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. This kit plus the Shorebird Kit and the Bufflehead Kit are used as examples in our book, Basic Decoy Carving...so to really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with the book.
The other reason you might want to order a kit is because if you don't have access to materials needed or the bandsaw used to cut your decoy. In that case, you can have the material–wood or cork, eyes, keel, ballast and fastenings–with the head and body block all sawed out and ready to carve.
In the photo above you'll notice that the kit includes the plan, the pine body block, 2 heads (because the head is the hardest part to get right), eyes, and instruction sheet. There is also a screw, and the plug needed to cfill the screw hole in the bottom.