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02/11/2013

Prudhomme Sweeps Hooting, Gobbling Competitions

For photos and interviews, contact John Brasier at (803) 637-7667 or jbrasier@nwtf.net

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Mark Prudhomme got off to a perfect start at the NWTF Grand National Calling Championships at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The Georgetown, S.C., native opened the 37th annual NWTF Convention Feb. 14 by defeating 18 competitors in owl hooting. Less than an hour later, he bested 25 competitors to complete the sweep in gobbling.

Prudhomme and partner Kerry Terrell of Georgia won the GNCC Team Challenge calling competition Feb. 15, making Prudhomee 3-for-3 entering Saturday afternoon's Senior and Champion of Champions competitions.

Though Prudhomme has a total of 16 GNCC titles, it was his first GNCC owl hooting championship. "To win those two back to back was kind of special," said Prudhomme. "You know when you did what you wanted to do, but you never know how it will turn out because everyone else is on their game, too.

"The level of competition here is unbelievable."

The weekend is likely to become more special for the wildlife manager at a Georgetown plantation. He won the Champion of Champions division in 2009-2012.

"I really enjoy the format," Prudhomme said. "I like being able to run all the variety of calls. It's the event that makes you work the hardest, so it makes me the happiest when I when."

Champions are crowned in 10 calling divisions during the weekend. Dozens of the world’s best adult and youth turkey hunters test their skills for the ears of expert judges.

Each year, the NWTF hosts the Grand National Turkey Calling Championships during the NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The NWTF celebrated its 40th anniversary in style in 2013 with a record 721 vendors and about 45,000 attendees.

The NWTF, a nonprofit organization and the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America, is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

Since the NWTF’s founding, the wild turkey population has increased from 1.3 million to almost 7 million with wild turkey now inhabiting 49 states and 99 percent of suitable habitat.

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have conserved 17.3 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

For more information on the NWTF or the Grand National Calling Championships call (800) THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.

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