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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!


2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship - September 9 & 10 - Vancouver, WA

The Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show will be host to the 2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship on September 9 & 10 in Vancounver, Washington. We hope to see you and your entries at the show!

 Date: September 9-10, 2017
Location: Vancouver, Washington


1st Best of Show - $200 ~ 2nd Best of Show - $100 ~ 3rd Best of Show - $50

Contact: Don Baiar ~ E-Mail:

Mail-in entries will be accepted.

More details can be found at their website: