Klondike wrote:First off,I am not a Canada goose caller,so some of what I am going to say may need to be corrected.
I am a competition Speck and Snow caller.
As far as time,usually 60 or 90 seconds for the routine,with a light coming on with 10 seconds left,serving as a warning to rap it up. If you go over,instant DQ.
Main difference from the field for me, PAUSES. You have many times of silence in the field,usually on stage,EXCEPT for the very bottom before your comeback,you run the call with very few breaks of silence.
YOU need to get info on the contest,it should be printed whether you need to emulate a filed scenario,example---get goose's attention,come on call,go into ground work and murmurs,loose the goose or geese,go into short comeback,then settle them down for the shot OR some judges favor caller who can run the CALL to the max,not so much about painting the picture.
Set goals that are achievable,don't expect to place in your first contest,although not out of the question,but highly unlikely at a major contest. Goals,like excuting a practiced routine,making the cut in the first round,etc....
Practice until you are nauseated,then practice some more.
Remember,failure is when you really start to learn.
I was cut in my first major contest in the first round,since then I have won both state and world championships in snow and speck calling,so moral of the story,we all have gone to through the grind to achieve success.
Klondike wrote: My point is,if you put in the hours to completely command a call,you will improve greatly in the field,period.
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