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2017 PFDA Wildfowl Art Festival Date Announcement

If you missed the 2016 Show, it is not too early to start planing for the 2017 Show
47th Wildfowl Art Festival
held at the Double Tree Hotel
Sacramento, California
on July 22 and July 23, 2017 (new show dates)

* The Hotel Reservation link is now active for the 2017 PFDA Show. Please use the Hotel Information link to make your 2017 hotel reservations. You will have the convenience of walking from your room to the Show Floor.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to unfortunate circumstances, the NFCG National Fish Carving/Sculpture Championship will not be held at the July 2017 PFDA Wildlife Show. PFDA will continue the Best of the West Fish competition. We encourage all fish carvers that planned on entering the NFCG Championship to enter the Best of the West competition.


2017 Sponsor Bird Selections

California Rice Commission:   (1) Redhead Drake   (2) American Avocet

CWA Decoy of the Year: Redhead Drake

CWA Hunting Heritage 3-Bird Rig: Green-winged Teal

Featherweight Decoy: Standing Blue-winged Teal Drake

U.S. Fish and Wildlife: (1) Head and Neck of a California Condor  (2) Male California Quail

Sea Ducks: Speckled Eider Hen

Mini Decoy: Wood Duck Drake

Six inch Swap Bird: Wood Duck Drake

International Deocy: (1) White-faced Whistling Duck  (2) Ringed Teal Drake  (3) Paradise Shelduck Hen

Special Challenge: Carve an Umagolie. A never before seen or photographed Lock Ness shorebird. Use your imagination.

Old Time Decoys                                                                                                                                                               

Most of us consider a decoy made before the turn of the nineteenth century to be really old. Interestingly enough, you would be right, but the Lovelock Cave in Nevada would provide some evidence that might change your mind about being old. In 1911 a group of miners were digging bat guano to sell as fertilizer when they came across several artifacts that were left by the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. The University Of California Department Of Archeology was contacted. They sent archeologists to excavate the find and catalogue the items that were found. The most significant find was the eleven reed decoys found inside two woven baskets. These decoys were carbon dated and found to be over two thousand years old. These duck decoys were made Nevada’s state artifact in 1995. Although all of the decoys were found in Lovelock Cave, they are now housed in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

At the upcoming Pacific Flyway Wildlife Art Show in Sacramento, CA (July 22nd & 23rd), we will be featuring one of today’s premier reed decoy makers. Generations of Paiute-Shoshone Indians have passed the art of reed decoy making onto younger generations to help preserve the art form. It continues today. We are pleased to have Joey Allen as our guest this year. He is considered to be one of the best at making those reed decoys in the traditional way.

Plan on coming to the show and watch Joey demonstrate how these treasures were made. He is an excellent public speaker and enjoys showing people his unique work. Check out Joey's bio and photos by selcting the Artist > Joey Allen link in the Menu.




Who we are

The Pacific Flyway Decoy Association is a non-profit art association dedicated to the preservation of wildfowl art through education.  Decoy carving is an original American art form beginning with the hunting decoy.  What started out as functional art has evolved to include all birds of the world.  The carvings and fine art have evolved to an artistic level where the bird appears alive.  There are carving associations all along the eastern coast of the United States but there are only three associations on the west coast…. Ours being the PFDA Classic held annually in Sacramento.  The show includes fine art from the top wildfowl artists from the west coast.   Other parts of the show include traditional decoy carving, as well as, decorative life size sculptures and miniature carvings.  Antique decoys make up the third component of the show.

The Pacific Flyway Decoy Association began in 1971 after a couple of years as a swap meet for hunters who were carving their own decoys.  A couple of “get-togethers” were in parking lots in the town of Martinez and then the 1971 event in Berkeley became the origin of our competitive show.  The founders of our event are affectionately known as the “Tule Rats”.  This quickly became an annual show, slowly leaving the hunter behind and making way for the artists.  The association moved its show to Santa Rosa for about eight years, then moved to Sacramento, in 1982, where it continues to this day.   Profits raised by the association help support the California Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, and the CWA Art Camp.  Aside from supporting these programs we provide museum displays, seminars for beginners and advanced carvers, and “artist in action” programs.  Our major objectives as a nonprofit are to host an annual art show in the Sacramento area emphasizing the beauty of our native bird population, and to educate the public about an original American art form…. decoy carving.

In 1999, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson selected the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association as a “Legacy Project”.  These projects were snapshots of “Americana” at the end of the century.  Our project consisted of a club history focusing on the spin-off art shows and other competitions along the west coast that can be attributed to the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association.  Our club history is now in the archives of the Library of Congress.

In 2005, the association was approved as a 501 C 3 non-profit educational organization.

What We Do

As a 501c3 non-profit, with an education platform, the PFDA provides a multitude of opportunities to educate its members, and the public about an original American art form, the hand carved decoy.  The PFDA annually staffs “booth days” at bird festivals and other art related events.  This gives us an opportunity to promote the organization, the annual show, and demonstrate bird carving and painting.  Starting each November and ending in May, the PFDA teaches one day and two day carving seminars for beginners. 

Annually, the PFDA produces three newsletters featuring information about carving, painting, and collecting.  All of our instructional effort culminates each July at the annual show held at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento.  The show features carving and painting competitions, and advanced seminars presented by master carvers.  With our efforts, we can continue to enjoy an American heritage that began with the hand carved decoy.

Upcoming Events

19th Snow Goose Festival
Chico, California
January 24-28, 2018

Yolo Bypass Duck Days
Davis, California
February 2018

Pacific Brant Carving & Art Show
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
April 7-8, 2018

22nd Godwit Days
Arcata, California
April 19-25, 2017

47th Ward World Championship
Ocean City, Maryland
April 28-30, 2017

Washington Brant Foundation Decoy Contest
Mt. Vernon, Washington
May 6, 2017

Spring Wings
Fallon, Nevada
May 19-20, 2017

Suisun Marsh Field Day
Suisun, California
June 3, 2017

47th PFDA Wildfowl Art Festival
Sacramento, CA
July 22 - 23, 2017  

California State Duck Calling Championship
Colusa, California
August  2017

30th Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
Vancouver, Washington
September 2017

20th Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Salisbury, Maryland
October 7, 2017

Sandhill Crane Festival
Lodi, California
November 2017

46th Waterfowl Festival
Easton, Maryland
November 2017

Central Valley Birding Symposium
Stockton, California
Nov 16-19, 2017