Division 3 Rules

22nd Annual Grand National NWTF Decorative
Duck & Goose Call Competition – Division III

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I. Announcements

The Grand National NWTF Decorative Duck & Goose Call is a supportive category. This is a chance to support the NWTF and gain national recognition by competing in exciting and challenging categories. All entries will be sold on silent or live auction at a 50/50 split (unless entry fee waiver is elected for 100% donation) at the 2019 NWTF National Convention. The 50/50 split entitles the call maker to 50% of the auction bid and the remaining 50% goes to support the NWTF. Name recognition and competition placement (if applicable) will be displayed with each entry at the auction.

Checks will be mailed out from NWTF Headquarters following the convention (Usually 3-4 weeks following the convention). A panel of well-known wild turkey call experts will judge the Grand National NWTF Turkey Call Competition whenever possible. Alternative less known, but experienced, judges will sometimes be used in circumstances where judges need to be replaced due to unforeseen situations. Alternate Judges are screened and evaluated by multiple staff members, and other professionals before they are approved to judge the competition.

II. General Decorative Duck & Goose Call Competition rules:

  • All call makers are required to pre-register all entries they plan to enter in the 2019 competition. The pre-registration deadline for all entries is January 18, 2019.
  • TO REGISTER YOUR CALLS: To register your call(s), type in customcalls.nwtf.org.  You will need to create an account - this is a very quick and easy process... please make sure to include your email address.  If you have any questions or need guidance, please feel free to contact Karen Cavender at (803)637-7428 Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.  This online process will allow you to track the sale of your custom call, receive your scores from the judges, obtain a bid paddle or silent auction number, pay for your registration fees, bid paddles and calls online and upload photo's of your custom calls. You have the option to hide these photo uploads until the contest begins to prevent other callmakers from being influenced by your designs.

    When registering your call(s), please be sure to include a description of the call including types of materials used and any information that will enhance the sale should the call be selected for the Grand National Call Auction on Saturday morning.

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Many changes have been implemented since the 2018 competition. Details of these new changes can be found throughout our website. Here is a brief list of the changes we have added, or intend to add
    • Online Bidding for silent auction items replaces Absentee Bids
    • Upload photos of your custom calls to our website (All photos go through an approval process)
    • Reputation points that accumulate from year to year
    • Callmaker profiles that allow you to connect
    • Text message notifications
    • Where you placed in the categories you enter (i.e - 30th out of 50)
    • Easier for judges to leave feedback (Still not required though)
    • Easier to register Calls
    • Payment system is being re-designed for both buyers and callmakers to make it easier
  • On July 6, 2016 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that a ban on the commercial trade of ivory went into effect. This ban prohibits the sale of ivory. Therefore, we are prohibited from allowing any call to be entered in the Grand National Custom Call Competition that is made of or has ANY ivory on the call.
  • Call makers are responsible for selecting the category in which they wish to enter each call. The NWTF reserves the right to place any call in a different category than the one designated by the entrant if the NWTF believes the call is more correctly suited to a different category. If a change is made, the call maker will be notified via email of the change.
  • The call(s) may be presented in the contest on a presentation stand or box. These stands, boxes, bases will not be judged for quality of craftsmanship and design and may be of commercial nature if desired, as their presence will not influence the judging of the calls.
  • You may enter as many calls and as many categories as you wish.
  • Decorative Duck and Goose Call Awards

