JOHN PLUGHOFF – ELITE STAFF MEMBER
My name is John Plughoff I’m 20 years old and reside in Moses Lake/Yakima Wa. I am currently attending Big Bend CC where I play baseball and hope to transfer to a university in Eastern Wa. I started hunting and calling geese at age 8 and got my first Bill Saunders Call when I was 14 and since then refuse to go to the field without them. Along side hunting geese, I am an avid bow hunter for all big game as well as Washington State gobblers with my bow as well. The last few years I have been striving to spend every possible day I can in a goose blind. Even on a bad day, the experience of calling and interacting with birds is where the fun is for me. Goose hunting has become my passion and I wouldn’t trade a day in the field for anything. I can accredit a great deal of my knowledge and skills to Bill Saunders and Guide Series Calls and honestly believe if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have the success I have had. I am very excited to share my passion and knowledge of the sport I love with others. My biggest goal for after/during the rest of my college years is to become a part time guide with an outfitter in Eastern Washington and one day aspire to have operate my own guide service. In the off season, I am eagerly trying to enter the calling scene and I spend a great deal of time chasing steal head with my buddies.
MICHAEL CALLIAN – ELITE STAFF MEMBER
During the season I work in Washington’s Tri-cities at the call shop and as a guide for Big Guns Outfitters. In WA, we have the opportunity to hunt a variety of waterfowl including several different subspecies of canada geese. In the spring I also guide for Big Gun’s, in South Dakota, chasing snow geese. I was born in California and grew up cutting my teeth in the central valley refuges and rice fields hunting ducks, specks and white geese. Since then I have lived in a few other states and have experienced and adapted to waterfowling in those areas.
During the off season I find myself on the West Coast’s contest circuit. I have won the 2009 Nevada state duck, the West coast live speck a few times and some other contests along the way. I look forward to more travel and experience in the future to new contests around the country.
I also work as an outdoor photographer , you can find some of my work in our ads and artwork. Photography brings and new and exciting dimension to the outdoors, giving a tangible memory of the experience. When I am not doing something waterfowl related you can probably find me on the water fly fishing for bass and trout. Weather in the field or on stage, Bill Saunders Calls give me the advantage to success.
ANDREW GRAHAM – PRO STAFF MEMBER
My name is Andrew Graham and am currently 13 years old and live in Cheney, Washington. I usually spend about 50-60 days a year chasing geese, ducks, upland, and turkey. I started hunting when I was four, but not carrying a gun until 9. I got hooked my first waterfowl “hunt”, it was a jump shoot in the early season, with literally about 300 ducks on it, I remember picking out the closing duck, and after the dog brought it to me, it was a banded hen.
I’ve been competition calling for just one year now and am off to an ok start. I will always call for Bill Saunders Calls & Gear because I just love the gooseyness in Bill’s calls. In, a couple years, I’m hoping to take myself over to Easton. If you guys are interested in contest calling, I say do it. It’s the greatest way to meet a lot of really helpful people and a great offseason preparation for the upcoming season. When I’m not hunting, I’m playing sports or hanging out with my friends and family.
BRIAN MELLENBACHER – PRO STAFF MEMBER
I live in Burbank, Washington. I am a farmer full time and own a waterfowl guide business. I began pursuing waterfowl at an early age tagging along with my uncle shagging birds for him. As I became of age to start hunting on my own I had to earn my stripes and learn what it took to be sucsessful. Here in the lower columbia basin the birds are pressured more so than probably any where in the country. So with that said, having the right gear is essential. I have used a wide varity of calls from other companies in the field over the years, and none are more superior than Bill Saunders. Not a day goes by when I am hunting that you will not see my I-5 killer or my Traffic around my neck. For ducks, my go to call without question is the triple reed. Day in and day out Bill Saunders calls will produce results.
CARSON MACKEY – PRO STAFF MEMBER
My name is Carson Mackey. I live in Selah, Washington and I am a freshman in high school. I have been hunting ever since I can remember and have been hooked from the start. The first duck hunt I ever went on was a jump shoot at some local ponds when I was 6. Needless to say, it hooked me for life. I have consistently hunted ducks and geese throughout the last several years and plan to continue for the rest of my life.
I contest call in the summer and have had a blast with that. I have became acquainted with many people around this part of the country and have made a lot of new friends. When I’m not at a contest, I’m usually running around with my buddy hunting pigeons at the local dairies. I enjoy hunting turkey’s, deer, and elk and will never miss the chance to catch some salmon or steelhead.
I can say that my “go to” calls for waterfowl hunting will have to be Bill Saunders calls. I have used them for a long time and will continue to use them because they work. I would like to thank my dad for getting me started in the sport and John Plughoff for teaching me the tricks and tactics on goose hunting and calling.
