Danville youth captures another NWTF calling title

Atlanta, Ga. – Dakota Clouser re-wrote the record book in
winning four Grand National Junior Division turkey calling
championships, including three in a row from 2003-05.

Now it looks like the Pennsylvania teen is looking to do the
same in the intermediate division.

Clouser, a sophomore at Danville High School, made a smooth
transition to into the next level of competition, winning the
National Wild Turkey Federation’s intermediate division title last
month at the NWTF convention in Atlanta.

But it wasn’t easy, he says.

“You can ask just about everybody, this was probably the most
nervous I’ve ever been in a contest,” said Clouser, who edged
Hailey Long, of Alabama, and Lance Hanger, of Virginia, for the
title.

“It means a lot, stepping up a level like this. It’s just a
really great feeling – really unbelievable,” the Danville teen
said.

The intermediate division is for callers 16 to 20 years old.

The types of calls contestants must imitate aren’t announced
until the day before the competition, so participants must be
prepared for several different calls.

Clouser picked up a $1,000 savings bond and a trophy for his
efforts. And the nerves apparently didn’t show when he hit the
contest stage.

“When I finished calling, I felt good – then I saw some of my
scores,” he said. “I just try to focus on what I need to do, and if
the judges don’t like it, they don’t like it.”

They’ve been liking it for years, however.

Clouser won three straight titles before being bumped from the
top spot by Hanger in 2006, then returned to the No. 1 position in
the 2007 competition in the junior division.

With Clouser’s departure from the junior ranks, Pennsylvanians
Cory Hoone and Dakota Chamberlain have stepped up and made their
mark.

Hoone, of Smithfield, was runner-up to Jimmy Pollard, of
Arkansas, in the junior division competition. That’s a familiar
position for the 14-year-old whose best previous finishes on the
national stage have been third (three times) and second.

“I felt real good about my run,” Hoone said. “And when I heard
my name called for second place the only one I thought of was Jimmy
(Pollard). I knew it was his.”

Chamberlain, of Claysburg, showed no signs of jitters in his
first national event.

The 9-year-old third grader started calling at age 4 and is a
three-time Pennsylvania state champ.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” said Chamberlain, who boxed-called
his way to fifth place.

The junior division is for callers age 15 and younger.

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