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Bolvers' call of the wild in Dulverton
3:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Devon
OVER 350 spectators turned up to watch and listen to the annual World Bolving Championships. Photo: Mike Sherwin
IF you went down to the woods on Saturday you may have heard some strange noises as competitors tried to replicate the call of the red deer stag.
The weekend saw 48 people take part in the tenth annual World Bolving Championships at Draydon Rails, near Dulverton.
The quirky and possibly unique competition, in aid of Devon Air Ambulance, aims to find out who can best replicate the mating call of the red deer stag and competitors are judged to see how much their ‘bolve’ sounds like the stag.
Participants try to get a stag to answer back and five judges then listen to see how much similarities are in their calls.
Over 350 people turned up to watch and listen to the event, the biggest turnout the competition has ever had.
Rob Follett, from Withycombe was crowned champion for his bolves and even managed to get a response from some stags.
He said: “This was my first time entering the competition and I really wasn’t expecting to win.
“I went along for a laugh and it was really good fun.
“I think I’ll have to enter again next year and defend my title; I didn't expect all this attention.”
Richard Eales, a ranger for Exmoor Park, has been organising the event ever since it began.
He said: “It was such a good night for everyone who came along and it was so well attended this year as it has gathered so much momentum.
“The competition actually started out as an unofficial bet between two guys; Elvis Afanasenko and Phil Ferris.”
Elvis retired from the competition this year after having won it five times.
The event raises money for the Devon Air Ambulance and Richard said donations were very generous this year.
He added: “The money hasn’t been counted yet.
We usually raise between £1,500 and £1,800 but we have had so much support this year and numbers there were a lot greater so I imagine that we are up £2,000 easily.”
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