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2018 Annual Pintail Waterfowl Call Making Contest

Brought to you by Pintail Waterfowl & Deadshot Custom Call Company

Additional sponsors, Full Tilt, Ron Gould Bands, and Bond Point will be doing our awesome awards again.

Dates:

August 1st-September 30th will be the call making and submission period.
September 3oth is the deadline for call picture submissions!
October 1st judging starts.
October 7th winners announced.

How to Enter:

Call makers may enter one (1) Photo of the call of they are entering. One call per person. You may submit pictures of calls by emailing them to us at ryan@pintailwaterfowl.com. Please do NOT send them on Facebook as they reduce the quality too much. Please put “Call Contest” in the header and make sure to include your full name (real name, not company name), city and state. You may also tell us anything you want about the call you are submitting.

Pictures posted to Pintail Waterfowl’s FB page are not allowed as entries.

Criteria:

Calls entered in the contest will be judged on use of color, material, and craftsmanship of the call. You are encouraged (not required) to use a mix of different materials (resin/acrylic, bone, antler, wood, metals, etc) BUT 50% or more of the call must be from our material. We want to see how far you can push your limits with our materials! While we are not judging on the quality of the photo, nicer photos represent the calls better and may play a role in your call getting noticed more by our judges. This contest is based solely on the picture of the call entrants submit and is not a chance based contest.

Categories are:

Best Newbie – A new category this year. You must have started making calls AFTER AUGUST 1ST 2017!!!

Most Creative – The calls that don’t fit the normal mold. Looking for outside the box!

Best use of materials – We want to see what you can do with our materials or even blending ours with other materials!

Best Craftsmanship – This is for only the cleanest of calls. The one where there is no doubt the amount of time that went into it.

Pintail’s Call Maker of the Year – That one call that just stands out above the rest.

You CAN win one category AND Callmaker of the year, but not two categories. All calls will be entered into all categories, EXCEPT Best Newbie can ONLY BE WON by someone who has been making calls for less than 12 months (honor system people!!!!)

Winners of the best newbie category will receive:

Custom call from Deadshot Custom Call Company

A $20 Pintail store credit

Winners in the most creative & best use of materials categories will receive:

A smooth, fine, or rough mandrel from Pintail Waterfowl

$20 Pintail store credit

A Pintail Waterfowl Hoody

A custom made award from Bond Point

Winner in the best craftsmanship category will receive:

Choice of a P1, P2, or P3 jigs.

A carbide turning tool from Deadshot Custom Call Company

A custom made award from Bond Point

$30 Pintail store credit

Call maker of the year will receive:

A custom jig from Pintail Waterfowl

A carbide turning tool from Deadshot Custom Call Company

A custom made award from Bond Point

A Pintail Waterfowl Hoody

2 Special Blanks from Pintail Waterfowl

$50 Pintail store credit donated by Full Tilt Fowlers

Stay Tuned for more to be added!

Rules:

Calls can be duck, goose, grunt calls, turkey pot, or any style of “tube” style calls.
Calls should be newly made during the call making period. This is based on the honor system.
Calls will be for all categories. Only one winner per category but a winner may win 1 category and COTY.
Must use a Pintail blank for at least half (50%) of the call. Premade style inserts are allowed.
Calls can be sleeved, laminated (with wood or other), etc as long as at least 1/2 (roughly) of the material is Pintail’s.
Calls can be plain, engraved, color filled, hand carved, banded etc.
We will not be judging on sound quality but calls should be a working call.
Submit 1 (one) picture of your best call
Pintail Waterfowl’s featured call makers are allowed to enter and have no say in the voting process.
By submitting a picture, you are agreeing to these rules and allow the picture submitted to be used in future marketing and advertising by Pintail Waterfowl, LLC.

Voting:

Calls will be judged by our independant panal of 5 to 7 judges. I don’t believe in “FB voting” as a fair way to judge. How many likes or shares do not play any role in voting.
Callmaker of the year call will be chosen solely by Pintail Ryan.
In the event of a tie between judges, ties will be broken by being chosen by the business owner.

Disqualifications:

If you are caught cheating in any way you will be disqualified.
Calls that use less that 50% of Pintail’s material will be disqualified.
Whining, complaining, bashing others will get you disqualified

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So you are thinking of casting your own blanks – Read this first.

We have been casting blanks for nearly 8 years now. We have been the innovators of and brains behind, many ideas and colors out there today. We made call making easier and have helped many people get started in it. A lot of people think that we are against people casting their own blanks. This is false. We are against people copying our colors and ideas, then trying to compete against us by selling those blanks.

