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Champion Turkey Caller Teaches Wildlife Sounds

Hoot owls, turkeys, and quails...learn how to sound like these fowl from a champion turkey caller. KSMU's Christy Hendricks has the story.

That's not a real owl and turkey talking to each other...that's Ralph Duren a champion turkey caller demonstrating his skills.

He'll show you how to make those sounds Friday, May 19th when the Springfield Conservation Nature Center presents "The Call of the Wild with Ralph Duren" at 7:00.

Duren is a two-time turkey call champion and the 1997 World Quail Calling Champion.

He first started imitating animal sounds at a young age.

Duren will demonstrate some of the 135 animal calls he imitates Friday night.

Ralph Duren worked for the Missouri Conservation Department for 26 years and spent many years traveling the country demonstrating his wildlife calls.

He says a lot of the calls are like saying specific words.

Ralph Duren says most of the time he does not use a special calling device to help him sound like the animals.

He says imitating wildlife helps him connect with the animals.

"The Call of the Wild with Ralph Duren" will be Friday at 7:00 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center on Chrisman Road next to Highway 60.

It is a free program, but registration is required.

For information call 888-4237.