Cadiz-born business makes lasting mark on hunting world
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Sep 19, 2012 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Just over 40 years ago, turkey hunting and Harold Knight’s first turkey call started a friendship between Knight and David Hale which grew and lead to the development of the nation’s top game call business, and it all started in Cadiz.</i>
Justin McGill/Cadiz Record

Just over 40 years ago, turkey hunting and Harold Knight’s first turkey call started a friendship between Knight and David Hale which grew and lead to the development of the nation’s top game call business, and it all started in Cadiz.

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In 1972, David Hale was hunting in Land Between the Lakes while wearing a turkey call given to him by Harold Knight. David wasn’t using the call. Ask him and he’ll tell you he always hunted without them, using only the huntsman skills he’d obtained while growing up.

It may have been just for show, but it’s a good thing he had the call with him that day. If he hadn’t, a chance encounter with Sports Afield writer Dave Harbour might have unfolded quite differently, perhaps delaying or even preventing the birth of perhaps the most successful business venture in Trigg County history.

The barber in Cadiz

Harold Knight was born and raised in Land Between the Lakes

“Hunting was a big part of my upbringing – squirrel hunting, some deer, turkey, quail and rabbit,” Knight said. “I lived there until I was 20 years old, then [Tennessee Valley Authority] came in, condemned the land and moved everybody out.”

Knight was a student at Golden Pond School. His hunting experience in the LBL area paid off as he later became a multi-time national calling contest champion and a goose call world champion.

Eventually, Knight became a barber in Cadiz, and his shop was a big part of the birth of Knight & Hale Game Calls.

For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Cadiz Record or subscribe to our e-Edition by calling 270-522-6605.
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