KENTUCKY DUCK CALLS In This Issue Neil’s Notes

A publication for Kentucky Ducks Unlimited volunteers March 2013, Vol. 6—Issue 3
Neil’s Notes
Here it is March already! This
is the month for our Kentucky
State Banquet. We finally get
to find out who will win the gun
safe and guns on our statewide
I want to reemphasize what was said last month about what a
fun time our state banquet is. This banquet is for everybody.
Please come and bring a friend!
Friday evening will have a horse-racing theme. The Wilderness
Trail Chapter will have the racing forms, book the bets (with
duck bucks) and televise the races. At the end of the racing
there will be an auction to spend your hard-earned duck bucks.
There will be a silent auction and another game or two. Did I
mention there will be guns getting new homes that night?
Saturday morning will start out with informational/educational
presentations followed by a luncheon with some awards given.
After the luncheon there will be a retriever demonstration put
on by Wildrose Kennels and Deke the DU dog. Saturday evening
will be our annual awards dinner, state raffle drawing, raffle
table, silent and live auctions. Did I mention guns will find a
new home that night too? There will be a hospitality suite open
both nights. I hope to see you there!
Now is a great time to take a child out looking for deer sheds.
The weather is not as cold as it was. They will enjoy the hours
spent running through the woods and fields. You know when it
comes right down to it the very best thing we can leave our
loved ones are fond memories of time spent together.
Neil Riggs
Kentucky State Chairman
In This Issue
Neil’s Notes
Featured Photo
State Facts
Conservation Corner
KY Photo Gallery
Jim Monyahan Award
Cooking with Kenny
Upcoming Events
2013 KY State Convention
2013 State Convention
Thanks to Volunteers
Major Donor
The Broken Reed
KY State Raffle
Duck Dynasty
The Last Shot
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Kentucky State Contacts
State Chairman
Neil Riggs
[email protected]
Rich Risinger
[email protected]
West Region Chairman
Kenny Vaughn
[email protected]
East Region Chairman
Tom Tate
[email protected]
Greenwing Chairman
Bruce Conely
[email protected]
Major Donor Chairman
Dr. Brian K. Priddle
[email protected]
Volunteer Recruitment Chairman
Jeff Adams
[email protected]
State Raffle Chairman
Richard Fowler
[email protected]
State Youth Hunt Chairman
Paul Burton
[email protected]
The Bourbon Chapter is our featured photo again this month.
Let’s all get out and support these volunteers on March 16.
This is an event you do not want to miss!
Bourbon Chapter leaders posed with their Wood Duck Flight
Award at a recent kick-off meeting for the 2013 banquet. This
“winning committee” continues to set the pace for top
events in central Kentucky. (L to R, seated) – Chad Ballard and
Terry Waldridge; (L to R, standing) Brian Newcomb, Clint
Sanders, Daniel Newcomb and Brent Willet. A great group for
a great cause!
The Bourbon Chapter will hold their 2013 banquet on March
16 at the Bishop Auction & Event Center in Bloomfield, KY.
Click here to get your tickets now!!
The Butler Co. Chapter built 60 cypress wood duck boxes to help
support our growing wood duck population.
Thanks to District Chairman Denny Drake and all the committee
members from Butler County for their hard work in completing
this important activity for Kentucky Ducks Unlimited!
Conservation Corner
Regional Staff
North Regional Director
Joe Borders
[email protected]
Kentucky is located in the Mississippi Flyway and provides important
West Sr. Regional Director
Lakes states. Kentucky has the potential to winter large numbers of
Ben Burnley
[email protected]
South Regional Director
Charlie Lowery
[email protected]
Regional Biologist
Mark Flaspohler
[email protected]
habitat for waterfowl produced in the Prairie Pothole Region and Great
mallards, black ducks and wood ducks. Since 1988, Ducks Unlimited has
conserved more than 12,700 acres of waterfowl habitat in Kentucky. While
impressive, this represents less than 1 percent of the Commonwealth’s
original wetlands!
In 2011, DU and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
(KDFWR) continued our strong partnership to enhance and restore wetland
habitat on public lands to benefit waterfowl and Kentucky waterfowl
hunters! Public lands projects included installation of new water control
structures at Doug Travis, Lake Cumberland and Ballard wildlife
KY State Facts
Total Membership
Legacy Greenwings
Sponsor Members 995
Major Sponsors
2011 Grassroots Total
Total Acres Conserved
management areas. These new structures are critical for management of
more than 500 acres of moist-soil impoundments, providing high-quality
foraging habitat for waterfowl and opportunity for Commonwealth duck
and his son
retrieve a
teal during the
2013 Youth
Hunt at Big
Creek Bucks
and Ducks
Moro, AR.
