March 20, 2013

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Great Lakes Decoy Show 2013

How's everyone doing?  Well, we're doing great!  Just got back on Sunday from an excellent 5 days in Westlake, Ohio.  Folks, believe me when I tell you the Great Lakes Decoy Association Show is alive and well.  We enjoyed our time there very much and look forward to returning next year.  Hats off to all the people who worked so hard to make this years show a success.  The room to room trading was steady action throughout the event with sales being pretty good.  Found some nice additions for the collection, picked up some other items via trades and of course the auction on Saturday morning.  Guyette, Schmitt, & Deeter had a nice selection of decoys, a few calls, and some other odds and ends on the auction block. We had a wonderful time at the closing dinner Saturday night and hope that becomes a yearly event.  Was a very nice way to wind down and end the weeks events.  Fun Fun Fun! Well, one more month till St. Charles will be here.  Look forward to seeing everyone there.  Come look us up for some Goose Jerky and a cold one.[gallery columns="4" ids="350,343,347,348,349,344,345,346"] Dave & Jeannette
March 05, 2013

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Oshkosh Wisconsin show this week

I'll be at the Oshkosh show Thursday and Friday this week in room 218 with a nice combination of Illinois River, Wisconsin, and Factory Decoys as well as a few calls too. If you're in the area, stop in and see me.  Hope to see you at the show.
February 17, 2013

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Recent Show updates

Well, we've entered the busy season for decoys shows and they're in full swing!  Started out by going to the Great White North...That's right, the Minnesota Decoy Show.  This show is always a very well run show with excellent attendance.  The room to room trading may have been a little slower then normal this year due to the 15 below zero temperature on Thursday, but Friday and Saturday at the show, there was plenty of public attendance and quite a few smiling faces leaving with a bird or two tucked under their arm.  I can't stress enough how well ran this even is.  Fabulous show ran by very helpful folks up there.  Great job as usual. Next event for us was the Edgerton, Wisc. show which is a one day event held at the local Community Center.  This is a long running show that always seems to produce a couple nice buys along the way.  This was my first time setting up at this show and I plan on returning next year to set up. On to Henry, Illinois.  Without question, this one day 8am-2pm show is the best attended outdoor sporting collectible event.  Another year with around 1000 people attending.  Simply put, if you want a nice Illinois River bird, this is the place to come.  The amount of people that come to this show is amazing.  As usual this was again a well ran show, and again this year Guyette, Schmidt, & Deeter Auction firm was there for appraisals and information on your wooden decoy treasures as well as calls.  If you didn't make any of these events, fear not, there's still more to come.  The Oshkosh show as well as the Great Lakes show, and of course the Grand Daddy of them all- the National at St. Charles are all right around the corner.  Those upcoming shows are listed in our prior blog, as well as the Illinois Valley show in August, but if you have any questions, just drop us a line.  Below are a couple pictures from the Henry Show- As always, Thanks ~  Dave & Jeannette    henry1 henry2 henry3 henry4 henry5 henry6
January 19, 2013

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MDCA Minnesota Decoy Show Jan 30th- Feb 2

The Annual Minnesota Decoy Show is just around the corner.  Located across from the Mall of America, there's plenty for everybody to do.  Bring a group, and if some of them don't enjoy shopping for decoys, calls, or collectibles, send them across the street to shop!  This show is a very organized show ran by a great group of people.  If you're looking for information on decoys, calls, or other hunting collectibles, looking to buy, sell, trade or just looking to browse, this is the place to be.  Room to room trading takes place Wednesday and Thursday most of the day and in to the evening and is open to the public.  Friday and Saturday is the show with all the exibitors in one area.  If you have any questions regarding the show visit their website at OTHER MIDWEST DECOY SHOWS TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR Edgerton Decoy Show - Tri-County Community Center, Edgerton Wisconsin. Feb. 9th, 8am - 4pm Henry Decoy Show- Henry Senachwine High School, Henry Illinois- February 10th, 8am - 2pm Wisconsin Decoy Collector's Show- Hilton Garden Inn, Oshkosh Wisconsin - March 6th - 9th Great Lakes Decoy Show - Holiday Inn, Westlake Ohio - March 14th-16th American Sporting Collectibles Show- Medina Entertainment Center- Medina, Minnesota - April 13 9am-2pm Midwest Decoy Collectors Association Show- Pheasant Run, St. Charles Illinois- April 23-27th. Illinois Valley Decoy  & Sporting Collectibles Show- Celebrations 150 Banquet Hall, Utica Illinois - August 11, 8am - 2pm.   Contact us, Dave & Jeannette Kneebone - 815-663-1568   
December 15, 2012

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We've started a mailing list.

