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02/15/2013

Terrell, Prudhomme Win GNCC Team Challenge

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Kerry Terrell and Mark Prudhomme have very different styles that continue to produce the same result.

Terrell and Prudhomme won the NWTF Grand National Calling Championships Team Challenge calling contest Feb. 15 at the NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The GNCC Team Challenge victory was the sixth for the partners, including the last four they have entered.

Terrell and Prudhomme credit much of their success to their experience together. "We've studied what works in the past," said Terrell, who lives in Statesboro, Ga. "We just flow."

In the Team Challenge, teammates must act in concern, while making their calls. With Terrell and Prudhomme, listeners are treated to two distinctive tones.

"We sound so much different - like two different hens," said Terrell.

"It's like talking. You don't want to be calling at the same time over each other," said Prudhomme, who lives in Georgetown, S.C. "He calls then I call. A lot of times that makes a difference."

Terrell and Prudhomme won despite drawing the No. 2 spot for their performance. Many callers believe that judges are hesitant to award particularly high scores early in a competition.

"Calling from No. 2, you really have to do your best," Prudhomme said.

With the victory, Prudhomme, who owns 16 overall GNCC titles, is in position to win five GNCC titles this weekend. He won the Owl Hooting and Gobbling competitions Feb. 14. He is entered in the Senior and Champion of Champions events Feb. 16.

He has never won five GNCC titles in one year.

"It's really hard," said Prudhomme. "The competition gets harder every year. You have to do your best and hope that is good enough."

Champions are crowned in 10 calling divisions. 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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