- New AlbumMDGooseVideo
- Ward Museum
Just a small sampling from our visit to the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland. The collections are outstanding and beautifully display. If you never been to a decoy Museum go to this one. It is the best I ever been to. This part is just on the Ward Bros , Ira Hudson, and award winning carving. Donna going to do another program on the other 100s of great old decoys they have on display.
- New Album
- Ohio seminar
Jeff & Joyce put together an amazing display for their seminar on Ohio decoys for a packed room at the MDCA decoy show
Room action is in full swing Wednesday at MDCA National decoy show. Selling, swapping and buying all around!
lots of stuff!
- Great Lake Association Show 2015
Just returned from the 2015 Great Lake Association Decoy Show. Despite being faced with extensive remodeling of the old Holidome at the last minute the show managers, John Deeter, Ken Cole and Marty Hanson rose to the occasion. They learned just a week prior to the show that the first floor hotel rooms which were normally occupied by the show exhibitors would not be available! Exhibitors were informed by email and everyone cooperated as all rooms were moved up a floor. Turn out was super and everyone reported good sales.
Activities planned for the atrium area went as planned. Friday afternoon the 'Vintage Decoy Contest', sponsored by “Decoy Magazine” had a great response. Collectors brought in their favorite decoys for 15 different categories. After the judging the area was opened to the public to view and handle the decoys. Along with great food and drinks provided free by the Great Lakes Decoy Club every one had a fun evening. There were plenty of serious collectors on hand to answer all questions.
That evening special exhibits were set up. Jim Marsh hosted a fine display of Nate Quillen decoys and artifacts including decoys from his collection, to introduce his new book on Pte Mouille Shooting club history. A display of Illinois River pintail decoys from the Tonelli collection and others drew a lot of attention as did the display of southern decoys and of Jim Shcmeidlin working decoys.
- Jim Schmeidlin
Jim Schmiedlin is among a special group of the very best contemporary decoy carvers that carry on the grand tradition of shooting over wooden decoys. Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine sponsored an impressive 'Favorite Flock' display of Jim's gunning decoys from private collections at The Great Lake Decoy Association Show at Westlake Inn,Ohio. Family, friends and fellow collectors were on hand as Jim was presented with a plaque honoring his contributions to the collecting community and his fine carvings. March 20, 2015
Great New Year Eve sea duck hunt on Chesapeake Bay, hunted with 2 real pros at doing this . Mike Willie, Ron Newcomb, New Church Md. Great sea duck boat, hunting rig. Was a great time . You can not believe how those sea ducks decoys to the tri- boards and that open boat. To all you duck hunters who never tried this type of hunting you should. Tony Walk you would love this shit!
- African images
Michael these are the pieces I wrote you about. Also a bowl. We bought it South Dakota as a native American piece but a fellow collector thought it was from Micronesia probably brought back by a GI. Oval shaped 12" X 11" approximatly 5" deep
- Fort Randall Hunting & Fishing Clb LTD
Ron; Let me know what you think
I call her "Coot" she is great & she loves me more than any other female I ever met.
Off shore blind shooting divers Maryland style
Stiff bear Measures 20" tail to nose and is 7 wide & 15" high at "hump back". the base rods are ten between cross bars attached to paws. Bar between wheels is 7". Wheel is cast iron and measures 2 7/8"
Shorebirds for sale. Call Joe for prices.
- ILspring turkey
Great spring turkey season in S.D. A week before season every thing 100% perfect . Weather, lots, and I mean lots of birds. Big Toms showing off their stuff all day long all over the farms . Then the god dam snow storm came in the day before the opener. 14" snow, ice, & wind. Changed every thing. Birds flocked up and were hard to call. 1st day drove me nuts. lost a couple 1st time in years that that has ever happened. Got them in late after noon. Donna and I ended up with 4 big boys. Off to the best decoy show in the country on Mon. for a week. MWDC Show .St Charles Ill. If you like decoys, duck, turkey , goose, calls hunting and fishing items come and see this show. 10,000 ,s of hunting and fishing related items for sale. Also the Guyette and Deeter decoy , shellbox, duck call auction. This is going to be of their very best auctions expecting to do 2.5 million. Hope to see you there. Joe & Donna
Had a great time hunting and chasing those god damn crazy snow geese. Started Mon 3-17 after the Great Lakes decoy show hunted with Scott and Gus Demanes for 3 days then Jon Saver and his 2 sons Eastern and Bo for 4 days. Then pass shot my self till 4-1 we ended up with about 250 , 2 bands. There were almost 1,000,000 ducks and geese on Lake Andes from 3-18 till 4-1. Also found a very large amount of dead snow geese on the banks of lake. About 400, another 100 dead ducks.
