August 26, 2017 - Ohio
The Maumee Bay Carvers Association will hold the 36th Annual Decoy Show and Competition on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area Check-in Station, 13229 West State Route 2, east of Toledo and north of Oak Harbor, OH.
Carvers of all skill levels can compete by entering their working decoys and shorebirds which will be judged and awarded various prizes including cash, rosettes and ribbons. This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to view beautifully carved decoys and shorebirds made by hand in the tradition of the American hunting style decoy.
Following the tradition of waterfowl hunters, the working decoys are floated in water and judged as to how their appearance would attract live waterfowl. The shorebirds are displayed and judged by category.
Registration for carvers is 8 am. to 10 am. and judging begins after registration. A Sell and Swap meet will also be held relating to hunting items, decoys, and carving and wood supplies.
Admission to the show is free and there is a small entry fee for the competition. The show location is handicap and stroller accessible.
Visit www.maumeebaycarvers.com for the rules, entry form and more information.
September 14, 15, 16, 2017 - Michigan
The Great Lakes Fish Decoy Association will hold its annual show Thursday thru Saturday, September 14, 15, 16, 2017 at the Quality Inn 7 Suites, Monroe, Michigan. In-room trading begins on Thursday. The Collectors Show (buy-sell-trade) is Friday with the annual Reeg BBQ at noon. The World Championship of Fish Carving is Saturday, Sept 16.
The Point Mouilee Water Fowl Festival, held nearby, is the same weekend as the GLFDA Show.
For rules and contact links, visit www.glfda.com
Wildfowl Carving Magazine,
A must have, how-to magazine for beginners and advanced carvers. Print and online magazine devoted to bird and wildfowl carving and painting, including step-by-step articles, product information, events and gatherings.
Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine
Comprehensive magazine that focuses on carving and collecting history, decoys, fish decoys, hunting memorabilia and profiles about America's Sporting tradition. Articles, collectors' marketplace, buy and sell ads, etc.
Ultimate source for decoy collectors featuring top quality decoys, collecting and carving history, product information and events.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell University Ithaca, New York. Birds, ducks, raptors, etc. are featured on this website. You can search your favorite winged animal and find extensive reference information including: description, identification, life history, voice sounds, migration and habitat maps, related species and taxonomic hierarchy. Conservation status also listed.
The Duck Blind
Decoy carving supplies, decoy cork, cutouts, patterns, glass eyes, decoy carving videos, etc.
Detailed patterns for Wildlife Carvers and Artists. Over 50 pages online of patterns for ducks, birds of prey, shorebirds, songbirds, fish, marine animals and wildlife. Patterns are available in different sizes and postures.
Creekside Art Gallery
Artists, authors and avid collectors, Gene & Linda Kangas offer for sale decoys, folk art, books and Kangas art on their website.