Wilmington teen quacking his way toward world championship


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear turns out all kinds of great competitors: Football players, basketball stars and duck-calling champs.

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One of Wilmington’s very own is competing in the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Arkansas this weekend.

“I’ve been calling ducks since I was probably about five years old,” Nathan Garrett said.

Garrett, 17, can call waterfowl with the best of ’em. He’s the junior champ in North Carolina, South Carolina and the Pamlico Region. Now he’s on to compete for the title of world’s best duck caller.

He said it’s hard to describe his love for the sport, but he knows it’s what he wants to do for the rest of his life.

“Seeing the ducks’ first flight, combing in the decoys, just being outdoors is probably one of the main things,” Garrett said. “Just being out there, being with friends and all.”

Garrett’s dad Nick couldn’t be prouder of his son. He says he can’t take credit for Nathan’s golden pipes.

“Everybody asks him how he got so good at calling. He said ’cause I couldn’t call quite so good. That’s kind of funny,” Nick said.

“It’s all about the different kinds of sounds and tones you put into the duck call to make the noises,” Nathan said.

Nathan’s the youngest competitor, but he has confidence in his calls. He said he’s excited to meet some veteran callers and learn from them.

“I practice about a couple times a week, just blowing routines every now and then,” he said. “Also, just being out duck hunting, calling for the clients, getting the birds in. It all comes together.”

And this weekend it could come together for a world championship.

Nathan also runs his own hunting lodge and serves as a hunting guide.


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