Contest Rules


  • A $100 entry fee is required with registration. 


  • Contestants of any age may compete in the Owl Hooting Championship.
  • Contestants must be current members of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  


  • The Owl Hooting competition will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024, in the Governor’s Ballroom at 5 p.m.
  • A mandatory preparation meeting and roll call will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Ballroom, at the front of the stage, for all Owl Hooting contestants.  


  • Contestants will be judged on their ability to make the sound of the barred owl.

Time Limit

  • There will be a one-minute time limit for each contestant. The clock will begin on the first note of the call and stop on the acknowledgment of the caller that they are finished with their call.
  • The NWTF reserves the right to use a clock showing the time remaining. A 3-point penalty will be added to the final score of any contestant going over the time limit.


  • Judges will score on a 1-50 scale, with 50 as the highest score possible.
  • Scorers will calculate each judge’s score after each caller finishes.
  • The highest and lowest scores from the seven (7) judges will be discarded.
  • The five (5) remaining scores will be calculated for a final score.


  • Prize money will be 80% of the entry fees collected for the division and distributed to the five (5) highest-scoring contestants. Trophies will be awarded to the top five finishing contestants.