In the United States, an estimated 20 per cent of North America's waterfowl annually visit the marshlands of Colusa County, California, located northeast of san Francisco in the Sacramento Valley.
GV Platform with duck-callers assembled (2 shots)
SV Duck-caller on platform(2 shots)
LV PAN FROM platform to judges with backs turned to callers (2 shots)
CU Ditto other callers
CU Man using instrument to call ducks
CU Another caller
LV Man using calling instrument
REPORTER: "The next thing to this event is the national contest held each year in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Calling is in two basic categories; mechanical and free-style for both ducks and geese. Goose-calling is free-style with no required exercises. Duck-calling or mallard-calling had three required exercises: the high call, the lonesome hen and the feeding chuckle. Each contestant had to perform all the required and free-style calls within 90 seconds. Judges were stationed with their backs to the stage at 35, 50 and 75 yards (approx. 23, 46 and 69 metres).
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Background: In the United States, an estimated 20 per cent of North America's waterfowl annually visit the marshlands of Colusa County, California, located northeast of san Francisco in the Sacramento Valley.
The area, therefore, was an appropriate setting for last week's (18 June) duck and goose-calling contest.
The nearest thing to this event is the national contest held each year in Stuttgart, Arkansas.
The contestants were divided into two categories: those using mechanical calling devices and those using only their mouths.
Each contestant had 90 seconds to go through his calls. To decide which caller sounded most like a duck or a goose, judges sat at various distances with their backs turned toward the calling platform.
This rather unusual contest was filmed by the National Broadcasting Company. The reporter is Kent Pierce and his commentary is transcribed below. An alternative prepared by Visnews is overleaf.