Morrow calls it

Pictured: Hunter Morrow. Photo Fish and Games NZ

Luggate-based builder - and three-time New Zealand duck calling champion - Hunter Morrow has placed second in the World Waterfowl Calling Championships in the United States.

The world champioships were held in Easton in Maryland and three New Zealanders travelled to compete - the other two were Nelson teenager, Holly Irvine, and Ekatahuna schoolboy, Ben Schnell.

Morrow got New Zealand's highest placing - a second in the live duck category. He also placed third in team duck and fifth in live goose. In the junior duck category, Schnell placed third while Irvine placed fourth.

New Zealand duck calling championships organiser Adam Rayner said all three achieved fantastic results.

“I’m immensely proud of everything the team achieved with all three placing in the top five spots of the categories they entered,” he said.

“Remember that this is the big time when it comes to duck calling – callers from at least 16 U.S. states and Canada compete for the coveted titles.”

Rayner said a renowned American duck caller maker, Rusty Heron, had paid tribute to the Kiwi competitors, saying "the way they carried themselves and interacted with people at the show should make all of you beyond proud”.


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