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Historical article: Wahab to Hunt with New Decoy

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The Second annual Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. The event is presented by the non-profit Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild, which formed in early 2018 to preserve this art form on Ocracoke. We came across this interesting article published in 1942.  If anyone has any details on this decoy by Stanley Wahab, please let us know.

First published in The Baltimore Sun, Sun. Nov. 1942

Wahab to Hunt with New Decoy

STANLEY WAHAB, wild pony tycoon of Ocracoke, N.C., will try out a new decoy which he has invented and which he thinks ought to outdo anything yet tried.

Wahab’s decoy has wings outspread, as if it were alighting.  It is mounted on a special float to keep it clear of the water. A few of these, spread out among the decoys should present a more natural and suggestive scene to the birds flying in, Wahab believes.

Stanley Wahab built Blackbeard’s Lodge back in the late 1930’s and was a visionary for Ocracoke as a tourist destination. Photo courtesy of Blackbeard’s Lodge.