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02/11/2012

Georgetown, S.C., man wins fourth straight Champion of Champions title

Photos and interviews for media available upon request through Josh Fleming.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mark Prudhomme of Georgetown, S.C., earned the extreme honor of being crowned Champion of Champions.

Prudhomme demonstrated his remarkable talent in front of the huge crowd at the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Champion of Champions competition in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 11. It was his fourth straight Champion of Champions title.

"To be a great caller, you have to combine the ability to call with good woodsmanship," said Prudhomme. "Live turkeys are the best teachers."

Each year, the NWTF hosts the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships during the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show. Dozens of the world's best adult and youth turkey callers gather to test their skills in front of a panel of expert judges.

"The announcement of a new grand national champion creates a phenomenal effect in the crowd," said George C. Thornton, NWTF CEO. "It has taken years to perfect the sounds of a wild turkey one hears at the championships, so it is no wonder the crowd anticipates the declaration of the champion's name. Our champion has received the highest honor for a turkey caller."

This year, champions were crowned in 10 divisions at the 36th annual NWTF convention, which celebrated the theme Hunters: Champions of Conservation. MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.

In the Champion of Champions Division, callers are asked to perform a series of calls that imitate both a wild turkey hen and gobbler. Some of these calls include the yelp, cluck and purr, kee kee run and gobble. A panel of seven expert judges score each call and the slightest mistake can virtually eliminate a caller from contention. Overall, the winners from each division competed for their share of more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

The NWTF National Convention and Sport Show attracts tens of thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts who explore a sport show that's larger than four football fields, meet their favorite celebrities from the hunting industry and watch the world's best turkey callers compete.

In 2013, the 37th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show will return to Nashville and the Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 14 to Feb. 17.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have achieved a great success in restoring wild turkey populations throughout the United States, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

2012 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA — Official Sponsor
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barronett Blinds, Bass Pro Shops, Benelli, Big Tex Trailers, Bird Dog and Whitetail Whiskey, Browning, Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Marlin Firearms, Mossy Oak, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, O.F. Mossberg, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Titan UTV, Winchester/Olin Corporation, U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, Weatherby, Wild Turkey Bourbon

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