DU QUOIN -- The Fourth Annual Southern Illinois Sportsman Show, held this past weekend at the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, was again an immense success, drawing hundreds to the event over the two-day show.
The show offered a little something for everyone -- from duck and goose hunting to fishing and deer hunting. A variety of duck and goose calls were on display at the show from a variety pack of vendors.
"I didn't have a collection, so I started making my own and this is what I've come up with," said Gene Gallmeister of Du Quoin, motioning to a fine array of hand-carved calls. "I don't try to sell any of them. I've sold a few to those that really want one, but I mostly donate (the calls) to charities for silent and live auctions. I have had some that are in Ducks Unlimited. My grandson designed my shirts, "Der Callmeister: By Gallmeister."
Larry Bartar of Marion said he has been collecting calls for about as long as he can remember.
"I like neat old stuff. I've been hunting and fishing since I was a young kid. This collection is close to my heart and something I really enjoy," he said.
Glen Cottrell of Hopkinsville, Ky. is another outdoors enthusiast who was enjoying his time in Du Quoin Saturday.
"I have some calls in the contest. I stopped on the way here and traded a couple, but that's what it's all about," he said. "I've been making calls for about a year and half. I tried making them about 10 years ago, but with a young family and work, I wasn't able to put much focus on it until now."
Cottrell added that he is familiar with the area, having worked in the Du Quoin and Anna areas for a period of time.
"I know where I'm at around here. I'm comfortable," he said.