100,000s of these crazy snow geese. Had a great time with Jon Saver and his 2 sons. Put in a long day to kill only 7. They would not finish, Maybe tomorrow.
Three great days chasing those God damn crazy snow geese. Only 14 today , seen 100,000's We had a great time with Scott and Gus Demanes.
- Great Lakes Decoy Collectors Asscoiation Show
The new Great Lakes Decoy Association Show held at Westlake Ohio Holiday Inn had a great turnout!. Dealers were set up in the first and second floor rooms. The Great Lakes board did an outstanding job of creating an interesting and information schedule that included: a display of Leo McIntosh flat art and carvings, a vintage Decoy Contest sponsored by “Decoy Magazine”, Favorite Flock Exhibit, sponsored by Jeff & Joyce Hay featured Midwest teal working decoys from various private collections, Also exhibited was a selection by the Michigan Mafia Carvers; Fredinand Bach, Benj Schmidt, Chas Pozzini, Tom Schoerder and Ralph Johnson. Guyette & Deeter Auction Company again presented a decoy and sporting collectibles auction in the pool area. First Annual GLDA Thank You Dinner with super BBQ dinner and live entertainment held Saturday gave show goers a chance to visit and unwind after a busy week. Ed' Bubblewrap' Kenney provided fresh hand-shucked oysters. What a treat for the Midwesterners!
Great time, good friends, new friends, lots of decoy deals... Can't wait to come back next year. Thanks Great Lakes Decoy Association!
- mystery call
Charlie Perdew not only carved hunting decoys, but like many of the Illinois carvers, he created miniature examples of his hunting decoys. His creative genius didn't stop there. This slideshow illustrates the variety o his miniatures, pins and earrings for the ladies,birds, flying birds, standing ducks, and duck calls, even a miniscule woodpecker on a branch
- Powell~Lucas Collection teasers
Just a little 'teaser'. Joe & Dave Kneebone helped Jon Deeter repack his vehicle this morning so he could fit all the 'goodies' he picked up from the late Gary Lucas and late Stephen Powell collections for upcoming auction at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter. There will be a great selection of gun related posters, shell boxes and calenders as well as carved canes, miniature duck boat models, Store shot dispensers. Watch guyetteandschmidt.com for preview.
Fred There are five scoters in this rig. Bodies measure 14" long, 7 " wide and 6" deep. Decoys stand 10" high at head. bodies are three piece construction and hollow. Each is still weight and has original rope and anchor weights. Just washed dust off with cold water. Donna
The best snow goose hunting operation that there ever was. Ricky Hamm is got it down 110% . I have hunted snow geese in Sask., Manitoba, N & S Dakota, Tx. His operation by far the best. 11,000 decoys thats right 11,000 ! Mostly all full body decoys, 38' long heated pit, 3 electric callers ,5 speakers, and 10,000"s of snow geese. I hunted Tue killed 65, Wed about 110 . These are adult snow and blue geese, not Ross geese. If you want to go on a greaat snow goose hunt give him a call. Bring gun no plug, at least 4 boxes of shells, food, Ear protection and be ready to stay all day till 6 in the evening. Rick works harder than any guide I ever seen in 50 years of hunting to get you a chance to kill those crazy snow geese.
