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Ok, let's see if we can get some stuff organized & straightened out here.
Our Market Gunner Class is an IWCA Working Decoy Class with most of the current rules as posted on their site and on our Club website: www.scfwa.org

The problem that arose is that when John was configuring our brochure and rules, he somehow imported the old/previous/transition rules and there are some incorrect items in there.

The current rules (copied here and on our website) are correct except that we ARE allowing class birds as long as 100% of the work is done by the entrant. Also NOT disallowed is iridescence, highlights & shading,

Please pass this info on anybody who doesn't have the web access.
If you have questions, please give me a holler.
Lou Tisch
Pres/Show Chairman: Flats Show - April 3 & 4

Oh man........wait til you see the list of auction items. I'll post them later.



It is the responsibility of the entrant/ carver to be fully aware of the rules. If there is any doubt as to the division in which the decoy should be entered, the show chairman and/or IWCA representative should be consulted for a recommendation.

1. The competition is open to all levels of carvers. (The IWCA advancement rules do not apply) Entries must be simple in construction, durable and able to withstand the rigors of hunting conditions. Fancy display type decoys are discouraged. Any carving material and plumage is allowed unless restricted by an individual show. Individual shows should list the waterfowl species they will recognize prior to the show.

2. Entries must be able to withstand extended time in the water. Any decoy that deteriorates prior to completion of all the judging for this division will be disqualified. This rules encompasses the entire decoy including body, keel, and paint.

3. No detailed carving will be allowed. All bill detail should be painted. No carved nostrils or raised nails. Simple mandible separation at the corner of the bill is allowed. Primaries may be raised to capture the essence of a species, but the elevation must be a solid part of the body incorporated into the rump area and defined by paint only. No individual feather delineated carving of any type allowed. Eyes may be made of glass, plastic, tacks, wood, or painted. No eyelids allowed.

4. Entries must self right and float in a life-like manner. Decoys must have a provision for anchor line attachment. Keels and weights must be practical.

5. The painting and painting scheme must be simplistic in design and east to repaint. Simple brush work and blending methods will be allowed including airbrushing. Painting surfaces may be textured using paints, texture paste scratching, ragging, stippling, and sponging. The following details are NOT allowed: feather splits and hand vermiculation.

6. Texturing, stoning, and wood burning are not allowed. Wood burning is allowed as a means to delineate the bill from the head and for slight mandible separation. Rasping, chip carving, combing, and hammering will be allowed. No machine duplicated or cast decoys will be allowed.

7. Decoys will be first tested to self right. The body of the decoy will be submerged, with the bottom up. When released the decoy must self-right. Loons, geese, and swans are required to self-right from either side. The decoy will first be judged at the tank for workmanship, practicality, simplicity, durability, and adherence to the carving and painting restrictions. The decoy will then be judged from twenty (20) feet or more for essence of the species. Projection and how they float are key ingredients for the winning decoy.

8. No decoy may be entered in the same show twice. Class decoys are allowed as long as 100% of the carving and painting is done by the entrant.
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