Mr. Lynch started making his calls in 1940 at his home in Homewood, Alabama. The earliest calls have "Homewood, Ala." writing on them. These early calls are referred to as simply "Homewood Calls". Birmingham grew to include the Homewood area and the address changed to Birmingham in the late forties. In those early days of M. L. Lynch Calls Mr. Lynch experimented with a number of different designs and species of woods.
It was not until the early 1950’s that his calls grew in popularity because the population of the wild turkey started to grow. More states and counties began to have a turkey season and hunters needed a call. Mr. Lynch would travel around to these states and sell his calls often times from the trunk of his car or set a table outside a hardware store.
Over the next 20 years Mr. Lynch refined his designs and added more calls to his product line. Some of these calls were the Big Chief Turkey Call, World Champion, and Fool Proof. He also made calls for Quail and Squirrels.
Lynch's Big Chief Turkey Call
MAKING JOB OF FOOLING A TURKEY EASY
This is the most perfect slate type call ever manufactured. It will reproduce all the necessary calls of the turkey hen and gobbler. It will yelp, cluck, put and whine. I have devised a turkey call that any amateur turkey hunter can use. It is simple to operate; it is perfect in tone. It is equipped with holes in a slide top and can be used with or without using the holes.
When America was discovered, the white man found the Indians using this same method of calling the turkey. It is commonly called the "Corn Cob and Slate Method". The desider call and tone was produced by rubbing a piece of slate or thin flint rock with a pine lighter run through a corn cob. When the slate was held in the palm of the hand and pressed against the side of the body to modulate the tone, the sharpened end of the pine lighter was rubbed or scraped against the slate, which produced the call. I have taken this idea of the Indians and have made a streamline call on the same principle, called Lynch’s Big Chief Turkey Call. This call is sweeping the country because I have simplified the idea and made it possible for anyone with a fair knowledge of turkey lore to operate it.
Operating Lynch’s Big Chief Turkey Call
This call is made like a sound instrument - a violin, for example. It consists of a sound chamber and cushion glued to a piece of slate. It also has the scrape of strike stick which is used to rub or strike the slate to obtain the call. Simply press the sound box and slate to side of the body to modulate the tone. Strike, or rub, as directed to obtain the call.
To make The Yelp of The Turkey
The call is equipped with four holes in a slide top. It can be operated with or without using the holes. The holes simply act as a guide for the scrape stick. Place the call box in either hand and press firmly to the body to modulate the tone. Hold the slide lid in desired position with the thumb (if using the slide top). Place the scrape stick the desired hole and tilt the stick at an angle, pressing downward, making a circular motion inside the hole and it will yelp. Remember, it will not operate if the slate has not been previously sanded with fine sandpaper and chalked freely. The different yelps are obtained by calling in different positions on the slate. You can get a fine yelp like a hen on the outer edge of the slate. Change the position of the slide lid, and you can get the gobbler yelp by using the middle part of the slate. The short end of the scrape stick produces the hen yelp, the long end of the scrape stick produces the gobbler yelp. Remember, it takes practice to make perfect. You will find that after you get the feel and pressure to apply to the slate, you can make most any yelp that the turkey makes. You can make it so low and soft that you can hear it only a few hundred feet away; but remember, a turkey can hear about five times as far as man, therefore it is not necessary to make a loud call when the turkey is close to you. By increasing your pressure, and making your circles larger with you scrape stick, you can produce a louder call.
