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Moose-calling contest draws crowd to Indian Lake

Beth Petrie, of Indian Lake, attempts to call a moose while Ed Kanze holds the microphone during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival moose-calling contest Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Indian Lake Theater.

Beth Petrie, of Indian Lake, attempts to call a moose while Ed Kanze holds the microphone during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival moose-calling contest Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Indian Lake Theater. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The boys said there is a lot of competition between them.

“We can’t go about five minutes without bickering over something,” Cullen said.

“It’s true, very true,” Andy added.

Fourteen kids and seven adults walked on stage, with Ed Kanze holding the microphone, trying to call in a moose. Many used their hands to amplify their call. Others used Ed’s homemade megaphone, made from white birch bark. The adults went first. Valerie Trudeau of Saranac Lake had never tried calling a moose before, but she walked away a second place winner.

Randy Karl, of Rotterdam, spread his hands above his head, like antlers, and stepped into the role of a moose and took third place.

Most of the adults didn’t want to get on stage. Don Cosden, of Maryland, was one of the shy ones, but he took first place, thanks to his wife.

“His wife made him do it,” Ed Kanze said as Cosden walked on stage.

Then it was time for the kids to call in a moose. Hands flew up from all corners of the Indian Lake Theater, including those two brothers, Andy and Cullen. But only one of them would win a prize.

Andy went first and then Cullen.

“Are you going to use the moose caller there? Can you grab it? Don’t fall off the stage; then you’d produce a different sound. Okay, here we go,” Ed Kanze said.

Andy’s call was brief but effective.

“Wow. That’s nicely done. Co Cullen, Cullen Rose. Okay Cullen,” Ed Kanze said.

“I’m going to do an angry moose,” Cullen said.

“Cullen’s going to do an angry moose,” Ed Kanze announced.

“And I did a moose with a stomach ache,” Andy added.

“A moose with a stomach ache,” Ed Kanze replied. “We know what they eat now, 35 to 60 pounds of roughage every day. I’d have a stomach ache, too. Okay, here we go Cullen.”

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