Revealing latest duck shooter accessory
Twelve months is a long time in duck-shooting technology.
Last year we ran a photo of Gerald MacRae featuring camouflage sunglasses, which was the latest craze in duck shooting.
Yesterday, he highlighted one of this season's duck shooting must-haves ahead of the May 3 opening day.
Hunting and Fishing Invercargill co-owner and manager and experienced duck-shooter MacRae said electronic duck callers had been popular this year.
The Cass Creek Electronic Game Call had been a hit with people who did not feel comfortable on a wooden caller.
It was well suited to young and elderly people and people with breathing conditions like asthma, he said.
The device runs on three AA batteries and has the capability of calling duck, geese and paradise duck, imitating the different noises each bird makes.
The callers had been around for about five years but had not been used much in Southland, he said. They started selling more before duck shooting last year, but this year there had been a "huge uplift" with the store selling more than 100 and ordering more.
He is not the only Southland businessman cashing in on the duck-shooting season.
Invercargill men Phill Robb and Steve Rodgers have started a business selling their own hand-made wooden duck callers made of New Zealand native and exotic woods.
The keen duck hunters had been buying duck callers for 25 years before deciding they could make them themselves.
And they "nailed it", Robb says.
"There is a magic feeling when you have one of our calls in your hands and you have called in that group of big green head mallards, they put their landing gear down and it's time to pull the trigger on your faithful shotgun."
Their business, Down South Duck Calls.com, officially started a week ago and they had sold between 50 and 60 of the duck callers which they had named after family members. The business is hosting a duck calling competition in Riverton tonight at the Carriers Arms at 7pm. Prizes will be won for best calls, overall, and best dressed.
The Southland Times