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Although tomorrow's sale also features several Canada geese, decoys are usually ducks, and can be broken down into decorative versus working, and commercially manufactured versus privately handmade.

So should a black duck made by Rhodes Truex of Brigantine. It is listed in Henry A. Fleckenstein's reference book New Jersey Decoys a copy of which also will be auctioned.

One sign of spring is birds flying north. Another sign involves feathered flocks as well: Frank Frank's spring auction of decoys and other sporting collectibles. tomorrow at the Taylor Pavilion in the Monmouth County shore resort of Belmar.

The screen, 5 feet, 7 inches high and 7 1/2 feet wide and dating to approximately 1825, supposedly depicts a birthday party for the bird of paradise, a mythological Chinese symbol, that is being attended by more than 60 other exotic birds.

The screen's travels can be traced back to 1937, when it was seen by an American missionary at the home of the president of the University of Shanghai. Hinman surmises it may have been looted from the palace during the turmoil of China's final days as an empire shortly before World War I.

Other items in the 850 lot auction include a mahogany drop leaf table made around 1780, a New England slant front desk, a 19th century ladies lap desk with gold filigree hinges, and a single consignment of antique locks and keys, some going back to the 15th century.

Of imperial quality. The other ornithological ornamentation is a "bird of paradise" screen believed to have come from the emperor's palace in imperial China. April 6 at the Aetna fire hall in Newark, Del.

The top bird in the sale is a working model bluebill drake made by Keyes Chadwick about 1900 in Martha's Vineyard. It has a presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Ward brothers of Crisfield, Md., should sell for $2,500 to $3,500, according to the catalog. The Ward brothers who actually were barbers sold their decoys to hunters and hunting clubs. This one was owned by Roy Bull, a Virginia oyster farmer whose world famous collection was liquidated and dispersed at an auction in 1983.

It is one of two sales in the next two weeks that feature ornithological ornamentation.

Paintings, carvings, fishing reels and lures are also in the sale. to sale time tomorrow at the pavilion, Ocean and Fifth Avenues. For further information, call 732 938 2988.

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It has been authenticated as of "imperial quality" by a Baltimore appraiser and was valued in 1977 at $75,000, Hinman said yesterday. He hopes to get at least $8,000 for it.

Tomorrow's sale begins with more than a dozen ducks made by the Wildfowler Co. in 1893. These lots are expected to sell for $100 to $200, according to the auction's $20 illustrated catalog.

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There were carvers in all the major American flyways, including Louisiana and along the Pacific Coast, but most were centered in the Northeast, in the Delaware River area, and in Maryland and Massachusetts. Among the makers collectors should know are Crowell of Cape Cod, the Ward Brothers (Steve and Lem), August "Gus" Wilson, , Sr. and the Mason Decoy Factory. McCleery lamented that he knew of no great Texas decoy carvers.

Inc., the world's premier decoy auction company, will host its annual fall auction in Easton, Md., Wednesday and Thursday. Collectors from around the world (and yes, from Texas) are expected to attend. Some 850 lots will be on the block. will be there, wouldn't miss it.

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Described as the only completely indigenous American folk art, the first decoys were crafted by American Indians more than a millennium ago. White settlers adapted the idea, carving bird replicas in wood (rather than wrapping bird skins around reeds) to attract waterfowl into range. Now the decoys themselves are the subject of enthusiastic hunting, appreciated by collectors as antiques and as art.

Joel Barber's Wild Fowl Decoys (Terrydale Press, $24.95), first published in 1934 and still an important reference.

A few carvers today produce high quality decoys, their appeal aimed more at folk art enthusiasts than the old school sportsman collectors like Ron Gard and the late James McCleery. Both men appreciated the older decoys, though they differed on how well used they can look and still be acceptable.

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The sale of McCleery's holdings, dubbed "the Emerald City of decoy collections" by Sotheby's folk art expert , set the standard against which all decoys (and auctions) are judged.

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Values also depend on the aesthetic appeal of a decoy, the carver, the rarity. Most decoys were not signed by their makers though some bear the stamp of their owners, making retrieval from a lake easier so study is required to become familiar with the characteristics and artistic styles of important carvers.

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Original might not mean mint. Decoys with slight paint loss and shot marks can still bring a premium; those that have been repainted or touched up will not.

