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Duck callers fly north to champs

Posted at 5:11am Thursday 01 Nov, 2018 | By Wanaka Sun editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

 

Luggate-based builder Hunter Morrow has headed off to the USA to compete in the World Waterfowl Calling Championships in Maryland.

Morrow, who is the country's most successful duck calling champion, has won the New Zealand championships three times and this will be his fourth time at the world championships. He has previously placed second and third at the international competition.

“I've been doing lots of practice so all I can do is get up there and try,” he said.

Two more Kiwis, Nelson teenager Holly Irvine and Ekatahuna 15-year-old Ben Schnell, will also compete in the world championships.

Adam Rayner, organiser of the recent New Zealand championships, said he's delighted to see the Kiwis off to compete against the world's best.

“They've earned their shot at the world champs through hard work - loads of practice - that's the pretty simple secret to becoming a top duck caller which calls for quite a level of skill. Like playing a woodwind instrument.

“The World Waterfowl Calling Championships at Easton in Maryland is international competition at the highest level so reaching this standard says much about their talents and perseverance.”

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