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Gander Valley Custom Calls Pro-Staff
Andrew Dierks grew up in SW Minnesota where his father instilled in him a passion for the outdoors—particularly hunting.  Although his family wasn’t particularly interested in waterfowl, Andrew had a strong desire for those elusive birds.  During his younger years he would spend countless hours reading articles about waterfowl and trying to learn any possible piece of information that he could.  Learning to do everything himself, Andrew put those readings to truth and killed his first duck at the age of twelve.  The following year he shot his first goose at the age of thirteen.  Not long after that, Andrew’s mind set turned to short reed goose calls and a particular interest in honkers.  Andrew purchased a Gander Valley Powerhouse to upgrade his arsenal and in 2004 he was asked to join the Gander Valley Pro Staff.   Aside from blowing a call in the field, Andrew has taken an interest in blowing on the stage and has placed as high as third.  Andrew plans to continue his passion for ducks and geese for years to come.

Andrew Dierks
Worthington, MN

Adam grew up hunting the lakes and rivers of OK.  From an early age he worked and hunted at his father's duck camp in central OK.  Adam's love for retrievers also started at an early age as he trained and competed with his labradors around OK.  Adam has hunted across the United States.  Adam is the owner of FOWLPLAY Outfitters and Retrievers.  Guided waterfowl hunts and gun dog training keep Adam busy throughout the year.  Adam has been a prostaffer for Gander Valley since 2003.  Adam travels all over the country for various calling competitions.  Adam won the Hoisington Wetlanders (Cheyenne Bottoms Festival) open duck contest in 2007.  Adam has numerous top 5 finishes in both duck and goose competitions.

Adam Dye
Tulsa, OK

Adam Toboyek from Mosinee, Wisconsin. We not only have the best cheese in the whole continent but some great waterfowling opportunites in this dairy state as well. The year starts out hunting snow geese in South Dakota in March during the Spring Light Goose Conservation Season followed by a long hot summer of building blinds, wooduck houses, mallard nests, repairing decoys, to ordering new gear. September rolls around and the honker chasing begins for our Early Season Canada Goose hunt. Before you know it, its October and im back out to South Dakota for 2 weeks hunting and duck season is underway and its a sleepless 3 months after that between hunting and work. I work at Mullins Whey Inc and I operate a protein dryer, drying liquid whey into protein powder which is used in protein bars, shakes, nutrional companys, and body building. I have a Black Lab Retriever named Drake. I hunt everything from field hunting to marshes, small potholes, to big resevoirs, where ever theres waterfowl, I am there! My favorite call is my orange pearl Gander Valley P.C.S, its very easy to blow, sounds goosey, and will land them big honkers right in your lap! I was introduced into waterfowl hunting at the young age of 8 by my grandpa and have been hooked and dedicated ever since. Waterfowl hunting to me is a way of life, a dedicated passion. I like watching the birds in air , cupping up, maple leafing in on there final approach, calling them in close, and the sounds of wind, whisting on the wings. Im glad we live in a country where we have our freedom to be able to get out in the outdoors and make these experiences happen, many thanks goes out to our service men and woman who are currently and have served in our military services, thank you and god bless!

Adam Toboyek
Mosinee, Wi

My name is Jeremy Kriese and I was born in Brookings, South Dakota. My dad got me introduced to hunting when I was around 7 years old when I would go deer hunting with him and my grandpa. I went on my first waterfowl hunt when I was 9 and have been hooked ever since. Every chance I had to go I would and when I wasnt hunting I would be watching hunting videos or reading hunting magazines. Ever since that first duck hunt, I have been fascinated with calling ducks and geese. My dad would let me blow on his calls on the way to the field and before long I had my own calls and using them on real ducks. A couple years later I got introduced into competition calling by a good friend of mine and since then have been working on mastering the sounds. After working up the nerves to try it I entered my first duck competition in 2006 and took home 1st in the South Dakota State Jr. duck calling. In the fall of 2007 I got introduced to Gander Valley calls by my friend Andrew Dierks and have since switched to all Gander Valley Calls. In 2008 I got third place in the South Dakota State contest blowing a gander valley single reed duck call. In the next couple years I would like to try my luck in goose calling competition as well as duck calling.

