Eli Haydel, a man who turned his love of music into an international game-call business, died Monday morning at the home he shared with his son, Rod, and his family in Bossier City.
Haydel was born and raised along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and grew up playing with several big bands and quartets in the New Orleans area. He played saxophone and clarinet from an early age.
His love of reed instruments and passion for waterfowl hunting led to making duck calls for himself and his friends in his teenage years.
After winning local, state, regional and national duck-calling contests, Haydel founded Haydel's Game Call in 1981. He established the operation in Bossier City.
He and his sons Rod and Kelly, Haydel's Game Calls has expanded to include more than 150 hunting-related items, including calls for geese, deer, varmints and squirrels.
Haydel is a member of the Shreveport Sports Hall of Fame and, because of his musical background, is a member of Louisiana Hall of Fame for Entertainers in Lafayette.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.