To Make the Cluck, Put, Whine and Quaver on Lynch’s Big Chief Turkey Call
Place the scrape stick in the desired hole as previously described in making the yelp. Hold the stick at an angle and make a half circle inside the hole and you get a perfect whine or quaver - just like you want it, depending upon the pressure you put on the scrape stick. Place the scrape stick at top of desired hole; bring down sharply and you get the put; give a sharp, quick jerk with the stick, and you get the cluck. Remember, your scrape stick must be at the angle and you must have the right amount of pressure on the stick to get the desired call. With practice, you can make all the little quavers, whines, puts, clucks and feeding calls that are necessary in calling a turkey up to you. If you wish to really fool the turkey when they are near you, these clucks, puts and whines are the best calls to make. If you can only yelp, you may not be doing it to his liking, but if you can make these little quavers, clucks, puts, ets., your calling is more convincing that you are the real "McCoy". Remember, the clucks, puts, quavers and whines are the most difficult to make, but I guarantee this manipulation I have just previously described is the most perfect that has ever been devised. Use the outer part of the slate for the hen calls, and near the middle of the slate for gobbler calls. Use the short end of the stick for hen calls and the long end of the scrape stick for gobbler calls.
Remember, Mr. Turkey Hunter, even if you can make a perfect yelp with your mouth call or other device, you need Lynch’s Big Chief Turkey Call to made that perfect put, cluck, whine and quaver. I have killed many turkeys with just one good cluck. Sometimes you just can’t take a chance on a yelp when the turkey is very close to you; You must cluck, whine and quaver, and believe me, this gets results because the imitation is so perfect with this box. There are so many types of yelps - fast, slow, cry, lost, etc., that you hardly know what yelp to make to bring him up that last 100 yards; but when in doubt, always cluck and whine.
The Care You Must Take in Using Lynch’s Big Chief Turkey Call
Remember, this call is a sound instrument and you must use care in handling it. It has to be made this way in order to be perfect. Do not let children or other people not familiar with its use handle it. Place it, if possible, in a protective box when not in use to prevent crushing it. It will last a life time if properly handled, and you may pass it on to your grandchildren.
The ends of the scrape stick must be handled with care. Keep them in shape by using sand paper. After some use the ends may get stubby and slick, and will not make the calls. Simply sand them with fine sand paper. If for any reason, you break the ends off, drill a ¼ in. hole in the body of stick and replace with some hardwood or pine lighter; or return you call to me with $1.00 for repairs.
The slate, which is mounted on a felt base, must be kept clean and well chalked. Always carry a piece of fine sand-paper and chalk with you when you go out hunting the turkey. If your call box fails to call, it is because the slate has collected dirt and has become slick, or the chalk has worn off. Keep your slate and scrape stick in shape with fine sandpaper and chalk, and it will never fail you. Remember, if you get oil on your slate or scrape stick, they are ruined.
Learning The Turkey Language
To learn to imitate the cry of a turkey is no great feat if you have something to call with, and know the sounds you wish to imitate. One can become proficient in the use of the call with reasonable effort. You must know the meaning of the gobble, the yelp, put, whines and quavers in all their variations in order to be an expert turkey hunter. Know just what calls to make under certain conditions. Never get confused about your calls; learn them by heart; practice until you can make them perfectly and you will have no fear in making the calls.
There are four distinct calls of the wild turkey one should become familiar with to become an expert turkey hunter. These are the calls of the young hen, the old hen, the young gobbler and the gobble of the old male bird. The gobble is very hard to imitate, except with a gobbling box which I make; and then it is not perfect as the gobble of the real bird, but it is good enough to call the old and the young gobbler up if properly used. The notes of the hen turkey consist of a variety of quavering sounds such as are given by the domestic turkey, but which require study and practice with the best devised caller. To imitate the plain yelp is the chief note to learn and once mastered and employed in concert with the cluck and whine would usually be all that is necessary in calling turkeys; be it a flock of scattered individuals or an old gobbler in the gobbling season.
The turkey has no song, and the notes it employs are either conversational, call, distress or alarm notes. Each call has its significance and its meaning. Early morning, when tame turkeys are dropping down from their roost is the best time to study their language as well as their habits. If you go near a flock of tame turkeys, keep yourself hidden, and begin to yelp and cluck, they will reply and keep it up as long as you do; therefore you can learn their language.
