Palmerston North teen makes history at world duck-calling champs

A Palmerston North teenager has been crowned world junior duck calling champion, becoming the first non-American to take out a championship title at the event.

Ritson Galloway is the current New Zealand live duck calling champion and competed in the World Waterfowl calling competition in the United States.

The 16-year old has won the New Zealand title for the past two years and began duck calling at age three.

At the event in Easton Maryland, Ritson earlier missed the final of the open duck calling competition (open to anyone aged 17 and older) by one point to finish sixth.

However, he blitzed the field in the junior competition to take the title and enter the record books as the first non-American to take a major win.

Ritson Galloway on stage at the US event.
Ritson Galloway on stage at the US event. Photo credit: Supplied

Founded in 1976, the calling competition is part of a four day festival in honour of waterfowl, held annually.

With the United States being the world's stronghold of duck calling, having a Kiwi take out a championship title has been breaking news in the outdoor community.

The competitors performed in front of a live audience with many thousands watching via a live stream.

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