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20th Annual Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival

Decoy entries at the 1999 show

At the show we will have a variety of events. There will be the SSWA Hunting Buddy Qualifications (to test a dog’s basic obedience and retrieval instincts). The Duck & Goose Calling Clinics, with the possibility of a Duck & Goose Calling Contest (currently in the works), as well as the Ducks Unlimited sponsored Greenwing Event. A DU expert carver will teach Greenwings (children under 18) how to paint a decoy head and they will be able to bring them home.

There will also be the Waterfowler’s Clays practice and competition, if we get permission due to the close proximity to resident houses. Bring your own gun down or use ours and show off your shotgun shooting prowess. We will try to make it as challenging as possible. One of the major events of the show is the Decoy Carving. Local carvers get to show off their skills creating realistic decoys in the three major categories: Al McCormick Gunning Stool, Shang Wheeler Decorative Decoys, and the Harry Ike Gunning Stool Spread. Awards are given out in the different categories (as well as bragging rights).

Another major draw to the show is the Duckboats. There are five principal categories of crafts: one-man and two-man grass boats, floating blinds, scoter (layout boats), and gunning coffins. They are judged on different criteria and the winners of each class are judged for the single 'Best in Show' award. People love to see the crafts so bring yours down to the show. Even if you don’t want to enter it, please bring it down anyway. The more different boats present the better. Don’t forget the Swap Shop. Bring down your outdoor or waterfowling gear you want to sell or donate and let us help you get rid of it. You can also purchase many great items from the vendors present. They always have great things for sale. Check out the exhibitors for useful information on our great outdoors.

So remember to mark off Sunday, November 5, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for a great day at Gilgo Beach Marina, Ocean Parway, Babylon, NY.