Participants make duck decoys

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, located in Appomattox County, hosted the Natural Resource Education Weekend event on Feb. 2-3.  At one of the event’s nighttime activities, kids and adults learned to create a unique duck decoy from wood and a crabpot buoy.

Thirty kids and five adults sanded, assembled and painted Goldeneye, Redhead and Bluebill duck decoys to use for waterfowl hunting or as folk art for their home. The activity was tutored by Todd Cocker and William Bruce of the Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association and the Rappahannock Carvers Guild.

The budding decoy makers are eligible to enter their decoys in the decoy contest held in conjunction with the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show in Whitestone. The waterfowl show is a two day event, held March 16-17, at the Whitestone Firehouse. However, the decoy contest is a one day event held only on March 16, at the Whitestone Women’s Club.