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Alabama Youngster Wins 2015 Youth Decoy Carving Contest

Alabama Youngster Wins 2015 Youth Decoy Carving Contest

Grayson Russell of Gadsden, Alabama, has won the 2015 Youth Decoy Carving Contest, an event for kids under 12 sponsored by Worth Mathewson, field editor for Delta Waterfowl. Russell’s hand-carved, richly detailed drake green-winged teal is truly a work of art, and as required by the contest, it’s also a working decoy that rides the water superbly.

Will he hunt over it? You bet. He’s already done so with a hand-carved canvasback that earned him third place in last year’s contest.

“Grayson was able to shoot redheads and canvasbacks over his own decoy last season,” said Jason Russell, Grayson’s father. “He worked diligently to complete both decoys for the competition.”

The effort was well worth it. Russell was awarded the top prize: a CZ Ringneck 20-gauge double-barreled shotgun.

“Grayson has already talked about a couple of areas where he would like to go hunting with his new shotgun,” his father said.

The judging panel had no easy task this year, as several phenomenally crafted greenwings resulted in tight voting. Trophies were awarded for the top five entries:

1st Place Grayson Russell
2nd Place Merrick DeLuca
3rd Place Allison Hillman
4th Place Zach Clare
5th Place Daniel Schumacher

An honorable mention ribbon was presented to Nash Ellis.