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2018 Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association (ODCCA) Show 03/9-03/11



The first IWCA Affiliate Member show will be the Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association (ODCCA) Show March 9th-11th in Strongville Ohio. This competitive event has something for everyone and we hope to see you there!

For more information, rules and entry forms visit:


Search for New IWCA Membership Chairperson Continues...

The IWCA is still looking for someone to step up to the position of Membership Chair. If you feel you could fill the position please contact the IWCA President - Monty Willis. These duties include:


Membership Chair oversees the memberships to the IWCA (individual and affiliate) and reports to the IWCA board of directors. Duties include:

  1. Receive membership dues, record  membership dues as received, transfer membership dues to the Treasurer for accounting and deposit, and send out membership notices.
  2. Keep the membership database updated and provide a current database, as needed to the President, board members, and affiliate members.
  3. Provide the Affiliate Member Shows with membership data and current rule books to be used in their affiliate member shows.
  4. Be responsible for having the annual IWCA Rules Booklet printed and mailed out to the membership.
  5. Report to the board of directors, the membership numbers and data at board meetings.

Please contact Monty Willis - President of the IWCA at if you would like to volunteer for these positions.


2017 Janice M. Smith Champagne Decoy Competition Photos Posted

The photos of the Janice M. Smith Champagne Decoy Compeition have been posted! Photo Credit: Dan Williams 

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2017 IWCA Canvas Decoy & Young Guns Championship Results Posted

The results of the IWCA Canvas Decoy and Young Guns Championships hosted by the Core Sound Decoy Festival on December 2nd and 3rd in Harkers Island, NC have been posted with photos of the winning entries.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Click Here For 2017 IWCA Canvas Decoy and Young Guns Championship Results


2017 Janice M. Smith Champagne Waterfowl Competition - December 1st

The Janice Smith Memorial Champagne Waterfowl Competition is hosted by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center during their annual "Waterfowl Weekend" and at the same time as the Core Sound Decoy Festival in Harkers Island, NC. the first weekend in December.

Janice Smith Memorial Champagne Floating Waterfowl Competition

Sponsored by the Kathryn Smith Chadwick Family

Registration starting at 4pm - December 1st, 2017 - Judging begins at 6:00pm.

Entries may be any species of domestic North American waterfowl (geese, swan & ducks. Loons will be included.)

First Place will become the property of the competition sponsor and will on display for a period of one year at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center.

Second and Third place entries become the property of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center and will be auctioned off (live auction) directly following the competition.

Each competing carver will get two complimentary tickets to attend the Waterfowl Weekend Friday Night Party where the competition will take place. 


Entries (other than 1st, 2nd and 3rd place) may be picked up immediately following the competition. If the competitor wishes for someone other than him or herself to pick up their entry, they MUST designate the authorized person (with a phone number) on their form at the time of entry or provide a shipping box complete with packing material and return postage to mail out after Monday, December 4th.

Entry fee:

$10 each entry. Mail-ins will be accepted and must include return postage.


First place: $400 plus ribbon ~ Second place: $300 plus ribbon ~ Third place: $200 plus ribbon


  1. Entries must fit within a 3 ½” circle
  2. Entries must float properly but do not have to self-right
  3. Habitat may be included in an entry’s base but cannot be used as an aid to floatation
  4. Entries can be either flat bottom or with a keel; the judges will not give preference to either 

For more information or to obtain the entry form, contact Pam Morris at or call 252-728-1500 x25

History of the Janice M. Smith Champagne Waterfowl Competition

by: Pam D Morris, Core Sound Museum

The late Janice M. Smith and her husband Billy were waterfowl enthusiasts, spending time at the Easton Waterfowl Festival, the Ward World Carving Competition and in southern Louisiana where they visited in conjunction with their seafood business, collecting from some of the finest decoy carvers in the world during this time period.

Janice and Billy were very supportive of the Core Sound Decoy Festival and worked to bring some ideas of what they had observed at other waterfowl festivals back home to try. One of these ideas was a contest featuring a decoy small enough to fit inside of a champagne glass (3.5”) held at the Easton Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD. The contest was held for one year at the Core Sound Decoy Festival in the mid-1990’s.

It was their love of Core Sound decoy carving, and the heritage that bred these carvers, which persuaded Janice and Billy (the first CSWM Board Chairman) to support the establishment of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. Janice never gave up on the idea of champagne waterfowl decoy competition and spoke of it periodically. After her passing in early 2015, Kathryn S. Chadwick, granddaughter of Janice & Billy (then the CSWM&HC Board Chair) pursued sponsoring a contest in Janice’s memory. Thus the first Janice M. Smith Champagne Waterfowl Competition was held in conjunction with Waterfowl Weekend 2015. The winner of the 2015 contest was Walter “Brother” Gaskill and the 2016 winner was Gary Doviak. 


IWCA Carver of the Week - Sammie Humphries 

This is Sammie Humphries, son of Ken & Dawn Humphries from Marshallberg, NC. Sammie participated last year at the Core Sound Decoy Show and was rewarded for his hard work with a blue ribbon for his entry.

I have chosen him as my Carver of the Week for working very hard on his entry in the IWCA Young Guns Championship Competition that will be held December 2-3, 2017 at the Core Sound Decoy Festival.

Monty Willis - President IWCA


2017 IWCA Young Guns & Canvas Decoy Championship - December 2-3

The 2017 IWCA Young Guns Championship and the IWCA Canvas Decoy Championship will be hosted by the Core Sound Decoy Festival on December 2nd and 3rd, Harkers Island, NC.

The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver.

There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event. Visit for more information or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook!

The show accepts mail-ins and also offers decorative divisions. Hope to see you there!


2017 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year - Current Standings Posted (10/29)

Great News! The decorative division points gathered at the at the ODCCA Show at the intermediate and novice levels, will count toward the year end totals for the 2017 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year.




2017 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show - Complete Results Posted

The complete results just in, from the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show held in Vancouver, WA on September 9th & 10th. 

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Click Here to View and/or Download the .PDF File

Click Here to View Photos of Winning Entries


2018 ODCCA to Include Palm Frond Purchase Award Contests - Complete Rules Posted

The complete set of rules for all of the competitive divisions for 2018, have been posted to the ODCCA's website.

New for 2018 are the Palm Frond Purchase Award Contests both Decorative and Decoy divisions included! These contests are sponsored by Doug & Ellen Miller, with prize money totalling $5700!

Bob Sutton, IWCA's founder, and the one who brought palm frond carving to the competition, would be proud to see the popularity of the Palm Frond divisions grow amongst the best competitions in the world.

2018 ODCCA Complete Rules