The $36 calls are as you note either poplar or cedar, mostly poplar. Both box and paddle. They are bare wood (have no finish coat) and and lack the fined sanded finish of the call pictured which has mutliple, more expensive, woods and has weather resistant protective finsh. Hence, the additional $4 cost.
Should someone desire to purchase the $36 call of plain ufinished cedar ot poplar I would be more than happy to make them one.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...