On opening day of the 1997 Nevada duck season, Chad Belding sat in a blind with a few close friends. Soon the gadwalls began their morning flight, and when his buddy lured the grey ducks in range with a perfect sequence of hen calls, and the boys opened up, well, that was it—Belding was hooked.
Straight out of college, he began owning and operating several of his own businesses, and eventually became a pro-staffer and champion caller. After assembling one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable staffs in the industry, he spawned Banded Nation, which now includes several other ventures, including Banded Gear, Last Call Ringtones, Banded Hunts, Banded Retrievers, Banded University, Banded Fusion, Banded Calls, and Banded, a waterfowl-specific gear company that offers 1,700 different products for beginners to the hard core hunter.
“I think one word that sums up all our success is passion,” he said. “Our passion is what I feel like has made us a powerhouse in the waterfowl industry. People appreciate how we hunt. We’re always joking around and smiling, but we’re also serious about it, and we’re good at it.”