This is more than just quackers, it is science
Keen duck callers are getting ready for the New Zealand Duck Calling Championships next weekend. The event is part of the Sika Show in Taupo¯ on September 30 and October 1. Organiser Adam Rayner said the competition draws hunters from all across the country.
‘‘Duck calling is vital for successful duck hunting,’’ he said.
Rayner said the duck caller is a wind instrument which takes time to master.
‘‘Using your tongue right and breathing properly requires a considerable amount of skill. ‘‘Anyone can pick up a duck caller but it takes a skill and lots of practice to produce the sounds that resemble live ducks.
The winner would be awarded the inaugural rod and rifle cup.
The competition will have four categories: junior, open meat duck, team duck and open live goose.
A new feature of the event is the introduction of novice calling clinics, which will be run throughout the day. ‘‘We hope the clinics will encourage young people who are relatively new to calling or want to give it a go,’’ he said.
Prizes include flights to compete in the Waterfowl Festival based in Easton Maryland USA.
* The Sika Show: September 30 and October 1, Great Lake Centre and Tongariro Domain. Open 9am– 4pm