Ross’s enthusiasm for wildlife began at a young age while following his brother to the creek behind the family homestead. He started carving in earnest in 1980 at the age of 17 with his father, Richard B. Smoker, and his brother Rich W. Smoker, making gunning decoy rigs for himself and others. Ross has competed in shows all over the country and has won many Best in Show ribbons for his work. An exemplary teacher, Ross has led countless classes on wildfowl carving for amateurs and experts alike. A routine fixture at the Ward World Championship Education Conference, Ross continually shares his love and passion for carving.