Ryan Holler. I built this website a few years ago for Jerry Billy.
He never paid me a dime to do it, and I never asked him for one.
What I have instead is better. No, I'm not referring to a nice collection
of Snazz Duck Calls (which I do have, by the way). I have a lifetime
of memories of hunting with him, his son Bill; Larry Peebles, his
sons Chip and David, and nephew Todd; Charles Naylor Mills, his
sons Charles and Eric, the late Judge John Davis, my father Lynn
Holler, and countless fortunate guests to what I like to call "our
piece of the Cach River," which is not a geographic location
so much as an insufficient name for our shared moments there.
have considered writing something for the "Stories" section
of this site. The problem is that I have too many stories and I
can't pick my favorite one... or twelve. My memory is filled with
hilarious stories of malfunctioning hunting equipment, confusion
between "coffee beans and donkey sh!#," hunting caps judged
to be "too damn bright" and therefore spray-painted on
the spot, arguments over who "shot" versus who "killed
the duck," and the boiling hatred Jerry Billy's dog had for
Mr. Mills. No story I could write could begin to compare to having
been there in person, or at least having heard it from those who
probably read all the copy about how long and hard Jerry Billy worked
to develop the Snazz Duck Call, and that it's truly superior to
the calls you can order out of a catalog. It's all true. But to
me, these calls are iconic pieces of Cache River Duck hunting history.
And I'm honored to have gotten to live part of that history.
is me in 1969. I think I was about 18 months old. I remember watching
the men named above pull into the back yard, unhook their boats,
shed their muddy clothes, recount their limits of ducks, and talk
about the day's hunt. Can you see in my eyes and the way I'm wearing
my daddy's cap how badly I wanted to join 'em?
is a creative soul who has dabbled in almost every creative genre
imaginable. He even learned to sew as a kid, stitching scraps of
material together on his mom's Singer sewing machine while she was
off at work. After learning this, we quickly put him to work fixing
our worn hunting clothes.
long, we started bringing him heavy canvas and military grade straps
and buckles, which he used to make ammo bags and camouflage outboard
motor covers for us. And when I say "for us," I mean monogrammed!
grew up to spend the early part of his career as a graphic artist
in print and web media in both non-profit communications and corporate
advertising. But nowadays it seems he has come full circle, as he
currently works as a product designer, specializing in athletic
footwear and softgoods (backpacks, bags, outdoor gear, etc.). His
products are sold under various brands at retailers from FinishLine
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