Waterfowl seasons are still weeks away, but the sounds of ducks, geese and swans will ring out often this weekend as talented humans gather in Kinston for the N.C. Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Calling Championships.
At stake in the Aug. 20-21 competition at Neuse Sport Shop will be prizes and world championship berths for the competitors most skilled with a duck call or a goose call.
“You can always think of (a call) as an instrument,” DU volunteer contest organizer Tommie Dale of Fuquay-Varina said. “It takes a lot of practice to get the sounds to come out as they do. If someone wants to come out and listen and look, it’s pretty entertaining.”
The competition is one of about 70 sanctioned events and just 35 open qualifying regionals for the 81st annual World’s Duck Calling Championships in November in Stuttgart, Ark. Winners of Sunday’s N.C. State Duck Calling Championship and Saturday’s Pamlico Regional Duck Calling Championship advance.
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This weekend offers open divisions with callers from several states, state championships for state residents, world swan calling championships and youth divisions. Experienced callers handle judging.
“All of our regional judges on Saturday are past world qualifiers,” said Dale, 43, who was a 2011 state champion. “We have good judges.”
Calling starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the 225 E. New Bern Road store.
Entry fees run $10-$40. Go to www.ncducks.org/2016-ncdu-calling-championships-3.
Deer hunting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the nonprofit Quality Deer Management Association will offer a free deer hunting seminar 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at N.C. State University at 3114 Engineering Building II, 890 Oval Drive, Raleigh.
The seminar, one of seven to be held statewide Sept. 6-29, will cover topics such as deer biology, hunting methods and equipment, field care and processing.
Hunting: Bass Pro Shops of Cary is hosting free archery and scent control seminars Aug. 20, and a women’s hunting seminar is at 3 p.m. Aug. 20. On Aug. 21, seminars cover footwear and knives and tools. Go to www.basspro.com/classic.
Wildlife: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 at its headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Find an audio webcast at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices and Pending Rules.
Fisheries: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting Aug. 17-19 at the Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone on Hillsborough Street. Find an agenda at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/dmf-public-meetings-schedules.
Sporting clays: The Clays 4Kay sporting clays shoot to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Deep River Sporting Clays & Shooting School near Sanford. Visit www.deepriver.net.
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