Who We Are
Established in 1966 — NADCA is the oldest decoy & sporting collectibles organization in North America. Every year we sponsor one of the largest/longest running decoy & sporting collectibles shows in North America.
Our Mission: Foster the hobby of collecting; Seek out and preserve old decoys; Gather information about carvers and their methods.
The North American Decoy Collectors Association (NADCA) was started in 1966 by a small group of dedicated decoy collectors as a gathering in Ottawa, Illinois to reconnect, share stories and trade decoys. Since then, the Club has grown to over 800 enthusiasts from all walks of life. Our members come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. They write books on collecting, manage auction companies, publish magazines, carve world class decoys, calls and collectibles, provide appraisal services, and form a core network of knowledge on sporting collectibles and their history. That humble gathering of collectors in 1966 has grown to become the North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show – the largest show of its kind. The annual show features room-to-room trading, a tabled show and a major decoy auction in addition to a variety of networking events and educational activities including seminars, displays and carving demonstrations. The show is attended by collectors, antique dealers, carvers, sportsmen, nature enthusiasts and others who come from all over the United States and Canada.
What We Do
We are a group of individuals enthusiastically committed to the preservation, collection and trade of waterfowl decoys. As an organization we provide benefits to members that foster a greater knowledge and appreciation for decoys and welcome seasoned decoy collectors and newcomers wanting to learn more or how to get started.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Rick Sandstrom, President
Member since: 1992
My interest in decoy collecting began just prior to my first trip to the duck camp with my dad and grandpa as I was fascinated by the pile of old decoys assembled for the trip.
Jim Wierzba, Vice President
Member since: 1990
My interest in decoys is rooted deeply within his home state of Wisconsin, especially hand carved decoys from the Winnebago Lakes area.
Steve Johnston, Treasurer
Member since: 1978
My interest in decoy collecting began with my enthusiasm for duck hunting with my father (Wayne) and uncle. I made the early mistakes in collecting…
Steve Handevidt, Secretary
Member since: 1993
I have a wide-ranging interest in sporting collectibles from a broad geographic area, but has a particular interest in Heron Lake decoys.
Dave Kneebone, Member Development
Spring Valley, Illinois
Member since: 2009
My interest in decoy collecting developed after attending a small show with Joe Tonelli in 2006, seeing his wonderful collection, and listening to stories.
Bill Dodge, Membership Program Management
East Dubuque, Illinois
Member since: 1989
My passion for duck hunting was the catalyst for my fascination with duck decoys. That fascination lead to the discovery of the great Detroit area.
Matt Bryant, Member and Show Programs
Member since: 2001
My interest in decoy collecting began at a very young age. My father Alan Bryant and his good friend, Lynn Woodworth, were both early decoy and antique collectors.
Jeff Seregny, Communications
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Member since: 2005
My interest in collecting was fueled by my dad’s passion for hunting and collecting great old decoys. This is how I have stayed connected to him since his passing many years ago.
Matt Downs, Community Relations & Outreach
Member since: 1997
Matt has a particular interest in any carvings by Robert “Maddog” Billings as well as Winnebago canvasbacks, but also collects anything else that catches his eye.
Al Steffen, Show Operations & Event Security
Silver Lake, Wisconsin
Member since: 2001
My Interest in collecting began with a love of waterfowling, history and art. I had acquired some decoys but knew next to nothing until I went to my first decoy show.
Roger Ludwig, Director Emeritus
Member since: 1971
In 1967 I had an opportunity to view Bill Mackey’s impressive collection at an Exhibition of American Bird Decoys at the Paint Art Center in Oshkosh.
Joe Tonelli, Director Emeritus
Spring Valley, Illinois & Lake Andes, South Dakota
Member since: 1966
My interest in collecting sprang from my days growing up and hunting in the Illinois River Valley.