We see a lot of customers stop ordering and try to cast their own blanks. More often than not, then return to order blanks again after realizing that casting isn’t what they thought it would be. I decided to write this article, not to discourage people from casting, but to educate would-be casters on what to expect before they waste a lot of money and potentially hurt themselves in the process.

First off, casting is expensive. There are a LOT of hidden costs that most don’t realize before getting into it. Between the supplies, safety equipment, degassing, etc, it all adds up. You really need to do the math first. We sell a barrel for $10. To cast one you may be able to cast it for half as much. That is $5 saved! Except now you need to subtract your materials, equipment, and most importantly, time. In the hour it takes you to cast a blank and clean up, how many barrels could you have turned? More on this later.

Now this list isn’t all inclusive, and to just cast a couple blanks, it may not all be necessary, but if you are serious about casting, these is actually a very basic list.

Safety – Insulated, temp controlled room. NIOSH respirator. Chemical proof rubber gloves. Clean air ventilation system. Fire extinguisher. Proper clothing or coveralls. See…resin casting is dangerous. The fumes are harzardous and VERY explosive. People have burnt their house down while casting. It can hurt your skin if it gets on it. It will also make your entire house smell if not isolated.

Materials – Resin, hardener, pigments, molds, mold release, thermometer, psychrometer, degass chamber (vacuum or pressure), work bench. Resin has a VERY short shelf life. If not used quick enough, it goes bad. It also needs to have correct temperature and humidity to set right. While vacuum chambers are fairly safe, pressure pots that can reach the required pressure for degassing, are expensive and dangerous. Molds can be cheap or very expensive. Cheap molds will get you a handful of casts before they need to be replaced. Our insert and goose molds were over $900 ea. Pigments aren’t real expensive until you want to do lots of colors. Then they add up quick. You could have $4 in pigments into JUST ONE BARREL.

Disposables – Cups, mixing sticks, paper towels, etc. Pretty self explanatory but again, they add up quick.

Again, this is just a basic list.

You will lose anywhere from 10 – 20% of material from spills, mold leaks, stuff left in the cup and container.

You will lose approx 1% of your blanks to breakage when remolding, air pockets, not getting hard in the mold, getting stuck in the mold, colors that aren’t right, etc.

You will spend nearly twice as much time cleaning your molds as you will casting.

I have done the math, numerous times. Casting vs buying blanks. How many calls could you make, in the time you spend casting? How much do you actually save? If you are going to cast 10,000 blanks and make 10,000 calls from them, the investment may be worth it. If you are making and selling a couple hundred calls a year, it probably isn’t. You will double your time investment, or half the amount of calls out the door. All to only make a couple dollars more per call.

Casting sucks. Seriously. It is fun the first few times. The final results are cool. The rest sucks. Ask my mom, who casts all our blanks. It is boring, time consuming, and very frustrating. She has gotten phenomenal at it, but up until then, we had a LOT of fails. Even to this day, we still have blanks that don’t turn out, almost daily.

If you want to buy a couple pigments, make a mold, and try and cast a few blanks…it is fun. I highly recommend trying it. Just keep in mind, from someone who has 8 years experience, and tens of thousands of dollars invested, unless you are casting and turning well into the 1000s a year, it isn’t a good business decision.

 

 

 

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2017 Pintail Waterfowl Call Making Contest

2017 Pintail Waterfowl Call Making Contest

Sponsored by: Pintail Waterfowl , Bond Point

SPONSORS WANTED! CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE!

Dates:

August 1st-September 30th will be the call making and submission period.
September 3oth is the deadline for call picture submissions!
October 1st judging starts.
October 7th winners announced.

How to Enter:

Call makers may enter one (1) Photo of the call of they are entering. One call per person. You may submit pictures of calls by emailing them to us at ryan@pintailwaterfowl.com or messaging them to us on Pintail’s Facebook page. Please put “Call Contest” in the header and make sure to include your full name (real name, not company name), city and state. You may also tell us anything you want about the call you are submitting.

You may also enter by sending your picture via message on Facebook to Pintail Waterfowl’s FB page.

Pictures posted to Pintail Waterfowl’s FB page are not allowed as entries.

Criteria:

Calls entered in the contest will be judged on use of color, material, and craftsmanship of the call. You are encouraged (not required) to use a mix of different materials (resin/acrylic, bone, antler, wood, metals, etc) BUT 50% or more of the call must be from our material. We want to see how far you can push your limits! While we are not judging on the quality of the photo, nicer photos represent the calls better and may play a role in your call getting noticed more by our judges. This contest is based solely on the picture of the call entrants submit and is not a chance based contest.

