Show us your quack at duck call­ing champs

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It’s a big call — is New Zealand’s best duck caller liv­ing in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay?

The New Zealand Duck and Goose Call­ing Cham­pi­onships are, for the third year run­ning, be­ing held as part of the Sika Show in Taupo, on Septem­ber 29 and 30.

The an­nual Sika Show and Com­pe­ti­tion is the largest out­door trade show of its kind in New Zealand, draw­ing thou­sands of keen hun­ters and other out­door en­thu­si­asts.

Duck Call­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Or­gan­iser Adam Rayner says he’s de­lighted by the way the call­ing champs have grabbed the at­ten­tion of hun­ters and on­look­ers.

“Last year was the big­gest re­sponse so far with hun­dreds in­tently watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to com­peti­tors,” he says.

“For con­tes­tants, who are very se­ri­ous about their duck and goose call­ing, this is the high point of their year with a win car­ry­ing lots of pres­tige.

“There are lots of lit­tle call­ing events around the coun­try but noth­ing com­pares with the New Zealand champs and the ku­dos in­volved in just tak­ing part, let alone win­ning,” he says.

Mr Rayner says that this year the ‘open live duck’ cat­e­gory will be hotly con­tested as the reign­ing three-time New Zealand cham­pion Hunter Mor­row, from the South Is­land, has stepped down.

“It’ll be ex­cit­ing to see the ris­ing stars who’re on the up and ready to take his place,” he says, “as a new cham­pion is crowned.”

The con­tes­tants com­pete in five cat­e­gories: open live duck; open team duck; open live goose and open team goose.

To qual­ify as a ju­nior, you must be un­der 14 and not have been a top three fi­nal­ist in any pre­vi­ous na­tional cham­pi­onship.

“A time limit of 60 sec­onds for all in­di­vid­ual rou­tines and 90 sec­onds for team com­pe­ti­tions will be strictly en­forced so it’s a very test­ing high pres­sure af­fair,” Mr Rayner says. Past win­ners have gone on to com­pete over­seas for a crack at the world ti­tle and this year is no ex­cep­tion, he says.

Five Ki­wis are off to com­pete in the world champs held as part of the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val based in Eas­ton, in Mary­land in the U.S.

Holly Irvine from Rich­mond near Nel­son has al­ready com­peted in the world champs in pre­vi­ous years.

Mr Rayner says that a duck or goose caller is a wind in­stru­ment that calls for plenty of skill to pro­duce “authen­tic calls, that re­al­is­ti­cally mimic live ducks or geese”.

Duck call­ing com­peti­tors are asked to en­ter on the day — reg­is­ter from 9am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29.

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Duck call­ers from Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay are be­ing in­vited to step up if they think they are the coun­try’s best duck caller.

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