Sure-Shot Game Calls, manufacturer of the world champion Yentzen duck call, is proud to announce that co-founder, Jim “Cowboy” Fernandez is to be inducted into “Gary Mason’s Legends of the Outdoors” Hall of Fame.

The 85 year-old Fernandez, has been chosen for the Hall of Fame to honor his dedication to the outdoors, and for the integral way in which his role has contributed to the standards and guidelines by which the rest of the outdoor community has followed.

In addition to Fernandez, the 2014 inductees include: Dan Moultrie, founder of Moultrie Game Feeders and Trail Cameras; Darrell Van Vector, president and CEO of Crappie USA; Terry Denmon, founding partner and host of MOJO Outdoors; Bob Sealy, CEO and founder of Sealey Outdoors; Helen Sevier, Lady B.A.S.S. and former VP of marketing and co-owner of B.A.S.S.; Fox Haas, a pioneer in wildlife conservation; and Tom Miranda, nationally recognized trapper, bowhunter and outdoor television producer.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014 and will be held on the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen paddleboat in Nashville, TN.

Fernandez is best known for revolutionizing the duck call industry when Sure-Shot introduced the very first double-reed system in 1959 – the Original Yentzen. It quickly earned world-wide recognition not only for the quality of its control, but also for being the best at mimicking the true sounds of waterfowl.

The 60+ year old company was founded by James “Cowboy” Fernandez and George Yentzen in Nederland, Texas in the early 1940s. After many prototypes, their first product, the 1950 patented Yentzen, became the very first double-reed duck call introduced to the marketplace. In 1959, Cowboy Fernandez entered several duck calling competitions and both he and the Yentzen Caller became world class champions. Today, Sure-Shot offers over two dozen game calls for waterfowl, predator, deer, and turkey.

For more information about Sure-Shot’s complete line of game calls, visit their website at For more information about Gary Mason’s Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame event, please visit


Sheryl Gallup

Image courtesy Sure-Shot Game Calls

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