Quack shot aims at world duck call­ing ti­tle

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Hunter by name. Duck hunt­ing caller by na­ture.

Six­teen-year-old Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent Hunter Mor­row has be­come one step closer of ful­fill­ing a dream of com­pet­ing at the World Duck Call­ing Cham­pi­onships af­ter plac­ing sec­ond at the New Zealand Duck Call­ing Cham­pi­onships held in Queen­stown on Satur­day.

Mor­row, as well as about 25 other com­peti­tors, took part in the six hour com­pe­ti­tion which in­volved per­form­ing a 90 sec­ond rou­tine fea­tur­ing hail, feed­ing and come­back calls, as well as three quacks and a lone­some hen call.

Prac­tise, com­mit­ment and pa­tience were the three key skills in duck call­ing, Mor­row said.

It was the sec­ond time Mor­row had com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion and last year he placed in the top 10.

Next year he hoped to take the ti­tle and win the chance to com­pete in the United States.

Mor­row, an avid wa­ter­fowl hunter also, was a youth field scholar spon­sored by Avery, one of the world’s largest hunt­ing out­fit­ters.

Mor­row’s mother Tracey said the fam­ily, in­clud­ing dad Brett, were hunt­ing mad and Hunter be­gan the sport aged 4.

‘‘Hunter is ob­sessed by it. I never ex­pected him to live up to his name,’’ she said.

Photo: CHE BAKER/ FAIR­FAX NZ 629623351

Ded­i­cated: Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent Hunter Mor­row placed sec­ond at the New Zealand Duck Call­ing Cham­pi­onships held in Queen­stown on Satur­day.

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