The Main Street stage was the focal point for a large camouflage-clad audience November 24 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Packed shoulder-to-shoulder, the crowd swelled throughout the day as 62 competitive duck callers from across the United States competed in the Super Bowl of the duck calling world—the 77th Annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. For the second time in three years, Brad Allen of Judsonia, Arkansas, hoisted the huge trophy above his head after claiming the title of World Duck Calling Champion.
After taking top honors in 2010 and finishing as second runner-up in 2011, Allen returned to Main Street poised, confident, and equipped with a crisp contest routine that he had honed during countless hours of practice. Once again, he had his sights set on the top prize. The competitive juices were flowing.
"People keep asking, 'Which one felt better?' but both wins were great," the 39-year-old Allen said. "The first was so emotional—to finally get there after 10 tries in 12 years and they hand you the trophy. This win was a competition issue, and I was more fired up."
"It's the history and the tradition that I enjoy," Allen added. "Seeing some of those names on the list of winners, like Chick Major and Butch Richenback, I'm just honored to see my name on that list—let alone twice."