In the early 1800's, the deep lakes of east central Wisconsin were surrounded by vast marshes, meadows and prairies. Canvasbacks, bluebills, mallards, teal, redheads and coots abounded. The vast beds of wild celery were particularly attractive to migrating populations of canvasbacks. Other species of waterfowl that abounded were bluebills, redheads, mallards, teal, and coots. With damming of two major rivers (the Wolf River and the Fox River ), populations of canvasbacks in particular began to decrease because their major source of food was disappearing. The lower boundary of Wisconsin is the Mississippi River, where large populations of all the major waterfowl species were once abundant. Notable (and highly collectible) Wisconsin carvers were Serph Arenz, Les Beattie, Charles Brisky, Ora Clough, Warren Dettman, Fritz Geiger, Joseph Gigl, Alvin Jenns, Joseph Kempinger, Moody Lind, Myron Mackowski, August Moak, Gust Nelow, Enoch Reindahl, Frank Resop, Frank Strey, DeWitt Wakefield, and Herman Wendt. The Evans Decoy Company was an outstanding producer of stylish Wisconsin factory decoys during the period of 1922-1937. Acclaimed contemporary carvers are Charles Brisky II, Ron Koch, and Mike Valley.
DARKFEATHER FREEDMAN HEN REDHEAD
Hen Redhead by Darkfeather Freedman, Madison, WI. in mint original paint and condition. The decoy is a realistic carving with great paint and form. The decoy is 14 1/2 inches in length. A GREAT match with the drake. Signed by the carver.
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Carver: Darkfeather Freedman