Third Annual Made in the South Awards

by Vanessa Gregory, Elizabeth Hutchison and T. Edward Nickens - December 2012/January 2013

Dixie's best in Home, Style + Design, Outdoors, and Food

Winner: Outdoor Category

Kinney Legacy Calls
Product: Duck Calls
Made in: Ridgeland, MS
Est.: 2011

As a child, Mississippi native Scott Kinney learned to call ducks by blowing his great-grandfather’s hand-carved, hand-tuned metal reed call. “I didn’t think it was anything special,” he says, “other than the fact that it was Great-granddaddy’s duck call.” Today, G. D. Kinney’s designs are some of the most sought-after duck calls in the world, and his great-grandson is following in his footsteps, handcrafting his own metal reed calls in a range of wood choices, from walnut and Osage orange to mahogany and purpleheart. Superior to modern plastic reed models in both tone and volume, his Kinney Legacy Calls retain the distinctive high shoulders and prominent lanyard groove of his great-grandfather’s designs. The call’s inner workings remain happily old-school, as well; Kinney thins and tapers each metal reed with a pocketknife. While most of his calls sport stainless-steel or bronze reeds, he’s experimenting with seventy-five-year-old German silver reed stock from the estate of an old call maker. Kinney is ramping up to produce as many as forty brass, bronze, silver, and steel reed calls a month, making any one of his designs an ideal choice for heritage-minded hunters and collectors.

Price: From $325,