Georgetown bird caller sweeps S.C. contests

Mark Prudhomme of Georgetown can now say with authority that he can speak four languages besides English: duck, turkey, owl and goose.

Prudhomme beat seven other duck callers to win the title of South Carolina Duck Calling Champion at the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival on Sunday.

He is believed to be the only person to win the S.C. calling title in the turkey, goose, owl and now duck categories. He will represent the state at the World Championship Duck Calling contest in Stuttgart, Ark., on Thanksgiving weekend.

A group of parents were thanking him for helping their children at Saturday's duck calling clinic when he said, "I 'm really not a duck caller, turkey is really my thing."

But Prudhomme won't be able to use that line anymore.

"This state championship means a lot to me because it has been a goal of mine to win a state championship in each calling division," he said.

"It's been a goal I've had for a long time. I've always wanted to blow in the world championship, and now I'm going to get the opportunity to go to Stuttgart and blow in the world championship."

One of Prudhomme's students from the Saturday clinic, McKinley Grooms, 11, of Pawleys Island won the 8-year-old and above division in the South Carolina Youth Championship with a performance that contained a perfect sequence of the required calls.

That was exactly what Prudhomme had coached Grooms on the previous afternoon.

Prudhomme has also won the Wild Turkey Bourbon Grand National Championship in the owl hooting division in 2006 and 2008, was Champion of Champions in 2009 and won the team championship paired with Kerry Terrell of Brooklet, Ga., in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

He is a member of the Knight & Hale Game Calls pro staffers team.

Prudhomme said he "plans on being very focused" at the world championships in Stuttgart.