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INSIDE photos Antique Style Duck Decoys (Wood Carving Projects) by: Tom Matus

Written for woodcarving hobbyists, this book teaches the step-by-step techniques for woodcarving contemporary antique-styled duck decoys. Publishers C...

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Wild Fowl Decoys by: Joel Barber Wild Fowl Decoys by: Joel Barber

Wild Fowl Decoys is an art reference book by American collector Joel Barber, first published in 1934 by The Derrydale Press. This heavily illustrated ...

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LA Crosse Fish Decoys by: Donald J. Petersen LA Crosse Fish Decoys by: Donald J. Petersen

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La Crosse Fish Decoys is the first and only book covering this subject matter. It should interest fish decoy collectors, hobbyists, fishermen, and anyone interested in a hobby that has a solid financial return. The heyday for spearfishing in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was 1890 until 1938, when spearfishing was banned in that region. Thus given the age of the decoys used, little is known concerning their makers. Indeed, all of the known La Crosse fish decoy makers are deceased. This book is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 1 provides a brief history of the La Crosse region from its earliest days until the present time with emphasis, when appropriate, to the sport of spearfishing. Chapter 2 discusses the development of the technique of spearfishing from its Asian origins and contrasts the American Indian approach to spearing to the white men's modification of it. In Chapter 3, The Mississippi River is discussed and its effects on spearing in the La Crosse Reach. The heart of the book is Chapter 4, when seventy-one known La Crosse decoy makers' biographies are presented along the discussion of their decoys, not to mention, photographic examples of their work. Chapter 5 gives a photographic review of fish decoys which imitate actual fish species. Chapter 6 provides photographic example of La Crosse spears used by fishermen, and documents both known and unknown speak makers. Finally, Chapter 7 reviews La Crosse 'cheater' decoys, jig sticks, lures, and decoy-holding boxes to round out the book.

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Duck Calls of Illinois, 1863-1963 by: Robert Christensen Duck Calls of Illinois, 1863-1963 by: Robert Christensen

Few possessions are as highly prized by duck hunters as their favorite calls. Skillfully crafted and highly individualized, calls enable the hunter to...

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Decoy Artist: Americas Last Hunter-Carver The Decoy Artist: America's Last Hunter-Carver by: David F. Giannetto

In this biography, world-class decoy carver Vincent Giannetto III comes of age in the Delaware River region. Growing up on his family's farmland in Be...

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Pascagoula Decoys Pascagoula Decoys by: Joe Bosco

Perched on the Gulf of Mexico near the Alabama state line, Pascagoula, Mississippi, quickly became the center of duck-decoy manufacturing from 1920 to...

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Louisiana Duck Decoy Wetland Heritage: The Louisiana Duck Decoy by: Charles W. Frank, Jr.

During the last two decades, the duck decoy has emerged as a distinctive and widely acclaimed art form. Wetland Heritage documents the evolution of th...

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Connecticut Decoys: Carvers and Gunners Connecticut Decoys: Carvers and Gunners by: Henry C. Chitwood

One of the most comprehensive studies ever written on Connecticut working decoys with over 400 photos. A table of carvers is followed by a detailed te...

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Fish & Fowl Decoys of the Great Lakes by: Donna Tonelli Fish & Fowl Decoys of the Great Lakes by: Donna Tonelli

This book contains a wonderful collection of fine decoys and calls from the Great Lakes region, shown in over 1100 color photographs, along with origi...

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