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V. AWARDS – DIVISION 1 – Hunting Calls awards will be as follows Division 1 Classes 1-8 Awards ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only, Best of Hunting Class Award. This will be awarded to 1 hunting class call. (Decorative Calls, Call Sets, Air Operated 9A-9B, Diaphragm Calls are excluded from this award) $50 cash and Best of Hunting Class Ribbon AWARDS – DIVISION 2 – Decorative Open, Air Operated Open, Call Set, and Diaphragm (Mouth Call). Decorative Open ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only, Call Set ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only, Air Operated open 9A. Buck Grunt & Doe Bleat ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only 9B. Locator Call ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place, $ 50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only Diaphragm Mouth Call ??1st Place $100 cash & Ribbon ???2nd Place $50 cash & Ribbon. ?? 3rd Place Ribbon Only Additional Awards Henry Bridges Award This will be awarded to the 1st place winner in the Diaphragm Call Category. Henry Bridges was credited by the NWTF for patenting and pioneering the Diaphragm mouth call in 1921. This design carries through and has influences in today’s modern diaphragm mouth call. This award will be an additional Henry Bridges Award Ribbon. Best of Show Award. This will be awarded to one, 1st Place winner from Division 1 & Division 2 (excluding Division 2 Diaphragm Call) $50 cash and Best of Show Ribbon. Best of Hunting Class Award. This will be awarded to 1 hunting class call. (Decorative Calls, Call Sets, Air Operated 9A-9B, Diaphragm Calls are excluded from this award) $50 cash and Best of Hunting Class Ribbon SPECIAL NOTES: ??When submitting calls for Category 9 (Air Operated Open) please also submit what animal this call is designed to mimic. Additionally, please include any instructions on how to blow or play the call. ??Due to the overwhelming popularity of this contest, we urge you to ship your pre-registered calls ahead of time. As we are starting the, judging at 9AM sharp Jan. 10, we must physically have all of the calls at the contest registry table no later than 7 pm Friday, January 9. No exceptions will be made. If you cannot be at registration before 7 pm Friday, January 9, please make arrangements to ship your calls to our MN NWTF Contest Co-Chair in Minneapolis, MN at the address stated above. Rules For Judges: Each judge will be supplied with a copy of the rules. Judges shall not be permitted to converse with one and other while judging. This is to discourage one judge from influencing another judge’s score. A call maker may and shall at times be called upon to judge a specific category of calls but will not be allowed to judge any category that they are entered in. If a call maker is in the room during judging of their category, they will be asked to leave the room while their call or series of calls are being judged. This is so that the judges will feel more at ease and not feel intimidated by the maker’s presence.
1/10/2015 10:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Converence Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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Note: If you are entering more than one call you must submit a registration form For each call entered into a category PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Registration # (Will be assigned when you pre-register) Name Address, City, State Zip Code Phone #, E-mail address Membership #, expiration date I have read the rules completely and all entries are in accordance with the rules. The information that I have provided regarding past accomplishments is true and complete. I understand that failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification. The NWTF will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to entries that are beyond the control of the contest. I agree that the entries listed within this form will not be removed until Saturday evening January 10th 2015 after the auction is complete. I give the National Wild Turkey Federation permission to use my name and likeness in the promotion of the National Wild Turkey Federation. I will hand deliver my entry. Yes No Signature of Call Maker Date Please indicate if youth contestant is 17 years of age or younger at time of convention Birthdate Signature of Delivering Party Date Calls not shipped and received to the Contest Chair by Jan. 2nd 2015 must be hand delivered by the call maker or their designated person no later than 7PM Friday, January 9th at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center Minnesota 2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria, MN 56308 Boxes and crates may be stored at the Hunting Call display area in the convention center. All entries are 50% supportive unless the artist specifies the calls are to be a 100% donation to the NWTF by signing below I would like my entries to be considered a 100% donation to the NWTF and understand (Signature of Call Maker) that all of my entry fees will be waved. I wish to have the opportunity to buy back my call, My reserve price is $__________ Category # Description # Entries Entry Fee per call NWTF member $20 per call 1st call and $10 per each additional call. nonmember $30 per call Est. Fair Market Value Per Call 1 Short Box 2 Long Box 3 Slate and Striker 4 Glass and Striker 5 Other Friction Call and Striker 6 Turned Trumpet Call 7 Wing bone - Open 8 Scratch Box Design 9A Air Operated Open/Buck Grunt/Doe Bleat 9B Air Operated Open/Locator 10 Call Set 11 Decorated Open 12 Mouth Call “Diaphragm” Total Entries Total $ This form and your payment to be received by MN NWTF Contest Chairman no later than Jan. 2nd, 2015 Prepayment for hand delivered pre-registered entries is encouraged, but not required. Make checks payable to the MN NWTF. Mail entry forms to: Warren Robertson to: Eric Rice 891 S Main Street OR 341 University Ave Ne Zumbrota, MN 55992. Minneapolis, MN. 55413 Warren Robertson at warcrob@hcinet.net riceeric@msn.com All competitors or their designate who hand deliver pre-registered entries will be required to have the registration receipt for removal.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwod Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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2015 Minnesota NWTF Norseman Call Making Championship Sponsored by Federal Premium Ammunition 2015 Rules, Announcements and Categories (Open to all call makers) CHARTER The basis for this competition is to determine each call’s stand-alone merit of how well it performs in the hands of a hunter. The judges of this competition will be a qualified panel of experienced turkey hunters who will grade each call on the prescribed criteria. Please note that this is not a contest to determine who the best caller is, rather it is a contest to determine the best call in each specific category. While it is expected that call makers can run their own calls with great precision, the question with turkey hunters is, how simple or easy the turkey call is to use and how much does it sound like a turkey. In determining and selecting the best hunting turkey call each year, the NWTF strives to ensure fairness and impartiality without prejudice towards commercial or custom call makers or with the design of any call entered in the hunting call competition. Criteria for determining and selecting the best call places equal emphasis on sound quality and tone, ease of use, versatility and its ability in attaining what is commonly referred to as a break over. (Crow and Locater calls will be judged a bit differently.) I. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RULES The purpose of the hunting call competition is to select the most consistent, user friendly and best sounding calls. Entry into the event is open to commercially manufactured or custom, handmade or hand tuned calls. In addition, the 2015 NWTF Minnesota Best of Show and Best of Hunting Class Call Makers will be recognized. All entries will be sold at Auction at a 50/50 split (unless entry fee waiver is elected for 100% donation) at the 2015 NWTF Minnesota State Convention. The 50/50 split entitles the call maker to 50% of the auction bid and the remaining 50% goes to support the NWTF. Name recognition and competition placement (if applicable) will be displayed with each entry at the auction. All call makers are encouraged to submit a brief description of the call they are entering. Information must include the call makers name and address along with a description of call including types of materials used in the call and any information that will enhance the sale of the call at Auction. Information should be submitted on a 5” x 7” note card or a half-page maximum. Call makers wishing to purchase their calls back from MN-NWTF may place a reserve bid on their calls. If at auction the call does not reach the reserve bid the maker can buy the call for that price. This must be noted on the registration form.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:P00 PM
Location: Arrowwod Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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General Hunting Call Competition rules: 1. All call makers are required to pre-register with MN NWTF Norseman Contest Chairman, All entries they plan to enter in the 2015 competition. The pre-registration deadline for all entries should be received no later than Jan. 2, 2015 to the MN NWTF Norseman Call Making Competition Chairman. Call makers may also register on-line by contacting NWTF MN state board member Warren Robertson (comp chairman) or NWTF MN state board member Eric Rice (comp co-chair) for the on-line registration form. • ?Chairman Warren Robertson warcrob@hcinet.net • ?Co-Chair Eric Rice riceeric@msn.com 2. Entries must be original works and must have been completed during or after March 2014. Entries must be signed and dated by the call maker. If entering Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call Division packaging must be sealed, signed, and labeled by the call maker 3. All call makers are limited to 2 entries per category except category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call which will require makers to submit 3 entries per judge. 