The aspiring duck and geese-callers of the country are preparing to laugh later in the month in the New Zealand Duck-and-Ganzonsneller championships and to ruffle each other's feathers.
For the third year in a row, the event will be held as part of the Sika Show in Taupo, on September 29 and September 30.
The annual iSka Show & Competition is the largest open air fair of its kind in New Zealand and attracts thousands of enthusiastic hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Duck Calling Competition organizer Adam Rayner is very pleased with the way in which the calling champions have drawn the attention of both hunters and spectators to the show.
"Last year was the biggest response so far with hundreds of attentively watching and listening to competitors," he said.
"For participants who take their duck and goose group seriously, this is the highlight of their year with a victory that is very respectable."
"There are many small call events across the country, but nothing can be compared to the New Zealand champions and the compliments involved in participating, let alone winning," Mr Rayner said.
This year the open live duck & # 39; vigorously disputed, because the reigning triple New Zealand champion Hunter Morrow, from the South Island, has resigned.
"It will be exciting to see the rising stars that are busy and ready to take his place," he said, "while a new champion is crowned."
The participants will compete in five categories: open living duck; open team duck; open living goose and open team goose.
To qualify as a junior you must be younger than 14 and you may not have been a top three finalist in a previous national championship for ducklings.
"A time limit of 60 seconds for all individual routines and 90 seconds for team competitions is strictly enforced, so it's a very testing high-pressure affair," said Rayner.
Previous winners have been fighting overseas for a crack in the world title and this year is no exception.
There are five Kiwi's that are going to compete for the world champions, which will be held as part of the waterfowl festival in Easton, in Maryland in the US.
Young people like Holly Irvine from Richmond near Nelson have participated in the world champions in previous years, he adds.
Mr. Rayner said that a banger of a duck or a goose is a wind instrument that requires a lot of skill to produce what you might call "authentic calls, mimicking real living ducks or geese.
"It's a skill that you do not learn, but" nighttime success comes only with a lot of practice, "he said.
We also appreciate the continued support of Fish & Game, he added.
Duck calling competitors are asked to join the day – register at 9 am on Saturday, September 29.