The following press release is courtesy of Kittle’s Outdoor Sports in Colusa:
Colusa, Calif. – Kittle’s Outdoor will present The 2017 California State Duck Calling Championship & Outdoor Expo, taking place at The Veteran’s Memorial Park, downtown Colusa on August 26 and 27, featuring Fred Zink, founder of Zink Calls & Avian X. Also featuring two California Professional Callers – three-time World Champion caller from Chico, Bret Crowe, owner of JJ Lares duck calls, and California State Speck Goose calling Champion, Ben Williams, owner of Fish Dog Outdoors.
Returning to California for all the fun from Arkansas and Missouri are World Champion Caller and host of RNT TV, Jim Ronquest and our favorite face behind the guitar and guest star of the Outdoor Channel’s Banded Nation, Keith Allen.
Kittle’s Outdoor is proud to bring The 2017 CA State Calling Championship to Colusa for the seventh consecutive year. New this year Kittle’s Outdoor will also host the Butte Sink Regional contest in which the Colusa Casino has donated $500 to the first place winner. This event opens up the competition to out of State contestants also looking for a win to advance to the World Championship.
Saturday Aug. 26, the Butte Sink Regional Championship, which qualifies for the World Competition, will start the day at 10 a.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m.
Saturday will also include two contests for youth and intermediates with no entry fee required and great prizes from Sitka Gear, AvianX and Hevi-Shot. This year Kittle’s is flying in celebrity guest judge, Jim Ronquest of RNT calls who will be hosting a FREE duck calling workshop on Saturday at noon for beginning callers. Live music, great food and a supreme atmosphere can be found at Rocco’s on the River located at the Colusa Landing.
On Sunday Aug. 27, three contests will be held sporting cash purse payback of 100 percent of the entry fees plus $1,000 added to the sanctioned State Duck Championship, $500 added to the open speckle belly goose contest, and $500 added to the two-man duck contest. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m
The two-day event will feature art displays, antique decoys, a bounce house, a kids activity center sponsored by CWA, and a special guest appearance by the makers of Iverson Duck Calls. Iverson has been a favorite wooden call for decades in the Colusa area. Over 30 waterfowl and community vendors will set up shop. Local restaraunts will be providing breakfast and lunch menus both days in the Park. The Yuba Sutter Sea Cadets will be on hand for security and public safety. The River Valley Lodge has rooms blocked for the two-day event (530) 458-8844. Other lodging in Colusa can be found at the Riverside Inn and the Colusa Motel.
The “main street”, or world qualifying competition calling is different from calling while hunting in the field and “meat calling.” The judges are listening to a calling routine that demonstrates how well the caller can blow the call as if it were a musical instrument. The caller that makes the least mistakes or sour notes wins. Join the fun and learn something new.