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Help ID maker of a Spearing Decoy

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Hey everyone,
I'm looking for help trying to identify the maker of a spearing decoy I have. It was given to me by my grandpa about 34 years ago when he quit spearing. We were standing on the ice of Dead Lake in Minnesota. At the time, some of my dad's family owned cabins there. (some still do) Anyway I'm sure it is a lot older then that and I don't think he made it. I would attach a picture to this posting, but can't figure out how. I can mail pic's to you if you are willing to help.
Thanks!

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AKtrapper, I'd like to see the pics. I can post them for you too.
Have you asked any older relatives if your Grandpa carved decoys. Either way its a great sentimental piece.

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Hi Surface Tension,
If you e-mail me at
[email protected]
I'll send you the pictures. The only one still living is my mom and she doesn't recall. He was a carpenter and made Marten houses when he was retired. He very well could have made it. Thanks for the help!

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WOW, you got a beauty. That fish decoy was made by one of the most famous MN decoy makers. His name was Frank Mizera (deceased), and he was from Ely MN. He was a fishing guide and made a lot of decoys and lake trout jigging lures for sale at bait shops/hardware stores/etc around MN. They are very collectable. The decoy you have is a rare color for a Mizera decoy. It was probably made in the 40's or 50's. If the right side of the decoy is in the same condition (i.e. fins and paint intact) as the left side, I would estimate its auction value at $400 to $600. Most older decoys are not worth very much, $20 on average, so you really got a needle in the hay stack there.

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Alaska,

Dead Lake, now there's a lake I haven't heard of in a few years.
My Dads aunt and uncle used to own/run a resort on the lake. I live in Colorado now but am from Mn. My dad is going to be visiting me this weekend, I'll show him the decoy picture and see if he has any idea's.

I have a question for you. I noticed you had a few response's about your add for old spearing decoys, where there any you pasted on I might be interested in?
I have all my grandfathers decoys and am starting to collect them.

Paul

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Hi Paul,
Actually I'm not interested in collecting decoys, I'm just looking for some to use up here in Alaska. I haven't speared in years and didn't realize how big that decoy collecting has gotten. I guess that the days of picking up decoys at the local Holiday Station on your way to the lake are long gone!!!
Aktrapper

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Dead Lake might not be the best fishing, but I've spent many a good hour up there in the last few years with family and in-laws. We've been on the very north end on the east shore. My wife's uncle bought a year-round house next to a resort, which was then sold off cabin by cabin. Cards, Beer, and even a couple of fish; what could be better???

Beautiful decoy

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