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...
Amazing beginner kit
Posted by Colten on Nov 9th 2020
I’ve been looking at decoy carving for the last couple years and majority of the kits I find are very steep in price. So steep that I would constantly second guess myself with the “What if I hate it” or “Should I really drop $200 into a hobby that I don’t even know if I’ll enjoy?” . I came across the Ducktrapstore and saw their Bluebill kit for only $40, and the rest is history. Good shipping and everything arrived undamaged and I’ve already started working on it, the only thing that I would suggest is a bit more detailed instructions but YouTube is a good substitute. I will be ordering more in the future, hopefully I’ll be able to hunt with them next season.