The searchable list below contains many educational, informative, and beautiful books about decoys and related collectibles. Many are out of print but available through MDCA member dealers and online sources.

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Decoys Celebration of Contemporary Decoys, 1994

Wildlife Art – World’s Champion Carvers, 1996


Gun Powder Cans and Kegs, 1998

The Encyclopedia of Shotshell Boxes, 2000, H/C, S/C

Bakke & Hamm

The Last of the Market Hunters, 1996

Barber, Joel

Wildfowl Decoys, 1934, 1937, also Deluxe edition of 55 copies, Derrydale Press, 1934. A reprint of the 1934 Deluxe Edit, O/P. I/P is 1954 S/C edition


Lore and Legends of Long Point (Canada) 1977, 1979, 1990, O/P


Commercial Fish Decoys, 2001

Be’lisle & St. Onge

Decoys from Montral Region, 1998


Robert G. Litzenberg, Portrait of a Decoy Carver, 1990, O/P


Chincoteaque Carvers and Their Decoys, 1981, O/P

Decoy & Wildlife Art Trivia,1989, + S/C , O/P

Pioneer Decoy Carvers, Ward Bros., also Deluxe edit, signed by Lem Ward. 1977, O/P


Classic Hunting Collectibles: Identification & Price Guide, 2005. Has posters, calendars, pinbacks, shotshell boxes, catalogs.


Pascagoula Decoys, 2003

Bosworth & Hayes

Whistling Wings, Whittled Ducks & Wetlands, 1996, S/C, O/P


Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac, 1998, S/C, H/C

Bourne Auction Co.

American Bird Decoys, William Mackey's auction catalogs, 1973, 1974, 5 vols, + S/C, O/P

Decoys & Proven Methods for Using Them, 2000

The Rare Decoy Collection of George Ross Starr, Jr., MD, 1986, Auction Catalog, O/P


Waterfowl Decoys & the Men Who Made Them, From SW Ontario, 1986, O/P


Artists in Wood. The Winona St. University Waterfowl Decoy Collection, 2005


Susquehanna River Decoys, 1978, O/P


Barnegat Bay Decoys & Gunning Clubs, 1985, S/C

Caldwell, Russell H.

Reelfoot Lake, revised 1988 and 1989, O/P

Reelfoot Lake Remembered, 2005


George Boyd, the Shorebird Decoy, an American Folk Art, 1978, + S/C, O/P


Decoy Collecting Primer, 1978, O/P


Mason Decoys, 1974, O/P

L. T. Ward & Bros., Wildfowl Counterfeiters, 1970, O/P


Louisiana Lures and Legends, 1997, O/P

Chitwood & Knight

Connecticut Decoys, 1987

Christensen, Robert D.

Duck Calls of Illinois, 1863 - 1963, 1993


American Decoys from 1865 to 1920, 1972, S/C, O/P


Duck Shooting Along the Atlantic Tidewater, 1947 & later edits,O/P

Duck Decoys, How to Make Them, How to Paint them, How to Rig Them, 1953, O/P

Wildfowling in the Mississippi Flyway, 1949, Deluxe edit, 1984,both O/P


Waterfowl Heritage, North Carolina, Decoys and Gunning Lore, 1983, O/P


The Gobbler’s Shop - How to Make Turkey Calls, 1999, O/P

The Last Hurray, 2002

Cost & Meo

Cost Talks Turkey, 2000

Cowan & LaFountain

Wild Fowler Decoys, 2004

Coykendall, Ralf, Sr.

Duck Decoys and How to Rig Them, 1955, O/P. Also revised edit by Ralf, Jr., 1983


The Songless Aviary, The World of A. E. Crowell and Son, 1992, S/C, O/P


Decoys: St. Clair to the St. Lawrence, 1989, O/P


Factory Decoys of Mason, Stevens, Dodge, Peterson, 1980, also Deluxe edit

Firearms and Tackle Memorabilia, 1991, O/P

New England Decoys, 1981, O/P

Dewhurst & MacDowell

Down River & Thumb Area, Michigan Waterfowling, the Folk Artsof Nate Quillen & Otto Misch, 1981, + S/C