    • Grand National Champion Call Maker of the Year - Best of Show
      • Grand National Championship Ring
      • $1,500 
      • trophy
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 2nd Best of Show
      • $1,000
      • trophy
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 3rd Best of Show
      • $750
      • trophy
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 1st place (each category)
      • $150
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 2nd place (each category)
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 3rd place (each category) 
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 4th place (each category)
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 5th place (each category)
      • medallion w/ribbon
    • 2019 Decorative Duck and Goose Call Grand National Champion of Champions Award
      • $250
      • trophy
      • medallion w/ribbon
      • National Champion of Champions Ring (winner may purchase)
    • 2019 Grand National Youth Decorative Duck & Goose Call Maker of the Year
    • This award will recognize an outstanding youth call maker 17 years of age or less.
      • National Champion award medallion with ribbon
      • Youth Call Maker of the Year Award - Trophy
      • All youth call makers will receive a Youth Participant medallion for participating
    • 2019 Grand National Amateur Decorative Duck and Goose Call Maker of the Year 
    • National Champion Medallion with ribbon
    • Amateur Call Maker of the Year Award - Trophy
    • NEW CHANGE: All callmakers who have been awarded Amateur Call Maker of the Year in a particular division will not be eligible to enter as an "Amateur" in that particular division.    EXAMPLE: If you have won Amateur Call Maker of the Year in Division I - Decorative Turkey Call, you are not eligible to enter in Division I as an amateur again.  However, you may continue to enter the remaining divisions (Divisions II, III and IV as an Amateur until you reach Amateur Call Maker of the Year in each one of those divisions).  
    • This does not eliminate any call maker from entering both the Amateur categories and the other categories. You may enter both the Amateur categories and the other categories.
      • All amateur callmakers will receive an Amateur Participant medallion for participating

Other Information

  • It is necessary for the call maker to list the estimated fair market value for all entries. Please provide this information when registering online. 
  • Call makers who are unable to attend the convention or are concerned that their call(s) may sell for less than market value are able to place a bid online for their call once they have obtained a bid number (bid numbers are REQUIRED in order to place a bid). Online bidding will replace absentee bids. Once you place an online bid for a call, you are agreeing to purchase the call for that price if you do not get outbid by another buyer.
  • IMPORTANT: Once again, we will be identifying calls entered into this competition by a call ID number. This call ID number was given to you when you registered each call online (each call will have a different ID number) and is required to be placed on call(s) and pieces that accompany those calls including bases or stands. Marking your call number on calls and any individual pieces that make up that call and/or its base should be done in a non-evasive way. The image to the left shows the way we would recommend. Stickers can be used but may cause damage to the finish (even painters tape has the potential to damage finishes). You are free to carve the number into the call but it could possibly decrease the value of that call.
  • The call maker or their designated person may deliver pre-registered calls in person to the Grand National Custom Call Registration Desk at (Please check back soon for Location) from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Registration fees can be paid at time of registering calls online OR at the convention when delivering your call(s).

    If you are mailing your calls to NWTF Headquarters, the DEADLINE TO RECEIVE the calls is January 18, 2019. Please make sure the check for registration fees (if applicable) are TAPED TO THE OUTSIDE of the package in an envelope. We do not open packages before the convention. Mail to: NWTF Grand National Decorative Duck & Goose Call Competition, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield, SC 29824. Packages can be sent Priority, UPS or Fed Ex.

  • All entries shipped to the NWTF will be opened at the convention site.
  • It is the call maker’s responsibility to place an acceptable insurance value on the entry for shipping purposes, as the NWTF will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to entries that are beyond the control of the contest.
  • BUSINESS CARDS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED NEXT TO CALLS THIS YEAR. As an alternative, you may now opt to have your information displayed directly on the silent auction bid sheet when the bid sheet is laid out. After the contest ends, your contact information will be displayed to anyone who requests it (as long as you have allowed us to share it).
  • All entries will be required to remain at the Convention until Sunday, February 17, 2019.
  • Bidding on all silent auction calls will begin on Friday, February 15, 2019 and will close starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 16th. Approximate closing times are listed below.
    • Division II will begin at 1 p.m.
    • Division I will begin at 2 p.m.
    • Division III will begin at 3 p.m.
    • Division IV will begin at 3:30 p.m.

    IMPORTANT: All silent auction online bidding will close 10 minutes before the division is closed for bidding. If you wish to cancel your bid, you will have up to 10 minutes after you place that bid to cancel (Unless we are in the final minutes of online bidding).  Otherwise, the bid will stand. If you wish to enter last minute bids after online bidding is closed, please designate someone to enter those bids on your behalf who can be in the call making area as those division categories are closing.  

