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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.

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