Watch the trailer of the upcoming film ‘When Broadbill was King”. It features a hunt with us on the Great South Bay hunting from our vintage scooter.
Come join us at the 44th Annual Long Island Decoy Collectors Show that will feature “When the Broadbill was King on Great South Bay”
Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 am ~ 4 pm IBEW Union Hall # 25 at 370 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, LI Admission: $7.00
The history of market hunting for waterfowl has been told many times, yet the era that followed the demise of sinkboxes in the mid-1930s is poorly documented. For the four decades following, Long Island’s Great South Bay still held hundreds of thousands of Greater Scaup (aka Broadbill) each fall and winter. The many guides who had first hunted for the market and then later “took out parties” of sportsmen still hunted this grand bird. Their big broadbill rigs had a large cabin boat to serve as the tender, often an open stool boat to carry upwards of 150 decoys, and a “scooter” replaced the battery or sinkbox as the open water blind. Gunners stayed warm on the tender – often around a stove with a hot mug of coffee or clam chowder – watching the rig while awaiting their turn in the scooter. This year’s Show will celebrate this exceptional era in American waterfowling – which many Long Islanders can still recall from firsthand experience. Retired Ducks Unlimited Regional Director Craig Kessler and former NYSDEC Waterfowl Biologist Steve Sanford have assembled a team of veteran duck hunters from Great South Bay to assist with this effort. Together, they have been collecting stories, photographs, decoys, gear and even boats. The special exhibit will showcase many of the rigs from the Great South Bay. In addition to decoys from each rig, the Decoy Collectors display will include boats – one an original Dodge & Krowl “whaleback” – a big screen with hundreds of vintage photographs, and a newly produced video featuring old-timers who gunned during this era. As always, more than 50 vendor tables will feature antique decoys, sporting art, and other collectibles for viewing and purchase.
Craig Kessler firstname.lastname@example.org 516-639-8480
Tim Sieger 631-537-0153