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Hartselle Enquirer

Make em Commit

Keith and John Jenkins with their own custom calls. | Caleb Suggs
Keith and John Jenkins with their own custom calls. | Caleb Suggs

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

“Make em Commit” a simple motto used when duck hunting, but for one father and son from Danville Alabama, that motto has become so much more. It all started in 2008 when Josh Jenkins and his father Keith Jenkins were invited on a weeklong hunt in North West Mississippi. This would be Josh’s first duck hunt but that’s all it would take to get young Josh hooked for life. Over the next six years Josh would spend all the free time he could manage duck hunting, perfecting his calling and driving his mother insane. “I used to drive my mother crazy because I practiced calling so much” Josh said “She said that she would even hear them in her dreams.”

Through the six years, Josh realized though that this was much more to him than just a hobby, it was a passion. “One day I had the idea that instead of buying calls why don’t I make my own” Josh said “My dad had about eight weeks before he retired from GM so I knew I had to move fast, before I had even attempted to make one I had $100 worth of material sent to my house.” A bold move for sure but Josh never worried because he had faith it was going work. Despite being a little weary, his dad never went against his son’s decision. “My son has always had a special relationship with God” Keith said, “So when he said he had faith that this would work, I didn’t second guess him.” The truth was that Keith too felt like God was calling him to this business. “I kept trying to pull away” Keith said “but no matter how much I tried God just kept calling me back to this business.” Therefore, using a very old lathe that Josh’s grandfather had given him, Keith’s experience as a machinist and both of their passions for duck calls they set out to make their own duck calls, and were overjoyed with the results they got.

At first, their calls were half custom half parts from other companies, but now they have come out with two completely custom lines called Ozone and Ice. They haven’t been at it long but their business has already grown leaps and bounds. They have received plenty of help from people for no other reason than simply wanting to help. They have also fulfilled orders to people all across the country and even some in other countries. “It’s a blessing” Keith said “I feel led to tell you that because that is truly what it is. Everything we’ve accomplished we owe to him.”

They decided to name their business Commit Game Calls after the “Make em Commit” motto that had been passed down from Keith’s father, to Keith and now to Josh. They still have a long way to go before they reach the goal of where they want to be but there is no doubt that they are well headed there. Since starting, they have gone from one very old lathe to multiple newer ones. They have also even been invited to hunting and fishing expos to show their stuff.

They have a variety of different calls that can fir the style of any caller and they can run anywhere from $75 to $120. If you would like to learn more about Commit Game Calls or would be interested in purchasing one you can visit their website at commitgmes.com. Their message to everyone is don’t just shoot ducks… Make em Commit.

 

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