Owners David and Carman Forbes, who live by the company motto “For Sportsmen, By Sportsmen,” started H.S. with a dream and one product – No-Mar Camo Gun & Bow Tape.
Carman created the highly successful Camo-Compac® concept in 1984, which put multi-color camouflage makeup in a pocket-size compact with a built-in mirror. It instantly became a must-have for hunters, television and movie producers and all branches of the military. A custom-designed compact was even used in Operation Desert Storm.
Hunter’s Specialties entered the rapidly growing wild turkey call business in 1985. In 1988, H.S. designed a superior diaphragm frame assembly named Premium Flex®. Mouth calls built with this patented frame were much more comfortable to use and retained their shape and perfect calling pitch. Today, the H.S. turkey call lineup is well known as the H.S. Strut®, and Hunter’s Specialities is the world’s largest manufacturer of turkey calls.
Hunter’s Specialties is constantly developing new products in other areas of the hunting industry, including scents and scent elimination. In 1986, a team of H.S. researchers and the company’s wildlife biologists and advisor developed a revolutionary dry and solid product called the Scent Wafer®. The company was awarded a patent for this unique concept and now produces scent wafers in a variety of scents. Hunter’s Specialties also produces Primetime® lures and Scent-A-Way® scent-control products.
In 1998 Hunter's Specialties purchased Wayne Carlon's Calls, followed by Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls in 1999, reaching new markets. They expanded their line to include Vita-Rack® wildlife management products and the i-KAM XTREME® video glasses.
Hunters can see the H.S. products and pro staff in action through popular video series such as Primetime Bucks®, Cutt'n and Strutt'n®, Primetime Bulls® and Operation Predator®. The H.S. pros are also featured on the The Stuff of Legends TV show, which airs weekly on Sportsmans Channel.
Hunter's Specialties continues to grow, creating innovative, high-quality products that serve the needs of hunters everywhere.