Early Fool Proof
1) This is one of the original Fool Proof Calls that Mr. Lynch was developing in 1958 and 1959. This call came from many prototypes. This is one of the first production Fool Proof Calls that he put on the market. There is a hole in both wedges so that the lid could be put on either end much like the World Champion. These calls have Model 101 stamped on the side and no date indicating that they were made pre 1960.
2)Here is another original Fool Proof that was developed in the late 1950’s. Mr. Lynch did not put screw holes in both wedges on this call. This was because the lid would not work from both ends.
3) This is a 1960 version of the Fool Proof that has four holes in the stop side. The two holes on the ends were for screw eyes and the holes in the middle would have had rubber bands going thru them that attached to a single screw eye on the lid. This call is printed 1960 on the call side.
4) Another early version of the 1960 Fool Proof. This call just has one screw eye hole in the stop side to attach the rubber band to and the rubber band would go over the stop side to attach to the single screw eye on the lid. This call is printed 1960 on the call side.
5) This call is printed 1960 on the call side. The changes that were being made to the Fool Proof includes adding brace pieces on the outside of the stop side and also on the inside of the stop side. He added these braces because the top of the stop side was easily broken when hunters put them in their hunting coats or pockets.
6) From 1960 to 1965 you can find wedges that have different angles cut into them with some of the angles toward the call side and some toward the stop side. Mr. Lynch was experimenting with the different ways to change the sound of the Fool Proof.
7) The 1965 Model 101 Fool Proof has 1965 printed on the call side. It also has braces just on the outside of the stop side. The angles cut into the wedges are toward the stop side. Only the call side is grooved.
From 1965 through 2006 all Fool Proof calls made by both Mr. Lynch and Allen Jenkins have 1965 printed on the call side.
The call pictured below is one of the last Fool Proof Calls Mr. Lynch hunted with. When he went hunting he would carry a sack of calls with him that included about 5 or 6 World Champions and 2 or 3 Fool Proof Calls. This call was given to Allen by Mrs. Lynch after Mr. Lynch passed away in 1974.
Early World Champs
Homewood Calls are the earliest Lynch Calls. Mr. Lynch only made one or two like the Gibson call before he started making individual parts and gluing the calls together. Some of these calls have no markings or drawings on them while others have markings and/or drawings on them and were signed by Mr. Lynch - Homewood, Ala.
1) This Homewood call has drawings on both sides and is signed by Mr. Lynch also, it is marked Homewood, Ala.
2) This is a Homewood call with no markings and has been glued together from parts. In the late 1940’s Birmingham grew to include the Homewood area and Mr. Lynch’s address changed from Homewood to 306 Edgewood Blvd, Birmingham 9, Ala.
3) This is a call with mahogany sides and walnut lid. It has rubber stamped lid and sides. The inside has also been stamped with the address: 306 Edgewood Blvd, Birmingham Ala. It is a World Champion Turkey Call.
4) This call has one mahogany side and one oak side with 12 holes in the lid and rubber stamped on the lid and inside of box.
5) An early rubber stamped call with Birmingham, Ala on the inside with no hole in lid or rubber stamping on lid.
6) This is an early Birmingham call with printed lid. This call has no other markings on the box and has 3 holes drilled in lid for toothpicks. The toothpicks once inserted in the different holes would allow the box to make clucks and other calls such as the whine.
7) An early 1950’s World Champion with printed lid and saw grooves in the side of the call. This is an early example of grooving the call to change the sound. It has 3 holes in the lid for toothpicks.
8) This is a very rare call. The call has a printed lid and is labeled "Special" World Champion Turkey Gobbling Box. This call has mahogany sides and walnut lid. It has two screw eyes placed close together in both the lid and the bottom for rubber bands. This allowed the call to be shaken and produced the gobble sound.
9) This call was built in the 1940’s. It has flat sides. Mr. Lynch was trying to make a gobble box by adding springs and rubber bands. This call is rubber stamped.
