In 1958, Allen approached Mike Lynch with a home made box call. Tentatively, he asked for a critique from the master. Lynch was perhaps none too gentle with the 14 year old, but a dozen years later, that youth purchased the M. L. Lynch Company in 1970.
In 1973, Allen was asked to be a Founding Director for the National Wild Turkey Federation. He immediately became a life member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and provided a mailing list of 25,000 names of the most recent hunters who purchased a Lynch turkey call. Over the next 5 years he included approximately 300,000 leaflets with every Lynch turkey call that he sold letting hunters know about this new organization for turkey hunters. Since 1973, National Wild Turkey Federation has grown to over 550,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport. Thanks to the efforts of these 550,000 members, the NWTF has enhanced and conserved more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat and created outdoor opportunities for youth, women and people with disabilities.
It has been almost 50 years since Allen asked his mentor to critique his carefully planned handiwork. In that time he has produced over 3 million box turkey calls. Every single one of these box calls has been handmade and hand-tuned.
Today, sportsmanship, craftsmanship and the hunting tradition are more important to Allen Jenkins than killing a bird. After calling and taking scores of gobblers, he reflects, it is much more satisfying to use one of our calls to call birds for youngsters and new turkey hunters. It is time to light a spark of excitement in the eyes of my children and to pass the thrill of hunting to a new generation.
That is the mark of a true World Champion.
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