Chris works
for the U.S.
Fish and
Service in
2013 Youth Hunt at Big Creek Bucks and Ducks
in Moro, AR
Neil has held several state leadership positions and is currently serving as the Kentucky
State Chairman.
Butler Co. Chapter built 60 cypress boxes to help
Photo from Butler Co. Chairman Denny Drake. Butler
support our growing wood duck population.
co. Chapter D.U. built 60 cypress wood duck boxes to
(left) and Richard Seiler.
support ourare
wood duck
Denny Drake)
Roger Gossett ( left) Richard Seiler (right).
Kentucky District Chairman Richard Cooper
displaying his “cleaning skills” at the cleaning
station after a hunt at Big Creek Bucks and Ducks
in Moro, AR.
2013 Jim Monyahan Award
The 2013 Jim Monyahan Award will be presented to a deserving Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife officer. This will be the fourth time this award
has been presented to a KDFW officer who has provided outstanding
contributions to waterfowl education and wetland activities in the state of
Kentucky over his or her career. These activities should show a strong
commitment and contribution to the mission of Ducks Unlimited in Kentucky.
Come join us in Frankfort as we recognize this year’s winner!
Cookin’ with Kenny Vaughn
Easy Duck Stew
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 pound boneless duck breast
halves, skinned and cut into
1-inch pieces
½ pound smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrot, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans,
rinsed and drained
1 (14 ½-ounce) can diced tomatoes,
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add duck and sausage and cook 7 minutes or
until browned. Remove the duck and sausage from the pan. Add celery and next 3 ingredients
(through garlic), then sauté 7 minutes. Return duck mixture to pan. Add broth, beans and
tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Upcoming Kentucky Events
South Licking Banquet – Cynthiana
Green River Banquet – Beaver Dam
Lake Barkley Banquet – LBSRP-Cadiz
March 2, 2013
Jim King
[email protected]
Barren River Banquet – Bowling Green
March 7, 2013
McLean County Banquet – Calhoun
March 9, 2013
Bourbon Chapter Banquet – Bardstown
Union County - Morganfield
March 16, 2013
Kentucky State Convention - Frankfort
March 22-24, 2013
Bullitt County Banquet – Sheperdsville
March 30, 2013
Caveland Banquet – Barren River SRP
May 3, 2013
For more information, go to
Kentucky Ducks Unlimited still has a
few areas without local chapters. If
you know anyone in these areas who
would be interested in participating in
a local DU chapter, contact the
regional director for that area or the
state chairman.
For Ashland, Florence, Maysville,
Versailles, Winchester & Carrolton:
Contact Joe Borders
[email protected]
For Williamsburg, Barbourville
Middlesboro & Hazard
Contact Charlie Lowery
[email protected]
For Scottsville & Hardinsburg
Contact Ben Burnley
[email protected]
2013 Kentucky Ducks Unlimited State Convention Registration
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Mark Your Calendars!
2013 Kentucky Ducks Unlimited State Convention
Capital Plaza Hotel, Frankfort, KY
March 22-24, 2013
The KYDU State Convention is coming to Frankfort, and this year’s convention will be sure to
please! We don’t want to give too much away, but there will be signature Kentucky items on the
auction block, plenty of bourbon, barbecue, horse racing and southern hospitality. Mail in your
registration today or register on-line at!
Thanks to our Volunteers!
Ducks Unlimited had a great fundraising year in FY12 (ended June 30, 2012) and made
great strides in the protection of vital habitat across North America (an additional
186,000 in the U.S. alone). In addition to the increase in total revenue, we were able to
operate at better than 83% efficiency which means that your support went even further
in FY12. DU’s external auditors, KPMG, wrapped up our year-end audit last month
and below are some of the official highlights:
 Operating surplus of $5 million
 Non-operating surplus of $7.2 million
 Grassroots event support of $34.4 million reflected a 9% increase over budget
and an 8% increase over last year
 More than $68 million in U.S. conservation support from public sources and
more than $29 million from private sources (Major Gifts)
 More than $119 million in conservation expenditures, conserving more than
186,000 acres in the United States alone
 Program service efficiency ratio of 83.4%, including conservation easements
 Adult and youth members over 610,000
 More than 50 diamond events reflecting the successful 75th anniversary
By Dr. Brian K. Priddle
Kentucky Major Donor Chairman
GOALS FOR 2013-2014 = 10-4-2
Ten new Life Sponsors, four Major Sponsor upgrades
and two new Feather Society commitments.
