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Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Love it! Magnificent job with Fred. I love how he swims with his head high and proud!
Happy Thanksgiving
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Looks like Fred did his job!!!

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Looks like you and Fred had a good day!!
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Nice Pat. Was that at your club ?
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What a great thread. Thanks.
Al
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No better feeling than harvesting waterfowl over hand carved decoys! GREAT pictures!!!
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How much more lead did it take to balance Fred, versus a standard head decoy? Did you move the center of gravity back on this bird ? You had some alert bluebills that you purchased in Canada that were very nice, too!
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Bill - this was in Canada...

Rick - not totally sure on the lead but quite a bit more and, yes, I did offset it. I appreciate the kind words regarding the scaup decoys.
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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I carved two alert heads in a current run of 18 redhead decoys I am making. I didn't dare to even come close to "Fred's" head elevation height. I guesstimate I will be adding nearly double the weight in the keel.
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Look at this guy... He was showing dominance over my can drake decoy...






Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Pat Gregory: Nov 26, 2018, 1:52 PM
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Thanks again for the opportunity to shoot over Fred while In Canada Pat. He?s a stud!
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Same here Ben. Some hunts, good times and laughs I will never forget... Btw, you make a mean breakfast...
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Pat Gregory: Nov 28, 2018, 7:03 PM
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These will be attached to tan cork bodies as drakes. Tried two different poses to determine which looks best at distance...

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RLLigman: Dec 3, 2018, 10:06 AM
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Very nice Rick! You carve an excellent decoy head!
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Beautiful job on those heads. Love how they show attitude even prior to paint.
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Gentlemen, thanks! There are many others who can make a piece of wood come alive to a greater degree! Maybe, I will get there in time! I try to remember a comment Jim Wicks often made: The head and its position and attitude communicate 90% of what the species of duck represent.
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I always enjoy seeing my duckboat friends bring wood to life! Great work as always.

Rick, I hope the redhead/scaup migration next year gives us the opportunity to "fool" them. They obviously didn't make an appearance this year to give us the chance!
At least I didn't deplete my steel ammo supply to reorder status.

On a bright note, one SIL got his first goose while with my daughter. Memories started and the chance to pass our great passion forward.

Steve

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Rick - Jim Wicks carved amazing decoy heads. Some of the finest bills I've seen...

Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Pat Gregory: Dec 6, 2018, 4:49 PM
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Pat, near the end of his decoy carving career, Forest "Jim" Wicks attended the ODCCA show in Ohio. He competed in and won the head carving contest. I met Jim and the "crew" of MDNR employees he hunted with at Jen's Rustic Resort back in the mid-1980s, a collection of random-chinked sagging log cabins with ever changing floor contours inside. Initially, this was the only resort complex that rented to duck hunters with dogs. In the early years we used to swap around among the rental cabin population cooking and sharing wild game dinners. I always remember Jim holding court carving on a series of heads most nights. He was a great raconteur, particularly when Margie was beyond earshot! After retirement, he dropped out of the group after a couple of years. From then on we stopped our joint game dinners. Jen's Resort was purchased by a surgeon in the Sault for his father and the cabins were dismantled and the ramp closed to Public use. That is when I started going out to NoDak.

Now, we still go back over there somewhere near the peak of the diver migration, but the high water levels have really begun to markedly impact productivity within the large marsh complexes throughout the system. Despite all the traffic from downstate hunters and fishers, the St. Marys remains free of Quagga sp. mussels, indicting just how infertile the system is. One of the major conclusions of our multi-year research was the annual productivity dependence of these off-navigation channels wetland complexes on allochtonous and autocthonous production from the previous year.
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Rick - I appreciate the excellent history! I've had long conversations with Jim on the phone regarding decoys and layout gunning. He is extremely knowledgeable. I love hearing his stories and, love talking decoys with him. I feel fortunate to have 5 decoys from his gunning rig and still use them to this day. I hope this honors the waterfowling legacy of Jim Wicks...
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac