Rambling Review: Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls

Jim Matthews Signature Quail Call
Jim Matthews Signature Quail Call

Rambling Review

Why:

Since I’ve moved to Arizona, I’ve been hunting Gambel’s quail without a dog. On the rare occasion, I can meet up with a buddy who has a dog, but most of my hunts are on my own. I’ve found that Gambel’s are very huntable due to how vocal they are, between their clucks, putts, and unmistakable assembly/locator call, “Chi-ca-go-go”. For the past few years, I’ve been playing around with a couple different locator calls with limited success. I recently had the opportunity to get my hands on a couple of handmade chamber calls from Jim Matthews and believer they are some of the best sounding quail calls on the market.

First impressions:

Chamber call – Jim Matthews’ unique call design features a hollowed out chamber on the inside of the call right behind the rubber band. This creates a rich resonate tone that makes for an extremely convincing Gambel’s call.

Handmade quality – Each call is handmade by Jim Matthews from a wide variety of woods. Jim was kind enough to embed a shotgun shell on the face of each call, which give them a really unique look.

Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls
Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls

Field Use:

I’ve been toting the Jim Matthews Signature Calls in my vest for most of the season and have seen real success in using them. I have one made from walnut and one from mesquite. Both sound great, but I found great success with the mesquite call. I can usually find birds early in the morning without much difficulty, but as the morning wears on, it can be tough to locate birds after breaking up a covey or two.

Each Jim Matthews Signature Call is built to receive a specific size rubber band which are available in bulk from your local office store. Right out of the box, each call sounds excellent, but by applying pressure with your fingers to the call can change the tone of the call and give a change in pitch if needed. Both of my calls sounded perfect without any adjustment.

Pros:

Beautiful handmade craftsmanship

Rich resonate sound

Multiple varieties of wood to choose from

Durable construction for years of use

Cons:

Cost – the calls aren’t cheap, but are a great addition in your bird vest.

Prognosis:  I can’t say enough good things about Jim Matthews Signature Calls. Put your order in for next season. You won’t be disappointed

* Disclaimer:

The reviews at Arizona Wanderings are my honest opinion. Arizona Wanderings is not sponsored by or associated with any of the stated companies and is accepting no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review.  Two calls were provided by Jim Matthews for the purpose of this review. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

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13 Responses to “Rambling Review: Jim Matthews Signature Quail Calls”

  1. Terry Holberton

    I attended a Jim Matthews quail and dove hunting seminar. He is quite knowledgeable. Are you selling the Matthews quail calls?

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    • azwanderings

      Terry,

      Great to hear from you. I’m not selling these, but wanted to do a review of a great handcrafted product. Jim definitely has a ton of experience and I be the seminar was very good. You can pick one of these up from Jim through his website – http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!seminars/c1a4e . Take care.

      Ben

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      • Terry Holberton

        Thanks. I’ll talk to Jim. Any thoughts regarding the “chamber” call vs the “stick” call?

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        • azwanderings

          Based on my experience with the chamber call, I would definitely recommend it. I don’t have any experience with the stick calls.

          Ben

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  2. Justin

    when I hunt birds – always take my dog with me, it’s irreplaceable assistant and hunting

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  3. John Wymore

    I’ve been using a Jim Mathews chamber call for many years now. It’s been a very good call. I love the sound. I would definitely recommend one.

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  4. Shane

    I have an English Setter and a German Shorthair but hunting Gambels with dogs is still a challenge. Cholla can be a problem and the Gambels don’t always hold so well. Mearns…now that is another story. Look up Desert Pheasant Recreation (Bob Henson) he’s down in Coolidge AZ. He raises and trains bird dogs, he also runs a bird farm there. A great guy and amazing resource for hunting and hunting dogs here in AZ.

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  5. Terry Holberton

    Ben,
    I was reviewing some of your Wanderings and located your post regarding the Jim Mathews quail calls. I did contact Jim and bought both a stick call and a chamber call. Both are great sounding and a pleasure to look at. Being able to wear them around your neck or attach to your vest is an added bonus.
    Thanks for bringing them to our attention.
    Terry

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks for the kind note Terry. I appreciate it more than you know. Glad you like the Jim Matthews calls. Best of luck in the fall calling those birds. Take care.

      Ben

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    • azwanderings

      Both calls sound great, I just happen to prefer the sound of the mesquite call better.

      Ben

      Reply

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