Waterfowl hunting has a long, rich history, which can be traced by the gear used by waterfowlers. As technology changed, waterfowl hunting changed as well. From vintage guns and boats to calls and decoys, one of the largest collections of classic waterfowling gear and one of the best places to learn about waterfowling history is the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland, one of America's favorite "duck towns
The Havre de Grace Decoy Festival Committee held their first gathering on May 14, 1982, with the goal of establishing a museum. The dean of Upper Bay decoy makers, R. Madison Mitchell, served as honorary chairman. Seven years later, he presided over the grand opening of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. The town is now known as the "Decoy Capital of the World." Open daily to visitors, the museum currently boasts a membership of nearly 1,000 people.