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King Quack Jr
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About King Quack Jr
I was born in Pittsburg, California in 1947. My grandfather,
Vincenzo "Zulido" Aiello immigrated from Italy and settled with
relatives in Pittsburg. He commercially fished for salmon in Alaska
and the Sacramento Delta until it was outlawed in 1956. My
grandfather is the man seated in the boat in the picture. My
father also fished with my grandfather but after salmon fishing was
discontinued in California he moved on to other jobs.
I started hunting with my dad as soon as I could walk. As you can
see from the picture, I liked decoys at an early age!
I had a bb gun at 7 years old and a pellet gun at 9 years old. I
passed the hunter safety course at 11 and I’ve had a hunting license
ever year since then. I hunted ducks on the islands around the
Sacramento Delta and deer in the foothills below Mt. Diablo. I
spent four years in the service; part of that time was in Vietnam.
I’m married and have two daughters who love to hunt. I moved to
Redding, California and was hired by the Shasta County Sheriff’s
Department in 1972.
took up trap shooting in 1973 and made the P.I.T.A All Star team in
1977 and I also won the Police Olympics that same year. I earned a
classification of AA 27 AA. Also during this time I continued to
hunt ducks, geese, turkey, quail, pheasants and deer. Shasta County
is considered a rural area and the hunting and fishing is
fantastic. I retired from the Sheriff’s Department 1999, but have
continued with my hunting and fishing.
A few years ago, I help friends develop a duck hunting spot in weed,
California just north of Mt. Shasta. The hunting area is considered
high desert but we have a good supply of water flowing from Mt.
Shasta. We were able to tap into this water and flood an area of
approximately 80 acres. We can control the water flow and water
level, and by controlling the water we were able to grow a good
supply of duck weed. We can hunt most of the duck season and we are
harvesting 75% mallards followed by widgeon, teal and sprig. The
Canadian honkers are starting to show up and we are steadily
increasing the harvest on them.
I started collecting decoys when I moved up to Redding. The wife of
one of the deputies wanted decoys for decorations. At the time my
dad still had a backyard full of decoys and of course I just helped
myself. I then took an interest in decoys and found other people
who shared my interest. I did the same thing most beginning
collectors do, I picked up everything I could. I cleaned out my
dad’s backyard and storage shed. I then went to all his hunting
buddies and picked up a bunch more decoys. I accumulated a large
amount of birds and started going to the local shows. My collection
started to refine and I decided to stick with west coast birds and
mainly California decoys. I was also lucky enough to buy some large
collections from some old timers that were getting out of the decoy
collecting business. I had to hock the house on a couple of those
deals, but it turned out to be a wise investment.
Along with decoy collecting, I started picking up shell boxes, duck
calls, bird bands, decoy weights, decoy corn, hunting
advertisements, American Indian items, cowboy spurs, and my new
favorite shotguns 8 gauge or larger. I’m always interested in
talking about decoys and hunting and of course I’m looking to buy
great west coast decoys.