Charles Petty may list his home as Harrisburg, Ark. these days, but Georgia still claims this native son as the best duck caller our pine hills have ever produced. Born in Clarkston, Charles is a former Georgia State Champion duck caller who has been guiding duck hunters in the Jonesboro, Ark. area for the past 20 years.
On Nov. 27, Charles, 61, earned the title of world champion when he won the 2009 Senior World Championship during the World’s Championship events in Stuttgart, Ark.
Charles first tried blowing a duck call at the age of 38. Ironically, his first “real” call was made by Butch Richenback of Rich-N-Tone calls. Charles still blows RNT calls, and placing second to Charles in the World Senior Championship was Richenback.
Charles also competed in the 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest this year. Every caller must qualify for a ticket to the event by winning a state or regional title. This year was the 23rd time Charles has qualified to compete in the prestigious event. He has placed second and third in the World’s Championship and once placed in the top-10 for nine consecutive years.