The Maine Professional Guides Association will be holding the annual Maine Moose Calling Championship for the third time this spring. Last year’s contest went international with a finalist from New Brunswick.

Regional qualifying competitions will be held at sportsman’s shows throughout the state: Sunday March 9th at noon, at the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show, University of Maine Field House, Orono; Saturday March 29th at 1PM at the State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, Augusta Civic Center; and Saturday April 5th At the Presque Isle Sportsman’s Show, University of Maine at Presque Isle, Gentile Building. The entry fee is $20 per contestant. Contestants may compete at multiple qualifying events if they wish.

Only first and second place winners at each qualifying event will be sent on to the final competition, which will be held at the Moose Lottery Drawing on June 14th, University of Maine at Presque Isle, Gentile Building. Prizes are $500 for first place in the finals, $300 for second and $200 for third.

Each contestant has 7-10 minutes for their presentation, and are judged the quality of their: Bull Moose Call, Cow Moose Call, Other Attraction Techniques (the use of decoys, brush, or other noisemakers – no electronic calls allowed) and Presentation/Showmanship (stage presence, creative use of props and stories).

This year a youth section for those under 16has been added after the adult competition that will include a training session before the calling. Like the adults the top young callers will be invited to the finals at the Moose Lottery in June.

Further information is available from the Maine Professional Guides Association Executive Director Don Kleiner at dkleiner@mainegides.org