Jeremy Kriese
Brookings, SD

My name is Jeff Foster. I was raised in Cecil County, Maryland, which is located at the Northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay. I started bow hunting P&Y whitetails at the age of 10 with my father, a man who has taught me most of what I know. At the age of 14 I ventured into my first goose pit and shot my first band. Waterfowl hunting has become an addiction and passion ever since. My fascination with calling birds close for that in your face, unforgettable action led me to Gander Valley Custom Calls. Here I found quality calls that suit my calling style and hunting demands. I now co-own Blackout Waterfowl, dealing with waterfowl hunts, products and video production. I primarily hunt the Atlantic flyway on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. My passion to study the outdoors and to exceed expectations has led me to numerous remarkable hunts and adventures.

Jeff Foster
Cecil County, MD

Ryan Kitts was born in Butte Montana. At the age of 16, Ryan started working on large ranches, getting the opportunity to enjoy and live in some God's greatest landscapes, namely Montana and northern Wyoming. In 1998 he decided to take his love for the outdoors and turn it into a career. He currently guides fly fisherman, in a drift boat, chasing big browns and vibrant rainbows on the Missouri and Big Horn Rivers, two of the best tail waters in Montana. He guides elk hunters from wall tent camps high in the mountains to sage brush flats full of big muleys and river bottoms teeming with white tail. However, waterfowl is his true obsession.  Ryan guides waterfowl hunters in eastern Montana, going after large concentrations of big honkers.  He has a black lab, Shilo and a Chessie, Buck, both of which he trained from puppies. For Ryan, nothing beats calling birds in close and watching his dogs make excellant retrieves.  After the season winds down, Ryan can be found in his shop, hand carving and painting duck decoys. 

Ryan Kitts
Helena, MT

I grew up in a small town in western New York, in a hunting family and have been out in the field well before I was old enough to hunt. I now live in Arcade, New York which is fifteen minutes away from where I grew up. I have always been an avid outdoorsman and am lucky to get to spend a lot of time in the field each year.  While I like to hunt deer, turkeys, coyotes, and other game, waterfowling is my true passion. I work as a guide for Southerntier Outfitters out of Olean, New York and help out with youth hunts and other events each season. I have two children of my own and enjoy sharing time with them out in the field. I like anything associated with waterfowling and attend several shows and calling contests during the off season. Several years ago while at an outdoor show, I was fortunate enough to try a Gander Valley Powerhouse. I bought one for myself and have been using the line of Gander Valley Custom Calls ever since.

Jamie Reed
Arcade, NY

Ben Gates was born and raised in Helena Montana, he currently resides in Billings with his wife Jamie. He was interested in the outdoors and hunting from the very beginning, his father used to carry him in his back pack while hunting as early as age one. And the passion has only grown, he enjoys chasing just about every animal in North America, but waterfowl has become his main focus. He has guided in Montana for the last 6 years and he hunts can range from a goose hunt in a corm field to a Trophy elk hunt deep in the back country. Ben travels to several states through the season, following the migration and doing what he loves….decoying them close! Ben enjoys calling geese and ducks, he says watching them react to his calling is more rewarding than actually shooting them. He was introduced to Gander Valley through a good friend, Ryan Kitts. Ryan Pro Staffs for Mark and Ben got to try his first Powerhouse and was hooked ever since. He had a collection of other high end calls but switched over and has not looked back. He helped filed test the HomeWrecker in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana and said it’s the easiest duckiest double reed he ever ran. Ben is a hardcore water fowler with ethics and skill that make him stand out in the field.

