Lodermeier, of Edina, recently published “Minnesota Duck Calls – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 2” and “Minnesota Duck Decoys – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 2.”
“Minnesota Duck Decoys – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 2.” Contributed / Doug Lodermeier
At 566 and 643 pages, respectively, the limited-edition, glossy hardcover books are veritable encyclopedias of Minnesota duck call and decoy history, featuring stories on hundreds of duck call and decoy artists both past and present, along with estimated values of numerous game calls.
Included in the decoy book are such northwest Minnesota craftsmen as decoy carver Joel Huener of Roseau and wildlife artist Ross Hier of Crookston, both retired wildlife managers for the Minnesota Department of Resources. Waterfowl enthusiast and champion caller Cory Loeffler of Red Lake Falls, owner of DRC Call Co., is among the featured artists in the duck call book.
“Minnesota Duck Calls – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 2.” Contributed / Doug Lodermeier
Using a line made famous by the late renowned radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, Lodermeier says the new books tell “the rest of the story.”
“I didn’t want these books to be just picture books,” he said. “I wanted them to be fleshed out with the history and biographies and all of that.”
Lodermeier wrote, researched and designed both of the new self-published books, along with “Minnesota Duck Calls – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 1,” published in 2003, and “Minnesota Duck Decoys – yesterday’s and today’s folk artists Volume 1,” published in 2009.
The goal, he says, is to help preserve a rich history of waterfowling in Minnesota that might otherwise have been lost.
“A lot of this history wasn’t being preserved, and within the collecting community, Minnesota was grossly underrepresented,” Lodermeier, 67, said. “It blew my mind that nobody was writing about this history or preserving this history, so that inspired me.
“I’ve learned a lot about the history of waterfowling through the perspective of the people who make decoys and calls.”
Lodermeier for several years served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association and the Minnesota Decoy Foundation, which are dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of waterfowling in the state.
A collector who also was a board member of the decoy association had started researching a book featuring duck call and decoy artists, Lodermeier recalls, but didn’t gain the traction to complete the project.
“Like many people who have thought about doing a book, (he) found out it’s not easy and it’s not cheap,” Lodermeier said. “And then when they do the research, they abandon the project, and …….