  • IMPORTANT: Buyers will be allowed to pay for and pick up calls bought beginning Sunday morning, Feb. 17 at 6 a.m.  PLEASE NOTE: We may be able to release calls(not guaranted) beginning Saturday at 6:00 p.m. HOWEVER, the convention hall closes at 7:00 p.m. It is the Gaylord Opryland Policy requirement that all attendees must exit the convention hall no later than 7:00 p.m. This includes anyone who may be standing in line to pay for and pick up their call(s). We apologize for the inconvenience but again we have to comply with Gaylord Opryland’s policy. NO EXCEPTIONS can be made. If you are required to exit the convention hall at 7:00 p.m. before paying for and picking up calls you purchased, you can return Sunday morning beginning at 6:00 a.m.
  • Winners of the 22nd Annual NWTF Grand National Custom Call Maker Competition will be announced at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at the 16th Annual Premier Custom Call Auction. Live Auction begins at 10 a.m.
  • Judges will be asked to be available to meet with contestants and answer questions from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
  • Entry fee is $25 per call. Please note all entries are 50% supportive unless the call maker specifies the entry is 100% donation. If entry or entries are 100% donated, entry fee is waived and NWTF retains 100% of proceeds from the sale of the call.
  • Checks will be mailed from NWTF Headquarters after the convention. PLEASE ALLOW 3-4 WEEKS AFTER RETURNING FROM CONVENTION TO RECEIVE CHECKS.

III. Rules, Categories and Judging Criteria

  • Calls may be constructed of any material.
  • Tips, guards and banding on any part of the call will be considered as standard construction item and their presence on an entry will not affect the entry’s placement into a category.
  • An entry may be constructed using one or more styles, materials and techniques.
  • Signatures, brands and maker’s marks will not disqualify the entry or influence the judge thereof.
  • Calls are to be the product of the person whose name is registered as maker.
  • Calls entered into Category 12: Two-dimensional Decorative Call and/or Category 13: Open Calls may be a combined effort between call maker(s) and artist. Calls must be registered by the maker of the call and accompanied by the name of the person doing the artwork. (Only one prize will be awarded to the maker).
NEW AMATEUR CALL MAKERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR THE GRAND NATIONAL DECORATIVE DUCK & GOOSE CALL MAKER OF THE YEAR

Category 1

Decorative Carved Call - AMATEUR: Category for calls whose major influence is relief carving using hand-held power tools that are electric or air driven. Calls may have oil, painted or stained finishes with main emphasis on the carving. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, technical quality of workmanship and finish, does design and medium complement each other, is design intent conveyed well and proportional, and overall appearance of call.

Category 2

Hand Checkered Call- AMATEUR: Category for calls whose intent is to feature the art and skill of hand checkering as the major influence. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, complexity and symmetry of checkered panels, quality of workmanship and finish, overall checking ability, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 3

Laminated Call - AMATEUR: Category for calls constructed of two or more types of wood or materials. The major influence being on the lamination of the call and the aesthetic appeal. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, symmetry and complexity of pattern, does design and medium complement each other, quality of lamination and workmanship (finish), and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 4

Matched Set: Category for two or more calls that are complementary in design, material and adornments and may include any combination of call types.
Judging Criteria: Quality of sound reproduction, complimentary in design, quality of workmanship and finish, overall appearance, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 5

Traditional Carved Call: Category for calls whose major influence is traditional relief hand carving using traditional hand held tools such as knives, gouges, files and sandpaper. Calls may have oil or stained finishes with main emphasis on the carving. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, technical quality of workmanship and finish, does design and medium complement each other, is design intent conveyed well and proportional and overall appearance of call.

