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9.1. Decoys must be made of wood, cork, or stretched canvas.

9.2. Texturing will be allowed by rasping, chip carving, combing, scratching, stippling and flocking.

9.3. No wood burning except as a cutting tool.

9.4. Stoning or carving (no burning) will be allowed on the crest, tuft, or hood of any species of waterfowl with a crest, tuft, or hood as long as it remains sturdy and functional.

9.5. Undercut areas, wingtips, tails, and necks must not be fragile.

9.6. Feather groups may be simply carved (back, side-pockets, rump, and breast).

9.7. Only primaries, tertials, scapulars and tail feathers may be individually carved.

9.8. Detailed carving of the bill is allowed.

9.9. Inserts may be used to strengthen weak areas such as bills, tails, and crests. Open bills are allowed.

9.10. Feather splits may be carved.

9.11. Decoys must have a facility for an anchor line. Keels and weights are not required.

9.12. Decoys will be placed in the tank with their bottoms up, pushed down to just submerged, and then re leased. Decoy must self-right. Test may be performed two(2) times only. Swans and geese must self-right from the side.

9.13. There will be no restrictions on painting of IWCA Style Division decoys. The carver is allowed to create expressive poses to capture the many attitudes of waterfowl.

9.14. A decoy that checks, splits, takes on water, and/or has paint deterioration at any time prior to the completion of all decoy judging will be disqualified and forfeit any awards said decoy was awarded. All decoys in the disqualified decoy’s species and category would be re-ordered, so as to move up one place, i.e., second becomes first, third becomes second. There will not be a third place decoy ordered up since the species would have to be re-ordered as well as the whole category re-judged.

9.15. There are no restrictions as to the number or gender of the entries.

9.16. Decoys must have no visible markings that will identify the carver and/or painter. All such marks must be covered with tape.

9.17. Judging for essence of species, anatomy, coloration, attitude on the water, flotation, and how well the decoy projects must be evaluated from a minimum of twenty feet.

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