One of the best ways to get started making decoys is with a kit. We don't sell kits for all sorts of birds, just a select few to get a beginner headed in the right direction. To really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with Basic Decoy Carving.
Hunters have favored our cork decoys for decades. Sadly, what was once an inexpensive material to use for decoy bodies is anything but these days. That's the reason these kits are now furnished with wooden bodies. That's not a step down, it's a step up. The highest quality decoys are always wood.
These are a bit over life size (the better for hunting purposes), and the kit includes the very same materials we use for our hunters and completed decoys: body block cutout, bottom board (In case you plan to hollow out your decoy), head, glass eyes, keel, and lead ballast. The kit also includes the full size pattern. Once you have your decoy carved, you will want an oil base base coat. We use low luster acrylic paints for the color coats–high quality house paint works really well (seriously).
Here's a top view of the same decoy shown above...