Category 6

Decorative Antler Call: Category for calls whose intent is to feature art and skill of functional call making utilizing natural animal material such as antler or bone calls that feature carved, checkered, laminated, scrimshaw or painted adornments. Any antler, horn or bone material may be used in the construction. Wood material is excluded in this category. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, quality of workmanship and finish, does design and medium complement each other, overall appearance and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 7

Decorative Carved Call: Category for calls whose major influence is relief carving using hand-held power tools that are electric or air driven and relief carved from a single piece of material. Decorative lip rest and banding is ermitted if hand crafted. Calls may have oil, painted or stained finishes with main emphasis on the carving. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria: Quality of sound reproduction, technical quality of workmanship and finish, does design and medium complement each other, is design intent conveyed well and proportional, and overall appearance of call.

Category 8

Hand Checkered Call: Category for calls whose intent is to feature the art and skill of hand checkering as the major influence. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, complexity and symmetry of checkered panels, quality of workmanship and finish, overall checking ability, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 9

Laminated Call: Category for calls constructed of two or more types of wood or materials. The major influence being on the lamination of the call and the aesthetic appeal. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, symmetry and complexity of pattern, does design and medium complement each other, quality of lamination and workmanship (finish), and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 10

Carved Waterfowl Head Call: Category for calls that emulate the natural duck or goose form in an artistic fashion, color and style. Category to be judged on finish colors as well as artistic interpretation. Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, quality of workmanship and finish, artistry/artistic appeal in the essence of the species, is design accurate and proportional, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 11

Miniature Call: Category for calls that are no more than 3 inches in total overall length. Calls may be of any style or design including all categories from division 3 and 4. Entries may include a duck or goose call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, quality of workmanship and finish, artistry/artistic appeal (carving, checkering, lamination, etc.), miniature detailing and propositions, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 12

Two-dimensional Decorative Call: Category for calls whose major decorative influence is scrimshaw, etching, wood burning, line carving or painted scene. Calls may be of any material and may be combined effort between call maker and a two-dimensional artist. Call must be registered by the maker of the call and accompanied by person’s name doing the artwork. (ONLY ONE PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE MAKER). On July 6, 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that a ban on the commercial trade of ivory went into effect. This ban prohibits the sale of ivory. Therefore, we are prohibited from allowing any call to be entered in the Grand National Custom Call Competition that is made of or has ANY ivory on the call . Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call, or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, quality of workmanship and finish, artistry/artistic appeal, complexity of design and technical quality of artistry, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 13

Open Call: Category for calls that are carved, painted, laminated, multi-piece constructed, inlaid, banded, scrimshawed, machine checkered, machine cut, indexed geometric design, wood burned, rose lathe work and any call entered whose major influence will not place it into any of the above divisions as well as call entries that the rule committee determines should be placed into this division. . On July 6, 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that a ban on the commercial trade of ivory went into effect. This ban prohibits the sale of ivory. Therefore, we are prohibited from allowing any call to be entered in the Grand National Custom Call Competition that is made of or has ANY ivory on the call Entries may include a duck call, goose call, swan call, or whistle type call.
Judging Criteria:
Quality of sound reproduction, quality of workmanship and finish, artistry/artistic appeal, is design intent conveyed and proportional, and overall judge’s opinion.

Category 14

Decorative Waterfowl Display: This is a stand-alone category in Division III. Display must include one or more duck, goose, swan or waterfowl whistle calls. Category open to any waterfowl theme design. Category will be judged on overall display design and call(s). This category is not available for Best of Show. It may be a collaborated effort between call maker and artist. Call must be registered by the maker of the call and accompanied by person’s name doing the artwork.
Judging Criteria:
Display will be judged on overall appeal, aesthetic decorative quality and quality of craftsmanship.

Category 15

Grand National Champion of Champions: This is a stand-alone category (limited to past Decorative Duck & Goose Call 1st Place Best of Show Winners) in Division III – Decorative Duck & Goose Calls. This category is not eligible for the current year Division III – Decorative Duck & Goose Call Best of Show Award. Call makers will be eligible for the 16th Annual Premier Custom Call Auction on a 70/30 (callmaker/NWTF) split basis. Calls in this category may be entered with bases or displays and will be included in the judging. Judging criteria and points will be awarded.

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