He's only a sophomore in high school, but Jackson White seems to have found his calling.
The comparisons to “Duck Dynasty” never cease for White, but there is one big difference between the Marlow teen and the duck call makers from West Monroe, La.
“I'm only 15,” White said. “I can't grow a beard yet.”
White is no threat to the Duck Commander's empire yet, but he has turned the garage at his Marlow home into a duck call factory of his own.
White makes and sells his own duck calls under the brand name of Fowled Out Custom Calls.
“Every day after school I go home and make (duck calls) for three or four hours,” White said. “On Saturdays, I spend about seven or eight hours making calls. It's very time-consuming.”
Fed up with the high price of duck calls, White decided to start making and selling his own after watching tutorial videos on YouTube.
“I got tired of paying for the name, paying $100 for each call,” he said. “I just watched YouTube. I bought all the stuff (to make calls) and it was trial and error from there.”
He invested $2,000 to start the business, buying a wood lathe, carving tools, a drill press, wood and acrylic blanks, and the inserts.
White uses Cocobolo wood, a tropical hardwood from Central America, to make the calls because it is supposedly the best sounding wood for duck calls.
He hand tunes each reed and field tests each call with his duck hunting buddies to ensure quality. It takes White about one hour to craft each call.
Most of the Facebook orders White receives for duck calls are from fellow Oklahoma waterfowlers, but he has sold calls to duck hunters from as far away as Virginia.
White sells the duck calls made from wood for $40 each and those made with acrylic for $65. White's duck calls also have been sold and auctioned at Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl banquets in the state
An avid waterfowler, White is usually duck hunting with Roxy, his 9-month-old Labrador retriever, when he is not in the garage making duck calls. They hunt ponds and lakes in Grady, Stephens and Garvin counties.
The second half of Oklahoma's waterfowl seasons opened Saturday across most of the state.
“That's my favorite thing in the world,” White said of duck hunting. “Every chance I get, I go. I don't know what I would do without it.”
Who knows? Perhaps White will someday find himself on an episode of “Duck Dynasty.”
“That would be awesome,” White said. “I love the show.”
FOWLED OUT CUSTOM CALLS
Jackson White's duck calls can be ordered through his Facebook page, Fowled Out Custom Calls. He can also be contacted by email at Jackson.White28@yahoo.com or by phone at (580) 467-4918.
Murf's Guns in Duncan also sells White's custom calls.