Water­fowl caller places in champs


A Cen­tral Otago builder has achieved the high­est plac­ing ever by a New Zealan­der at the World Water­fowl Call­ing Cham­pi­onships in the United States.

Hunter Mor­row, 20, and Holly Irvine, 13, have been com­pet­ing in the World Water­fowl Call­ing Cham­pi­onships in Mary­land.

Hunter, New Zealand’s reign­ing champ, came sec­ond in the world champs’ open duck di­vi­sion and third place in live goose call­ing. Holly took out third place in the ju­nior duck call­ing di­vi­sion.

Or­gan­iser of the New Zealand cham­pi­onships, Adam Rayner, said Mor­row’s plac­ing was the high­est ever by a Kiwi, while Holly was the only fe­male com­peti­tor and one of the youngest com­pet­ing.

‘‘New Zealan­ders should ap­pre­ci­ate just how big an achieve­ment this is – these two are right up there with the world’s best. Holly and Hunter de­serve high praise for what they have done. It’s a dif­fi­cult skill and cer­tainly not one that can be learnt overnight.’’

Fish & Game spokesman Don Rood said the pair had been great am­bas­sadors for New Zealand on the world stage.


The course for the Pi­o­neer moun­tain­bike race 2018.

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