The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity
to gather Major Donor prospects and educate them on the Ducks Unlimited
conservation mission and opportunities for
support. The focus is on DU’s international conservation plan, regional and local focus
areas, prior accomplishments and the importance of private support. Emphasis is placed
on to DU’s on the ground work to conserve critical wetland habitat. The goals are
to identify and cultivate new major gift prospects and to steward current Major Donor
prospects. Evenings of Conservation are designed as a first-contact cultivation event
separate from our traditional event system and there is no fundraising done at the
event (no auctions or raffles). The program is informational in nature and a means to
engage potential major gift supporters.
Make your commitment to SAVE THE BEST for Kentucky ducks. Contact Dr. Brian K.
Priddle at [email protected] to invest for the future of Kentucky ducks and save
the prairie breeding areas. It is a conservation fact that more money in the ground
means more birds in the skies!
Kentucky DU’s Major Donor goal for 2013-14 is 10 new Life Sponsors, 4 upgrades and 2 Feather Society
We are currently
1 new Life Sponsor, 1 upgrade and 0 Feather Society as of 1/31/13. Our
Top FouratDucks
goals are very much obtainable with your help. Please contact Dr. Brian Priddle at 606-271-1015 if you
have any inquiries or need support with Major Donor activities in your area.
The Broken Reed
By: Keith A. Hess
Contributed by: Ben Burnley
I believe it would be a safe bet to say that 80 to 90 percent of today’s goose hunters have a
short-reed goose call of some make or model on their lanyard. Several articles, audio and
visual aids have been marketed preaching the "how to’s" of the short-reed goose call. Basically,
these methods teach goose hunters how to become better goose callers and more successful
in the field. This article is not intended to elaborate on any of the above, but to explain how
the short-reed goose call was conceived and acknowledge the persons responsible for its
It all began in the early ‘60s when my dad, Charlie Hess, was introduced to the world of
waterfowl by Albert Galloway. Albert (now deceased) was the waterfowl guru in this part of
Western Kentucky. His love and understanding of the birds was uncanny. My dad was
raised in a hunting and fishing family, but was never exposed to waterfowl hunting due to his
geographical upbringing. As with most ardent waterfowlers, it didn't take him long to become
hooked. Always striving for perfection in his outdoor pursuits, only a short time elapsed until
he became a phenomenal caller and a student of the birds. These two men spawned a
friendship through their love of the outdoors, as they both were fascinated by the prey they
pursued, be it fish, fowl or haired game. They were (and are) tinkers, innovators, craftsmen—
pure genius. They possessed the ability to bring their ideas of fooling game to fruition and
then some. Back then, commercially produced items used for the pursuit of game were in their
infancy, minimal by today’s standards in both quality and quantity. Therefore, you had the
option to use items that were available over the counter, as is; modify these items; or create
your own.
Albert chose to use the PS.OLT brand of waterfowl calls. In his early years, Albert used his
modified D-2 duck call to lure ducks and geese into gun range. Yes, geese with a duck call. In
order to make goose sounds with his D-2, Albert would apply a puddle of spit to the tip of the
long D-2 reed, cover the tone bell with his finger tips to create back pressure, and proceed to
call geese. His explanation for this procedure was that the puddle of spit weighed and slowed
down the vibration of the reed; combined with the created back pressure, he was able to lock
up the reed to a degree, raising the call’s pitch to make goose sounds. Albert was able to honk,
cluck, double cluck and bawl on his duck call. Producing this variety of notes was not
attainable with commercially produced goose calls at the time, much less a duck call.
Along came the PS.OLT L-22 goose call, similar in stature to the D-2. With its long, narrow reed,
it was capable of producing honks right out of the box, but that was about it. Albert used his
puddle of spit concept on the L-22 reed, but with a twist. Instead of the puddle of spit, he opted
for something more permanent. This being Band-Aid tape or electrical tape to weight the tip of
the L-22 reed. This was an evolution in itself. This method of tuning the L-22 became known as
the "Band-Aid Call" and produced great results for years. Tuning a call using the Band-Aid
method was an arduous process, taking days or sometimes weeks to get one right. I remember
my dad saying, "If you bought 10 L-22s, you may get two good calls out of the lot, due to
inconsistencies in manufacturing."