"Jim wanted everything to be as close to perfect as possible," Gard says. "Me, I like the worn ones and the ones that may be missing an eye, or the paint's rubbed off from just good hunting use. I like the history of the decoy."

Should you find an old duck decoy in PawPaw's shed, don't take it to the lake, give it to the kids or, heaven forbid, let the dog play with it. It could be junk, worthless as the cracked cane pole next to it. Or it could be a prime specimen of American folk art valued at half a million dollars or more.

The effect on decoy carvers was profound, with many going out of business and others adapting to produce more decorative birds meant to adorn mantels rather than function as lures.

He advises would be collectors to go for original condition. "A decoy is three dimensional art, and condition is primary. The more original the more valuable."

The market hunting era ended in 1918, when federal legislation stopped interstate sale of wild fowl and hunting of all shorebirds except the golden plover, yellowlegs and blackbellied plover. shorebirds. Bird hunting increasingly was regulated by season.

"I just bought things around here that I saw at gun shows and antique shows. I didn't know anything about them; I just knew I liked them," he says. But Gard did his homework and started attending auctions on the East Coast, the center of decoy activity for collectors now, as it was for carvers a century ago. It was at an auction on Cape Cod, around 1980, that he met another decoy crazy Texan named James McCleery, a name already legendary in collecting circles.

The two day , produced jointly by of Massachusetts and deemed worth $684,500 by an enthusiastic bidder. In all, the auction brought $11 million, about double the original estimates.

A Pasadena pathologist, McCleery had stunned decoy devotees seven years before by paying $10,500 for a long billed curlew decoy made by in the 1800s. Before that sale, which offered the collection of another legendary collector, , values were in the hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. When McCleery's own collection was auctioned after his death in 1999, the infamous "doctor from Texas" again altered the decoy world.

Floaters and stick ups represent the two main decoy types. Floaters may be hollow, with separately carved heads and weighted bottoms; they were designed to float on the water and were anchored. Stick ups, which imitated shorebirds, often were carved from a single, solid piece of wood, mounted on sticks or poles, then stuck into the sand or a marshy area and arranged in realistic groupings.

The decades between 1840 and 1918 were considered the "great age of the decoy," also known as the market hunting period, during which millions of birds were slaughtered by professional hunters providing wild fowl for restaurants and other commercial concerns. Herons, cranes, swans and egrets in large numbers also were killed for their plumage, their feathers sold to adorn the hats of late Victorian era women. Some species, such as the passenger pigeon, became extinct, making their decoy effigies that much more important.

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Buoyed by record high duck numbers in North America, Wisconsin and other states in the Mississippi Flyway have been offered a liberal 60 day season and a six duck daily bag limit for the 2012 waterfowl hunting season. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the season frameworks Friday.

Scaup (5.2 million) were up 21% from 2011 and 4% over the long term average but remain below the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) population goal.

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"It's based on the northern Icelandic farmhouse style in which each room has its own peaked roof. The individual rooms which overlook the farmyard are joined together by passageways," Nasif says.

Moose, deer, mink, coyotes, wolves, raccoons, beaver, geese, ducks and foxes are just a few of the species that are regularly sighted.

He says employees at Gull Harbour have a great deal of respect for the wildlife that live in the 38,900 acre Hecla Provincial Park.

Lanthier says the resort has many amenities, most included in the cost of a room, from $99 to $119 double occupancy, plus taxes, with kids under 18 free if they stay in the same room.

Nasif says in co operation with the provincial Parks Department, the resort arranges daily activities for kids and adults alike.

He says the Gull Harbour Resort is comprised of a series of two storey gable roofed buildings, connected by a hallway that runs from one end of the semi circular resort to the other.

Main floor rooms have sliding glass Cheap Women Canada Goose Camp Down Hoody Brown Australia doors leading to outdoor patios, while second floor rooms have balconies from which the lake and acres of rolling property are visible.

"The foxes are always trying to steal eggs from the geese," Lanthier says. "It's fun to watch them sneak up on a nest only to be rebuffed by big ganders, hissing and flapping their wings."

"Harold Lange was trained at Red River College. He has worked in Jamaica, was an apprentice to Chef Czayka at the Carleton Club in Winnipeg, and recently returned to Manitoba from Banff where he cooked for a large hotel," Osman Rundle says.

