Quack shot aims at world duck calling title
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.
Dedicated: Mt Aspiring College student Hunter Morrow placed second at the New Zealand Duck Calling Championships held in Queenstown on Saturday.