- Henry Decoy Show 2013
Started by Don Clark in the 1960's, The Henry Decoy Show continues to be the best one day show in the Midwest! During the 6 hours the show is open to the general public ( 8am-2pm ) close to 1200 folks enjoy looking over the various display tables. Many of the attendees don't come to any other decoy shows. This is heart of duck hunting country in Illinois, so a lot of folks are dressed in camo. The new Peoria Riverfront ( Lakeview) Museum and the Perdew Museum display here. The Guyette & Deeter Decoy Auction company offer free appraisals. Joe Tonelli and Chris DeArcos are on hand to help Jon Deeter with the decoy and game call identifications. This show could be called the "Greatest Little Decoy Shop"
Jan hunting in Ok. 1st 4 days were a real bust and let down. I Moved 40 miles north, got lucky and ran into Justin Walkabout and his young guide John at gas station one morning.. They turned a B.S. trip into a good one. Had 6 really fun ,hassle free days of hunting with them.. If you want to hunt in Ok. with some one who will work his ass off for you and only you , get in touch with Justin.
- maryland 2013
Md. diver and Canada goose hunt 2 weeks ago. Notice the well brush cover on the blinds. Box blinds in the fiields for goose hunting Also the stuff goose decoys. Had great bluebill, Can shooting and the goose hunting is a 100% give. 250,000 geese in the county I was hunting in.
- Illinois duck season
After the worst Illinois duck season, Joe finally lost it!
- Coleman minis
Here you go!
Call Joe on 605-481-2811 No hunting tomorrow
- Honey hole
- Msity Morn
Great way to watch the sun rise!
- GS&D July Auction
As usual Guyette Schmidt & Deeter planned a special event for auction goers. An evening harbor tour after the first day of the auction was sold out: the view was beautiful and decoy talk abound! The evening previews afforded anyone to handle and inspect the pieces that would be sold. There was a wonderful luncheon buffet spread available to all the attendees. Delicious seafood bisque and fresh deserts accompanied by whipped cream.
The auction itself was also a treat. Bidding during the two days was strong, caused by a renewed interest from seasoned collectors along with new participants entering the market. The auction’s top two lots include an Elmer Crowell standing wood duck at $115,000 and a James T. Beckhart duck call at $103,500, a new world record for a duck call. Additionally, forty three items sold for over $10,000. The fastest growing segment of participation at our auctions continues to be the online bidders, up 20% from the previous year.
The Decoy Divas met after the first day's sale and prepared their auction item, a special thanks card signed and 'kissed' by the Divas was tucked into a hand painted canvas tote bag. Jimmy Julia hammered the bag down at $425 which was donated to the lymphocytic leukemia research.
July 2012 the Decoy Divas met for drinks chatter and smooches. On the following day a hand painted tote bag was auctioned off by Jimmy Julia. The proceeds, $425 will be donated the Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Society.
- Hunting decoys by Chas. Walker
Number of rigs were made by Charles Walker, Princeton, Illinois. Walker almost exclusively created hunting decoys for members of Princeton Game & Fish Club, Bureau, Illinois. Other known rigs not shown are:
Fred Dunbar rig, round bottom with carved wings often have Dunbar painted on the bottom
Brown Brothers rigs, flat bottom and no carved wings. Numbers 6 & 9 stenciled on the bottom.
Merle Brown rig: In addition to mallard decoys this rig had two pintails drake and a couple of turned head sleepers with #28 painted on the bottom.
In total Charles Walker probably only made 6 to 8 dozen hunting decoys. He is also known to carved several sets of miniature decoys including mallard pairs, pintail pair and ducklings.
All of the walker hunting decoys were hollow.
At the2012 Midwest Decoy Collectors Decoy Show , the contemporary carvers association presented several demonstrations on contemporary carving carving and painting techniques. Throughout the day some of the finest artisans from this group shared their talent and techniques with show goers including two young carvers who produce their decoys in the time honored tradition of the master working decoy carvers of olde Marty Hanson and Cameron McIntyre. Pictured with Marty and Cameron is Goeff Vine, Waunakee, Wisconsin noted for his contemporary Delaware River style decoys. Pat Meneely, Minneapolis, Minnesota presented a decoy painting techniques demonstration.
Selection of mallard decoys by Charlie & Edna Perdew from the Tonelli collection.
