NASHVILLE, TN –-(Ammoland.com)- Anyone with more than a passing interest in turkey hunting knows Josh Grossenbacher’s name. He’s a World Champion turkey caller, having earned that title in 2015 by winning the World Championship competition at Mack’s Prairie Wings in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He also puts his extraordinary turkey calling and hunting abilities on display to millions of viewers each year as a regular personality on the hit show, Avian-X TV, on Sportsman Channel.
Now, Grossenbacher has another esteemed title, winning the highly competitive Head-to-Head Division competition of the prestigious 2017 NWTF Grand National Calling Championships, held earlier this month at the 41st annual National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. The Head-to-Head Division, which was sponsored by Cabela’s, is always an entertaining crowd-favorite, as competitors face off using both diaphragm- and friction-style calls to produce specific calls and sequences requested by the judges.
“The Head-to-Head competition showcases the best callers in the world calling against one another over several rounds,” explains Avian-X TV Host, five-time World Champion caller and two-time Grand National Champion, Matt Morrett. “Some of the most realistic turkey sounds of the entire competition come from that event, as competitors play every trick they’ve got in order to get by to the next round.”
In the end, there were nine of them, as Grossenbacher endured that number of grueling rounds en route to his new Grand National Championship title. “I’m numb right now,” he said after winning the Head-to-Head title. “All these guys are amazing competitors and callers. I can’t even believe this right now. This is crazy.”