For the past several years the Louisiana Waterfowl Alliance has staged a duck and speckle-bellied goose calling contest on Saturday of the Sportsmens Expo held at the Cajundome in Lafayette. This year the contest was held on 25 July. The number of callers was down from past years, but the competition fierce, as usual. A nice crowd of about 50 spectators were entertained by the excellent calling from enthusiastic contestants.
In the duck calling competition there are Junior (under 16 years of age) and Senior (16 and older) divisions. The specklebelly (white-fronted goose) calling competition is an open event where callers of any age and sex compete together. Callers under 16 do not have to pay the $10 registration fee. The duck callers are allowed 90 seconds for their routine which must include the demonstration of 4 basic calls: hail or “come on in” call, feeding chuckle, lonesome hen call and come back call. The goose callers have 60 seconds to do their best to sound like feeding specs beckoning from the field for a passing flock to join them. Five expert waterfowl hunters were kind enough to spend part of their Saturday afternoon to judge the contest.
Bryce Fontenot of Ville Platte took 1st place in the Junior Duck Division followed by Kevin Savoy of St. Martinville in 2nd and Silas Ardoin of Ville Platte in 3rd.
Matthew Cormier of Abbeville won the Senior Duck Division followed by Lane Doucet of Welsh in 2nd and Christian Morgan of Rayne 3rd.
In the specklebelly competition, William Barnes of Washington took 1st place followed by Jack Wagar of Rayne 2nd and Lester DeLouche of Sulphur 3rd.
Winners (1st 3 places ) were awarded attractive trophies provided by the Expo producers and the 1st place winners in each division received a case of shotgun shells.
LWA plans to hold the contest again next year, in cooperation with the Expo, and hopes to grow participation.