Colusa Hosting State Duck Calling Contest This Weekend

2016 California state duck calling champion Tim Hudson. (SUE GRAUE PHOTOGRAPHY)

The following appears in the August issue of California Sportsman:

It’s become an annual late-summer event and a warm-up to the fall waterfowl season in the duck-crazy Sacramento Valley. The callers are coming back to Colusa. 

The California Regional and State Duck Calling Contest is set for the weekend of Aug. 26 and 27 at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Winners of both regional and state competitions will advance to November’s Duck Calling World Championships in Stuttgart, Arkansas. 

“We are excited to show our best in hosting both the regional and state contests this year,” says Pat Kittle, general manager of Colusa’s Kittle’s Outdoor Sports, which has been given the approval to serve as the official hosts for both events.

“The regional is a special contest in that it allows callers from anywhere to compete for a qualifying win to go to Stuttgart. The California State is open only to California residents.”

Tim Hudson is the defending champion in the latter contest. 

“Intertwined in the middle of the two big contests that qualify for the Worlds are several other calling contests that open up the stage for some friendly competition for titles such as ‘Live Duck,’ two-man teams, specklebelly goose, and youth contests,” a press release states. 

Sponsors for this year include JJ Lares Calls, Fish Dog Outdoors, Avery Outdoors, Banded Nation, Jack Daniels, Colusa Casino, River Valley Lodge, Hevi-Shot, Sitka Gear, Avian X decoys, and the Colusa Landing. 

“Kittle’s has really stepped up the last few years to provide every duck hunter with the best opportunity to purchase shotgun shells, decoys and waterfowl gear at the absolutely lowest pricing you will find anywhere,” says Steve Sherbondy, who is coordinating this year’s festivities. CS


Saturday, Aug. 26

9 a.m.: Opening

10 a.m.: Butte Sink regional duck calling contest/world championship qualifier. Entry fee: $50

Noon: Seminar (TBD)

1 p.m.: Junior and intermediate duck calling contest. Entry fee: Free

2 p.m.: Junior and intermediate speck calling contest. Entry fee: Free

3 p.m.: California State Live Duck Calling Contest (single-person entry). Entry fee: $30


Sunday, Aug. 27

10 a.m.: California State duck calling championship/world championship qualifier. Entry fee: $50

Noon: Seminar (TBD)

1 p.m.: California state speck calling contest. Entry fee: $30

2:30 p.m.: California state two-man meat calling contest (two-team limit). Entry fee: $40 per team.