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A Few Words About Us

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Who We Are

The Midwest Decoy Collectors Association is a nonprofit, educational organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. It invites membership to all persons. The purpose of Midwest Decoy Collectors is to foster the hobby of decoy collecting by attracting new collectors, seeking out and preserving old decoys, gathering data about carvers and their methods, and holding an annual show for decoy collectors and carvers.

Our History

The Midwest Decoy Collectors Association (MDCA) was started in 1966 by a small group of dedicated decoy collectors as a gathering in Ottawa, Illinois to reconnect, share stories and trade decoys. Since then, the Club has grown to over 1000 enthusiasts from all walks of life. Our members come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three Canadian provinces, England, Switzerland, Japan and Mexico. They write books on collecting, manage auction companies, publish magazines, carve world class decoys, calls and collectibles, provide appraisal services, and form a core network of knowledge on sporting collectibles and their history.That humble gathering of collectors in 1966 has grown to become the North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show – the largest show of its kind.  The annual show features room-to-room trading, a tabled show and a major decoy auction in addition to a variety of networking events and educational activities including seminars, displays and carving demonstrations.   The show is attended by collectors, antique dealers, carvers, sportsmen, nature enthusiasts and others who come from all over the United States and Canada.