Featured Call of the Month

Jim Dester
Sycamore, IL

When you are discussing decorative calls, Jim Dester's name should always be mentioned in the conversation.  Jim has been a 3-time Best of Show winner at both the NWTF contest and at the St.Charles contest. Jim has made some amazing carved calls over the past 16 years.  Jim is the first person to carve a fish scale and a basket weave onto a duck call, and has always been very innovative with the calls that he makes.  Thanks Jim for all that you do and being featured as the June call of the month!

President's Note

   The 52nd Annual Midwest Decoy Associations Decoy and Sporting Collectable Show at St.Charles just wrapped up.  It was another fantastic event, with lots of folks coming home with some prized finds they found there.  It's always a great time, and you never know what will pop up and be discovered at the show!  The CCAA Fancy call contest had another fantastic showing.  The calls entered were spectacular like always.  Ron Gould brought home the Best of Show award, and Ryan Watson won the Best of Amateur class.  Full results of the contest plus pictures of the calls entered will be on the CCAA Facebook page and in the next newsletter.  Thanks to all of the folks that attended and helped out with the show.  And a special thanks to James Bennett for organizing another great call auction that featured some spectacular calls.
   Mark your calendars for the Southern Illinois Sportsman Show, July 22-23 in DuQuoin, IL.  Check out the flyer for the show on the calendar of events, or get ahold of Jason Furlow with questions about the show.  There will be calling seminars at the show for the kids, given by CCAA members John Stephens and Steve Carter.
   If you haven't heard, CCAA member Gary Chambers discovered the location of the grave site of Charles Grubbs (1848-1933).  The site is an unmarked grave, so Gary is leading an effort to procure a memorial to mark the resting place of this pioneer in the duck call world.  In the next CCAA newsletter, you will be able to read about the journey Gary has been on.  Let's all pitch in and help Gary on his quest.  If you would like to contribute to the efforts, Gary has a GoFundMe campaign launched here:

It's time to start working on articles for the June edition of the newsletter.  If you would like to submit an article or some pictures to be in this newsletter, fill out the following form and it will be received by our Editor Eric Nelson. submit article link


Brian Byers


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