By Steve Wall
How did you start the company?
I started Mike’s Turkey Talkers through my passion and love for the outdoors and turkey hunting. I really hate the off season when we are not able to hunt and I wanted to stay in the outdoors all year long so to speak. Little did I know a turkey hunting seminar was the final piece of the puzzle. Later on I created Mikes Turkey Talkers. At the seminar they were showing all these production strikers and potcalls and I was interested in carving them. When I left I said I can carve those and so I did. I started carving strikers only by knife. I didn’t use power tools for the first 2 years. I started Mikes Turkey Talkers with a cell phone and a knife in a 2 bedroom apartment. Rough but I did it, I started up a Facebook page and eventually started to sell them and soon made a huge impact. Two years into call making I entered the NWTF grand nationals in Nashville. The first time ever showing or competeting in any event and I took a 6th place medal. It’s the largest event of its kind in the world. Since then my business has grown and I have come up with a few of my own designs of strikers. I am now into a workshop with all the tools I need. Fully equipped, I now offer lathe/turned strikers and yes I still hand carve some. I try to do both on every striker. I will be competing again next year at the nationals. To date, I have carved and turned over 500 strikers. I also offer personalized strikers. I also created a split tip striker. I do a few hand carved spurs that I incorporate into the call as well as wild turkey leg bands. I do a few potcalls as wellI even started doing crotchet hooks for the lady’s!
What do your customers say about your products?
“By far the best sounding striker that I have in my arsenal. The yelps and purrs are so sweet sounding I know the gobblers will not be able to resist.”
What are your most popular products?
Who is your target audience?
My business targets turkey hunters and a few call collectors. My business is based on a lot of repeat customers. I don’t advertise except on my Facebook page and my customers come first as I offer a 100% money back guarantee if not satisfied. I’ve never had to refund anyone there nineteen though.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy the success I bring to my customers the most and it keeps me in the outdoors. As I always say, you will never here me brag about my strikers, I just let the strikers do the talking. I have machines, but I still do a lot of my work by hand. I hand sand, polish and burnish my strikers. I can spend anywhere from 6 to 12 hours on a striker depending on wood type and if it’s all carved or turned. It’s not money that drives this business, it’s my passion and love of turkey hunting. My payment is getting success photos of customers using my calls to make great turkey hunting memories!
What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?
My best hunting memories started 5 years ago when I introduced my son Hunter into hunting deer and turkeys. It’s not just one favorite, they are all my favorite! To date I’ve shared 5 years of hunting with my son. He has taken five deer and 3 turkeys all in only a total of 16 hours of actual hunting, tie-in 35 years in the outdoors the last five years are the best!
Facebook: Mike’s Turkey Talkers
Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:
Spring turkey season is just around the corner! You can never have to many options when that stubborn Tom hangs up just out of range! These are some awesome looking strikers! Head over and check out Mike’s Facebook page and contact him about getting your own striker!
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