Duck, goose calling contest ahead

February 17, 2010 at 09:59 PM

The North American Duck and Goose Calling Championships will be held March 6-7, at Moline’s Ramada Inn and Conference Center and will include three sanctioned Regional qualifying events for the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Ark.

The contests are the North American Regional, Illinois River Regional and Northern Illinois Regional.

The March 6 schedule includes duck calling in two age divisions, Juniors (12 and under), Intermediates (13-16), plus two sanctioned regional duck calling contests. 

March 7 will feature goose calling in two youth age divisions, Juniors (12 and under), Intermediates (13-16), the Northern IL Regional duck and the IWA Masters Goose Calling Championship. 

There will also be a vendor’s area with many of the top water fowling experts selling the latest in decoys, calls, clothing, blinds and more!

Admission is free. To learn more, call Mike Eddy at (309) 764-4863, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Worth noting is that Mike Anderson of Mankato, Minn, was the 2009 winner of the Illinois River Regional and then went on to win the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart. Anderson will be on hand to judge the youth divisions and Regional contests.  The 2007 winner of this same Regional, Jody Niccum of Olathe, Ks, also won the World Championship that year, showing the extreme competition in these contests. 

Each of the eight individual contests will contain many of the top callers from the U.S. and Canada, including the current World Champions, Mike Ritter of Carterville, IL, 2009 Junior World Goose Calling Champion, and Robbie Iverson of Ottawa, IL, 2009 World Goose Calling Champion.

Saturdays’ contest line-up will begin at 8:30 AM, with each of the following contests starting approximately one-half hour later.

>> North American Regional Duck Calling Championship
>> North American Junior / Intermediate Duck Calling Championship
>> Illinois River Regional Duck Calling Championship

Sundays’ contest line-up will begin at 8:30 AM, with each of the following contests starting approximately one-half hour later.

>> North American Junior / Intermediate Goose Calling Championship
>> Northern Illinois Regional Duck Calling Championship
>> North American “Masters” Goose Calling Championship

All registration for this year’s contests will be done at the contest site; there will be NO pre-registration available!!! Registration will open each morning at 7:30 AM.

Contest prizes and cash awards will be listed on the CallingDucks.com “Contest Calendar” once they are finalized. Please check the calendar!

Registration fees are as follows:

Junior duck and goose $25.

Regional Duck $50.

Masters Goose $50.