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2017 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report

by Donald Baiar

On September 9th & 10th 2017, The Feather and Quill Carvers in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Washington hosted our 30th anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show “Northwest Championship” at the city’s spectacular venue the Water Resources Education Center. While the .re ravaged Columbia gorge highway was closed, and many Central Oregon forest .res somewhat dampened carver turnout this year most of our intrepid and faithful carvers managed to get here to compete in another great show.

Thanks again go to our featured carver Jerry Simchuk for his quality display as Featured Artist and his informative discussion and demo on “Artistry and Competition” on Friday in the Center classroom. Also thanks to professional taxidermist Mike Monroefor his informative Saturday demo on preparing study skins as carving and painting resources. Thanks again to expert carver Brad Snodgrass’ excellent presentation on Sunday morning on “Thinking Outside Pond” with many valuable tips on getting reference material, patterns, and painting and for .lling in as our auctioneer at the banquet.

Another Best of Show honor went to Judy Caldwell who swept the mammal’s division and won with a stunningly real bust of a Pronghorn antelope that also took home the Chairman’s Choice Award. Her wonderful pair of Otters also received the Water Resources Center Award. Perennial Flyway Show favorite Ted Smith followed his recent Waterfowl Carving Grebe cover photo with the coveted Carvers Choice Award for another entrancing little Grebe. The Audubon Award and Sunday People’s Choice Award were deservedly bagged by Steve Reed for a remarkably detailed preening Hooded Merganser on a log. Jerry Simchuk earned a Best of Division and Saturday People’s Choice Award for his exquisite Scrub Jay that is featured in his article in the 2017 Fall issue of Waterfowl Carving. The Feather and Quill $500 Purchase Award went to Jerry Harris for his superb IWCA Style Redhead drake.Sandee Johnson’s exceptional Stellar’s Jay earned the Mayor’s Award. Del Herbert’s .ne Mallard Hen “Style” decoy took home a Best of Division and bagged the $1000 Drennan Purchase Award. Tom Matus impressed the Ducks Unlimited Award judges with a wonderful working Pintail hen decoy. The Will Hayden Memorial Amateur Awards were taken by Rick Pass’ .ne Merganser in .rst, Andrew Speer’s Grebe in second, and Larry Crist’s Black-necked Stilt in third. First through third place in our popular Widgeon 6” Mini Trader Floating Decoy event went to Tom Jones, TedSmith, and Don Baiar. Next year’s species for this event will be the Bufflehead Drake.

This year the C.F.W.S. Hosted The IWCA Working Decoy Championship. Tom Matus’ variety of quality entries swept many of the species categories. Tom’s Merganser took .rst overall and his Gadwall won third, while second place went to David Luoma’s stately Cormorant.

Next year’s event dates are Sept. 8 & 9, 2018. Keep an eye on our website for periodic updates, brochure, photos, entry forms, rules and contact info.

Please “Like” our Facebook page: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Competition.

Come enter Vancouver’s CFWS next year on Sept. 8 & 9, 2018.

Contact: Donald Baiar: or JoAnne Watson:

Photos by: Matt Furcron Photography, Phone: (503) 402-3379
910 SE 97th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98664

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