The greatest drawback of tuning a call utilizing the Band-Aid method was moisture, for
moisture was the enemy. Moisture accumulating on the reed while blowing the call
would break down the adhesive, allowing the tape to slip or separate from the reed completely,
rendering the call useless. It was standard procedure to dry your call inside and out after every
calling sequence, attempting to prolong the life of the tape. Although this was helpful, failure
was inevitable. Growing tired of this dilemma, I felt there had to be a better way.
During the mid-‘70s, my dad began making wooden barrels and tone bells to accept the ½-inch
diameter inserts of the L-22. These wooden versions became quite popular in the area. The
wooden version of the L-22 mellowed the nasal sound of the plastic (hard rubber) original, all
the while giving each handmade call its unique appearance.
This led to making calls from scratch—barrels, tone bells and all internal working parts.
Experimentation led to the 5/8-inch-diameter call, which proved superior in quality of sound,
increased volume and ease of tuning, still utilizing the Band-Aid method of tuning. Trying to find
a better tuning technique, the light came on over my head. My idea was to "trick" the reed by
thinning it in the area two-thirds or three-quarters of the way toward the tip, while leaving the
tip of the reed at full thickness. This would hopefully result in a weighted tip, thus eliminating
the need to add tape, and rendering the problem of moisture null and void. Over a period of
time, this new method of tuning a call in the modified "Band-Aid" fashion proved superior. At
that time, I thought I had found the Holy Grail of goose calls—devastating for the geese and free
of the moisture problem. A couple of waterfowl seasons passed and I felt confident this method
of tuning was foolproof.
Until one late December morning in the late ‘70s, which I still remember as if it were
I was a guest, hunting with three 01' Time waterfowl hunters who were great and willing wing
shooters, but none of whom were callers. Their passion was to smell the powder burn and
watch the birds light on their backs. My role was designated caller, with my new-fangled call,
which had become quite the talk of the town. We were about halfway into a limit of geese, and
the birds were cooperating rather well, when the one and only call I had on my lanyard locked
up just before a single goose got into range. As I hurriedly broke my call apart for inspection,
one of the 01' Timers asked why I had quit calling. "Damn reed broke," I responded. The reed
had split cross-grain in the thinned portion (at that time, as well as today, the thinning or
tapering of the reed is done via pocketknife). Not wanting to remove the reed from the call, I
asked if any of the 01' Timers had a pair of nail clippers to trim the reed (because my
pocketknife was useless for this procedure). Luckily one of them obliged. I proceeded to cut
away the dead reed material, rounding the tip on the newly formed, shortened reed in the
Not having a clue of what to expect from this improvised fix, I slid the tone bell back into the
barrel and hoped for the best. As I slowly forced air across the shortened reed, it
kept getting better. A full-blown calling sequence later, I was astonished by the call’s
responsiveness—better tone, ease of notes, just better all around. With limits of geese in hand,
I couldn't wait to get home and show my dad this "new" call.
The next few years were spent refining, as dad and I collaborated on what it took to build a
quality and consistent call. If not for his expertise of tooling, craftsmanship and knowledge of
the birds, the "short reed" that today’s waterfowlers take for granted might still be a wish
instead of reality. During the developmental stages of the short reed, I would visit Albert
regularly to get his opinion on how the call was evolving. Every visit was a waterfowl history
lesson unto itself. Breaking out the D-2s and L-22s that had permanent places on his coffee
table, Albert would blow them with shortened breaths. During one of my last visits before
Albert's passing, he paid me the ultimate compliment, saying, "If your calls get any better, you'll
have to feed and water them." Albert may have lit my dad’s fire, but my dad fueled my fire, and
everybody else's short reed.
So, there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. The short reed derived from another
genre. A mishap of good fortune, an evolution of great minds, a byproduct of failure and
dumb luck. All for the love of the birds.
Kentucky Statewide 2013 Gun Drawing
Hello fellow DU Volunteers! It is almost time again for our Statewide Gun Drawing.
We will draw for these prizes during the 2013 State Convention on March 23, 2013.
The State Convention will be held in Frankfort at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on March
22, 23 and 24, 2013. You do not have to be present to win, but come to the convention
and have a great weekend anyway.
Tickets will be sold by the individual chapters and their committee members.
Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket drawn will win a great prize! A gun safe with a mystery
gift inside will be up for grabs, plus eight special guns! Sounds like a great drawing to me!
Any chapter that sells 100 tickets or more will win an AR-style Tac. .22 cal. The rifle is to
be used at their event the following year.
To make sure each chapter gets proper credit for the tickets that they have sold,
the ticket stubs need to have their chapter # written on the back of the stub. Mail all
tickets to the address below. As soon as you get a handful sold, just mail them to me.
Please don’t wait till the night of the dinner to give them all to me!
