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I was wondering if you guys could help out a beginner again. I really enjoy waterfowl hunting and calling and was wondering if you could tell me some good competition calls that are a little bit cheaper, what to buy to learn how to use them and some closer competitions that i could maybe plan on entering.
 

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is there actually going to be a meat calling contest at crane creek, and if so does anybody know what the rules are going to be like?
 

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To anyone who wants to start contest calling my number one suggestion is to find a few people who can judge you over the phone and have been there. There's more to contests than impressing your friends and making a call sound good. The format is in stone you can't make up a routine that you like and every other caller follows the tradition and expect to do well. Now everyone has there own style but it's molded around what has been the proven routine of main street calling and that's what most beginners need helped with. But 870 if you ever compete there's no embarassment involved it takes a lot to lay it on the table. I've never heard one person get laughed at or made fun of in the bullpin only hand shakes and good job are exchanged. Good calls are needed and I hate to say it $120 is as cheap as you can get away with and expect to compete. Remember it's the man behind the call but the call has to become your right hand.

Ronnie Smith
 

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Matt, You are so right on contest calling. I have hunted with competition callers that could not see the diference. If I am judging, I want to hear something completely different than I hear in the duck blind. Much harder to please me than to call a duck. Why do you think I would never compete? The best way to learn anything, is to talk to the people that have been successful. A person considering competing should spend some time with someone like you if they are serious. Jim
 
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