Ricelands Wildlife Decoy Carving Winners Crowned in Special Anniversary Event

Plenty of excitement and life-like works of art on display this past weekend for the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s (PFDA) 50th Anniversary Wildlife Art Festival.

As one of only three associations on the west coast, the PFDA educational non-profit has made it their mission to preserve, inform and showcase the original American art form of hand carved decoys.

The special two-day anniversary show was held in Sacramento, featuring live birds, antique decoys, contemporary carvings and fine art that could be appreciated by wildlife enthusiasts, birders and hunters alike.

This year’s main event, the annual decoy carving competition, highlights the unique beauty of fish and wildlife species from across North America including a special focus on the Sacramento Valley and the wildlife found within the important habitat rice fields provide. 

First place winners in the Riceland species categories included Bob Solari, who hand-crafted a spectacular Sandhill Crane.

Don Hovie also won first place for his Yellowlegs creation. Both bird species are commonly spotted in California rice fields.

The California Rice Commission is proud to take part in and sponsor such a stunning display of art and craftmanship depicting the native wildlife that call our rice fields home.