If you'd like to be on our mailing list for updates, upcoming events, and notifications- contact us, and we'll add you.
November 26, 2012

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New items listed this week

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we'd try something a little different.  We put on some very affordable decoys that might catch your eye for a nice gift.. maybe for that new collector, or maybe for you dealers that are looking for some lower priced items to increase your inventory.  Check out the newly listed items which are all under $75.  If you've got something in mind that you're looking for and you don't see it, please feel free to contact us.  We have several items in a wide price range including calls, catalogs, and books.
October 16, 2012

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Collecting Illinois River Decoys

I have a couple friends that recently developed an interest in collecting duck decoys.  They asked me what I look for in an Illinois River bird.  Well, here goes... My particular likes are fairly simple, for me older is better.  One of my favorite decoys is an old Elliston Mallard Hen I bought from the Joe French Collection.  It isn't a great decoy, but its age, original paint, and of course the weight with Elliston stamped on it is a great combo. I prefer original paint, but don't mind "old" hunter repaints.  The paint job on most Illinois River decoys are very life-like, even in today's decoy world. The big name carvers are always nice to look at but some names don't get enough attention.  Mario Pioletti from Spring Valley seems to fly under the radar in a lot of decoy circles.  Another interesting name is Julio Busto from Depue who made some very nice birds with good paint jobs.  After talking with these young fellas for a while, they came to the same conclusion:  Just find one you like and buy it! I will end this post with a list of ten carvers, in no particular order, I like that don't get noticed as much as the big names but are keeper decoys.
  • Mario Pioletti - Very good paint on his birds.
  • Julio Busto - Nice curves, few decoys made.
  • Fred Destri - Excellent feather painting.
  • William Zarnicki - Nice carvings, birds are a little oversized.
  • Coleman Bassett - Great Illinois River characteristics.
  • Chiado decoys - Many to choose from, hunting birds.
  • Fred Coleman - Very nice miniatures.
  • Koehler decoys - Made by several family members, stamped weights.
  • Bill Williams - Older birds, tough to find.
  • Goose Podowicz - Earlier birds, although hard to find, are very nicely crafted.
August 22, 2012

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8/22/12 newly listed decoys

Herters 1893 Series Woodduck.  Very nicely painted species, in near mint condition with 1893 stamp on the bottom. $140 Steven Lane Pintail repainted by Charles Perdew, with weight. $720 Henry Holmes Mallard Hen repainted by Julio Busto, with weight. $440 Henry Canfield from Dallas City.  Mallard Drake with swing weight, all original. $225

Illinois Valley Sporting & Collectibles Show- Aug. 2012

Thanks to everybody who participated and attended the Annual Illinois Valley Sporting & Collectibles Show which was held at Celebrations in Utica on August 19, 2012.  We would like to take this opportunity to announce that we are going to take over this event and in moving forward, our goal is to increase the attendance and the size of the show.  We've set the date for next years show which will be at Celebrations again.  It will be the 2nd Sunday- August 11, 2013.  We'll be frequently updating our website with information, in addition to sending out notifications to all interested parties.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor, or would like to be on our mailing list for next years show, please contact us by email at  or phone us at (815) 663-1568.  Here are some pictures from this years show. Thanks, and we look forward to next years show. Dave and Jeannette  [gallery]
June 27, 2012

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July 4th Decoy, Duck Calls, and Collectibles Auction

July 4th Auction with a collection of over 100 Illinois River Decoys, Duck Calls and many other items.  Tumbleson Auction Company, Princeton Illinois.