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02/07/2012

Top Call Makers Win Honors at NWTF Convention

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Competition was fierce among the hundreds of game call makers who submitted their work to the NWTF’s annual Grand National Callmaking Competition.

Judges graded all entries on appearance and sound quality before crowning the 2012 champions during the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show, which took place Feb. 10-12 and was sponsored by MidwayUSA.

A panel of experts in the fields of callmaking, calling and hunting evaluated each call within four divisions: the Grand National NWTF Hunting Turkey Call Contest; the Grand National Decorative Turkey Call Contest; the Grand National Decorative Duck and Goose Call Contest; and the Grand National Hunting Duck and Goose Call Contest.

Each division of this intense competition was divided into a number of categories based on the various types of calls hunters use. After the contest, the calls were auctioned at the convention, with some calls raising thousands of dollars for conservation.

Top winners of the 2012 Grand National Call Making contest were:

2012 Grand National Champion Decorative Turkey Call Maker of the Year & Earl Mickel Purchase Award Winner
Dave Constantine, Durand, Wis.

Earl “Mick” Mickel was a pioneer in developing and creating interest in turkey callmaking and collecting. He published three books on call makers and generously supported both call makers and the NWTF.

Each year, a panel of judges considers the entries in the Decorative Turkey Call Competition and selects a Best of Show call, whose maker is named the Earl Mickel Award winner. The call is then purchased by the NWTF and placed on permanent display in the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C.

Rookie Decorative Turkey Call Maker of the Year
David Ferguson, Eminence, Mo.

Best of Class I
Dave Constantine, Durand, Wis.

Best of Class II
Don Bald, Lebanon, Ill.

Best of Class III
Don Bald, Lebanon, Ill.

Best of Class IV
Dwayne Worley, Roswell, N.M.

Youth Decorative Turkey Call Maker of the Year
Jacob Tevis, Floyd Knobs, Ind.

2012 Grand National Champion Hunting Turkey Call Maker of the Year
D. Marlin Watkins, Summitville, Ohio

Rookie Hunting Turkey Call Maker of the Year
Kevin Cantrell, Monroe, Ga.

Youth Hunting Turkey Call Maker of the Year
Casey Buckner, Rutherfordton, N.C.

Champion of Champions - Neil Cost Award Winner
Michael Lapp, Honey Brook, Pa.

The Champion of Champions - Neil Cost Award recognizes select individuals who have mastered the art of callmaking. While Cost made all types of calls, such as scratch boxes, pot and peg calls and wing-bone yelpers, he is most well know for developing the long box or boat paddle style of turkey call. He also was one of the first call makers to checker his box calls and write special inscriptions on them. His integrity as a call maker is unsurpassed and he never let a call leave his shop that did not meet his high standards.

Gibson Award Winner, Box Calls
D. Marlin Watkins, Summitville, Ohio

The Gibson award recognizes the best-sounding box turkey call and box call maker and is named in honor of Henry Gibson, who patented the first box call in 1897.

Jeremiah Stevens Award, Scratch Box Calls
Scott Basehore, Denver, Pa.

The Jeremiah Stevens award is named in honor of a former slave who was known for his turkey hunting skills and the making of gun stock or scratch box calls in Virginia. The award recognizes the best-sounding scratch box call and call maker.

D.D. Adams Award, Best-sounding Friction Call
Lon Trice, Bronwood, Ga.

The D. D. Adams award recognizes the best sounding friction call and striker combination and is named in honor of D. D. Adams, a pioneer friction call maker.

Tom Turpin Award, Best-sounding Air Operated Call
Matthew McLain, Tennessee Ridge, Tenn.

The Tom Turpin award recognizes the best-sounding turned trumpet call and is named in honor of Tom Turpin, a call maker and innovator known for, among other things, his turned trumpet calls.

Charles Jordan Award, Best-sounding Wingbone
D. Marlin Watkins, Summitville, Ohio

The Charles Jordan Award recognizes the best-sounding wing bone/cane or other material call. The award is named in honor of outdoor and wildlife conservationist and call maker Charles L. Jordan.

Don Chancey Award,
Michael Lapp, Honey Brook, Pa.

The Don Chancey Award recognizes call makers who have mastered the craft of making and tuning box calls. This award is named in honor of Don Chancey.

2012 Grand National Champion Decorative Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year
Best of Show/Class: Mike Houlihan, Portland, Ore.

2nd Best of Show/Class: Brad Samples, Fountain Inn, S.C.

3rd Best of Show/Class: Dave Constantine, Durand, Wis.

Rookie Decorative Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year
Cliff Jennings, River Falls, Wis.

Youth Decorative Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year:
Jared Kaiser, Bartlett, Tenn.

2012 Grand National Champion Hunting Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year
Best of Show/Class: John Koepp, Benton, Mo.
2nd Best of Show/Class: Mike Stelzner, Zumbrota, Minn.
3rd Best of Show/Class: Ronald Laun, New London, N.C.

Rookie Hunting Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year
Nathaniel Keith, Grayson, Ga.

Youth Hunting Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year:
Luke Cochran, Brentwood, Tenn.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, investing more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

For more information, call 1-800-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.

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