Charles Perdew supplied many hunters with crow decoys and calls. His Crows were carved out of native pine. All had glass eyes and wire legs. Crows made by his son, Haddon, using Charlies patterns can be identified by a small brass plate stamped PERDEW between the wire legs. Telltale tiny nail holes can alert buyer to this fact. Charlie earliest crow decoys were hollow but he soon learned it was hard to stabilized the wire legs in the hollow bodies. Later legs joints were reinforced by bending the wire against the body and adding a heavy staple to hold the leg fast. Charlie painted his crows simply flat black. Some crows were then flocked either including the head or leaving the head plain or adding high gloss finish to the head.
Remember Tara our prom in 1965. Found an old album in the attic and thought this would be fun.
- spear collection
Another great decoy show at Henry, Illinois today. Plenty of displays for folks to enjoy. Dealer sold well and some good decoys came in to be appraised by Joe Tonelli and John Deeter, the new partner in Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter. Great Job Sue and Bruce Bauter!
- OLT Call
Just drove home from the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association annual show held at the Mall of America Radison in Bloomington (Minneapolis). Took a few photos early in the ballroom as folk set up and started to wheel & deal. After that I got busy enjoying the show! There was lots of activity: room-to-room trading in the days prior to the actual show, James & Diane Cook welcomed several of the collectors to his home and office to view his amazing collections. Jim Krebsbach's collection was featured this year in a special display case... great decoys fish, ducks and shorebird by the great past master carvers as well as shotshell boxes and black powder tins. Thanks for sharing Jim! Friday evening the Association held a small decoy auction where collectors could offer up decoys for sale, which was very successful. Afterwards ladies of the Association provided a wonderful buffet for the exhibitors. Saturday was a busy day and the general public turn out was great. All-in-all I had a great time and hope everyone else did too.
- OK 2011 hunt
OK. DUCK REPORT 1ST DAY, DONNA AND I HUNTED SMALL TIMBER POT HOLE. GOT OUR 10 MALLARDS BY 9:15. WAY FEWER DUCKS THAN LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. ABOUT 1/4 AS MANY. TONIGHT REALLY COLD 19. GOING TO HUNT ARK. RIVER TOMORROW MORNING. THOSE ARE PHOTOS OF ME & COOT BRINGING OUT THE DECOYS AND GEAR FOR TOMORROW HUNT ON RIVER ARK,. RIVER SHALLOW BUT STRONG CURRENT. LETS HOPE ITS GOOD.
Went for a ride with Joe and Coot one afternoon. Funny thing when we got to the lake he decided to try a little pass shooting. I went along to try out my new camera. Saw more snow geese than ever before even in Saskatchewan! Canada geese were using the lake too so Coot got to have some fun too.
Old oil painting of woodland native American Dated & Signed with Monogram Not sure what the monogram is possibly SHJ or SAL '16. oil on canvas 18" X 24". Was told painting was done by French artist traveling in America when we purchased painting from a picker from Wisconsin in the early 1970's.
- Saskatchewan 2011
Our hunting trip to Saskatchewan was great. The weather was unusually hot...80*+ several days and there was lots of water so ducks were spread out. Found several honey holes though! Geese were hard to find because there were few pea, wheat or barley fields. Most farmers seeded canola and oat because of high contract prices. We still had fairly good success when we hunted geese. The northern birds had just started to come down when the last few days we hunted. All in all it was a good trip.
- Maritime exhibit
At their summer auction Guyette , Schmidt & Deeter hosted an exhibition of Maritime decoys. A special thanks goes out to Linda Kangas who photographed the exhibit.
- sea chest & tools
Sea chest found at Midwest flea market. Been so long ago I forgot which one, probably Wisconsin or Minnesota. Bag and tools came with chest. Heavy canvas bag has three pockets inside. hole are reinforced with metal rings. Needle case is black with etched decorative pattern. Large Marlin Spike has decorative rings too. Canvas is missing from lid obviously, but bits of canvas can be seen under metal 'hearts' on corners. Chest sets at angle sloping towards front of chest. included photos shot without flash to show true dark patina of the old original paint. One becket has damage that exposed cord. Key is original to chest.. Have no idea what ship is. Looked up flags; Norway merchant flag 1844-1898, Sweden Merchant flag 1844-1905.
