Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- Turkey hunting season is right around the corner in South Carolina and while many hunters are getting prepared for the spring season, one turkey enthusiast is making noise nationally for his turkey calls.
"I saw calls that my grandfather had built, I wasn't fortunate enough to meet him, but just kind of living in the past and I went through some of the things he had, that is what kind of peaked my interest in it," said John Dangerfield.
Dangerfield's passing interest in turkey calls quickly became a passion as he learned different techniques in the trade.
"Started making pot calls, box calls, and then once I became more interested in the history of call making, the trumpet call really intrigued me in finding more information about it," said Dangerfield.
He started handcrafting trumpet calls just to become a better turkey hunter, but once word of mouth started to spread about the quality of the call, people flocked to get their hands on them.
He said, "Went hunting with one guy he wanted a call, one of his buddies wanted a call and soon they were from Virginia to Mexico."
Dangerfield started selling his calls to the public in 2010.
Now Dangerfield Calls is strutting in a national publication, as Garden and Gun named his trumpet call runner-up in the outdoor category for the magazine's fourth annual made in the south awards.
According to Dangerfield, "Since then everything really has gone crazy."
Even though hunters are now gobbling up the calls and keeping the civil engineer and land surveyor by day busy, Dangerfield is enjoying every minute of his new found turkey calling fame.
Dangerfield said, "It's not just a six-week season for me, it is a 12-month season with my connection with the calls and that is the reason why I did it."
Turkey hunting season starts in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties on March 15th, it starts elsewhere in the Midlands on April 1st.
For more information Dangerfield Calls visit their website at Dangerfield Calls.