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Loon Day Event
Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild
1574 Harkers Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531

(252) 504-3520

Saturday, May 13, 2017 Loon Day is an annual event on the second Saturday in May hosted by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild in Harkers Island. This event boasts a decoy competition, lunch, and a live auction. Loon Day activities begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday at the H. Curt Salter Building (Guild Headquarters), located at 1574 Harkers Island Road. Loon Day is an event that recognizes and honors a time-old tradition, and also provides a fund raising opportunity. All types of duck decoys will be accepted for competition - puddle, divers, geese, confidence, and, of course, loons - and will be considered the entry fee. All decoys entered become the property of the Guild. For the Loon Day decoy competition, the judging will take place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys out in the water and judges making their evaluations from the shore. Everyone is invited to come to the bridge area to see the decoys out in the water. Cash prizes are awarded to first through fourth place winners. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill, to benefit the Guild. Please contact Brother Gaskill for competition rules and regulations at (252) 504-3520, or find the Decoy Guild online and on Facebook. After the judging takes place, and everyone returns to the H. Curt Salter Building, lunch is served (for a donation) and the winners of the decoy competition are announced. Finally, there will be a live auction of the competition decoys, including all the ribbon-winners, as well as other decoys and items.

Loon hunting and loon eating are traditions born and bred in Harkers Island and Salter Path. In the olden days, the locals lived on a part of the outer banks known as Shackelford Banks. These locals later moved to Harkers Island and other local communities after a series of devastating hurricanes. Times were hard and these people lived off of the water and hunted whatever they could. Hunters would station themselves about 100 yards apart on Cape Lookout and shoot loons in the spring of the year as they crossed the Banks in the migration from the ocean to the northern breeding grounds. It was not uncommon for there to be nearly 100 or more hunters lined up and down the beach for the morning flight. This was a valuable source of food back then, but as time went by, fewer people hunted loons as the older folks passed away. However, the Guild recognizes this custom as being an important part of its past and heritage.

 

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