Tak­ing flight duck calling

Bush Telegraph - - EXPLORE PAHIATUA -

Tararua Col­lege Year 10 stu­dent, Ben Sch­nell, has re­cently re­turned from the World Duck Calling Champs in Easton, Mary­land, USA. Com­peti­tors came from all over the world but mainly from Canada and USA. It is an an­nual world com­pe­ti­tion for the best call­ers in the world.

Ben has been calling for two years and has won five out of the eight con­tests he en­tered, third in the un­der 17 di­vi­sion.

“It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing able to com­pete against some great call­ers and to meet a lot of the guys I have looked up to. The com­pe­ti­tion was in the small town of Easton, Mary­land. We were away for 10 days and stopped over for a few days in San Fran­cisco and did all of the touristy things, in­clud­ing a visit to Al­ca­traz, and we biked the bridge. It was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ben Sch­nell on-stage in the US.

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