The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild

                               About Us

The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated not only to the preservation of Louisiana wetlands, but the tradition of Decoy Carving, which is part of the culture of Southern Louisiana.  Decoy Carving is one of the first truly American art forms & Louisiana has always been at the forefront of this tradition.

Modern Decoys

Modern decoy carving began approximately 50 years ago when carvers and collectors realized that their creations served more than a utilitarian purpose; they were true works of art.  This began not only the desire to create more lifelike carvings, but to see who was best.   Again, Louisiana was at the forefront with early innovators like Jimmy Vizzier, Tan Brunet, Charles & Ruddy Hutchison and many more.



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Contact Information

Richard Reeves

LWCCG mailing address:
P.O. Box 7596
Metairie, Louisiana 70010-7596

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Festival Information & Competition Rules

The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild invites you to attend and to participate in our ANNUAL 37th WILDFOWL FESTIVAL to be held:
FRI. OCT 3rd - SUN. OCT. 5th

OUR FESTIVAL THIS YEAR WILL BE DEDICATED TO JOAN BONNER. Festival 2014 Rules Book for carving competition also includes carving , fine arts, and vendor applications, as well as a program, lodging information, etc.

Our History

LWCCG, now over 40 years old, was the second show in the country dedicated to this art form. There are more World Champion and Master Carvers from Louisiana than any other state.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and almost brought this organization to an end.  Approximately three fourths of the officers and board members lost their homes and belongings to Katrina, many of whom moved out of state. While Katrina had taken our homes and property, we were not willing to let it take our culture. After three years, we realized that this organization and the Louisiana culture which it supports was too important to let fail. While it has been a difficult struggle to re-organize, things are finally falling into place.

37th Annual LWCCG Festival - October 4-5, 2014

The LWCCG will hold its 37th Festival and Competition at the Castine Center located in Pelican Park in Mandeville, Louisiana on Saturday, October 4th and Sunday October 5th. Hundreds of carvers from around the world will be competing for over $40,000 in prize money. Competition will include almost every imaginable carving category: decoys, fish, interpretive art, caricatures, wildlife and a category dedicated to Louisiana antique carvings.  There  are several new categories including Adult Wildfowl Fine Art and Photography, Boy Scouts Carving competition and a Wildfowl Fine Art category for school children. We will also continue to emphasize the importance of "Antique Decoys".

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