RNT-V … It’s old buddies and new friends, late nights and early mornings, the bite of a cold, dark thirty boat ride in anticipation of a new day. Shimmering green heads against a blue December sky, it’s 200 Canada’s feet down over the spread. It’s a stiff prairie wind and a sunrise through a hardwood bottom.
A shot well made and the smell of burnt powder, a young pup on his first hunt and a veteran duck dog making a tough retrieve. It’s a newly crowned World Champion and a fight well fought… It’s building the best custom duck and goose calls in the nation … RNT-V, it’s what we do.
Jim Ronquest is the Co-Host and Producer of RNT-V and the 2006 World Champion Duck Caller. To Jim or Jimbo as he is called by many, duck hunting is more than shooting ducks; it’s the smell of an outboard warming up in the cold pre-dawn and the feel of a trusted shotgun. It’s the sight of a flock of mallards breaking high out of a winters blue sky to the sound of a well-tuned call, the warmth of a steaming hot cup of coffee, and watching a well-bred Labrador work out a strong cripple. It’s the sound of ice cubes clinking glass as you watch ducks in the setting sun with good friends. It’s this and so much more that makes the tradition of pursuing waterfowl…duck hunting. Something that he is proud to be a part of!
John Stephens, President and owner of RNT Calls Inc., was born and raised on an Arkansas county rice farm. He grew up hunting ducks and geese. After graduating from Stuttgart High School he went on to earn a degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University, a field in which he worked for a short while; however, his fondness of duck hunting, competitive duck calling and call building brought him home. John was the youngest to ever qualify for the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest at the age of 13 under the tutelage of the late Butch Richenback, founder of Rich-N-Tone Duck Calls. After his first time of competing in the World’s Championship, John went on to win the World’s Championship its maximum of 3 times in 1995, 1998 and 2005; recently culminating his competitive career in 2015 winning the coveted Champion of Champions.
Co-Host and assistant producer of RNT-V, World Goose Calling Champion and RNT Goose Guru, Shawn Stahl has been a pioneer in the Waterfowl Industry for almost 15 years designing and developing hunting products and teaching thousands to call geese through all forms of media and personal instruction. Shawn is a true all-around professional in the waterfowl and outdoor television industry.