The annual Don Gasaway Youth Goose Calling Contest was held this morning at the southern Celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Days in Carterville, Illinois.  Some 18 youngsters competed in two divisions (12 and under and 12 and over).  There were 9 entries in each divisions.

The event is held on the campus of John A. Logan College which supplies not only the grounds but significant financial and man power including security with their campus police force.

The contest is judged by 5 volunteer judges who are experts in contest calling for waterfowl.  Most are from out-of-town but one exception was made this year.  Mike Ritter, a college student and employee of the college judged.  Mike began competing in the contest himself at the age of 8.  He went on to win it 4 times before he became too old to enter.  He has gone on to win several national championships.

The winners received a large amount of merchandise donated from some community and waterfowl industry companies.  The first place winner in each division received an engraved shotgun.  The over 12 winner received a 12 Gauge and the under 12 was awarded a 20 Gauge.  Every contestant received a prize just for competing.

The winners in the Junior (Under 12) division were Clay Schultz, Dongola, IL in first place.  Second place went to AJ Carey of Grafton, IL.  Third place went to AAron Duke of Pulaski, IL.

The winners in the Intermediate (12 to 16) division Gabe Evard, Marion, IL in first place.  Second place went to Robert Dick of Holland, MI.  Third place went to Alex Ciraulo of Buford, GA.


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