Rit­son sounds just like a duck to win champs

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Rit­son Gal­loway won all four cat­e­gories at the New Zealand duck and goose call­ing cham­pi­onships in Taupo¯ .

He also won ‘team duck’ with younger brother Kel­lan. The Manawatu¯ teen was with duck and goose callers at the an­nual Sika show and com­pe­ti­tion at the end of Septem­ber.

There were five cat­e­gories: open live duck, open team duck, open live goose and open team goose.

Rit­son be­gan duck call­ing as a three year old and en­tered his first com­pe­ti­tion when he was 10. It was a nat­u­ral spinoff from duck hunt­ing that runs in the Gal­loway fam­ily. Fif­teen-year-old Rit­son hunts with his fa­ther Andy and grand­fa­ther Rusty and 11-year-old Kel­lan.

He shoots ev­ery week­end of the sea­son, in­clud­ing with a hunt­ing and duck-call­ing friend Ben Sch­nell. The Frey­burg High School stu­dent is thrilled with his win, given the two and a half hours prac­tice he puts in when he can.

He’s keen to rep­re­sent New Zealand in the world champs.

“If not this year then some time in the next few years.” This year five Ki­wis will com­pete in the champs at the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val in Mary­land, USA. A fresh look at Aotearoa New Zealand through the lenses of many pho­tog­ra­phers is launched for Men­tal Health Aware­ness week.

This year’s theme, Let Na­ture In, sits along­side the ti­tle of the book, I Am New Zealand, with all roy­al­ties from the books’ sales go­ing to the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

Nikon in­vited the pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity to build an im­age map of the na­tion on­line (iamnewzealand.co.nz). Many creative and in­spir­ing pho­tographs were posted, a range say­ing “I am New Zealand”.

This has re­sulted in a modern take on the old stan­dard scenic New Zealand book. It col­lects a range of per­sonal views of Aotearoa from pho­tog­ra­phers, both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional, along with their thoughts on what makes New Zealand.

The book looks at lots of dif­fer­ent as­pects — peo­ple, in­ner cities, sport — not just sheep and moun­tains, though they are there too. The pho­tog­ra­phers’ thoughts add an in­ter­est­ing di­men­sion, whether talk­ing about how or why they took the shot, or how it stands for their vi­sion of New Zealand. Buy the book from Bruce Watt Pho­tog­ra­phy for $45.

Rit­son Gal­loway is a duck call­ing cham­pion.

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