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Here is the latest news and updates from the Washington Brant Foundation.


2018 Decoy Event Planned for May 5

WA Brant Foundation will host our annual fundraiser celebration with the 2018 Puget Sound Open Decoy Carving Competition, featuring entries from across the U.S.  Special guests include nationally recognized carvers Rob Capriola from CA and Marty Hanson from Wisconsin.  Both will bring works to display and be available to visit. Also attending will be expert Mike Miller with his books documenting the history of west coast decoys. Competition classes include Novice, Pro, a special Mini, and the DU state championship. Other displays will include WA Waterfowl Assn mounted birds, Skagit Muzzle Loaders Antique Firearms, Live Raptors, and various decoy related vendors.  Food available.  Judging ongoing until noon, then awards, live auction of decoys and related items, and sponsor gun raffle. Entries check in at 9am.


NEW LOCATION:  Event will be at Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Avenue,  Burlington, WA 98233    This new venue features a picturesque city park with a covered picnic shelter and open area surrounded by large Cedar trees.  A peaceful spot at the east end of town in Burlington accessed by way of Exit 230 (same as last year) from I-5.


Entries: Kurt Benson  425-231-6497  

Info: Chris Straiter  626-827-2242  or  Maynard Axelson  360-202-0415


2017 Brant Show details are now available

The 2017 Washington Brant Foundation decoy carving contest will be held on May 6th at Holiday Sports in Burlington. Check out the WBF contest page for more details. You can download this years rules and entry forms, and learn more about this year's contest.


2015 WBF decoy contest winners and photos 

Washington Brant foundation hosted their annual Puget Sound Open Decoy Competition at Holiday Sports on Sat May 9. Seventy-Five entries came from as far as New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Michigan,. Another surprise entry was delivered in person by Pam Wilson from England, earning her 3rd place in the Mini-Brant class.

Winners included two former world champions, one being Tom Newell of LaConner taking the Brant Class crown. The other was Bill Pinches of Arcata, CA, winning the featured class – “Top Gun Pintail” sponsored by Ron Kilby of Bow in memory of Jay Koetje.

More top finishers;  Foam Champion – Gary Decew; Mini Brant – Ross Smoker; Working - Rick Banko; Masters - Tom Newell; Working Foam – Scott Green; and Youth/Novice – Paul McGovern. Ducks Unlimited also had their Ruddy Duck competition, won by Mike Nesbitt. 

A group of fun vendors included Skagit Muzzleloaders, WA Prospectors, Lodge Cookware, WA Waterfowl, Benelli Arms, WA Outdoor Women, author John Orrelle, and Reverie BBQ. A big Thank You to Holiday Sports/Skagit Arms for a great local venue and support from Burlington Parks & Recreation.
You can check out some pictures from the event in our photos section here: 2015 WBF decoy contest

Pictures from the March 2015 Beginner's Carving Class

Check out our photo gallery for some new pictures from the March 2015 Beginning Carving class taught by Kurt Benson.


2014 Carving Classes

As part of our public outreach WBF has partnered with Burlington Parks & Recreation to offer beginner carving classes. Taught by our master carver Kurt Benson, the sessions have been fun and rewarding for all ages. Decoy carving, once a matter of livelihood, has evolved into a source of enrichment for the current day artist or sportsman.

Kurt supplies everything as he patiently guides students to bring cork and wood to life as a duck. Then his many years of experience are even more evident during the crucial painting process. Much like hand-tied flies to a fisherman, these working decoys are a source of pride on the pond or the shelf.

We are very proud to pass on this part of our waterfowling tradition.  

Contact Burlington Parks & Recreation at 360-755-9649 for future classes.