I had a chance to sit down with Eric for a one on one session to really get to know him and what the Shine Box line of turkey calls truly exemplify. Eric shared with me that what makes his call line so unique is that he hand carves every call that he makes and he even picks out each piece of wood and specifically carves it and hand tunes it for the specific hunter in mind. Not only has Eric become a master call maker but he is also a master wood burner. Eric can engrave any specific emblem onto a call that one would like done and so his custom calls are not only an effective tool for the field but a perfect customized gift for the avid turkey hunter in ones life.
So as we wrapped up our session Eric shared with me how to hold the call, how to make each specific call of the hen turkey and identified what which of the different woods were easier for the novice hunter as well as which of the woods offered a more unique sound for the more advanced caller.
Being a month before the spring season I had plenty of time to practice with my new Shine Box turkey call and it sure paid off big. Hunting the fourth season of the Wisconsin spring season the toms were a little more wary than I would have normally liked. However after a hard day of hunting I was able to call in three nice jakes during the last hour of the day. One single and what looked to be a pair of brothers. The single bird came in on the wrong side for a clean shot through the brush however the next two didn’t have a chance and I was able to take my pick of the two. I was very impressed with the overall quality of my new Shine Box Call not only at home in front of the tv but also in the field where it matters most. And new for 2012, for those who like the more of the traditional line of calls, Eric has an incredible line of box calls and slate calls available. I am personally adding one of Eric’s new slate calls to my package and feel confident that other than my diaphragm call, the Shine Box line will be the only calls needed in this turkey hunters bag of tricks.