State duck and goose calling contests slated
Do you think you have the uncanny ability to “sweet talk” ducks within kissing range?
Have you ever had a goose almost land on your head after “speaking” to it via goose call?
And are you so good at calling waterfowl that fluffy feathers are starting to grow on your face, neck and chest?
If any of these apply to you, then you must consider taking part in the 40th Annual Louisiana State Duck and Goose Calling Contest on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at the Gueydan Civic Center in conjunction with the 32nd Gueydan Duck Festival.
The duck calling contest is sanctioned by the World Championship Duck Calling Contest Committee of Stuttgart, Arkansas. The winning duck callers will be eligible to represent Louisiana in the 73rd World Contest on November 28-29 in Stuttgart.
Onsite registration will be open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 9:30 a.m. for duck callers (12:30 p.m. for goose callers). Preregistrations are recommended. The registration fee is $15 per contest entered, or $35 to enter all three categories of competition. Only Louisiana residents are eligible to compete in the state contest. Contest rules can be downloaded from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation website.
There are three (3) divisions in the duck calling competition: Junior (under 14 years of age); Intermediate (14-16 years of age); Senior (17 years of age and older). There are two (2) age divisions for the goose calling categories: Junior (16 years of age and younger) and Senior (17 years of age and older). Girls and boys and men and women will compete together.
The duck calling competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Junior Division followed by the Intermediate Division and then the Senior Division.
The goose calling competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Junior Division in the blue/snow category followed by the Senior Division; then the Junior Division specklebelly callers followed by the Senior Division callers.
All contestants will be entered in drawings for shotguns and dozens of other prizes donated by contest sponsors.
First, second and third place plaques will be awarded in each division. The top finishers in each category will receive state champion jackets.The winner of each division in the duck calling category will be eligible to receive an expense aid of up to $300 to compete in the 2008 World Championship Duck Calling Contest. Reimbursement will be available upon verification of participation and submission of receipts to confirm expenses.
Contest preregistration is available by mailing the following information for each contestant: date, full name, date of birth and age, home address and phone #, contest category/categories entered (duck, blue/snow, specklebelly) to:
Gueydan Duck Festival
32604 La. Hwy 714
Gueydan, La. 70542
A contest registration form is available on the Web at www.duckfestival.org. A check to cover the entry fee ($15 for each contest entered or $35 to enter all 3 contests) should be made out to Gueydan Duck Festival Association and included with the preregistration information. Fees are not refundable.
Last year’s winner in the senior division of the duck calling competition for the second consecutive year was Jason Campbell of Iowa, followed by Slade Norfleet of Luling and Shannon Housand of Des Allemands.
The intermediate duck division was won by Slade Norfleet of Luling, followed by Ian Tauzin of Lake Charles and Ben Sampognaro of West Monroe.
The junior duck division was won by Austin Hebert of Lafayette. Kennon Menard of Lafayette was second followed by Nathan Boe of Baton Rouge.
In the goose calling competitions, Tom Fulkerson of Kaplan won the senior blue/snow goose calling category followed by Bill Daniels of Hayes in second place and Jon Hebert of Lafayette in third.
Austin Hebert won the junior blue/snow division followed by G. Tyler Fontenot of Lake Charles in second and Kennon Menard in third place.
Jason Campbell took first place in the senior specklebelly competition followed by Ian Woods of Jennings in second and Dusty Simon of Lake Charles who placed third.
Taylor Veazey of Lafayette won the junior specklebelly competition with Austin Hebert taking second place and Ian Tauzin third.
The 40th Annual Louisiana State Duck and Goose Calling Contest is hosted and conducted by the Gueydan Duck Festival Association in cooperation with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Event chairman is Phil McDaniel.
Thanks to the following sponsors whose support help make this contest possible: Avery Outdoors, Budweiser, Dave Smith Decoys, Ducks Unlimited, Edward Jones Investments, Louisiana Farm Bureau, Louisiana Fish Fry Products, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Natural Gear, Paradise Louisiana.
The Gueydan Civic Center is located a few blocks from the Duck Festival Grounds at 901 Wilkinson Street, adjacent to the water tower in downtown Gueydan.
So to all of you crack callers out there, be there if you dare!