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Butch Richenback
Butch RichenbackBorn July 11th 1946, Harry Milton “Butch” Richenback grew up destined to be involved in the Duck Calling/hunting industry.  Spending time with the top call maker of the era, Chick Majors, Maker of the famed Dixie Mallard duck calls, Butch watched and studied every move Chick made and soon became a helpful hand around Chick’s shop.  Along with learning the intricacies of call making, he also learned the art of blowing a duck call.  Butch entered his first duck calling contest at the age of 11 in 1957, and emerged the 1957 Junior World duck calling Champion.  Later, with bigger aspirations and more tutelage from his mentor, Richenback had bigger goals in mind as he readied himself for the 1972 Arkansas State Championship.  Butch never lacked confidence, and before the event he bet another competitor that he would win the state contest and then win the ’72 Worlds later that evening.  He won the bet, and became the 1972 World Champion Duck Caller.  After winning the championship in 1972, Butch was then eligible to compete in the highly coveted Champion of Champions contest, held every five years.  He won the Champion of Champions title in 1975 and retired from sanctioned competition.
In 1976, after the passing of his mentor Chick Majors, Butch sold his first duck call.  After that first one was sold, Rich-N-Tone Duck calls was born.  Since then, a combination of 61 Men’s, Women’s, Intermediate and Junior World Championship contest have been won using a Rich-N-Tone duck call, and all of those people were either completely taught or coached by Butch Richenback.
Butch has always been the first person to help the youth of the area.  He was director of the Stuttgart Youth Center from 1969 to 1994.  Several of those 61 championship titles were a direct result of Butch teaching duck calling through his youth calling clinic that has been held every year since 1969.  The3 clinic starts in October and culminates at Stuttgart’s Wings over the Prairie festival in November with its own contest.
Although the reins of Rich-N-Tone Duck Calls are now in the hands of John Stephens (one of the students of his duck calling clinics and a two-time World Champion duck caller in his own right), Butch is still involved in making duck calls not to mention coaching and teaching young and old duck callers alike.