Neil Cost

Greenwood native Neil Douglas Cost was regarded by many as the premiere turkey-call maker in the United States. According to Donna Branch of the National Wild Turkey Federation, “No call maker has had more influence on the craft then Neil D. Cost.” Mr. Cost, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant who served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, practiced the art of call making for over seventy years. As a young man, Cost learned the craft by observing other makers and perfected it through his many years of dedicated work. He made an estimated five thousand double-sided calls in his career. Through a great deal of experimentation with design, Mr. Cost perfected the boat paddle turkey caller, a “work of deceit” that make all the sounds and calls of the wild turkey.

Cost in his shop, Greenwood, SC