12-year-old duck caller, Holly Irvine with her Dad, Geoff. Photo/facebook.

Holly goes quackers at duck calling champs


Over 20 duck callers from around New Zealand competed to charm the judges, not ducks, at the national duck-calling competition in Tauranga, among them was 12-year-old Holly Irvine from Nelson.

On Saturday Holly and 21 others had 60 seconds to blow a greeting, pleading and feed call plus a lonesome hen call.

Competitors change pitch and tone with their hands cupped around the callers, every blow mimicking a different duck call.

For Holly, the competition was a practice run ahead of the junior world duck calling championships in Maryland, America later this year but she still made it through all three rounds of the national competition, placing 5th overall.

Holly told the New Zealand Herald that her passion ignited when she was 7, she was too young to shoot but wanted to “be like dad”.

“The best part is seeing the reaction of ducks in the sky come towards you when they hear you calling.”

When she started it was hard but after working at it, it became easier.

Holly has competed in multiple competitions since and is looking forward to heading over to America with her dad in November.


-Story with NZ Herald.