By Randy D. Smith
2008 World Predator Calling Champion John Paul Moody shows off his trophy at the World Predator and Hunting Expo held recently in Overland Park, Kan.
-- The eyes of the predator calling world were fixed on a veritable Who's Who of the predator calling industry at the World Predator and Hunting Expo recently held in Overland Park, Kan.
Dozens of predator calling companies were present to demonstrate the latest and the best electronic, mouth blown and diaphragm calls. Camouflage, treestand and innovative hunting solution product manufacturers were also present to provide instruction to improve big game and predator hunting success.
Attendees were also offered 31 seminar presentations by such experts as Randy Anderson, Byron South, Gary Robertson and Gerry Blair. Topics ranged from new product developments, long-range shooting, and strategies, to the latest books and instructional videos on the market.
The highlight of the event was the World Predator Calling competition where 28 of the finest callers in the world competed for the World Predator Calling Championship and more than $15,000 in prizes.
The title was won by John Paul Moody of Paris, Tenn. Moody demonstrated a mastery of fundamental call patterns with precise mimicry and call control. In the final competition, five finalists presented some outstanding demonstrations of what can be done with a predator call.
Mastery of such calls as the threat-bark-howl, excited yip, small animal distress, and ki-yi distress not only entertained the audience but provided valuable instruction on technique and equipment.