MUST SEE New Video: "From the Marsh" available to view on youtube.com (click here).
Learn about the love of hunting over hand-carved gunning decoys. Jamie Hand, his wife Gwen Raring, and film maker Jim Talone, have produced one of the finest films on decoy carvers ever. According to an article in Decoy Magazine (click here) by Jim Malone and reviewed by Rod Taylor, this 32-minute video features a dozen carvers and two collectors. This video embraces the spirit of hand-made, simple gunning decoys!
Contest Registration: To make registration more convenient, two registration times will be held for the Wildfowler Competitions. The times and locations will coincide with the usual contest registrations in the Ballroom: Friday evening, March 13, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday morning, March 14, 2020, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Entry Fee: Wildfowlers Single Decoy and Shooting Stool 6-Bird Rig - Pool, $10 first entry, $5 each additional, Wildfowlers Youth Contest, No entry fee.
Judging: 9 p.m. Sat., March 14, 2020, Holiday Inn pool, Single, Shooting Stool 6-Bird Rig, Youth. Many people commented about having to get up early on Sunday morning. So in 2020, the Wildfowler contests will be held Saturday night poolside beginning at 9 p.m., giving our participants time to have a nice dinner after the auction, and to “sleep in” Sunday morning.
Best of Show will receive $250.
New 2020 Revised Wildfowler Rules, click here.
Questions?: Click here to email Gary Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail-ins accepted until Monday, March 9, 2020. Please include an entry form, a check payable to ODCCA to cover entry fees, and a pre-paid UPS return label with insurance. Mail to Brad Falkinburg, 1682 Pine Drive, Avon, OH 44011, (440)-937-9113.
Carvers were surveyed: In response to many suggestions made at last year’s show, Vince Ciola and Ken Stuparyk reached out to Wildfowler participants to seek their input.
Carvers were surveyed to understand what they liked and disliked, and to gain recommendations and ideas to increase the level of participation for now and into the future. Seventy-eight people responded to the survey, about 1½ times the annual number of participants in this contest, making this an excellent representative sample.
Click here to view the Wildfowlers Survey.
New Visual reference: Also, many carvers requested a Visual Reference. Click here to view the photos that compare the decoys and rules of the three gunning contests held at the show.
New - Wildfowler entries will be on display
in the Ballroom for public viewing throughout the day on Saturday prior to the contest. Volunteers will be needed to
help move the decoys to the pool area.
Beginning carvers welcome! The Wildfowler contests for singles, rigs and youth are the most popular among the twenty-two ODCCA contests. The competition is based on the tradition and heritage of basic, functional, hunting-style decoys. This is especially a great contest for beginning carvers. In the past and out of necessity, hunters and carvers would use wood native to their area. They used basic tools they had on hand, and paint found around the house or in the barn. Their decoys reflected local traditions. They main thing was the decoys were simple, functional, with little detail, and hand-made with the the sole purpose to attract live waterfowl.
Click here to view the 2019 Wildfowler Winners. #