was one of the best known men in Jefferson County. Yentzen the baker cut his first black walnut duck call on a band saw on his back porch in Nederland in the early 1950’s, and with his young assistant James ‘Cowboy’ Fernandez, designed and patented the first double reed duck call with its reeds joined together by rivets. Yentzen double and triple reed calls were to dominate the local and national market for the next 20 years.

Cowboy’s parents had come from Spain, first settling in Savannah, Georgia then Texas. In 1930, the first of family born in the Lone Star state was given the nickname ‘Cowboy’ in honor of their adopted state.

Yentzen’s protégée was just out of the service, and with a young family, worked a full-time job and taking night classes. Of Yentzen, Cowboy says “He treated me like his own son.” After he died in 1957, “his wife called me. ‘Cowboy come see me.’” That visit, in 1959, formed the nucleus of the explosion in Yentzen duck calls and its successor company Sure Shot Game Calls. Cowboy remembers the early years after he took over the Yentzen business. “In the first year, I made 55 calls and sold all 55 of them. The next year I made 555. [From] January 20th to December the 4th, it took me all that time in the garage, one [call] at a time. I sold all 555.”

Cowboy entered calling contests across the Gulf Coast with his Yentzen calls, and at first didn’t win many. Coming back from the International’s in Crowley Louisiana with his friends in 1959, he wondered aloud how he missed the finals. “Harold [Drummond] told me ‘you’re not the hitting that call’. And he showed me. The next day I won the Gulf Coast championship in Port Arthur, went on to win the Texas Open several times, and the regional in Beaumont several times. The following year I won the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart Arkansas, and ended up winning the International three times.”

Cowboy’s Yentzen calls in the 1960’s did not jut compete in the market, they dominated it. Charles Stepan of Port Arthur won the World Championship in 1960 with a Yentzen call. Billie Domingue held a five-year winning streak in the women’s division of the World Contest with her Yentzen. Bob Brister used a Yentzen to capture the Houston Sportsmen’s Club contest.7 Yentzen calls were used to replicate mallards by 28 out of 42 contestants in the Oklahoma State Duck Calling Contest in 1966, and four out of five of the top winners were blowing Yentzen’s.8 The name became so well known that when Dr. Paul Webber taught classes waterfowl hunting classes at Alvin Junior College, each student was required to bring a Sure Shot double or triple reed call.

“Excerpted and adapted, with publisher’s permission, from A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting (pages 38–41), by R. K. Sawyer, published by Texas A&M University Press, 2012.”

  • "I always come back to your originals, because they sound the best and are easy to blow."

    John Smith

  • "My favorite duck calls."

    Glenn Ochs

  • "I have found nothing comes close to the true duck sounds like the Yentzen"

    Bruce Toppin

  • "I`m 72 yrs old and have used Yentzen calls since 1963."

    Royce Tuckness

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    Jesse Ford

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    Brian Chapman

  • " I was 10 years old when I got my first sure shot duck call and it still goes with me every time I go hunting."

    Todd Schulz

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    Stan Alsobrook

  • "In 40 years of duck hunting I tried many other calls but have always come back to exclusively using the 600."

    William Canning

  • "This will be the only call on my laynard from now on."

    Chris Boozer

  • "YOU WILL NEVER FIND A BETTER MADE OR SOUNDING CALL UNTIL YOU PICK UP A YENTZEN."

    Larry Dixon

  • "Nothing compares to the Yentzen."

    Larry Steward

  • "Only two calls have been on my lanyard for over forty years."

    Gerry Speir

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    Reggie Alford

  • "40 years later on the same lanyard I am still blowing the same call and will consider no other."

    Mark Sides

  • "I've spent lots of money on newer calls more than $120 each, but I keep going back to my old Yentzen"

    Joe Culver

  • "My Yentzen call is over 20 years old... I would not use anything else."

    Steve Gouse

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    Gene Young

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    Gary Converse

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    Bob Marshall

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    David Donnell

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    Bill Westfall

  • "Thanks for making such a great call over the years. "

    Gary Thompson

  • "The first ducks that I ever harvested came from being coaxed with a Sure Shot"

    Tommy Ware