This decoy is branded by and belonged to and hunted over by the famous Jesse Poplar of Havre de Grace, MD in the late 1800's. An article published by the "Reading Eagle" Wednesday, February 10, 1904 reads. Maryland's Crack Duck Shot- Jesse Poplar's Records with Canvasbacks and Redheads. There are many crack duck shots in Maryland, and each season brings expert shooters from other States, but a native stands at the head of them all, Jesse Poplar, a resident of Havre de Grace. Shots like Frederick Gilbert, of Spirit Lake, Ia; John Doland, Edward Fulford, and J.Elliot have to bow to Poplar. Poplar began with muzzle loaders, using two of these guns in a single sink box. With them he was known to kill nine canvasback ducks by the use of the four available barrels. There were but nine in the flock which was decoyed to his layout. Poplar considers this his greatest achievement. It was about 18 years ago that Mr. Poplar was converted from the muzzle to the breech loading gun.
When he made the change he followed the example of others in the matter of calibre. Instead of carrying two guns, each of 10-gauge, he uses one smaller 12-gauge and one of 10-gauge. His record, established, is 313 ducks killed and gathered in one day's shooting. His record for one hour is 122 ducks. In this kill there were 82 canvasbacks and 40 blackheads.The duck shooter's greatest prize is the canvasback, whihch feeds on the wild celery along the Susquehanna river flats near Havre de Grace. Poplar before noon on one day killed 121. The next best duck is the redhead, and of these Mr. Poplar in a day's shooting killed 126. Wild-duck shooting began on the Sesquehanna Flats today and a rough estimate places the number of birds killed at 5,000. The number would have exceeded that figure by many thousands but for the calm weather, which stopped the flying. The largest number killed by any sinkbox was 235, and Jesse Poplar, of Havre de Grace, killed them all.
The ducks were redheads, blackheads, and baldpates. The average number of ducks killed from sinkboxes was about 90; from sneakboats about twenty-four. (Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun, 1893). New York Times- November 18, 1893.
Plenty of Birds in the South-Success of the Duck Hunters. 18- Gunners arriving from the South report unusually good sport along the coast and very fine bird shooting in the interior. The ducking clubs along the Virginia shore and Albemarle Sound are having excellent success. Bags of more than 100 ducks have been made in a days shooting. The largest days work reported from the Susquehanna Flats was that of Jesse Poplar of Havre de Grace, who on the opening day of the season killed from his sinkbox 235 ducks.
On that day five parties made totals of more than 100 ducks each, and the total killed was about 5,000. The shooting proceeds regularly on Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays. And about 50 sinkbox and 120 bushwhack licenses have been inssued. Canvasbacks were scarce at the beginning of the season, but are now more plentiful. There are many thousands of blackheads and coots and baldpates, and they sell at 40 and 50 cents each.
Item number 68873 on decoysforsale dot com. Original paint has very minor wear as it was a working decoy, neck with crack see pictures for details, body with no cracks. " J D Poplar" is branded into the wood on bottom of decoy. Remnants of possibly original decoy line approximately 7 long.
There has only been one other JD Poplar branded decoy for sale for as long as I have watched local national and online auctions. Here is your opportunity to own a decoy of which nationally recognized "crack shot" Jesse Poplar hunted over while bagging record breaking amounts of ducks. I have done my best to represent the decoys condition with the pictures shown. The item "Famous Hunter Jesse Poplar's BRANDED Canvasback by James Holly" is in sale since Thursday, March 24, 2016.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "turnerrn11" and is located in Chestertown, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.