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2013 IWCA Working Decoy Contest

We are two weeks away from the Oregon Waterfowl Festival, which is also the site of this year's IWCA Working Decoy contest as well as the IWCA Young Guns contest. The festival will be held on June 29th and 30th in St. Helens, Oregon.


Jerry Harris' 2012 Columbia Flyway IWCA Style Hen Wigeon

The Oregon Waterfowl Festival is a fun filled weekend dedicated to those that love and pursue waterfowl. The Festival is a family event in its 13th year. For the hunter there are many vendors featuring the newest in waterfowling equipment and boats. For the callers there is a multitude of calling contests. The finale of the calling contest is the selection of the Oregon State duck and goose calling champions.

In addition to the Working Decoy championship and Young Guns contests, other decoy contests will be held including:


  • Floating Decoratives
  • IWCA Style
  • Three bird miniature shootin' rig


There is also a popular boat blind contest that is open to all comers that have a floating duck blind of any size. Prizes will be awarded for the best in each category. Other events include fishing & hunting swap meet, silent/oral auctions, raffles/prizes. There will be retrieving dog contest for any owner and dog that wish to enter.

Seminars will be held throughout the weekend on various subjects which include:

  • Waterfowl Identification 
  • Retriever Demos 
  • Calling Workshops 
  • Hunting the Valley 
  • Decoy Carving 101

Plan to join us for a fun filled all waterfowl weekend. And, if you can’t make it, box up those decoys and send them in to our contest. 

You can download the show flyer and entry forms from our site here. You can also visit the official website of the Oregon Waterfowl Festival for additional details


2013 decorative carver of the year standings are posted

Tom Goddard - 2nd Best of Show Wood Duck - 2013 California Open

The 2013 current standings for decorative carver of the year are now posted. Check them out here:


2013 East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival
Friday, Feb 8th - Sunday, Feb 10th - Washington, NC

Walter Gaskill - Best of Show - Tri-County Telephone Canvas Gunning Decoy

The East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships is presented by the nonprofit East Carolina Wildfowl Guild. The weekend long event is centered around Washington’s Civic Center at the corner of Main and Gladden Streets with many adjacent areas on Stewart Parkway beside the Pamlico River. The carving competition will be located at the Peterson Building adjacent to the Civic Center and the Wildlife Art and Decoy Auction will beheld at the Washington Yacht and Country Club at 7155 River Road. Again at this year’s event will be the “Dockdogs” Competition as seen on the Outdoor Channel and ESPN. The Dockdogs events, held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be held at Kugler Field at the corner of Hudnell and East Fourth Streets.

The show will begin on Friday, February 8, 2013, with the Dockdogs Competition and a Preview Reception, co-hosted by The East Carolina Bank and the guild, for sponsors and invited guests at The Meeting Place 225 West Main Street, Washington, NC. The entire festival will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, and will close at 5:00 p.m. The show will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, and will close at 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, over one hundred pieces of wildlife art and decoys will be sold at the annual auction. A seafood buffet will be available along with a cash bar. A silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a live auction at 7:00 p.m. Reservations and prepayment will be required by contacting us at 800-999-3857 ext. 2 or 3 starting January 1, 2013.

Admission to the festival will be $10.00 for a one day ticket (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), or a three day weekend pass can be purchased for $15.00 for all events. Friday will be Dockdogs only, as all other parts of the event will not be opened until Saturday. For additional information on any show details, contact us at 800-999-3857 ext. 2 or 3.

 Festival Events Include:

  • DockDogs Competition
  • Sponsorship Program with Benefit Packages
  • Over 75 Exhibit Booths Featuring Wildlife Art, Carvings, Photography, Antique Decoys, Pottery, Jewelry, Clothing & More
  • Children’s Decoy Painting Competitions
  • New & Expanded Carving Competition in the Peterson Building
  • First United Methodist Church Services, Sunday, 8:30 am. Come as you are.
  • Thirteen Carving Competition Divisions
  • National Competition for the 2013 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp
  • Unveiling of the 2013 NC Waterfowl Stamp Original Art
  • Retriever Demonstrations
  • Educational Exhibits
  • Wildlife Art and Decoy Auction
  • Raffles and Door Prizes

You can find out more details about the decoys carving contest, as well as download entry forms, on the newly revised ECW Guild website here:


The 40th Annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival

The 40th Annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival is just around the corner. The show is on February 15th and 16th at the McMillen Event Center in San Diego, CA.

Bob Berry's 3rd place rainbow trout, 2012 California Open, IWCA Decorative Fish

You can download the show brochure and entry form at the PSWA's download page.

In addition to being an IWCA member show with the classes you expect at a member show, there are a few additional events that make this show truely one-of a-kind.