Categories are:

Best use of materials – We want to see what you can do with our materials or even blending ours with other materials!
Best laminated/sleeved call – We want to see those flawlessly laminated or sleeved calls.
Best non laminated call – Calls made with a one piece barrel and one piece insert.
Call Maker of the Year – That one call that just stands out above the rest

Prizes:

Winners in each category will receive:

A custom plaque made by Bond Point
A $50 Pintail Waterfowl store credit
A special barrel blank from Pintail Waterfowl
Pintail Waterfowl Hoodie

Pintail Waterfowl Call Maker Of The Year will receive an additional $50 Pintail Waterfowl store credit.

Additional prizes from our sponsors:

1080p Waterproof Action Camera from Work To Woods

A lanyard from Mavericks Custom Calls

$50 Pintail store credit donated by Full Tilt Fowlers

Anodized bands from Ron Gould’s Bands

 

Rules:

Calls can be duck, goose, grunt calls, turkey pot, or any style of “tube” style calls.
Calls should be newly made during the call making period. This is based on the honor system.
Calls will be placed into the appropriate category as we see fit. Only one winner per category.
Must use a Pintail blank for at least half (50%) of the call. Premade style inserts are allowed.
Calls can be sleeved, laminated (with wood or other), etc as long as at least 1/2 (roughly) of the material is Pintail’s.
Calls can be plain, engraved, color filled, hand carved, banded etc.
We will not be judging on sound quality but calls should be a working call.
Submit 1 (one) picture of your best call
Pintail Waterfowls featured call makers are allowed to enter but are not allowed to vote.
By submitting a picture, you are agreeing to these rules and allow the picture submitted to be used in future marketing and advertising by Pintail Waterfowl, LLC.

Voting:

Calls will be judged by our independant panal of 5 judges. I don’t believe in “FB voting” as a fair way to judge. How many likes or shares do not play any role in voting.
Callmaker of the year call will be chosen solely by Pintail Ryan.
In the event of a tie between judges, ties will be broken by being chosen by the business owner.

Disqualifications:

If you are caught cheating in any way you will be disqualified.
Calls that use less that 50% of Pintail’s material will be disqualified.
Whining, complaining, bashing others will get you disqualified

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Pintail Waterfowl’s 2016 Annual Callmaking Contest!

2016 Pintail Waterfowl Call Making Contest

Sponsored by: Pintail Waterfowl, Call Nutz, Havok Calls, Solo Mountain Game Calls, and Ron Gould Custom Bands

Dates:

August 1st-September 30th will be the call making period.
September 3oth is the deadline for call picture submissions!
October 1st judging starts.
October 7th winners announced.

How to Enter:

Call makers may enter one (1) Photo of the call of they are entering. You may submit pictures of calls by emailing them to us at ryan@pintailwaterfowl.com or messaging them to us on Pintail’s Facebook page. Please put “Call Contest” in the header and make sure to include your full name (real name, not company name), city and state. You may also tell us anything you want about the call you are submitting.

You may also enter by sending your picture via message on Facebook to Pintail Waterfowl’s FB page.

Pictures posted to Pintail Waterfowl’s FB page are not allowed as entries.

Criteria:

Calls entered in the contest will be judged on use of color, material, and craftsmanship of the call. You are encouraged (not required) to use a mix of different materials (resin/acrylic, bone, antler, wood, metals, etc) BUT 50% or more of the call must be from our material. We want to see how far you can push your limits! While we are not judging on the quality of the photo, nicer photos represent the calls better and may play a role in your call getting noticed more by our judges. This contest is based solely on the picture of the call entrants submit and is not a chance based contest.

Categories are:

Best use of materials – We want to see what you can do with our materials or even blending ours with other materials!
Best laminated/sleeved call – We want to see those flawlessly laminated or sleeved calls.
Best non laminated call – Calls made with a one piece barrel and one piece insert.
Call Maker of the Year – That one call that just stands out above the rest

Prizes:

Winners in each standard category will receive:

A $50 Pintail Waterfowl store credit
Their choice of a rough or fine expanding mandrel
A special barrel blank from Pintail Waterfowl
A gift certificate from Havok Calls

Pintail Waterfowl Call Maker Of The Year will receive a $100 Pintail Waterfowl store credit, a P2 or P3 jig (we saved a now retired P2 just for this), a Havok Calls gift certificate, and a banner on our website promoting your calls for 12 months.

We may add more prizes as time goes if we acquire more sponsors.

Rules:

Calls can be duck, goose, grunt calls, turkey pot, or any style of “tube” style calls.
Calls should be newly made during the call making period. This is based on the honor system.
Calls will be placed into the appropriate category as we see fit. Only one winner per category.
Must use a Pintail blank for at least half (50%) of the call. Premade style inserts are allowed.
Calls can be sleeved, laminated (with wood or other), etc as long as at least 1/2 (roughly) of the material is Pintail’s.
Calls can be plain, engraved, color filled, hand carved, banded etc.
We will not be judging on sound quality but calls should be a working call.
Submit 1 (one) picture of your best call
Pintail Waterfowls featured call makers are allowed to enter but are not allowed to vote.
By submitting a picture, you are agreeing to these rules and allow the picture submitted to be used in future marketing and advertising by Pintail Waterfowl, LLC.

Voting:

Calls will be judged by our independant panal of 5 judges. I don’t believe in “FB voting” as a fair way to judge. How many likes or shares do not play any role in voting.
Callmaker of the year call will be chosen solely by Pintail Ryan.
In the event of a tie between judges, ties will be broken by being chosen by the business owner.

Disqualifications:

If you are caught cheating in any way you will be disqualified.
Calls that use less that 50% of Pintail’s material may be disqualified based on contest judges input.

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2016 Changes

In 2016, Pintail Waterfowl will be making some changes. We have not increased our prices since we started. We have built a new pricing schedule, which will only increase some blanks, very slightly. We have also made some of our more popular blanks available at cheaper prices! This is our first price increase in 5 years.

We had to increase shipping a little bit as well since USPS decided to raise prices, but we decided to eat a little of the cost and not increase prices to actual shipping prices.

We will be bringing out our NEW P3 Jig around the end of February, beginning of March!

We are now offering lots more custom sizes for cast call blanks. We now have pen blanks, turkey pot / slate call blanks, and grunt call blanks.

We have acquired a bunch of new pigments and pearls , so look for lots of new colors coming this year!

 

 

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Difference between the P1 and P2 Jigs

This is our most asked question, so I figured I would take a little time to explain the difference in more detail.

The p2 jig, isn’t a “better” jig, so to speak. It is just a different jig. We have many customers that use both jigs, including myself. Setting the jigs next to each other, they are very similar. The differences are very small, but the sounds are still very different.

Simply put, the P1 would be described as a timber jig while the P2 would be described as an open water jig.

The P1 has a better bottom end. It is an easier blowing call. It does a nice feeder chuckle. The downside, is the top end, while you can still get a decent and loud hail call from it, wasn’t ever meant to be wailed on.  It will work with wood or acrylic and can be made as a single or double reed, although I prefer it as a single reed. The cork notch is a hair bigger than the P2, which allows it to fit one or two reeds but can be cut short for a tighter fit. We have sold over 600 of our P1 and it is an easier call for beginner call makers to use.

The P2 makes a harder blowing call. You can easily make this call where you can blow as hard as you can and not lock it up. We designed this specifically for larger open areas and high wind. The bottom end, doesn’t do as well of a feeder chuckle due to the amount of air needed to blow this call but was never designed for that. I prefer it as a double reed call but can be used as a single as well. The cork notch is a hair tighter on the P2. It can be used with wood or acrylic. This jig was designed to make a hunting call rather than a competition style call. I have found it to work awesome in the later season.

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New for 2014!

2013 was an excellent year and I would like to thank everyone for their support and appreciate their business. Pintail has grown and changed considerably over the past couple years and we plan to continue that growth into 2014.

We wanted to let you know some of the things we have in the works for the new year. one are 100% set in stone, but all are definitely on the table.

New products we are working on for 2014:

  • Acrylic liquid abrasive finishing kit
  • Bands
  • Goose Call Blanks
  • Turning tools
  • Wood Blanks
  • Pre turned and tuned acrylic inserts
  • P3 Public Hybrid Jig (easily used for timber or open water, single or double reed)

Production Increases:

  • Add an additional casting booth to double casting ability
  • Stepping up production to full capacity

Inventory Control:

  • Casting double of most colors
  • Dedicated machine for making jigs (already in place)
  • Having a back stock of at least 25 P1 and P2 jigs at all times

Website Improvements:

  • Upgrade all store software
  • Fixes to site navigation
  • New look for the site
  • Message Forum
  • Live Help
  • Extended Support Hours
  • Completely redo and finish sister site MakeADuckCall.com with videos and more info

So as you can see, we have quite a bit planned for 2014. We have already begun work on a lot of these to make a big push to have them completed by mid-summer/fall of 2014.

 

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Custom cast acrylic call blanks

We are now casting acrylic rod for duck calls. These blanks are cast with the 5/8″ hole already in them saving lots of time. Our insert blanks already have the 5/8″ tenon to speed up making your toneboards.

In addition to having hundreds of colors available in our store, we can also custom make colors for you! We can make them with the hole bored in them, or solid as well.

You can see ll our acrylic in stock by clicking here!