Ben Gates
Helena, MT

My name is Myron Bleyenberg I grew up in NW Iowa on a farm near Sioux Center, IA now I currently reside in Inwood, Ia about 30 min away along with my wife Amy. I have been an avid hunter since I was 10 years old. I started hunting pheasants and deer with my dad and brothers and continue to still do that as a family tradition each and every year. Which then lead me to waterfowl hunting at the age of 16. I was hooked after going out with my buddies and as we were calling they started maple leafing into our decoys. Since then waterfowling is my passion and look forward to each and every upcoming season because it seems like they only get better. During the off season I spend my time scouting for new areas to hunt, training my Golden Retriever “Trigger” Taking care of my equipment such as, boat blinds, ground blinds, and also decoys. My favorite quote,“ There are duck hunters and there are duck callers, I am a duck hunter.” It takes everything to be that duck hunter, but you can be a duck caller from your house. I look forward to helping out Mark and his team at Gander Valley and the many years to come of waterfowling!

Myron Bleyenberg
Inwood, IA

My name is John Jelinek and I am 62 years old. I was born In Gary Indiana and now reside in Valparaiso Indiana.  My wife Barbara and myself have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren. Barb and I just celebrated our 41st anniversary in October. In 2002, I retired from United States Steel in Gary. My hunting began back when I was in 5th grade. Then I only hunted small game. By the time I hit 10th grade, I was into hunting ducks and geese. I began using store bought calls and also cut down some olts on my own. Then I had custom calls made for me but now, all I use are Gander Valley calls due to their excellent tone and great look. I have hunted in over 14 states and feel that you don’t need to leave this country for a great hunt. I have hunted with Chesapeake Bay Retrievers for over fourty years while raised and breed them for more than twenty years.

John Jelinek
Gary, IN

Hello, I am Wild Bill McLaughlin from Valparaiso, IN.  I have been married to my wife, Michele, for 14 years.  I work as a mechanic for a general bottler.  Since I was old enough to walk, my father has had me in fields and marshes hunting ducks and geese all over the country.  Currently, I am on Bass Pro Shop’s hunting staff in Portage, IN.  I also run an outdoor web site called  In my 43 years, I have seen and tried various types of calls.  Three years ago I switched to Gander Valley calls, and I am amazed with the sound, easy tuning and front line service I receive as a hunter.  If you want to be the best you have use the best.  If you are a hardcore hunter, try Gander Valley and see for yourself.

Bill McLaughlin
Valparaiso, IN

I'm Rick Dibkey from Northwest Indiana, and currently reside in Valparaiso with my wife Angie.I have 3 kids 2 girls Alexis 11 years old Ashley 2 years old and 1 boy Drake who was born 1/2/2010.I am a Operating Engineer with Local 150.I am blessed to have a great understanding wife thats supports my hunting of Duck,Goose,Deer and Turkey.My main passion is Waterfowl.I have used alot of top shelf calls,but have to say that Gander Valley Custom Calls are the best that I have used.So if you like birds feet down and in your face then Gander Valley are the calls you need to have.You cannot ask for better customer service when dealing with Mark.

Rick Dibkey
Valparaiso, IN

My name is Calven Goza, I live in Greeley, Colorado in the heart of goose country. Year round I live and breath hunting and during season I spend every possible moment in the field. Whether I am chasing deer and elk with my bow, hunting ducks or geese, or chasing around pheasants, turkeys, or coyotes I am always enjoying the outdoors. During the off season you will find me building habitat, scouting, rebuilding blinds, preparing for the next season, and competing in calling contests. I have grown up in a hunting family and have always been around hunting, but early on I found an obsession for waterfowl that never ceases to stop growing. After my first goose hunt I was hooked and quickly picked up a goose call. Contest calling is an awesome experience, you meet a lot of great new people and can always learn new things. Thanks to Mark and Gander Valley calls I am very accomplished in the calling circuit. Calling geese in and finishing them feet away from you is what I live for. Without Gander Valley calls I would not be able to finish geese and win over judges with the overwhelming success I have.

Calvin Goza
Greeley, CO

I was born in Colorado. I started hunting with my dad when I was 6 following him out in the fields hunting pheasants. I won my first shot gun when I was 9 at a Ducks Unlimited banquet and have hunted ever since. I now am a firefighter in Kansas, when I'm not working I am out in a field chasing roosters, hunting ducks and geese, or scouting and taking pictures.

Waterfowl hunting is my passion there is nothing like having hundreds of birds coming in cupped and committed and hearing the words "take em" when they are right in your face. I hunt from August to April and in the off season I'm scouting, practicing my calling,and helping with youth events and 4-H shooting.

