Hopefuls compete for a spot in the world championships of duck calling
CALIFORNIA -- The sounds of ducks echoed through the fields outside Stockton, California this weekend.
But this was no wildlife sanctuary, it was fierce face-to-face competition that could lead to a spot in the world championships of duck calling.
"This is a big deal for them," said Dave Dorrell who sells duck calls.
This was the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Outdoor Expo held in junction with the California Waterfowl Association.
The main event, a duck calling competition where judges rated competitors on a specific routine that required with set tones and exact sequences of sound.
"Oh it's intense. These guys take this pretty serious," said vendor Eric Adversalo.
"Any little bobble or mistake could take you from first place to last place," Dorrell said.
Although, when it comes to wooing an actual duck, everyone here was well aware of who the real judges are.
"The ducks the ultimate judge; I can sit and blow this an impress you guys all day. But if the duck doesn't respond than it's all moot," caller Ryan Stahl said.
The winner of this competition qualifies for a chance to compete in the world championships this thanksgiving in Stuttgart, Arkansas.