4. Call makers are responsible for selecting the category in which they wish to enter each call. The MN NWTF reserves the right to place any call in a different category than the one designated by the entrant if the MN NWTF believes the call is more correctly suited to a differing category/class. In this event the competition chairman and co-chairs will convene and make the decision to move the call in question, to the best suited category/class. 5. The call maker or their designated person may deliver pre-registered calls in person to the MN NWTF Custom Call Registration Desk no later than 7pm Friday, January 9th. Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center Minnesota 2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria, MN 56308 ??Call makers unable to attend the convention may mail their pre-registered entries to be received by MN NWTF contest Co-Chairman no later than January 3, 2015. All entries will be opened at the convention site. ??If you are mailing your calls to MN NWTF, please include 2 copies of the registration form. 1 copy inside the package and the other placed in an envelope or under the shipping label on the outside of the package and mail to: MN NWTF Handmade Turkey Call Competition Co-Chair, C/O Eric Rice 341 University Ave Ne Minneapolis, MN. 55413 Packages should be sent USPS Priority, UPS or Fed Ex Note: If entering multiple calls of the same type it is the makers’ responsibility to include a brief description of each call on the entry form so the call can be properly identified. 6. It is the call maker’s responsibility to place an acceptable insurance value on the entry for shipping purposes, as the MN NWTF will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to entries that are beyond the control of the contest. 7. Buyers will be allowed to pay for and pick up calls bought immediately after the conclusion of the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. All Calls must be paid for before leaving the Awards Banquet facility 8. Entry fees
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood LN NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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• NWTF Member entry fee is $20 for the 1st call and $10 for each additional call. Mouth Call “Diaphragm” entry fee $10 (note that this $10 fee covers all your entries for category 12). Please note all entries are 50% supportive unless the call maker specifies the entry is 100% donation. If entry is 100% donated, entry fees are waived, and MN NWTF retains 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the call. • NON-NWTF Member entry fee is $30 per call. Mouth Call “Diaphragm” entry fee $15 (note that this $15 fee covers all your entries for category 12) Please note all entries are 50% supportive unless the call maker specifies the entry is 100% donation. If entry is 100% donated, entry fee is waived and MN NWTF retains 100% of the proceeds of the call. • Any maker donating 2 or more entries will be provided a free NWTF membership ($35) value includes 6 issues of Turkey Country Magazine. **NOTE** The free membership will be given to the membership number provided on your registration form. It is the call maker’s responsibility to provide a valid membership number. 9. Checks will be mailed out from MN NWTF after the convention. Please allow 1-3 weeks for additional score validation process, treasury report, and shipping of awards. 10. Restrictions: Calls made with box turtle or turtle shell are not permitted. 11. Call makers wishing to place business cards near their pieces may do so after judging is completed and ribbons have been placed. 12. All calls will be sold at Auction, Saturday afternoon and evening at the MN NWTF State Chapter Convention, Jan 10 2015. 13. Call makers may place absentee bids by filling out the bidding form and including it with their registration form. This amount will be the starting bid price and if this bid is not surpassed the call will be purchased by the call maker for the absentee bid amount. 14. All 1st place winners in the Hunting Categories will then be re-judged for the Best of Hunting Class. All 1st place winners in class1 & 2 (excluding category 12 Diaphragm division) will be scored for the best of show award. Category 12 Diaphragm division 1st place winner will receive the Henry Bridges award 15. Winners of the MN NWTF Norseman Call Making Competition will be announced about 7 p.m. Jan 10, 2015.