Make no mistake about it, over twenty years ago Art Ladehoff and, "Big Foot, the Decoy", established the industry standard for field model full body goose decoys.
About the time World War II was ending, Art Ladehoff was already helping his dad paint their hand made decoys. Through the years, Art's interest in decoy making persisted. In 1958 he started Decoys Unlimited in Clinton, Iowa. For the next 25 years, Decoys Unlimited furnished do-it-yourself decoy making kits to thousands of waterfowl hunters. In 1982, Art was interested in purchasing, for his own use, a number of really good looking, easy to handle, full body, field goose decoys. After a lengthy search, it was apparent there was noting available to suit his requirements. It seemed the only alternative, to acquire the quality hunting decoy he wanted, was to do what he had been doing most of his life, design and carve working decoys for his own satisfactionand use. Art's creation had to be a true hunting decoy, rugged, durable, and practical to use. Overall, it had to look better and be better than the popular stuffers preferred by many in the famous Chesapeake Bay goose hunting region. In 1984 Big Foot was introduced. Decoys Unlimited, the part time mail order business, wasrenamed Clinton Decoy Company, and the Big Foot Revolution Began!