Eastern Shore of Virginia

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Grandfather, Mickey, and father, Paige, after a hunt in the late 1950's/early 1960's


Grandad on the porch of the old cabin on Goose Island in 1960's



Capt. P.G. Ross is a native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  His ancestors plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean since the first colonial settlers moved to the region in the 1600's.  He counts himself lucky to have been introduced to the marshes and gunning by his father and grandfather and to have been exposed to his mother's artistic interest in the Eastern Shore's wildlife. 
P.G. has been carving  for over 25 years and has developed a vision of the decoys he carves through observation while fowling, fishing and working in the saltmarsh environs.  While not working his "day job" as a marine biologist, P.G. serves as a waterfowl hunting guide and fishing guide.  He hopes to pass his love of duck hunting and all things outdoors on to his children and hand down the traditions and heritage of the old Eastern Shore.

Today, he makes decoys using traditional tools and techniques that are based on the characteristics of live birds.  However, their form has been strongly influenced by both past and modern carvers who fashion birds in the gunning tradition.  



 (l-r) P.G., Dad and brother Mark before a hunt in the mid-1980's


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