Rick Woods

I am Blake Culwell from Norman, Oklahoma. I grew up in a family full of avid deer hunters and my father introduced me to hunting around the age of 8. After that first day of hunting I was hooked for life. After a few years of deer hunting I started looking for other things to hunt to lengthen my hunting season. I then picked up waterfowling around the age of 14 and I quickly found out that is where my true passion was. I could not get enough of waterfowl hunting and I began hitting up forums and reading magazines trying to learn everything I could to increase my skills as a waterfowler. The more I hunted and the more I learned, the more I fell in love with it. I picked up my first Gander Valley Powerhouse in 2008 and ever since then GVCC is  all I take to the field with me. During waterfowl season you will usually find me in the northern part of Oklahoma hunting geese in wheat fields.

Blake Culwell
Norman, OK

I started hunting waterfowl when I was 23.  Never being exposed to hunting much prior to this, I was told "it will become an addiction."  I would always tell people, "well I don't know about that."  I think my wife would agree that I am addicted.  I have a wife and three kids that love me and put up with my constant rants about waterfowl hunting.  My 4 year old daughter begs to come out in the blind with me and she has been tagging along since she was 3. I hunt Northern Indiana, without a major migration, our season does become a grind at times.  I take that challenge by the horns year after year.

I own and am the sole operator of Air Traffic Control Lanyards (ATC Lanyards).  I started this company so that I was not depriving my family of any income in order to pursue my passion of waterfowl hunting.  One of the main reasons that I wanted to be on Pro Staff with GVCC is because of a few simple facts.  Mark provides an amazing product at a great price, with even better customer service.  That is what I have built my business on and I am happy to support a company that stands for the same things. 

Rob Siri

Growing up i was among the traditional group of hunters labeled the "weekend warriors". I've always had a great passion for it but it wasn't until my mid 20's when i realized there was a lot more to this waterfowl hunting than i thought. Since I've taken every opportunity i possibly can. From Minnesota, across ND, into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and now in Montana. I hunt pretty much anything that has a license but nothing gets me going like 20 honkers locked up, or a six pack of mallards cupped with their feet straight out. Can't beat it! I grew up in Minnesota but live in Billings Montana now. With a lot more hunting choices out here i still seem to always steer towards the birds. Very few could understand the addiction one gets unless your a waterfowl hunter to. The passion was met head on when I was introduced to Mark Baca. I now realize I'm not insane, just a little crazy!                                                      

Travis Nelson
Billings, MT

My name is Scott Friedmann and I was born and raised in Ct. I have been an avid waterfowler since I was 6 years old. I grew up hunting ducks and geese in everything from the salt marshes of Long Island sound, beaver ponds, lakes, rivers and fields. I am an Electrician by trade and I also guide durring hunting season. As the years go on my passion for the sport grows stronger and stronger. I hunt Ct and RI for everything from geese and puddle ducks to sea ducks and divers. I love helping new hunters and passing on the sport to my own children and others as well. I have used many other calls and have not found any that are more realistic and user friendly than Gander Valley. I enjoy working flocks of big honkers into gun range and I also am currently getting into competition calling. My first contest at the Cabelas Waterfowl classic I finished second and now I have the bug to compete harder next year. Waterfowling is my passion and any given day durring the season you can find me in a muddy field or a blind somewhere. I love spending time outdoors with friends and family.Waterfowling is my passion, it is on my mind 24-7 and I look forward to many more seasons of the sport.

Scott Friedmann

Hey there, my name is Steve Howe. I am a father of one girl and  a son. I have hunted waterfowl for the last 20 years mostly in southern California. I have also hunted in Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Kansas. From water to fields I love it all, it’s hard to beat waterfowl feet down in your face. In 2003 I was living in Colorado and had a friend that was blowing a gander valley call. It sounded great and I had to get my hands on one. Shortly after getting a call I was introduced to the man behind the calls. After meeting Mark he invited me on some goose hunts, and our friendship developed. My passion for waterfowl has now increased two fold thanks to Gander Valley.

Steve Howe
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