NATIVE AMERICANS BEGAN MAKING DECOYS FROM REEDS AND OTHER NATURAL MATERIALS AS LONG AGO AS 400 BC.
By the late 1700’s, European-Americans began carving them out of wood, and in later years, due to increased demand, decoys were made from a variety of materials including wood, cork, burlap, canvas, rigid and flexible plastic and rubber.
Similarly to decoys, duck calls are garnishing attention for both their historical and practical uses, and also as art forms. Few people know that the use of duck calls dates back 100 years; that the technology of duck calls has come a long way since their initial designs; and that Phil Robertson – prior to his television show – was best known for designing and manufacturing his own version of calls, known as Duck Commander calls.
Flyways duck call and decoy exhibits feature more than one hundred duck calls and two rooms of antique and contemporary decoys from an extensive line of carvers including Evans, Dodge and Masons.
There is a solitude, or perhaps a solemnity, in the few hours that precede the dawn of day which is unlike that of any others in the twenty-four, and which I cannot explain or account for. Thoughts come to me at this time that I never have at any other.
George Bird Grinnell (September 20, 1849 – April 11, 1938)