This is more than just quack­ers, it is science

South Waikato News - - Agribusiness - ROBERT STEVEN

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

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