Palm Frond Carvings:

These carvings are truely classic California. You can learn more about the history of palm frond carvings in our enrichment article section here: Palm Fronds: Found Wood. The challenge is to portray the “essense of the species” of your subject while retaining as much of the character of the palm frond as possible. There are two divisions. A Decoy division, and a decoritive division. There is also a substantial amount of prize money availble, so if you haven't already, look into this unique contest.

Contemporary Working Decoy:

The PSWA has taken a unique approach to the traditional working decoy class. In an effort to simplify the rules and encourage competition, yet still attempt to honor the spirit of the classic working decoy, The PSWA has taylored the event and rules to be as follows:

  • Enter what you have made and use for hunting. 
  • Decoys must self right and have a means of anchor attachment. 
  • Judges will emphasize simplicity and field markings.
  • Other than 1st, 2nd and 3rd BOS, all other entries will be available for sale to the public for $175. These carvers will receive $150 and PSWA will retain $25.00.

These are just a few events of many that make this a special show. Visit the PSWA's website for more details, and download the brochure for the full listing of events. You can also download a copy of the entry form here.



2012 Core Sound Results Posted

The 2012 Core Sound Decoy Festival results are posted in the competition results section. 

You can also check out some of the photos from the show in our photo gallery. Thanks to Bill Einsig for providing the photos. You can check out his website for additional photos.


Joey Eubanks - Redhead Drake - 2012 Core Sound Style Decoy - Best of Show


25th Anniversary Core Sound Reminder

Just a reminder for everyone that next weekend (Dec. 1st & 2nd) is the:

25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival
held on Harkers Island, NC


Andy Pope, 3rd place, Duplin County DU Lesser Scaup Competition

Come and join us for the 25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival, held by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, at the Harkers Island School.

As always there is something for everyone.

Decoy Carving Competitions: 

  • IWCA Decoy Competitions
  • Core Sound Decoy Competition 
  • Contemporary Antiques Competition
  • Youth Carving Competition
  • Duplin County DU Decoy Championships(Canvasback Drake)

The 2012 show also features the IWCA Working Decoy Championship. There are no quailfying rules for this event, so send in your gunners following the IWCA working bird rules.

Also Featuring:

  • Kids decoy painting
  • Decoys for sale 
  • Waterfowl Art for sale
  • Decoy Auction (You can see a list of auction Items on the guilds Facebook page)
  • Head Carving Contest

Raffle Drawings for the following:

  • Browning Shotgun
  • Ring-neck Decoy by "Jack Cox" this Years Featured Carver 
  • Waterfowl Art Print by the Late David Lawrence
  • Quilt By Mrs. Kay Salter

25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival Shirts, 25th Anniversary Shirts, Other Festival Souvenirs for sale. And of course Good Food!

Admission is $8 Daily 
Kids 12 and under free
Sunday is Kids Day and all who are 17 and under get in free

For more information you can go to: 




2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report

2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report by Donald Baiar

The 25th Silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show wowed the crowds viewing the carvings displayed in our largest show ever with 98 artists and significantly more carvings that ever before.   The City owned Water Resources Education Center, the picture perfect taylor made venue for our show, draws competitive carvers and awed guests from far and near to view the best display of exquisitely carved Birds, Mammals, Decoys and Fish in the Northwest. The Feather and Quill Carvers extend appreciation to the many out of town carvers and IWCA board members who held their annual meeting again at the Center on Thursday. Their help was crucial to the success of the CFWS.  The weather as usual was perfect for floating our large slate of IWCA  Style and Working Decoys in the beautiful entrance fountain pond on Saturday and the increasing popular contest on Sunday, the 6” Mini Canvasback floating decoy trade event where everyone gets to take home someone else’s bird.  The three judges took almost an hour to decide on the top 3 out of the 17 entries with Gary DeCew Ist, Don Baiar 2nd, and Jerry Harris 3rd.  BEST OF SHOW was deservedly awarded to Michael Buelna for a remarkable Bench carving of a Sea Turtle.  Michael also presented a Sunday Afternoon bonus workshop on creating faux marble in bases as seen on his BOS carving. Two other demonstrations were presented on Saturday and Sunday morning by Byrn Watson on making Canvas Decoys and by featured carver Anthony Donato on “Reference tools for Success.  



