Here is the latest news and updates from the Washington Brant Foundation.


Carving Demo at Holiday Sports

Some of the Northwest’s premier decoy carvers gathered at Holiday Sports in Burlington on Sat Nov 9 to sharetheir knowledge with other admirers of wood and waterfowl. Tom Newell of LaConner showed some of the paintingskills that helped make him a two-time world champion.

Ben Welton visited with listeners about his many years of using this type of decoy as a guide on Puget Sound.

Kurt Benson and Doug Muldowney also displayed some of their methods that have made them so prolific at creating working decoys.

All three were involved in mentoring young carvers last spring in their quest to prepare entries for the Puget Sound Open decoy competition.This is an annual event sponsored by Washington Brant Foundation featuring several classes of competition for working decoys, usually drawing entries not only local but from across the U.S. Next year’s Open is planned for May 11th, check here for developing details, or phone Kurt Benson for info at 425-231-6497


Congratulations to 2012 WBF Scholarship Winner - Dakota Johnson

We are proud to present our 2012 scholarship award of $1,000 to Dakota Johnson. He is attending Feather River College in his home town, Quincy, CA.  After completing general ed. units, he plans on tranferring to the University of Idaho or the University of Montana-Western to obtain a degree in Wildlife management, with an emphasis on waterfowl management.  Upon obtaining a B.S. degree, he wants to work as a wildlife conservation officer or waterfowl biologist in either Montana, Idaho, or the Dakotas.  The inspiration for this is to follow in the footsteps of his Great-Grandfather who was game warden for the state of California. This picture shows him working on a senior project at mentor, Michael Nesbit's, carving shop. Dakota completed and then donated the Ruddy decoy to the Quincy Youth Shooting Sports Association to raise money for their youth trap shooting program.



2012 Puget Sound Competition Results

Here are the results from our show yesterday. Our show continues to grow year after year. We had even more entries than we had last year. Thanks to everyone who joined us or sent us an entry. We had a great time at The Farmhouse in Mount Vernon. There were some very impressive birds competing yesterday. We'll post pictures as soon as we have them available.

View the 2012 Puget Sound Open Results


Foundation members featured in the Skagit Valley Herald site 

Here's an article written by Vince Richardson of the Skagit Valley Herald about some of our members who are mentoring a group kids and introducing them into the world of decoy carving.

Sakigit Valley Herald article

We're in the final stages of the carving and the kids and their decoys will be competing in the youth competition next week.


The 2012 Puget Sound Open is almost a week away

Don't forget to join us on the Saturday 19th at the The Farmhouse Restaurant

13724 LaConner-Whitney Rd.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Judging, vendors, displays, silent auction from 10 am until 12 noon. The results announcements and live auction will start at 12:30. Walk-in decoy entries must be registered by 9:00am and will stay on display until 2:00pm. You are encouraged to mail-in your entries so you don't have be there so early for the check in.

We've added some great prizes for this year's sponsor membership contribution. Your $100 sponsorship will enter you into a raffle for one of three different guns:

  • Charles Daly 12 ga
  • A 20 ga youth model
  • .22 calibur Browning BAR

Also, a $25 membership will enter you into a drawing for a Winchester model 887

Visit the even page here for more details and contest entry forms. 

See you at the Farmhouse!