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Gene's turkey call

Post by Turkinator » June 3rd, 2018, 9:36 pm

I accidentally purchased a Gene's turkey calls glass pot call on eBay. Listed as an Enticer wet one. Was told before it shipped of the error. I went ahead and took it. I can't find much information on this brand. Saw he was out of Charleston WV. Anyone on here tried his calls?

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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by alpha burnt » June 4th, 2018, 1:23 am

I think his name was Gene Blackshire? I remembered seeing him at the Hunting and Fishing expo in Charleston years ago. He had a line of calls from diaphragms to pot calls to hooters if I remember correctly.

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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by howl » June 4th, 2018, 8:12 pm

Never tried any. I think his specialty was personalized glass calls with pictures in them.

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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by firedup » June 4th, 2018, 9:11 pm

Gene Blackshire, known as Blacky to most everyone, made all manner of turkey calls over nearly 45 years (Gene told me he got his first business license for Gene's Turkey Calls in 1975). Pots, boxes, mouth calls, hooter, crows, predator calls, ect. The whole biz. He also made many calls and components for other bigger companies which marketed under their names. He also did a lot of personalized picture pot calls as mentioned. He made many calls over the years and most were pretty solid hunters. His pots were usually very strong with the right striker combo. Personally, I am a big fan of his slate pots. He was listed in Mr. Earls Mickels first book on call collecting. He retired from the callmaking business last year due to health reasons. Sad loss. A super, super man and one heck of a turkey hunter, Gene supported about every good cause that came along. Proud to call him a good friend.

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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by guesswho » June 4th, 2018, 9:21 pm

I had two of his pot calls. One Is a personalized call that is a keeper. The other one was conditioned and was vest worthy. Fine man to deal with too!
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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by Southern Sportsman » June 5th, 2018, 12:04 am

He turned a purpleheart striker for me years ago. I have no idea what was different about it but it was by far the best sounding striker on a glass/crystal call I ever used. I lost it a few years ago. I’ve lost a lot of strikers but never missed one like I miss that one.
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Re: Gene's turkey call

Post by Drahts » January 9th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Gene made the calls I used for guiding for over 30 years, and still use hunting today. They are some of the best sounding calls I've ever ran a striker across and they have been the death of hundreds or turkeys. I bought the last of the components Gene had for the calls and have been
making them since. They sound just as good! Broke my heart when he told me he had to close up shop, a better man, a more godly man I do not believe there is.

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