Bittersweet victory

STUTTGART, Ark. — Todd Copley is done.

He will no longer be allowed to grace the Main Street stage in any World's Championship Duck Calling Contest.

Besting seven others in the Champion of Champions on Saturday night, Copley will have to retire from calling in Stuttgart.

As he wiped away tears and lifted the trophy over his head, he yelled "Finally."

Copley, of Des Moines, Iowa, has competed in the World's since 1999, winning in 2003.


Champion Of Champions

"This is bittersweet," he said. "The best day of my life and the worst day of my life because I don't get to sit back there any more."

Ryan Nolan echoed those sentiments. The 2008 World's winner finished as first runner-up to Copley and said bittersweet best describes the event that's held every five years. While he wanted to win, he does get to come back.

"I'd miss all these guys," he said. "I hope I can punch a ticket to come back next year and win World's. I'd like to try to get one more of these."

Nolan said all is well. He said World's winner Brad Allen was due and Copley was deserving. "Nobody remembers who was second in five years," he said.

A fan favorite, Copley received a tremendous round of applause when his victory was announced, despite beating the likes of hometown favorites John Stephens and Jim Ronquest, both of RNT Calls.

Ronquest, reminding Copley of a winner's TV shoot, congratulated Copley with a boisterous, "You're done, son."

When asked what the title meant immediately after grabbing the trophy, Copley said, "I usually have a stupid comment for everything, but now I don't."

2010 World's Champion of Champions results

Winner: Todd Copley
First runner-up: Ryan Nolan
Second runner-up: John Stephens
Third runner-up: Blake Haynes
Fourth runner-up: Mike Anderson
Fifth runner-up: Jim Ronquest
Sixth runner-up: T-Jody Niccum, Vernard Solomon