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Ralph Duren and the calling game

Ralph Duren is a master Missouri mimic making magical merriment. He duplicates the sounds of about any animal.

Updated: March 2, 2004, 6:44 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
"Backroads with Ron & Raven"

He's a good ol' eastern Ozarks boy, Ralph Duren is.

"Pretty much a hillbilly" is the way Duren, 49, described his boyhood upbringin' the other day.

He said he was raised on a farm with cows and "weird-looking chickens," plus lots of wild turkeys, pheasants, quail and so forth.

Today, Duren has a menagerie of some 135 animal critters and, guess what? Those critters travel in Duren's voice box. And you won't believe your ears.

Duren can mimic the sounds of everything from ...

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