Rainbows in the Sky, The Folk Art of Mich. in the Twentieth Century, 1978, S/C

Dodge and Sharp

Detroit Decoy Dynasty - The Factory Decoys of Petersen, Dodge, and Mason


Cateret Waterfowl Heritage,North Carolina, 1993

Mattamuskeet & Ocracoke Waterfowl Heritage, North Carolina, 1995, O/P

Wings: North Carolina Waterfowling Traditions, 2001


The Art of the Decoy: American Bird Carvings, 1981, revised, S/C

Folk Art in America, 1984

Engers (edit)

Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys, 1990


Life at Moscow Bay, 2001


American Factory Decoys, 1981, O/P

Decoys of the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1979, S/C, also Deluxe edit. 1981 S/C, I/P

New Jersey Decoys, 1983

Shore Bird Decoys, 1980, also Deluxe edit, O/P

Southern Decoys of Virginia and the Carolinas, 1983

Fleming (edit)

Traditions in Wood, A History of Wildfowl Decoys in Canada, 1987, O/P

Fleming, James C. Jr.

Custom Calls, Duck & Goose Calls from Today's Craftsmen, 1995


Louisiana Duck Decoys, 1975, S/C, O/P. 1978, O/P

Wetland Heritage - The Louisiana Duck Decoy, 1984


Louisiana Duck Calls, 2004


Classic Waterfowl Postcards, 1989

Gard & McGrath

The Ward Brothers Decoys, A Collector's Guide, 1989, O/P

Gard & Shaw

The McCleary Auction, 2001


Ontario Decoys, #I, 1982, S/C, O/P

Ontario Decoys, #II, 1991, H/C & S/C

Goldberger & Haid

Mason Decoys, A Pictorial Guide, 1993. Revised 2003


Working Decoys of the Jersey Coast, 1985, O/P


Decoys of Maritime Canada, 1983


Upper Chesapeake Bay Decoys and Their Makers, 1990


Decoys of the Mississippi Flyway, 1981, O/P, Also Deluxe edit.

Harlan, Howard & Anderson, W. Crew

Duck Calls - an Enduring American Folk Art, 1988

Harlan, Howard

Turkey Calls - An Enduring American Folk Art, 1994


Decoys of Lake Champlain, 1986

Decoys: North America’s 100 Greatest, 2000

Holmes (edit)

R.A. Knuth, Wisc. - Mich., Decoy Carver, 1982 - 1980. 1980, S/C, O/P

Huster & Knight

Floating Sculpture & the Decoys of Delaware River, 1982, also a Deluxe. Edition., O/P


The Collectors Guide to Decoys, Book # I, 1989, S/C, O/P

The Collectors Guide to Decoys, Book # II, 1992, S/C, O/P


Benj J. Schmidt, A Michigan Decoy Carver, 1884 - 1968. 1970, O/P, S/C


The Bird Decoy, An American Art Form, 1976, O/P


Canvas Decoys of North America, 1994, S/C

Johnson & Coppedge

n Clubs & Decoys of Back Bay and Currituck Sound, 1991, O/P, S/C in print


Great Lakes Decoy Interpretations, 2011, H/C

Collectors Guide to Decoys, 1992, S/C, O/P

Decoys, 1991, H/C, O/P

Decoys: A North American Survey, 1983, H/C, O/P

Kangas & Kirson

Bonfire of Swans, 2012, H/C


The Fish Decoy, Vol. I, 1986, O/P

The Fish Decoy, Vol. II, 1987, O/P

The Fish Decoy, Vol. III, 1993, O/P


Hook, Line & Spear, The Ice Fishing History of Lake Sincoe, 2001


Decoys of the Winnebago Lakes (Wisc.) 1988, O/P

Whispering Wings & Wooden Blocks, 1997, O/P

Decoys of the Winnebago Lakes - Revised with new pictures, 2000

All Duck Hunters are Crazy, 2000


The Wooden Bird (Illinois), 1989, S/C, O/P

Perdew, An Illinois River Tradition, 1993, Regular and Deluxe Edition

Lawson & Linton

The Story of Lem Ward, 1984


The Art of American Game Calls: Duck, Goose, Turkey and More, 2005

Levinson & Headley

Shorebirds: The Decoys, the Birds, the Hunters, 1991


Collecting Antique Bird Decoys, An Identification & Value Guide, 1983, O/P. Revised and updated 1992, S/C, I/P. Revised 2003


American Bird Decoys, 1965 - 1985, O/P

For auction catalogs of his collection see "Bourne" listing.