Good luck selling and buying the winning tickets. By the way, if your ticket is drawn,
it will be placed back in the hopper to give you another chance of winning! All prizes will
be awarded in order of their dollar value. Call or email me with any questions you may
Thanks for everything you do to support Ducks Unlimited.
Richard Fowler
1812 Goggin Lane
Danville, KY 40422
[email protected]
The Duck Commanders are coming to Kentucky! The Calloway County football team is proud to
announce that the stars of the hit A&E TV show, “Duck Dynasty,” will be in Murray for an event to benefit
Calloway County football on May 11.
“We are thrilled to have this event and these great men in our school,” said Brad Lawson, Calloway
County’s head football coach. “’Duck Dynasty’ is one of the most popular shows on television now, and to
have them in our gym benefiting our football program, is just amazing. It’s just going to be a great night
for Calloway County High School, our program and our community.” Scheduled to appear are Phil, Willie
and Si Robertson.
As a high school athlete, Phil Robertson was all-state in football, baseball and track and attended
Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship. There he played ahead of four-time Super Bowl winner and Hall
of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. After college, Phil spent several years teaching
until he produced a duck call in 1972 and Duck Commander was born. During this time, Phil also turned
his life over to the Lord and has built up a reputation all over the country for his faith and belief in the
Almighty. He is invited to speak at hundreds of different churches and organizations every year, telling
them what the Lord had done for him and can do for them. Phil is married to Kay and they have four
boys, Alan, Jase, Willie and Jep.
Willie Robertson is the CEO of Duck Commander and graduate of Harding University. He also created
Buck Commander, which can be seen on the Outdoor Channel. Willie loves being outdoors and is
happiest at home in West Monroe, LA, with his wife, Korie, and children, John Luke, Sadie, Will and Bella.
Si Robertson, Phil’s youngest brother, can be seen on the Duck Commander videos and on “Duck
Dynasty.” Si has worked for Duck Commander since 1993, when he retired from the United States Army.
Si lives in West Monroe, LA, with his wife, Christine.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons
area of Calloway County High School. General admission tickets are $60 and meet-and-greet tickets are
$125. There will be only 2,200 general admission tickets and 200 meet-and-greet tickets sold for this event.
If there are any tickets available after the initial sale date, they can be purchased at Calloway County High
School from Athletic Director Chip Gray or Coach Lawson. Any questions about tickets or the event can be
directed to Coach Lawson by calling CCHS at 270-762-7374 or emailing him at
[email protected]
Do you have an article, event summary or photos you would like to see in Kentucky Duck Calls?
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newsletter. For any aspiring writers and photographers, what make Kentucky Duck Calls truly ours are stories and
photos by Kentucky DU members. Please take the time to send me a story or photos of your events, members,
conservation projects, Greenwing activities, trips or whatever you feel is important to share.
It is my goal to provide articles relating to national and local conservation news, events, outdoor adventures,
hunting, regulations and much more. With your help, we can make Kentucky Duck Calls a publication that we all
look forward to reading. Please submit your items for publication to: [email protected]
The Last Shot
Spring, by definition, is one of the four conventional temperate seasons following winter
and preceding summer. The specific definition of the exact timing of "spring" varies
according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox, days are close to 12
hours long, with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and "springtime"
refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and
It is no coincidence that the timing for the annual Kentucky Ducks Unlimited State
Convention aligns with the start of the spring season. Like spring, the convention is a time
of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. We will take time to honor the achievements of our
chapters over the past fundraising year, but at the same time, our focus is clearly on the
year to come. We will renew past friendships and most certainly make new ones that will
make our DU family even larger and stronger for generations to come. There will be
presentations and discussion on what DU has achieved in Kentucky over the past year, but
we will direct most of our focus to future projects and activities that will keep us on target
to remain the world leader in wetlands conservation.
I’d like to extend a personal invitation to all of our Kentucky volunteers to make plans to
come to our 2013 convention in Frankfort on March 22-24. I’d especially like to extend a
special invite to those who have not attended a Kentucky Ducks Unlimited State
Convention before. I can assure you it will be an experience that you will remember for a
lifetime. You’ll have the opportunity to meet state and national leaders, talk with fellow
volunteers from across the state and attend seminars and demonstrations that will
increase your knowledge of waterfowl and wetlands conservation.
I look forward to seeing each of you in Frankfort. Please look me up when you arrive so I
can have the opportunity to meet you, help you get oriented and answer any questions you
may have.
Till next time…
Kevin Wright, Editor, Kentucky Duck Calls