Ritson sounds just like a duck to win champs
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.
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Ritson Galloway is a duck calling champion.