Halsten, Beaverton, Oregon, designed a tapered vortex barrel and unique
curved soundboard that laid the foundation to build a duck call that
sounds like a duck. The KumDuck was one of the earliest plastic duck
Elsie Halsten, Gordons wife, placed third in the Pacific Flyways Duck calling Contest; Gordon placed sixth.
Gordon won the Pacific Coast champion using his widely popular KumDuck.
Gordon won the Oregon State Duck Calling Competition.
Gordon Halsten passed away.
continued to produce KumDuck duck calls until she sold the company to
Gordons nephew, Bob Whitworth. (Bob passed away in January 2006)
May, Rickreall, Oregon purchased KumDuck. The original mould could no
longer produce uniform, quality duck calls. Recognizing how crucial the
original design was to the perfect sound, the original soundboard was
digitally reverse engineering and a mould was created to mass-produce
duck calls to the high expectations of KumDuck customers.
original KumDuck polycarbonate reeds were prone to fatigue and break
after successive, vigorous blowing. To resolve the problem the new
reeds are manufactured from flexible polyester, which improves the
sound and eliminates breakage.
serrated reeds, patent pending, are produced. Each reed pattern
slightly changes the tone of the call to create the raspy sound of a
hen mallard. The serrations enable the beginner or novice caller to
learn quickly to imitate the perfect sound with very little effort. In
addition, a coating of high quality of Dichroic applied material
strengthens the reed and eliminates moisture build.
KumDuck, LLC is proud to have recreated the popular duck call without diminishing the reputation and quality.