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New Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls waterfowling exhibition opens April 9 at CBMM

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(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 11, 2016)
The transformation of Chesapeake waterfowling gear, tools, and clothing over the last 100 years will be explored through artifacts, advertising ephemera, and photographs in a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., opening April 9, 2016.

Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls explores the fact that waterfowling is not just about decoys. A gunner needs a whole field kit of gear and tools—from clothing to guns, ammunition to duck and goose calls—to have a successful day in the field. Over the last 100 years, these waterfowling essentials have transformed from simple to sophisticated, reflecting innovation in firearm technology, camouflage development, and the ongoing search for an ever-more-persuasive call. Though today’s gear is more advanced in form, the function remains the same—to mimic the Chesapeake marshes, call in waterfowl on the wing, and finally get the perfect shot.

From the evolution of shotguns to the vivid, beautiful boxes made to hold ammunition,Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls explores the personal, intimate way that innovation has changed the sportsman’s field experience.

“Visitors may recognize some of the objects from their own shoots from days past, or calls, ammunition bags and clothing similar to things their grandfather might have owned,” commented CBMM Director of Education Kate Livie, who is curating the exhibition. “From the days when people carried actual powder horns into the blind to the photo-realistic camo sportsmen wear today, we want to show the resourcefulness and innovation inspired by waterfowling.”

Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter, and Gourmet by the Bay. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md. on November 11-13, 2016, and return to the museum’s Waterfowling Building for exhibition through March, 2017.

CBMM members along with those of the East Coast Decoy Collectors Association will be invited to a private exhibition preview reception on Friday, April 8 beginning at 5:30pm, with light refreshments served. The reception is free for CBMM and ECDCA members, with space limited and pre-registration required by calling Tom Oates at 410-745-4950 by April 1.

For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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The transformation of Chesapeake waterfowling gear, tools, and clothing over the last 100 years will be shared through artifacts, advertising, and photographs in the new Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls exhibition opening Saturday, April 9 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter, the exhibition continues through March, 2017. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.