"The marina rents kayaks and small motor boats; lake tours can be arranged by contacting the marina owner who has boats to accommodate 15 or 20 people at a time," Lanthier says.

In keeping with the resort's Icelandic theme, the rooms have names such as Sunnuhvolt (sunny knoll), Bakki (land on the lakeshore), Lindur (grove) and Thingbellir (assembly field).

In winter, he says the hiking trails are groomed for cross country skiing and snowmobiling; skis can be rented from the resort for a small fee. A toboggan hill with a 200 metre run is a short walk from the hotel and, during Christmas and New Year's, a local farmer provides hay rides on a sled pulled by two powerful percherons.

The resort is built in a crescent shape with the main dining room and many of the 93 guest rooms overlooking Lake Winnipeg. Just offshore is Black Island, a source of pure white silica sand used on beaches in Hawaii and in sand traps on many PGA golf courses.

After several days of collecting grass and cattail stems, the completed nest is lined with down by the female. She then lays four to seven eggs, which take about a month to hatch.

The east facing wall of the main dining room on the second floor is mostly plate glass, giving diners a panoramic view of the lake, grounds and antics of wild animals on occasion a moose will stride majestically across the manicured lawns.

"The audience cracked up," Lanthier says.

On another occasion, he says a giant Canada Goose walked into a conference room in the middle of a speech by the CEO of a large Canadian financial institution.

The entire island is a birders' paradise and boasts 91 species, including the American bald eagle, white pelican, sandhill crane, great blue heron, yellow warbler and eastern kingbird.

The goslings are taken for their first swim a day after they are born. In a few weeks, the nest is abandoned and the new family joins the other geese that roam the resort's lush grounds until the fall migration.

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This year, what were once experimental and goose seasons that took special aim at locally hatched birds have been rolled into one three month plus, braided season.

Predators are few in those urban and suburban areas. survival rates are high, and unfortunately, a lot of those areas are closed to hunters.

In some areas, landowners or agencies under DNR permit hire contractors to trap geese a record 8,600 this year and release them elsewhere.

September, which had long offered at most 15 days afield, is now open from Sept. 1 30 in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula, and through Sept. 25 in southern Lower Michigan. (The boundary between the Middle and South zones runs east and west through Midland County.)

Where goose hunting is allowed, access can shrink when deer seasons open and landowners, their families and lessees focus on whitetails.

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Barb Avers attended a meeting in the Midland area a week or so ago and she couldn help noticing: got a lot of geese up there. is the Lansing based waterfowl and wetlands specialist for the DNR Wildlife Division, and Midland flocks are among reasons for the generous Canada goose hunting season and bag limits she was explaining.

Avers called goose hunting rules as liberal as we can get. A federal treaty sets a 107 day maximum for all waterfowling. where we are now for Canada geese. it to productive Michigan resident geese, plus a flyway level shift in the way officials look at them. of trying to regulate different populations, Mississippi Flyway, Southern James Bay, (resident) geese, long the basis for seasons and bag limits aiming to harvest plenty of local Women Canada Goose Snow Mantra Berry Melbourne geese while limiting harvests of migrants, taking a more holistic approach to Canada goose management, Avers said.

Bag limits are generous: In September, the daily limit is five geese, statewide. Afterwards, hunters can take three Canada geese a day.

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(Those changes came late: as recently as July, a DNR issued online Hunting Season Calendar showed the previous shorter, Season format.)

big piece of that is giant Canada geese, Avers said. (flyway) population estimate is steady or increasing, and in Michigan it increasing, with spring population estimates topping 300,000, our goal range again. so many? Avers said geese thrive amid grassy fields and ponds golf courses, condo associations, malls and corporate settings, including many in the Midland area. amount of habitat we have like that is incredible, said Avers.

Across a half century or so, the Canada goose has shifted from a just passing through ambassador of autumn, to an abundant, nearly year round resident that besides causing messy hassles for landowners and park users provides plenty of hunting opportunities.

About 30,000 to 35,000 Michigan hunters seek geese each year, Avers said, a subset of 55,000 to 60,000 waterfowl hunters. They shoot about 140,000 to 150,000 geese per year.