LIFETIME NFDA MEMBER
2009 NFDA WORLD POINTS CHAMPION
CONGRATULATIONS TO LARRY LANGE.
WINNER OF THE 2008 PARK RAPIDS MDAA BEST OF SHOW
THE HIGHEST AWARD AT THE ANNUAL SHOW
Larry Lange was born near Star Lake, Dent MN, in
1939. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, moved to Perham MN. Still
lives there with his wife Joan, they have 3 children, two boys and a girl.
Larry was employed at Barrel O' Fun as the plant engineer for 28 years,
retiring in 2001.
Always interested in hunting and fishing, he got
started spearing and making decoys by his uncle Bernard Bergraff. Larry
considers Bergraff to be his mentor for both spear fishing and decoy making.
His favorite spearing lake is still Star Lake, with his biggest northern
speared weighing a little over 19 pounds.
Larry has been carving decoys for the past 54 years,
starting in the early '50s. He has carved over 3000 decoys to date, now makes
200 to 300 a year. For the past 8 years have been making working decoys to
sell and realistic decoys for competition at national decoy contests.
The fish decoys made from basswood or white pine.
Painted with air brush and water based acrylics. Sizes range from 6 to 12
inches in length, with prices from $20 for a daily working to over $100 for a
Larry is a multiple award winner at several decoy
shows, (The John Jensen Nationals, Perham), (Park Rapids Decoy Show), (Bob
Johnson Invitational, Brainerd), & (Bill Green Invitational, Grand Rapids).
Has been written up in several fish decoy books, and in the local newspapers.
He is a lifetime member of the National Fish Decoy Association. For the 2004 NFDA World Championship Point Series, Larry placed in the top 10,( 6th place).
Along with carving, decoy makers are collectors,
Larry is no exception. Collecting makers of the past, some 50 to 60 years old,
and buying or trading for carvers of
the present. Larry also collects Bear Creek and Ice
King made decoys. His entire collection numbers around 500 decoys, and gets
bigger every year.
Besides making decoys Larry is a avid wood worker,
when not hunting of fishing, spends a majority of his time in his wood shop
behind the house. Also makes duck
and goose calls, deer grunt calls and hunting
knives. Larry has said that he is busier now in retirement, than when he was
employed at Barrel O' Fun.
What he enjoys most, is the camaraderie with other
carvers and competing in the various contests. Larry plans on carving as long
as he is able.
At the 2007 Gathering, Larry was awarded the "Living Legend Award".
436 3rd St SW Perham, MN 56573
These are some of Larry's
shown with some of his
working fish decoys.
This big 33" Northern Pike
was an entry in
the 2004 NFDA fish decoy
contest in Perham Minnesota.
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