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Minn. man named world's top duck caller

Dec. 2, 2009 at 5:56 PM

STUTTGART, Ark., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man's duck calling was certified as the best in the world at the 74th annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest in Arkansas.

Mike Anderson, 29, said he grew up practicing duck calls for six hours a day, giving him the skills to best 67 competitors Saturday in Stuttgart, Ark., the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.

"I was the dark horse, for sure, in that I don't work for a duck calling company and don't live in the South," Anderson said. "I'm still getting goose bumps talking about it."

Anderson became the first Minnesota resident to win the contest since it began in 1936.

"Duck calling and hunting is a pastime in Minnesota, but it's religion in the South," said John Molkenbur, a founder of the Minnesota Duck and Goose Callers Association. "What Mike did is pretty rare."

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