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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


Tom and Darlene Westbrock Retire from IWCA Board of Directors

In 2006, Tom Westbrock was elected Treasurer of the IWCA and has served in the position for 11 years.

Tom's wife, Darlene has filled in for the Secretary for the IWCA, taking and publishing minutes from the annual board meetings when the secretary could not attend, and also served as Ballot Clerk during the 2008 election at the annual board meeting.

In 2012, Darlene graciously stepped up to take over the membership portion of the Secretary's job, knowing the burden it would have on the newly elected Secretary. Darlene has managed the memberships (individual and affiliate) for five years.

Tom and Darlene became lifetime members of the IWCA in 1990 as wildfowl carvers. Over the years, their wildfowl carvings have won numerous awards at the many IWCA Afffilate Shows and the Ward World Championship.

We at the IWCA will miss having Tom and Darlene on the IWCA Board of Directors, and we look forward to seeing them and their wildfowl carvings at the IWCA Affiliate Member Shows in the future. The IWCA is grateful for the many years these two wonderful people have dedicated as volunteers to the IWCA and we wish them well in their retirement!

Tom and Darlene Westbrock - IWCA Awards of Appreciation - Presented on behalf of the IWCA by Brad Snodgrass at the 2017 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show in Vancounver, WA The IWCA is still looking to the positions of "Treasurer" and "Membership Chair". If you feel you could fill either position, or know of someone who can, please contact our President Monty Willis, and he can fill you in on the details! 


Announcing the IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week - Colin Everett

Just in from our President Monty Willis:

"Colin you might not know who I am, but today I am naming you my Carver of the Week, Monty Willis, President of the International Wildfowl Carvers Association! Please have your Grandfather give us your last name and congratulations on becoming this weeks wildfowl carver!"

Gene Everett teamed up with his 11 year old Grandson to carve this decoy for donation...

"My Grandson and I teamed up on this Scaup. Colin is 11, I carved the head and he did the body. He painted 90% and I painted a few of the finer details. The decoy is being donated to a youth waterfowl event as an auction item to support their effort."

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

CONGRATULATIONS Colin! From all of us at the International Wildfowl Carvers Association!


2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship Results Posted

The 2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship held in Vancouver, WA on September 10th at the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show have been posted. Best of Show images to follow shortly...

Congratulations to the 2017 Champions of the IWCA Working Decoy Division!

1st Best of Show - Tom Matus - Kuna, ID - Common Merganser Hen

2nd Best of Show - David Luoma - Tallamook, OR - Cormorant

3rd Best of Show - Tom Matus - Kuna, ID - Gadwall Hen

The complete results can be viewed by clicking the link below...

2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship Results (Complete)


IWCA Board Positions to Be Filled - Treasurer & Membership Chair

The IWCA is looking for volunteers to step up for the important positions of Treasurer and Membership Chair for the organization. Job descriptions and duties are outlined at the following link....

Job Descriptions

We look forward to hearing from you... Thank you for your consideration!