MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 22, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited is sad to acknowledge the death of Bernie Boyle of Danville, Iowa. Boyle was a two-time World Champion Duck Caller and winner of the 2005 Champion of Champions Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Boyle owned Mallard Mauler Duck Calls and was a member of the Drake Waterfowl Elite Team.
"Bernie's death is a great loss to the duck calling community," said Bill Free, chairman of the World Duck Calling Competition and Wings Over the Prairie Festival in Stuttgart. "He has participated in our duck calling competition for more than 20 years and will be missed by all the duck callers here in Stuttgart. This will be a hard hole to fill."
Mike Checkett, waterfowl biologist and communications specialist at DU, echoed Free's sentiment.
"The news of Bernie's death is a shock to the waterfowl community. He was a well-liked and respected member of the waterfowl community and will be greatly missed."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.