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2018 IWCA Style Decoy & IWCA Working Decoy Championships - December 1& 2


The Core Sound Decoy Festival will be hosts of the 2018 IWCA Style Championship as well as the IWCA Working Decoy Championship on December 1st & 2nd in Harkers Island, NC.

Walter (Brother) Gaskill won this year's poster contest with his Belted Kingfisher (2018 Featured Species) pictured to the left. William (Bill) Veasey is the featured artist for 2018.

Congratulations to Brother and Bill!

The Core Cound Decoy Festival Accept mail-ins if you cannot attend the show.

For more information:

(252) 838-8818

 1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

Hope to see you there!


2018 Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo - Ward Museum - Salisbury, MD - October 13


Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

October 13th, 2018

Ward Museum Salisbury, Maryland 
Contact: Rich Smoker 
Phone: (410) 742-4988 ext. 106 or 114 

More information - 2018 Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo


2018 IWCA Shorebird & Young Guns Championships - Columbia Flyway - 9/08 & 9/09

 Date: September 8-9, 2018
Location: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, Vancouver, WA

2018 Young Guns Championship
1st Best of Show - $200
2nd Best of Show - $100
3rd Best of Show - $50
2018 IWCA Shorebird Championship
1st Best of Show - $200
2nd Best of Show - $100
3rd Best of Show - $50
Mail-in Entries Accepted

Contact: Don Baiar



2018 Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Carving Competition - 08/10 - 08/11

WWA Decoy Carving Competition Weekend

August 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

2nd Annual Decoy Carving Contest and Exhibition

August 10 – 11, 2018

This year’s competition will be part of a Waterfowl Weekend and held in conjunction with Wisconsin State Duck and Goose Calling Championships at the same location.  Please note, for those of you that participated in our First Annual Decoy Carving Contest, there have been some changes in categories and entrant classes for the 2018 contest.


This is a new division for 2018. The Decorative class is painted with extra detail and precision.  All entries in this division must be made of wood; full body decoys are allowed. They should have life-like attitude.  Feet and legs must be hand carved or constructed by the carver in open level only. This division includes all duck categories (puddle, diving, sea) along with geese and swans, confidence and shorebirds and wading birds. These decoys will be judged on the shelf.  Again, this division will have two carver levels, Open and Amateur.  Ribbons will be awarded per IWCA rules. Cash award will be given for Best of Show in each carver class. Please carefully review the rules in Appendix-C.

The following IWCA Decorative Lifesize - Non-floating categories shall be recognized at the 2018 WWA Carving Competition:

3.2.1. Puddle or Marsh Duck—Includes all species of mallard, black duck, pintail, widgeon, gadwall, teal, wood duck, and shoveler.

3.2.2. Diving Ducks—Includes all species of canvasback, redhead, scaup, ringneck, golden-eye, bufflehead, ruddy duck (summer or winter), and hooded merganser.

3.2.3. Sea Ducks—Includes all species of smew, long-tailed duck , scoter, eider, harlequin, red-breasted merganser, and common merganser.

3.2.4. Geese and Swans—Includes all species of geese, including brant and swans.

3.2.5. Confidence—Includes all species of gulls, loons (summer or winter), coots, gallinules, and all others.

3.2.7. Shorebirds and Wading Birds (Decorative and Decoy)—Avocets, cranes, curlews, dowitchers, dunlins, flamingos, godwits, herons, ibises, knots, limpkins, oystercatchers, plovers, rails, sandpipers, snipe, stilts, storks, turnstones, whimbrels, willets, yellowlegs.

There will be no divisions for raptors, songbirds or minatures judged at the 2018 competition

Entries may be checked in on Friday, August 10th.

Judging is on Saturday, August 11th.

Entries may be checked out after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12th.

Hope to see you there!


Just Announced! East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival - February 7-9, 2019!

Stay tuned for more details in the near future, or contact the East Carolina Wildlife Guild for more details through their website about the Festival...


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 

Click Here to View



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.