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WA Brant Foundation presents a seminar with Gary Hanson

The Washington Brant Foundation is very excited to announce a free seminar we are adding to our 2013 Puget Sound Open weekend as part of our mission of education.

Gary Hanson of Sterling Heights, MI will be our presenter.

Gary is a true water-fowler who's spent his life hunting Lake Saint Clair and the Flats. He has been hand carving decoys for over 30 years, begining his carving career in 1970. He's as prolific in the world of gunning decoys as one can be with dozens of best of show wins to his name. A few of them at our own Puget Sound Open including winning the state Ducks Unlimited decoy contest for the past two years.

During this seminar, Gary will be painting a mallard drake and will be demonstrating his unique scrub-painting style that has made his decoys so attractive to judges, collectors, and especially other ducks.


This seminar will be held on Friday, May 10th from 5pm-9pm at Holiday Sports in Burlington, which is also the site of the 2013 Puget Sound Open.


The seminar is free but we do have limited space so please register to reserve your spot. Contact Kurt Benson to register:
phone: (425) 231 - 6497

2013 Snow Geese & Other Wildlife Lecture


New Foam Decoy Category Added to the 2013 Carving Contest

We've added a new category for foam decoys to the 2013 carving competition. You can download the new rules and entry form from our Puget Sound Open carving contest page.


Edison Bird Festival Lecture


February 9-10, 2013

Maynard will give a lecture on Sunday Feb 10th from 1:00 to 2:00.

"An expert on the Western High Arctic “Gray Belly” Brant, Maynard Axelson is the founder of the Washington Brant Foundation. Recently, he has been involved in an international effort to monitor the migration of this local goose using radio transmitters and satellite technology." 

Support the Washington Brant Foundation and swing on by to listen to Maynard speak.


Carving Demo at Holiday Sports

Some of the Northwest’s premier decoy carvers gathered at Holiday Sports in Burlington on Sat Nov 9 to sharetheir knowledge with other admirers of wood and waterfowl. Tom Newell of LaConner showed some of the paintingskills that helped make him a two-time world champion.

Ben Welton visited with listeners about his many years of using this type of decoy as a guide on Puget Sound.

Kurt Benson and Doug Muldowney also displayed some of their methods that have made them so prolific at creating working decoys.

All three were involved in mentoring young carvers last spring in their quest to prepare entries for the Puget Sound Open decoy competition.This is an annual event sponsored by Washington Brant Foundation featuring several classes of competition for working decoys, usually drawing entries not only local but from across the U.S. Next year’s Open is planned for May 11th, check here for developing details, or phone Kurt Benson for info at 425-231-6497

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