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Convention Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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II. JUDGING A panel of five judges will individually rate each entry excluding Division 2. Class 9 Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call division which will have a panel of 3 champion judges (Judges A-B-C). Each maker is limited to 2 entries per category excluding category 12 “Diaphragm”. Scores of each call are totaled following the removal of the high and low score. The winner of each category will be determined by the highest score. The preliminary round of judging will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan 10. The Contest Co-Chairs will serve as facilitator. Judging normally takes about 1 to 2 hours. Division 1 - Hunting Categories 1-2-3-4-5-8 The following characteristics of each call will be scored. ??Ability to produce turkey-like sounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, gobble, tree call. ??Ease of use to produce turkey-like sounds -- i.e. how simple or user-friendly the call is to use. ??Tone, pitch and sound quality. ??Break over or roll over. ??Versatility: the ability to obtain a vast range of turkey like sounds – i.e. both spring or fall type calls, gobbler or hen sounds, including the ability to sound like more than one turkey. Division 1 - Hunting Category 6 Turned Trumpet The following characteristics of each call will be scored. ??Ability to produce turkey like sound . Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, and tree call. ??Ease of use. ??Tone, pitch and sound quality. ??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call. Division 1 - Hunting Category 7 Wing Bone The following characteristics of each call will be scored. ??Ability to produce turkey like sound . Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, and tree call. ??Ease of use. ??Tone, pitch and sound quality. ??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call. Category 9 Air Operated Open The following characteristics of each call will be scored. ??Ability to produce the sound of the animal or object the call is meant to mimic. ??Ease of use to produce the sound of the specific animal. ??Tone, pitch and sound quality. ??Projection quality – i.e. loudness and clarity of the sound of the call Category 10 Call set The following characteristics of each call will be scored. ??Ability to produce turkey-like sounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, yelp, cluck, kee-kee, cackle, cutting of the hen, purr, putt, gobble, tree call. ??Ease of use to produce turkey-like sounds -- i.e. how simple or user-friendly the call is to use. ??Tone, pitch and sound quality. ??Break over or roll over ??Versatility: the ability to obtain a vast range of turkey like sounds – i.e. both spring or fall type calls, gobbler or hen sounds, including the ability to sound like more than
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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Category 11 Decorated ??Eye appeal, artistic beauty. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Craftsmanship, sanding, gluing, finish, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Ingenuity, originality and creativity uniqueness in design. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Sound. It must be capable of producing realistic animal sound or realistic turkey sounds, i.e. yelp, cluck, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Highest score obtainable is 80 total points. Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call The calls or “cuts” needed will be determined by each Judge. Judges (A-B-C) will have 2 cut designs that they play best. The ‘’cuts” needed for the 2015 Norseman are as follows Judge. (A) requires- Ghost cut & Combo cut. Judge. (B) requires- Reverse Combo cut & Batwing cut. Judge (C) requires- Ghost cut & Combo cut. Our panel of 3 champion Judges will judge on the following ??Construction. Consistency in tape cuts, Reed cuts, Appearance of latex. scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Ease of Use. How easily the call blows to produce sound. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Sound. It must produce realistic turkey sounds, i.e. yelp, cluck, pur, etc. Scored from 1 to 20 possible points, with 20 being highest. ??Highest score obtainable is 60 total points. Divisions and Classes of Turkey Calls Division 1- Class 1 Category 1 - Short Box, hinged lid design, overall length not to exceed 10" and sound chamber 5.5" or less with slight variations. Category 2 - Long Box, hinged lid design. Overall length 11" or greater and sound chamber greater than 6.5" Division 1- Class 2 (all pot calls will be judged as Call and Matched Striker) Category 3 - Slate Pot Call Category 4 - Glass Pot call Category 5 - Other material, pot Call. (Aluminum, copper, stone, ceramic, rock) Division 1- Class 3 Category 6 - Turned Trumpet Call, turned or machined barrel with mouth piece, mouth piece is not required to be turned Division 1- Class 4 Category 7 - Wing Bone Open. Minimum of 2 bones must be used. Division 1- Class 5 Category 8 - Scratch Box Design. Any hinged design with a screw and or spring will be moved to Class 1 Category 1 Short Box! Division 2- Class 6 Category 9 - Air Operated OPEN. (No wing bone, trumpet, duck or goose.) this category will be divided into 2 subcategories 9A.