CHATTAN MCPHERSON – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
My name is Chattan McPherson. I’m 21 years old and I live in Burlington, WA. Right now I’m studying wildlife management at Skagit Valley College, focusing mainly on waterfowl. Waterfowl has became a way of life for me from hunting season to calling and dog competitions and even school, I always have my main focus “waterfowl”. My favorite aspect would have to be hunting and calling, the one hunting partner that you can find with me all of the days I’m in the field is my yellow lab Honker, during season Honker and I get out in the field 4-7 days a week. Here in Skagit Valley we have all of the Canada sub-species, snows, brants, and ducks, Bill Saunders Calls give Honk and I the advantage when hunting to bring those high pressured birds in. When season over you can usually find Honker and I competing as a elite dockdog team. Over just one year in competition Honker and I have earned over 20 regional & national awards for dockdogs, you can even see us on the Outdoor Channel on “Dockdogs Unleashed” in September of 2008.
Since Honker and I started doing well in those competitions, I had always wanted to take up competition calling and thought it would be great way to work on my calling. After my first competition and getting a fourth place in the two man goose, I couldn’t stop. Having the ability to blow a goose call with such control became a main focus. Since then I have become a much more avid competition caller with my G.P. and have been able to take 3rd in WA State Goose Championship.
DAVID NEFF – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
I grew up on the family wheat and cattle ranch in southeastern Washington State. The family ranch, which is bordered by the lower Snake River, provides great waterfowl hunting. I started hunting at 14 years of age, going out with family and friends. When nobody could be found to go hunting I took Grandpa’s old paper mache decoys, cardboard silhouettes, and two dozen plastic half shells. I spent my days perfecting my skills and learning about waterfowl and their habits.
I now run the day to day operations on the family ranch, where I live with my wife and three children. After guiding five years for a local waterfowl outfitter, I started my own waterfowl guide business (Fishhook Ranch Outfitters LLC). I have enjoyed including my family in this venture. My children love to come along with me to scout and hunt. I believe that my family and families like mine are imperative to the future of this sport.
I spend 100+ days in the field, hunting, scouting, and working on habitat development and volunteering time to organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Camp Patriod (an organization for disabled veterans) and Washington State Hunter Education Program.” I am also on the men’s ministries leadership team for my local church, where I help organize our annual wild game dinner.
This is my way of giving back to a sport that I enjoy so much
JESSE HURLEY – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
My name is Jesse Hurley I have live in the small western Washingtontown of Buckley my whole life, where I started hunting at the age of 9. I am lucky enough to call the pacific northwest my home, in a state where I can enjoy hunting all sorts of animals such as deer, elk, bear, turkey, ducks and geese. I started my hunting career going after black bear and blacktail deer, and at the age of 11 I went on my first duck hunt and have been hooked ever since. In my mind there is nothing that gives me the goose bumps more then a flock of mallards or honkers working your decoys. I started learning how to blow a goose call with the Bill Saunders Reload and I have been hooked ever since. I don’t think there is a more reliable line of calls and gear out there. Someday in the future I would like to be working for a guide service in eastern Washington chasing ducks and geese.
KYLE LOPEZ – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
My name is Kyle Lopez and I live in Kennewick, WA. I was introduced to waterfowl hunting in high school. None of my family hunted so I relied on friends to teach me everything at the time. For my 18th birthday my dad took me out to buy my first shotgun and I was hooked ever since. I appreciate the scout as much or even more than the hunt. The work that goes into it has really given me new perspective on hunting waterfowl. Out of Waterfowl season, I archery hunt in September and play golf during the summer. I also just got my first true bird dog and I am hoping to break into hunt trials during the offseason. Training a dog has presented a whole new set of fun challenges.
My very first goose call was a Bill Saunders Reload. I now use a Red Zone and EZ7 for my main calls. I truly believe Bill’s calls are the best on the market and I will always support what I believe in.
MATT TUTTLE – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
My name is Matt Tuttle Hunting has been a family tradition for generations and I followed in my father’s footsteps. From the moment I shot my first duck, with a single shot 20 gauge that took me weeks to save for, I was hooked. The Pacific Flyway has provided me with a lifetime of memories, from shooting mallards over a flooded corn field to pass shooting divers on the Columbia River. When I’m not hunting waterfowl, I am training retrievers and preparing for AKC hunt tests. I own and operate Copperwood Kennels, we specialize in bringing great retrievers to the Pacific Northwest.
COLE SCOTT – PRO STAFF MEMBER
MATHEW CARR – FIELD STAFF MEMBER
TRAVIS SMITH – FIELD STAFF MEMBER