Special Awards were given by the Audubon team to Peter Kaune for a stunning Pyrrhuloxia.   Ducks Unlimited chose  Anthony Donato’s beautiful Widgeon drake and the Sportswriter’s Award was bagged by Michael Buelna’s  unique wall hanging Rooster fish.  Vancouver’s and Ridgefield’s Mayors’ Awards went to Brad Snodgrass’s ornate Baikal Teal and Novice carver Timeri Hansen’s Burrowing Owls.  Saturday’s People’s Choice Award was earned by Debbie Van Vliet for an entrancing Chickadee pair and Tom Newell picked up a trio of awards with Sunday People’s Choice the Chairman’s Award and the coveted Carver’s Choice Award for a wonderful frog stalking American Bittern



The weather was once again perfect and all had a great time at our sold out Banquet that beat all past banquets for elegance, quality, and service.   So put September 14 and 15, on your calendar for next year and plan to visit and compete  at the CFWS.  A Great time is guaranteed. Next year our two $1000 Purchase Awards species are the Cedar Waxwing and the Red Crossbill.  Our six inch Decoy trade species will be the Pintail hen.  For all rules, info and photos please visit our website:  



2012 IWCA Board Meeting Election Results

The 2012 IWCA board meeting was held on September 6th in Vancouver Washington. The new Officers of the IWCA Board of Directors are as follows:

Bob Sutton - Chairman of the Board
Heck Rice - President
Neal Stoneback - Vice President
Gary Joe Bryan - Vice President
Tom Westbrock - Treasurer
Doug Muldowney - Webmaster
Laurie McNeil - Secretary


2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show


Sep 8th and 9th, 2012

Water Resouces Education Center, Vancouver, Washington 

Anthony Donato's Decortive Floating Green Winged Teal

The Feather and Quill Carvers Club, in a partnership with the city of Vancouver, Washington, presents our silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show on September 8 and 9, 2012. This is our sixth year at what Bob Sutton, past president of the IWCA, describes as the finest facility for a wildlife carving show he has ever seen. That compliment is appreciated and deserved since the city owned venue is picture perfect—architecturally and functionally—and comes complete with an outstanding staff, an impressive entrance fountain pond to float our decoy devisions, a state of the art classroom, and a premier top floor reception/show area that is framed by wrap-around windows overlooking the scenic park and river. 

CFWS specializes in realistic carvings of birds, fish, mammals, and decoys, with interpretive and miniature divisions. Most divisions adhere to IWCA rules. Over $7000 in awards and ribbons will be presented. In addition to IWCA mainstay contests such as Working decoys, IWCA style decoys and shorebirds, and IWCA decoratives, there are three purchase awards for 2012:

  • Dr. Peter B. Lyon's $1000 Best of the Northwest award will go to the best judged Bohemian Waxwing.
  • The Bob and Doris O’Neill $1000 Best of Washington Backyard Birds $1000 purchase award will be given for the best pair of American Goldfinches (maximum height 16”).
  • The $500 Feather & Quill purchase award will go to the best judged carving entered in that category to be raffled by the club during the year to raise show funds.

    This year we are also lucky to have Anthony Donato giving a seminar on Sunday from 10-12 on incorporating reference into your carvings. We are also happy to have Byrn Watson presenting a seminar on Saturday from 9:30 - 11:30 on making carvings from alternative materials. Both these seminars are provided free of charge.

    So come to beautiful Vancouver, Washington for this year’s event and as always, our best show ever. A great time is guaranteed.

    Admission: Free to the public; donations accepted

    You can download the full show brochure by visiting the CFWS website, or you can direct download them from our site:


    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012
    Perch Point Conservation Club -7930 Meisner Road
    Casco Twp., MI 48064


    Gary Hanson's Market Gunner, Single - Best of Show winner 2012

    This weekend, Saturday the 11th, is the 29th annual St. Clair Flats decoy show. Please join us at the Perch Point Conservation Club for our one-day event. This is classic decoy show featuring both traditional, regional categories as well as IWCA categories. The St. Clair Flats show features "Market Gunner" contests that have always allowed carved and raised primary feathers to capture the essence of the species, and continue to do so. 

    Some of the contests featured at this show include:

    • IWCA Style
    • Market Gunner, singles
    • Market Gunner, three-bird rig
    • Gunning Shorebirds
    • Cocktail Birds

    There is also a kids painting contest at 11 am. The class is open to kids 17 and under. The decoy to be painted will be a Canvasback Sleeper from The E. Allen Decoy Company, using Golden Acrylic paints with brushes & supplies from The Duck Blind. This years Kid’s Painting Class is sponsored by Lou & Anne Tisch from Lock Stock & Barrell, Inc and The E. Allen Decoy Company.

    This show also features a special offering in the action. Each year club members pick a specific species and members carve a donate birds to create a truely impressive rig. The 2012 St. Clair Flats Rig species is an Old Squaw and includes birds carved by the following members:

    • Jerry Stateler
    • Gary Hanson
    • Terry Desilets
    • Lou Tisch
    • Roland Garland
    • Jim Kirby
    • Paul Foytack
    Each decoy has been branded as a Limited Edition Carving, specifically for the 2012 Flats Show.
    Please plan on joining us this Saturday. Entries must be registered between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m, and judging begins at 10:00am. 
    You can download the show brochure, rules and entry for here: 2012 SCFWA show brochure