Our first seasons were in the early 60's. Since then, I have been addicted to studying and hunting the Wild Turkey.
Spring hunting is my favorite, and since calling is an important part of any spring hunt, I became interested in calls, how they worked and how they were built. I soon began to build my own box calls. I tried different types of woods, different shapes and a variety of finishes before I settled on what I make today.
I retired in January 1999 after serving 40 rewarding years with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. My first job was on a grounds crew near my hometown of Bassett, Nebraska. I eventually worked my way through the ranks serving as a Conservation Officer, State Hunter Safety Coordinator and finally, Chief of Law Enforcement.
I continue to work in the field of hunting and conservation, and currently serve on several boards of directors including the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, Izaak Walton League of America and The Nebraska Game Protectors Association (Operation Game Thief). I am active in the Nebraska Council of Sportsmen and belong to the NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, American Wild Turkey Society, Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
On a personal note, I have been married to my wife Reenie since 1960. We have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Hunting plays an important role in all our families' lives as does music. Our family formed a band in the mid 70's and played from Martinsburg, Nebraska (Population 63), to Seoul, South Korea. Music was the common thread that kept our family together and still is.
Now retired, my hunting and fishing activities are funded by the calls, videos and other products I sell, public speaking, and the "Turpin Time" outdoor tips segments that aired during newscasts on television stations across Nebraska and can be purhcased on DVD.
Now in my 70s, I still feel like a 13-year-old kid at heart with a great enthusiasm for the things that mean the most to me and make life worth living - family, friends and the great outdoors.