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Stuttgart, Ark. - ESPN Outdoors Duck Trek 2008

12/14/2008

Duck season:
Statewide:
Nov. 22, 2008 - Dec. 1, 2008
Dec. 6, 2008 - Dec. 24, 2008
Dec. 26, 2008 - Jan. 25, 2009

Duck Trek stop: No. 9

World's Championship Duck Calling Contest Features:

Nolan blew better
Ryan Nolan almost held it together after he was announced the winner of the 2008 World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. "I'm on top of the world right now," Nolan said. "I've put in countless hours of work toward this." Story

A senior moment
Judges for the Senior World might have been tipped off a bit, but it didn't matter. When hometown favorite Butch Richenback finished competing Saturday in the first-ever competition for those 55 and older, the crowd burst into applause. Story

Heeding the Call
Kyle Carter and Sam Eifling are blogging the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Story

Million-dollar mallards
The mud-and-grass caked pick-ups lined both sides of the Highway 63 in front of Mack's Prairie Wings on Saturday, a testament to the flood of waterfowl hunters who descend on Stuttgart every fall. Story

A call to teach
Teaching people how to sound like a duck is Butch Richenback's life calling, and if you don't do it right, he might whack you with a stick. Story

A real blow
If you thought last year during ESPNOutdoors.com's live broadcast of the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest from Stuttgart, Ark., that you were the only listener without the first clue as to what the callers were trying to accomplish, rest easy — you weren't.

Turns out the old joke is fairly accurate: Competitors call judges, not ducks. Story

World's Championship Duck Calling Contest Photos: