2017 Show

  • 2017 Endangered Species - Burrowing Owl
  • Cabela's $500 Merchandise Awards
  • New Head Painting Competition
  • See the Brochure for more detail...

Antique Decoys

General guidelines

  1. Entries can be inspired by decoys from the past but must be the carvers interpretation of an "old" decoy.
  2. Decoys should be made to look old by the manner in which they are carved and finished.
  3. Decoys should be functional, durable and able to withstand the hard use of hunting.
  4. The decoy must be "antique" in style and appearance.
  5. The decoys will not be floated.

Entries will be grouped into three classes:-

  1. All Ducks
  2. All Geese, Swans and Confidence Decoys
  3. All Shorebirds


Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place in each of the three classes + Rosette for Best of Show in each class.


Cash Awards and Rosettes for 2017

Woodcarving CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of Show - WildlifeExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeNovice$50 + Rosette
Best of ShowYouth$50 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeNovice$50 + Rosette
Peoples Choice-Rosette
Carvers Choice-Rosette
Best Floating Decoy-$75 + Rosette
Best Brant-$75 + Rosette
2nd Best Brant-$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesExpert$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesAdvanced$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesIntermediate$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesNovice$50 + Rosette
Cocktail Carvings - Land-Trophy
Cocktail Carvings - Water-Trophy
Cocktail Carvings - Air-Trophy
Antique Style DecoysBest Duck$50 + Rosette
Antique Style DecoysBest Goose$50 + Rosette
Antique Style DecoysBest Shorebird$50 + Rosette
Cabela's Canada - GW TealOpen$250 Voucher
Cabela's Canada - Spruce GrouseOpen$150 Voucher
Cabela's Canada - Least SandpiperOpen$100 Voucher

Woodturning CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of ShowExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of ShowNovice$50 + Rosette

Fish Carving CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of ShowExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of ShowNovice$50 + Rosette

Total Competition Prize Money$2,500.00

Brochure Printing

Print the Brochure - Print

Cocktail Carvings

The Cocktail Competition will be composed of three categories:-

  • Land - all terrestrial creatures
  • Water - any creature that spends most of its life in water
  • Air - any creature that is capable of flying
  1. There are NO skill levels - Carvers from all skill levels will compete against each other in each of the 3 categories.
  2. Bodies including head and tail to be no larger than four inches, in any direction.
  3. Habitat is not included in the four inch rule.
  4. You may enter any species you wish.
  5. No restrictions on detailed painting or texturing.
  6. Habitat allowed and encouraged.
  7. Decoys do not have to float.


A condition of entry in the Cocktail Class is that your entry will be sold in the auction. The carver will receive 50% of the winning bid.

Divisions and categories

Division A:Realistic Lifesize Waterbirds
Category 1:Marsh Ducks
Category 2:Diving Ducks
Category 3:Geese & Swans
Category 4:Seabirds, Shorebirds, other

Division B:Realistic Lifesize Landbirds
Category 5:Small Songbirds
Category 6:Medium Songbirds
Category 7Large Songbirds
Category 8Upland Gamebirds
Category 9Raptors
Category 10Others

Division C:Realistic Miniature Birds
Category 11Waterbirds
Category 12Landbirds

Division D:Hunting Decoys (Floating)
Category 13Marsh Ducks
Category 14Diving Ducks
Category 15Geese, Swans & Confidence

Division E:Contemp. Decoys (non-floating)
Category 16Marsh & Diving Ducks
Category 17Geese, Swans & Confidence
Category 18Shorebirds

Division F:Antique-style Decoys
Category 19Ducks
Category 20Geese/Confidence
Category 21Shorebirds

Division G:Interpretive, Stylized
Category 22Natural Finish Wildlife
Category 23Interpretive/stylized
Category 24Driftwood

Division H:Realistic Wildlife (in the round)
Category 25Land Mammals
Category 26Water Mammals
Category 27Reptiles, Amphibians, Others
Category 28Heads (all species including birds)
Division I:Cocktail Carvings
Category 29Land ( All terrestrial creatures)
Category 30Sea ( aquatic/semi aquatic creatures)
Category 31Air (All creatures that fly)

Division J:Other Subjects (in the round)
Category 32Caricatures
Category 33Realistic Humans
Category 34Domestic Animals
Category 35Native Style (in the round)
Category 36Canes, Walking Sticks
Category 37Driftwood Creations
Category 38Miscellaneous

Division K:Relief, Other Styles
Category 39Relief Carving
Category 40Chip Carving
Category 41Native Style (flat surface)
Category 42Intarsia
Category 43Bark Carving
Category 44Wood Burning

Division L:Wood Turning
Category 45Functional
Category 46Decorative

Division M:Other Media Carvings
Category 47Stone
Category 48Bone
Category 49Other (excludes wood)

Pacific Northwest Fish Carving Championship

Division O:Decorative Lifesize
Category 50Trout, Salmon & Char
Category 51Other Freshwater Gamefish
Category 52Miscellaneous Freshwater
Category 53Saltwater Fish

Division P:Mounts / Miniatures / Interpretive
Category 54Wall Mounts
Category 55Decorative Miniatures
Category 56Interperative / Stylized


Skill Levels


  • For carvers age 18 and younger. Entries will be divided into age groups as follows: 11 and under, 12 to 14, 15 to 18. Carvers under 18 do not have to enter in Youth if they wish to compete in a higher skill level. There is one Youth competition for all entries, including fish and woodturnings


  • This is the entry level of competition. A carver may enter at this level until having won 3 Best of Division awards with 3 different carvings.


  • For carvers who display skills beyond the Novice level. A carver may enter at this level until having won 5 Best of Division awards on 5 different carvings.


  • For carvers who display advanced skills in all judging criteria. After winning 5 Best of Division awards with 3 different carvings in 3 different shows, the carver must move to the Expert level.


  • For carvers who qualify to move beyond Advanced, displaying excellence in all judging criteria. An expert carver is allowed to compete in Advanced for Divisions in which they have not achieved the Expert skill level.


  • Some competitions in the show are open to all skill levels. This applies to Division I: “Cocktail Carvings,” so you will enter the skill level as “OPEN”. There are other OPEN competitions in the show for special awards where you enter your normal skill level and category, but you will also compete with other carvings drawn from all skill levels. This applies to:
    • Best Antique-style
    • Best Brant
    • Best Hunting Decoy
  • The People’s Choice and Carver’s Choice awards are also open to all skill levels and are chosen by ballot.

Species Listing

Species categories follow the Pacific Northwest Carvers (PNC) association listings except where some categories have been combined.

Marsh Ducks
black duck, gadwall, mallard, pintail, shoveler, teal, wigeon, wood duck, whistling duck.
Diving Ducks
bufflehead, canvasback, eider, goldeneye, harlequin, merganser, oldsquaw, redhead, ring-neck, ruddy duck, scaup, scoter, smew.
Small Songbirds
bushtit, chickadee, creeper, finch, hummingbird, kinglet, nuthatch, siskin, sparrow, swallow, swift, warbler, wren (except cactus), yellowthroat, verdin.
Large Songbirds
crow, cuckoo, flicker, grackle, jay, kingfisher, longspur, magpie, mockingbird, nighthawk, nutcracker, pileated woodpecker, raven, road runner, robin, shrike, thrasher, varied thrush.
Medium Songbirds
all others not on above lists.

Endangered Species Competition

The winner of last years ballot for 2017 Endangered Species is ...

The Burrowing Owl.

burowwing owl

Burrowing Owl

Any carving style or Category is eligible. Trophy + $50 cash for the Best of Show in each skill level.

Carvings entered in the following Divisions and Categories are eligible for the Endangered Species Competition provided they are of a Burrowing Owl:

Division B
- Category 9
Division C
- Category 12

Hunting Decoys

This competition is for all entries in Division D: Hunting Decoys (Floating)

Category 13. Marsh Ducks

Category 14. Diving Ducks

Category 15. Geese, Swans & Confidence

This Division will honour the original working decoy, hand carved from wood and designed to be hunted over.

Decoys must be made of wood, and hand crafted by the carver. Construction must be sturdy and able to withstand the wear and tear of hunting conditions.

Decoys will be judged on simplicity, practicality and durability. Final selection will be done from a distance, weather permitting.

No detailed or fragile bills, necks, wing tips or tails. No raised primaries, no carved details in bills. Mandible separation will be permitted, nostril definition is allowed. Detail on the underside of the bill is discouraged.

Decoys must be painted in traditional hunting decoy style. The carver should be aware that a spread of 36 handmade decoys were common and while brushing, ragging, stippling, combing, scratching, and blending is allowed, excess use of these methods will be adversely judged. Texturing, burning, airbrushing, inserts, fragile parts, and individually carved feathers will not be permitted.

No feather definition other than outline will be allowed, carved or painted.

Paint, tack and glass eyes are permitted.

Decoys must have an anchor line attachment (lines and anchors not needed).

Painting must withstand an extended time period in the water and not deteriorate. Any decoy that checks, splits, takes on water, or looses paint at floated and must self-right when submerged bottom up and released. Geese and swans must self-right from the sides.

Wood Turning Competition

The Woodturning Division will be divided into two Categories; Functional and Decorative.

There is no limit to the number of entries by each turner.

This year we have added a new skill level, so turners will compete in four Skill levels.

Turners who have recently began turning and consider themselves as still learning the art and not too confident in their abilities. Hobby turners who do nit yet feel confident even though they have turned for a number of years
One who has been turning for a number of years and feels they are gaining confidence in their abilities and have started to take on more advanced projects.
A skilled turner with many years experience who is confident in his or her abilities and is able to take on difficult projects. These turners are very capable and have no problem with pricing and **selling their work.
For turners who qualify to to move beyond Advanced, displaying excellence in all areas of judging criteria.

** Selling is not a requirement of competing.

It will be up to each turner to decide whether their entries are either Functional or Decorative. Some entries may qualify for either Category, but will often fit best in one or the other. The decision rests with the turner. However, during judging, if the judges feel your entry is a better fit for the other Category, they will have the permission of the Show Chair to move it and re-register it in the other Category.

Trophy + $50 cash for the Best of Show in each skill level.

Paper Entry Forms

A traditional paper entry form can be provided by bill.beese@gmail.com

Online registration will close at midnight on 1st April (No Joke)

Pre-registered carvings are $5 per entry.

Five or more carvings can be entered for a maximum fee of only $25.

All carvings registered at the door will be $10 per carving.