Sage Game Calls was established by myself (Coby Moulton) in 2008. In the early years I made calls for myself and other hunters, mainly hunting guides. What sparked my interest in making calls was I simply could not find calls on the market that were consistent and that would last. Many of the calls that I had been using for years suddenly were not the same as they once were, I would go through four or five of the same model to try to find one that would work.
My goal for Sage Game Calls was to make diaphragm mouth calls that would have the following qualities:
- DURABLE... each call would last the entire hunting season
- CONSISTENT... little to no break in period and if you did wear one out the new one would sound exactly the same as the one you replaced
- SOUND... each model would be made to produce the perfect sound that it was designed for
- RANGE... I wanted each hunting call to produce a wider range of sounds, from next level high note to the deep woods growls and grunts
- EASY RUN... I wanted calls that are easy to operate with full note range
To accomplish this goal was no easy task, we burned up a lot of latex to perfect each call but we feel we did it.
I often get asked "Why are your calls different than the others?" First you have to know the sound you want the call to produce, have an ear for it when designing each call model. You can make a good quality call but if you do not know what and elk or turkey sounds like it will not be effective. For a call to be effective it has to be capable of producing the sound it was designed to mimic. I often run into hunters that say I just cannot get that next level high note in my bugle or my cow calls do not sound right. "Just can't get the right note" More times than not, the call they are using is to blame as it may not be capable of making the desired sound.
To start with you need to use only high quality components when building a call from the latex to frame and tape. We clean all of our latex before making calls, latex comes from the factory with a powder on it from the manufacturing process. You have probably had calls that the latex became rotten right after you bought it and started using it. If you do not clean the powder off the latex as soon as you add moisture it starts to rot. Our frames are all metal with locking tab in the back of the frame. No plastic frames as plastic frames do not allow from consistent tension hold and many of them have little teeth inside to hold the latex in place, after some use the latex starts to separate and the call fails. Our tape is flexible but still has a good durability factor.
Sage Calls are in the medium range in frame and tape size. Our size fits about 90% of hunters. Some people do have a smaller pallet and you can trim our tape to fit, but you want to take small amounts at a time. "You can take more off but cannot put it back on". We do make smaller frame and tape models upon request with both single and double reeds.
To ensure our calls are consistent we use a tension gauge to set the tension, once I figure out the sound I want the call to make, I can make every one of them the same (CONSISTENCY). Once our frames are in the press we set the latex on one side, set and stretch the cross tension, we then set the back tension. So now we have the latex set in three locations, each side and back of the frame. We then go completely around the horseshoe frame and press the entire frame to the latex. Next step includes trimming the latex around the frame, we leave a little extra for the tape to grab all the way around the frame. These extra steps ensure the call will stay together (DURABILITY). For our calls to reach all sound range we want we set our latex a little different, we have found that if use multiple latex thicknesses in the call it provides more range. Also, we set our latex gaps a little wider to allow each reed to work more freely. Example - if you have a triple reed and stack all your layers close together you are basically blowing one thick reed, that is why many hunters have a hard time with triple reeds, too hard to run or control. Our triple reed "The Terminator Triple" is as easy to run as our double reed. (EASY RUN & RANGE)
We focus more on quality than just quantity, we have the capability to pump out a lot of calls but still maintaining quality and consistency. We do not use any assemble line processes, each call is made from start to finish one at a time. This allows complete control over each call made.
We use call presses and tape cutting presses but you could still say our calls are "Hand Made" in the United States in the great state of Montana. We hope you enjoy our products and good luck this hunting season.