-9B. This class is open to the following types of calls listed below. Be sure to register in the subcategory your entry fits. 9A. Buck Grunt or Doe Bleat. Any turned style Buck Grunt or Doe Bleat. All calls are played as the makers send them. Judges will extend the grunt tube when judging. Judges will not move or adjust any reeds! 9B. . Locator Call. Any turned style Turkey Locator call. Calls may include Tube Style Call, Owl call, Peacock Call, Crow Call, Woodpecker Call, Hawk Call. All calls are played as the makers send them. Judges will not move or adjust any reeds Division 2- Class 7 Category 10 - Call Set, Must be a Minimum of 2 calls. Calls must be made of the same materials. Division 2- Class 8 Category 11– Decorative Open. This class is open to all call types and MUST BE DECORATED. Decorated (painted, carved, wood burned, metal work, parquet, scrimshaw, calls altered from original design.) Division 2- Class 9 Category 12- Diaphragm “Mouth Call” Calls must be of the 2 or 3 Reed Design and shipped in appropriate packaging.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood LN NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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The process of how calls are judged is as follows: 1. Based on the five (5) criteria, a panel of 5-7 judges will individually score each call in Categories 1-11 based on the judging criteria given for that division. NEW Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call will have a panel of 3 champion judges. Where each Judge will have 2 specific Diaphragm “CUT” requirements which are posted in the rules. 18 total calls will be needed for judging and 18 total calls for Auction at the MN NWTF State Convention. The Judges will judge 3 of each call makers “CUT” (entry). 3 will be Judged and scored for Construction, Sound, and Ease of Use,. The Judge will keep the used calls and the additional calls will be sold at the NWTF Minnesota State Conventions call auction. Each maker must make and submit enough diaphragm calls to meet the judge requirements along with the additional calls for auction. Example below how to total the proper amount of cuts (calls) to submit. **EXAMPLE** how to total the calls needed to be sent Judge (A) requires a batwing cut & split V cut = 3 batwing cuts and 3 split V cuts for judging & 3 batwing cuts and 3 split V cuts for auction. Judge (B) requires a batwing cut & ghost cut = 3 batwing cuts and 3 ghost cuts for judging and 3 batwing cuts and 3 ghost cuts for auction. Judge (C) requires a ghost cut & combo cut = 3 ghost cuts and 3 combo cuts for judging and 3 ghost cuts and 3 combo cuts for auction The total cuts to be sent would be 12 batwing cuts, 6 split V cuts, 12 ghost cuts, and 6 combo cuts to meet the judging requirements for all three judges and the call auction. Special Note. Please send diaphragm calls “cuts” to be judged in a sealed labeled package marked Judge A, Judge B, and Judge C. The calls “cuts” to be auctioned labeled auction. 2. The calls with highest scores in each category will be declared: 1st, 2nd, 3rd. 3. In the event of a tie, the calls in question will be re-scored by the judges to determine the winner. 4. The 1st Place winners in Categories 1-2 box calls (Class I) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting class calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award 5. The 1st Place winners in Categories 3-5 friction calls (Class 2) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award 6. The 1st Place winner in Category 6 Turned Trumpet (Class 3) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award 7. The 1st Place winner in Category 7 Wing Bone (Class 4) shall then be rescored for Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award 8. The 1st Place winner in Category 8 Scratch Box (Class 5) shall then be rescored Best of Hunting Class with all other 1st place hunting calls and is eligible for Best of Show Award 9. The 1st Place winners in Category 9 Air Operated Open 9A-9B (Class 6) “WILL NOT” be rescored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award 10. The 1st Place winner in Category 10 Call Set - (Class 7) WILL NOT” be rescored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award 11. The 1st Place winner in Category 11 Decorative Open - (Class 8) “WILL NOT” be Scored for Best of Hunting Class and is eligible for Best of Show Award. 12. The first place winner in Category 12 Diaphragm Mouth Call (Class 9) “WILL NOT” be Scored for Best of Hunting Class or Best of Show Award, but Shall receive the Henry Bridges Award. 13. The judges will independently score the All of the 1st place Division 1 Hunting Class Category Winners. The call with the highest score shall be declared the Best of Hunting Class. 14. Once judging is completed, all trophies and awards will be placed.
1/10/2015 9:00 AM  to  1/10/2015   7:00 PM
Location: Arrowwood Resort Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln NW
Alexandria ,  MN   56308
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