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The Big Wild Radio Interview Promoting IWCA & Wildfowl Carving

Radio interview with Dan "Gundy" Gunderson host of The Big Wild Radio Show and Laurie McNeil, offering great information about the IWCA and Wildfowl Carving...


PRESS RELEASE - 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship - 06/24/2017

The International Wildfowl Carvers Association Announces the 2017 Style Decoy Championship at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center Harkers Island, N.C.

Press Release Date: May 5, 2017

- The International Wildfowl Carvers Association (I.W.C.A.) will hold its 2017 Style Decoy Championship, hosted by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center and the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, on June 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.


This contemporary duck decoy competition celebrates the “Art of the Decoy” through works by the finest artists in the decoy carving today. Visitors will be able to see and ask questions about one of the oldest functional art forms still practiced in the United States at this free event.

Details regarding how to enter the competition are available at or via email at

“The International Wildfowl Carvers Association is excited the 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship Competition is being held at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. I want to encourage our carvers to participate in making this year’s competition one to remember!” – Monty Willis, President, IWCA

- Two additional duck decoy based competitions are slated to happen the same day, June 24, 2017: the 11th Annual Kent Hood Memorial Core Sound Hunting Rig of Six and the Kent Hood Foundation Superior Craftsmanship Carving Competition. Hunting Rigs consist of six decoys made by one or more individuals and are floated in Back Sound. The Superior Craftsmanship competitors will carve a decoy using hand tools only to be judged when the time limit expires. Details regarding how to enter these competitions are available at, or via email at

Rules & Registration Forms

Download 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Information/Rules.PDF

Download 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Registration Form .PDF

“This Core Sound Hunting Rig of Six was organized to be a fun event and to show different styles of working decoys from across the country. So team up and get a rig together for the biggest, most fun rig contest in the country. Good luck to all!” - Bob Sutton, original organizer of the Rig of Six.

Contact: Pam Morris
Core sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
252.728.1500 x25

- The International Wildfowl Carvers Association, better known as IWCA, is the outgrowth of a group of carvers from all parts of the country who met in 1986 to find a way to establish competition rules and procedures that would be uniformly fair for all carvers. The organization was officially formed in 1988 with a mission to promote development of wildlife art and the uniquely American art of the decoy.

- The mission of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is to establish a facility that will enhance the community, state and region by creating a resource which brings together the historical, cultural, artistic, environmental, and educational elements needed to preserve the rich waterfowl heritage of eastern North Carolina associated with the Core Sound area.

- The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild’ mission is to safeguard and preserve the memory of those pioneers who helped define the Core Sound decoy carving heritage by offering an honest view of the past, while increasing awareness and appreciation of waterfowl, and providing demonstrations and workshops so that the decoy carving heritage will continue on to the next generation.


2017 IWCA Style Shorebird Championship Results - Posted

 The results for the 2017 IWCA Style Shorebird Championship are in... Congratulations to the winners!


1. Bruce DiVaccaro, Sheffield Village, OH - Upland Sandpiper
2. Bruce DiVaccaro, Sheffield Village, OH - Hudsonian Godwit
3. Todd Van Wieren, Grand Ledge, MI - Marbled Godwit




Byrn Watson, July 18, 1934 to February 19, 2017

Byrn Watson, President of the IWCA from 2006 to 2012, passed away peacefully on the morning of February 19, 2017 after a short illness.

Byrn, and his wife JoAnne, joined Bob Sutton in the early days of the IWCA to assist in the administrative side.  A staunch supporter of the association he dedicated many hours to furthering the art of wildfowl carving and was always trying to find new ways to promote it.

For many years he was closely involved in the organization and funding of the California Open Show, and in more recent years – after their move from California to Washington State – with the Columbia Flyway Show.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Byrn on Sunday, April 9th at 3:00PM at Jackson Prairie Church in South Chehalis, WA.

Our thoughts are with JoAnne and their family at this time.



2017 PSWA California Open - Competition Results Posted

The results from the 2017 PSWA California Open have been posted...

Click Here for Complete Results

Congratualtions to all of the winners!


2017 IWCA Shorebird Decoy Championship March 11th - Strongsville, OH

The IWCA Shorebird Championship will be hosted by the Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association (ODCCA) at their annual event in Strongsville, Ohio on March 11-12, 2017.

The ODCCA divisions include IWCA Floating Decorative, IWCA Style Decoy, IWCA Shorebird Championship, Working Shorebird/Silhouette, "It Ain't Vintage Yet", Cocktail Bird, Rest of the Marsh & Miniatures, Ward World Youth Silhouettes, Dove Decoy, Fish Decoy, Decorative Fish, Jigging Sticks in Ballroom, and much more!

Mail-ins will be accepted until Monday March 6th.


You can learn more and download entry forms on their website:        

Hope to see you there!


PSWA California Open - Letter from the President - Gary De Cew

Please join us in thanking the PSWA California Open, IWCA Affiliate member organization, for their years of dedication. We wish the best to their organization, in their goal to discover grants and funding to bring back the show in the next few years. February 18-19, 2017 will be the 44th and final show until which time funding is secured for future events... Thank you PSWA!


PSWA California Open - 2017's First IWCA Affiliate Show - February 18 - 19

The PSWA California Open will be held on February 18-19th in San Diego California in San Diego, California.

Click Here for the 2017 Show Brochure

The 2016 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Awards will be presented at the PSWA California Open Reception & Auction on Saturday, February 19th, 2017.

There's still time to make arrangements to attend, or to send in your entries!

Hope to see you there!


2017 IWCA Rules Booklet & Brochure - Now Available 

The IWCA is proud to announce a complete line-up of IWCA Championship events for 2017, as well as a new division; IWCA Working Shorebird Division, and a new Affiliate Member Show; Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s Decoy Carving Competition and Exhibition holding thier fist competition in Stevens Point, WI in September.

There were also changes made to the rules, so it will be important for all competitors, and judges to thoroughly read the rules to insure there are no last minute surprises.

In 2017 the IWCA will offer these events at various IWCA Affiliate Member Shows:

  • IWCA Style Decoy Championship - June - Harkers Island, NC
  • IWCA Style Shorebird Championship - March - Strongsville, OH
  • IWCA Working Decoy Championship - September - Vancouver, WA
  • IWCA Canvas Decoy Championship - December - Harkers Island, NC
  • IWCA Young Guns Championship - December - Harkers Island, NC
  • IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year (Intermediate & Novice)

For those who do not want to wait for their copy of the 2017 Rules Booklet, you may download the complete rules booklet and show brochure listing all of the IWCA event dates and locations, as well as the new version of the rules for 2017.

Click Here to Read the 2017 IWCA Rules Online

Click Here to Download the 2017 IWCA Rules Brochure and Booklet in a printable .PDF format

We look forward to seeing you in 2017!


2016 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Winners Announcement

Congratulations to all of the decorative wildfowl carvers who stepped up to the challenge of the 2016 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Contest at both the Intermediate and Novice levels.

In the Intermediate level, Randy Hansen topped of the year with 470 points for 1st place, 2nd Place went to Hank Wurgler with 310 points, and 3rd place goes to Maxine Brown with 135 points.

At the Novice level, Bill Strickler achieved 130 points for 1st place, Lisa Strang and Dick Stern tied with 115 points for 2nd place. 

Click Here for the complete final results.

The 2017 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Awards will be presented at the PSWA California Open Reception & Auction on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.
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