After the Guyette & Schmidt auction most collectors headed to Plymouth Mass. for the Copley Fine art and Decoy sale. The views where beautiful and so were Stevie O'Brien's offerings! A small area near the auction site was set aside for dealers to display and sell. O'Brien is setting a new standard for preview displays. The room was arranged to highlight the decoys and paintings that would be offered giving prospective bidders a chance to view and handling items properly.
- Decoy Marathon Week 2011
First stop on Decoy Marathon Week was Guyette & Schmidt & Deeter Summer auction in Portsmouth N.H. July 19 & 20, 2011. The sale grossed $1.5 million with many items selling well over their high estimates.
- Decoy Divas
Decoy Divas started as a way for wives to meet and get to know each other. This year at the Summer Guyette/Schmidt/Deeter sale the ladies created a 'Diva Poster' complete with autographed lipstick smooches. The Poster was auctioned off by James D Julia reaping $180 for Breast Cancer research and kisses & Hugs for Ron Gard who was the winning bidder. As a group the ladies are thriving to find way to promote decoy collecting and to recruit new collectors.
- Spring Valley Museum
- Scott decoys
Scott these are the decoys you and Joe talked about.
- Joe Farmer
- Perdew crow
- Art & Science in the Woods
Spent three days at Sun Foundation' Art & Science program helping my son Jay teach a class on fish decoy carving to 15 inspiring youngsters. Had a great time, made new friends and willing be back next year!
- Tonelli's personal calls
These are the call I personalized for hubby. Turkey yelper, Gary Reiker flute goose call and Howard Harlan ivory call.
- Brian Cheramie + Louisana Decoys
Brian Cheramie's presentation was a rare treat for all decoy collectors: he compiled a broad selection of great Louisiana decoys from various collections besides his own. For many collectors this would be their first opportunity to handle really great Louisiana decoys and to learn to appreciate their flowing abstract style. Brian, who has lived on the banks of the Bayou in southern Louisiana all his life added down home tales of the Bayou to his overview of the history of waterfowling and decoy makers from the different regions of the state. His slide show was professionally choreograph by his daughter with Cajun music, vintage photography,Louisiana' vistas and of course decoys.
Midwest Decoy Collectors Association Decoy show and Convention is considered by most decoy collectors to be the national decoy show drawing collector and dealer from all points on the North American continent as well as a few from Europe. Growing from a discussion over drinks among a few Midwest collectors in the mid 1960's, the show continues to grow and add new features.
- G&G Spring Auction 2011
- Ohio Decoy Show 2001
Thanks to Jon Deeter & Ken Cole the Ohio decoy show is becoming one of the better shows in the Midwest featuring room-to-room trading, Thursday seminars, vintage decoy competitions and display with poolside auctions on Friday and Saturday. Look for more changes and upgrades as they lead the way to separate from the contemporary decoy show that has been held at the same location and weekend as the vintage decoy show.
- Henry Decoy Show 2011
The Henry decoy show was started during the early 1970's by the late Don Clark, and continues to be the best one day show in the Midwest. During the show hours from 8am to 2 pm close to 1000 collectors, duck hunters and locals will come through the door. Henry is in the heart of the Illinois River Valley and was home to Charles Perdew so there is lots of local interest. Sue and Bruce Bauter who now host the show usually have a sell out the exhibitors tables. The Lakeview Museum and the Perdew Museum always provide interesting exhibits. This year the newest partner of the Guyette & Schmidt auction house, Jon Deeter was on hand with preview of decoys from the late Don Clark estate which will be sold in their Spring Auction held in conjunction with the Midwest Decoy Collectors Association convention held at Pheasant Run Resort and Mega Center. Both of these events run annually, the last week of April: MDCA' offers room-to-room trading throughout the motel during the week prior to their show in the Pheasant Run Mega Center show, Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm. G&S will present their preview & welcome reception on Wednesday night and their auction runs on Thursday and Friday