Neil Cost Magic with Wood, 2004

Mattsson & Sullivan

Captured in Wood, Decoys at the Havre De Grace Decoy Museum, 1996 S/C

McGrath, Brian

Duck Calls and Other Game Calls, 1988 O/P


Decoys of the Susquehanna Flats & Their Makers, 1978, S/C, O/P.Revised 1990

Merkt & Lytle

Shang, A Biography of Charles Wheeler, 1984, O/P


American Fish Decoy, 2004


Call Makers Past and Present, 1994, O/P

Longbeards, Callmakers and Memories, 2005

The Rest of the Best, 1999

Miller & Hanson

Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast, 1989, O/P


Early American Waterfowling, 1700's - 1930. 1986, O/P

Duck Hunting on the Fox, 2002


Martha's Vinyard Decoys, 1978, O/P


The Essential Guide to Stevens Decoys, Vol 1. 2004

Nistetter & Lux

Predator Calls – The 1st 50 Years, 2002, also a Deluxe edition

O’Brien, Jr. & Carlson

Masterworks of the Illinois River, 2005

Parmalee & Loomis

Decoys and Decoy Carvers of Illinois, 1969, 1983, H/C, O/P, S/C


Folk Art Fish Decoys, 1996

Fish Decoy Makers Past and Present, 2001


The Decoy, 2001


Peter M. Pringle Master Decoy Maker, 2002


Floaters and Stick-Ups, 1986, O/P

Reiser III

Chance: A Man of Great Talent, Strength, and Mystery, 2003


Chesapeake Bay Decoys, The Men Who Made and Used Them, 1971, 1973, O/P. Revised and reprinted 1991


Decoy Ducks, 1988, O/P


R. Madison Mitchell, 1988


The Index of North American Decoy Carvers and Factories, 1994, S/C, O/P


Call to the Sky, The Decoy Collection of Dr. James McCleery, MD, 1992, H/C, O/P, S/C


Decoy Collectors Guide, Vols 1, 2, 3, 1963-1965, One H/C volume, O/P

Decoy Collectors Guide, #4, 1966-67, S/C, O/P

Decoy Collectors Guide, #5, 1968, S/C, O/P

Decoy Collectors Guide, #6, 1977, S/C, O/P


Ira D. Hudson & Family chincoteague Carvers, 2002


Decoys of the Atlantic Flyway, 1974, 1983, also a Deluxe edition.O/P

For auction catalog of his collection, see "Bourne" listing.


The County Decoys: The Fine Old Decoys of Prince Edward County Ontario, 2004

Stewart & Lunman

Decoys of the Thousand Islands, 1992


American Sporting Advertising, Volume 1, 1987, S/C, O/P

American Sporting Advertising, Volume 2, O/P


A Chronicle of Letters, Robert F. McGaw, Jr., 1985, S/C

Waterfowling - The Upper Chesapeake's Legacy, 1984

Waterfowling on the Chesapeake, 1819-1936, 2003

Swanson & Hall

The Decoy as Folk Sculpture, exhibit, Cranbrook, MI., 1987, S/C


Top of the Line Fishing Collectibles, 1997

Top of the Line Hunting Collectibles, 1998

Fish and Fowl Decoy’s of the Great Lakes, 2002


Gunners Paradise: Wildfowling and Decoys on Long Island, Decoys at the Museums at Stony Brook, NY, 1979, S/C, O/P

Traff & Lindgren

The Last of the Prairie Carvers, John Tax, 1970, S/C, O/P


North American Factory Decoys, 2003

Turpin, Tom

Ducks, How to Call Them, 1931, reprint 1987 S/C

Listing courtesy of The Hunting Rig, Dean and Shirley Dashner


Joseph W. Lincoln, 2002


American Wildfowl Decoys, 1985, 1989, O/P

Walsh & Jackson

Waterfowl Decoys of Michigan and Lake St. Clair Region, 1983,O/P


Closed for Business, The Complete Collection of Steve Ward's Poetry, 1992, O/P

Warner & White

The Decoy as Art, Waterfowl in a Wooden Soul, 1985, O/P, also a Deluxe edition.

Webster & Kehoe

Decoys at Shelburne Museum, 1961, revised 1971, S/C, O/P


Winchester Rarities, 2000

Duck/Goose/Turkey Call Books