If you're in need of camo, guns, or other hunting gear this weekend, you're in luck. Buckarama kicked off Friday and will go on all weekend long at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
At Buckarama, you'll see people shopping inside, but what you hear might make you feel like you're outside. Those sounds are all man-made by people like Steve Fowler of Champion Custom Calls.
“We’re trying to reverse nature, we’re trying to call him to us,” Fowler said.
From ducks and turkeys to deer, they’ve got a call for that.
“When the deer is in rut, this is the noise they make, that’s when they’re following a doe,” Fowler said, doing a call. “That’s a buck -- when he'll be following a doe, he'll be making that noise.”
When they're out in the woods, that small call can make a big difference.
“I killed a 10-pointer, it was my biggest one in Upson County,” Fowler said. “That’s the biggest buck I've ever killed with a grunt call.”
He isn’t the only one with their own creation for sale. Wornie Smith came up with the Hammock Seat after years of trying to find the perfect hunting perch.
“Everything I came up with was too big, but finally we refined it down to this size just by luck and came up with this design,” Smith said. “Since then, it’s been working our tail off.”
Working their tails off, both Smith and Fowler do it to bring others joy.
“I guide other people and I get enjoyment out of that more than hunting myself,” Fowler said. “I like to take kids hunting and introduce them to the outdoors.”
It's a passion that he can pass down through the calls he makes.
Buckarama continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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