Poole Back As State Duck Calling Champ

The nation's elite duck callers, including five state champions and a current world champion, competed for three titles in Macon during the Outdoor Blast.

Three past Georgia state champions, a South Carolina state champ, the two-time Florida champion and the current World Live Duck Champion… Those are just a few of the titles held by the amazing group of competition duck callers that came to Macon to compete during GON’s Outdoor Blast.

Up for grabs were state-championship titles in the Georgia State Duck Calling Contest, which sends a Georgia caller to the World’s Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Ark., the Georgia State Meat Contest and the Georgia State Two-Man contest.

After winning the Georgia State contest in 2009, Chad Poole, of Soperton, is heading back to Stuttgart with another state championship under his belt. Chad blew a Refuge call to beat a field of 14 that included two past Georgia state champions. Chad’s three-round total score was 775. Second place went to Jacob Fortner, 23, of Lawrenceville, with a score of 769. Two-time state champion Clint Shipman, of Byron, placed third with a score of 768.

The 2011 Georgia State Meat Championship may be the most prestigious title of the late-summer calling circuit based on the elite field of 14 that competed. The winner with a score of 791 was Antonio “Duckman” Jones, of Little Rock, Ark. Second and third place tied after three rounds and was decided by a call-off. Three-time World’s Championship finalist Keith Allen, of Scott City, Mo., took second and current World Live Duck Champion Trevor Shannahan placed third.

Special thanks to Refuge Calls for helping sponsor the 2011 duck-calling events and for providing calls to the winners.

2011 Georgia State Duck Calling Results

2011 Georgia State Duck Calling Championship
1. Chad Poole Soperton, Ga. 775  Refuge
2. Jacob Fortner Lawrenceville, Ga.  769 Echo
3. Clint Shipman Byron, Ga. 768  Echo
4. Chad Scarborough Jesup, Ga.  765 RNT
5. Chad Gillespie Covington, Ga. 757 Buck Gardner
6. Nathaniel Keith Grayson, Ga. RM Custom
7. Chad Kenway Zebulon, Ga. Echo
8. Ronnie Hall Cartersville, Ga. Echo
9. Tim Taylor Concord, Ga. Echo
10. Chase Camp Carrollton, Ga. RNT
11. Benny Briggs Harlem, Ga. Lightning
Trae Renfroe Milledgeville, Ga. RNT
Brett Miller Fayetteville, Ga. RNT
14. David Abel Savannah, Ga. RNT

2011 Georgia State Meat Calling Contest
1. Antonio Jones Little Rock, Ark. 791 RNT
2. Keith Allen Scott City, Mo. 789* Pure Duck
3. Trevor Shannahan Millington, Md. 789 RNT
4. Bobby Spivey Baltimore, Md. 786 RNT
5. Blake Hodge Lancaster, SC 781 Hobo
(tie) Zach Raulie Green Cove, Fla. 781 RNT
7. Alex Ciraulo Buford, Ga. Fowlfield Custom
8. Nathaniel Keith Grayson, Ga. RM Custom
9. Tim Fanning Harden, Iowa Big Guys Best
Clint Shipman Byron, Ga. Echo
11. Colton Foskey Cochran, Ga. Refuge
12. Marcus Stowe Covington, Ga.
Trae Renfroe Milledgeville, Ga. RNT
14. Tyler Mitchell Auburn, Ga. Fowlfield Custom
* won a call-off for second place

2011 Georgia State Two-Man Meat Calling Contest
1. Bobby Spivey Baltimore, Md. RNT
Trevor Shannahan Millington, Md. RNT

2. Bobby Spivey Baltimore, Md. RNT
Blake Hodge Lancaster, SC Hobo

3. Trevor Shannahan Millington, Md. RNT
Antonio Jones Little Rock, Ark. RNT

4. Antonio Jones Little Rock, Ark. RNT
Colton Foskey Cochran, Ga. Refuge

5. Daryl Hodge
Blake Hodge Lancaster, SC Hobo

6. Clint Shipman Byron, Ga. Echo
Trevor Shannahan Millington, Md. RNT

(tie) Zach Raulie Green Cove, Fla. RNT
Blake Hodge Lancaster, SC Hobo

8. Colton Foskey Cochran, Ga. Refuge
Blake Hodge Lancaster, SC Hobo

(tie) Tyler Mitchell Auburn, Ga. Fowlfield Custom
Alex Ciraulo Buford, Ga. Fowlfield Custom

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