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Herb Parsons

Herb Parsons was an expert marksman with shotgun and rifle, a champion game caller, consultant to the movie industry, showman, and wingshot supreme.

In the 1940s, Parsons gave 238 exhibitions to soldiers at military installations. He served as a gunnery instructor during the war. And when hostilities ceased, he hit the circuit for Winchester, putting on thousands of demonstrations.
Herb Parsons shot trap with Clark Gable and Roy Rogers, hunted ducks with Wallace Berry and Andy Devine, and did the trick shooting for “Winchester ’73,” starring Jimmy Stewart. At the height of his career, Winchester was booking him three years in advance. In 1954, a movie about his feats, “Showman Shooter,” was produced. An estimated 30 million have viewed it over the years.
. In 1949 and ’50 he was international duck-calling champion. He was the World Duck Calling champion in ’50 and ’51, retiring undefeated. His duck and crow-calling records were popular sellers for years and now are eagerly sought by collectors. In 1954, he won the professional division at the Grand American trapshoot, and for years, he was a member of Sports Afield’s trap and skeet All-American teams
But more than anything else, Herb Parsons was a hunter. He is credited with originating the popular, “Go hunting with your boy today and you won’t have to hunt for him tomorrow”. .
He was inducted posthumously into the Trapshooting Hall of Fame at Vandalia, Ohio, and is an enshrinee of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame. A dedicated display of his firearms is in the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Ducks Unlimited headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee displays his duck calling championship trophies.