10) This is another 1940’s call with flat sides and rubber stamped. Before he started using screw eyes, Mr. Lynch was trying to use screws on the bottom and also rubber bands to hold tension on the lid.
11) Here is another 1940’s call. This call has a different rubber stamp print on the sides and lid. Mr. Lynch is using screw eyes instead of screws to hold the rubber bands.
12) This call was made in the 1950’s. This call is known as the "12 Holer" World Champion. Mr. Lynch used a printing press for the printing on this call.
13) This call was made in the 1950’s . This call is known as the "12 Holer" World Champion. Mr. Lynch used a rubber stamp print for this call.
14) Here is another "12 Holer". Here is a good example of the roll press printing that was used.
15) This is a typical "3" hole call made in the mid 1950’s. This is one of the last calls made before Mr. Lynch started printing the year 1958 on the side of the World Champion.
16) Here is the Squirrel Chatter Box, with the instruction booklet of how to hunt squirrels. This was a regular "12 Hole" call that was stamped Squirrel Chatter Box and filled with cotton to muffle the sound. He used rubber bands so you could tap on the lid rapidly to produce the squirrel chatter sound.
Turkey In The Pines
The Turkey in the Pines World Champion was introduced to the market in 1954. This is one of the most recognizable old Lynch calls. This call was printed with a printing press, both inside and outside. It has a scene of a Gobbler in the Pines on the Gobbler side and a Hen in the Pines on the Hen side.
The bottom reads:
"THIS IS IT"
Lynch’s World Champion Turkey Call is the most perfect turkey call ever made. It is easy to operate, either with or without using the rubber bands. Fasten the rubber bands as directed, tap or push with finger tip and it makes a perfect cluck, whine, quaver or put, depending on the pressure placed on lid and rubber bands. It is automatic except for the stroke. Fasten the rubber bands as directed in instructions, hold box by anchor end and shake it sharply produces a perfect gobble. Remove rubber bands from lid and give several full strokes across top of box with lid and it produces a perfect yelp. Keep lid chalked freely. The most perfect call on earth. Made by M. L. LYNCH "World’s Champion Turkey Caller and Manufacturer"; 306 Edgewood Boulevard , Birmingham 9, Ala.
Passing of James Edwards
It is with more sorrow and sadness than words can express that Allen Jenkins Turkey Calls and the Allen Jenkins Family inform you that James Edwards has passed away at age 66. He died suddenly May 28, 2008.
James had a most impressive life long career as the Master of turkey call making.
His career began at the young age of 14 when he started working with Mr. M. L. Lynch in Birmingham Alabama. When Allen Jenkins bought the Lynch Company in 1970, James moved from Birmingham to Allen's hometown, Liberty, Mississippi with Allen to continue making turkey calls. In 1994 Allen moved the business to Thomasville, Georgia and once again James moved his family to work with Allen.
2006 brought changes to the Lynch Company and Allen and his family, including James, decided to no longer commercially make Lynch turkey calls. They started what today is known as Allen Jenkins Signature Turkey Calls. From the day he started, at age 14 until the day he died, James was involved with making turkey calls, having a career that spanned 52 years, with the last 40 of these years working side by side with Allen Jenkins. There is serious doubt that there is any one else that can boast such a long and outstanding continuous career doing what he loved the most, making turkey calls. To some it may not sound like a goal to meet, but James's knowledge, expertise and dedication to a job well done is unsurpassed.
James was not selfish, he left a wealth of knowledge about his trade as his legacy to Allen's three sons.
The last calls that Allen, Chip Jenkins, and James built together will be offered in honor of and to the memory of James.
James was a gently mannered man who people enjoyed looking forward to seeing again. He will be missed.
Each and every call made by Allen Jenkins Turkey Call Company will forever echo with the sound of quality and integrity that Allen and James built their reputations on and instilled in Chip, Ben and Nick Jenkins.
This is more than a guarantee, it's a promise that can be taken to the woods.