For the past five or six years it has been a ritual to head west over Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy all that
Stuttgart, Arkansas has to offer with their annual Duck Festival. Duck Festival includes the following: World Duck Calling contest, Miss Duck Festival, Duck Gumbo, going by Mack’s Prairie Wings to see what new duck calls are out, stopping by the RNT Duck & Goose Call shop and of course visiting with friends I’ve met over the years.
I will say if you have never had a chance to experience Duck Festival, take the time to do it at least once in your life. One of the best parts of the weekend is actually taking a little time to go out and hunt with your buddies. I was able to head to one of my buddy’s places and go on a hunt with one of our Pro Staffers, Chris Akin, and the guys. Chris has become a good friend of mine over the past 8 years. I remember back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s watching Chris and Boomer compete in the Great Outdoor Games on ESPN. Boomer holds a special place in mine and my wife’s heart as Bullet, our black lab, is a Boomer puppy. Anyway, we had a great dinner Saturday night and got things ready for the Sunday morning hunt. I was a little worried about how we would do because they had received about an inch of rain in 24 hours plus the wind would be gusting from 10 to 20 mph. Chris, George and I got out to the blind around 6:15 am with Chris’ new upcoming dog, Hottie. Boy, was she a little firecracker. We shot a little bit of everything… Spoonies, Green Wing Teal and Mallards. It had been a while since I had shot at Teal… boy are they quick. It took a little time but we managed to squeeze out a three man limit by 10am.
I was able to catch up with some friends from Chris’ club and meet some great people at Mack’s PW. I’m already looking forward to next year and seeing these great people again next duck season. We are heading back to Tennessee to finish out deer season and doing a little duck hunting in East & West Tennessee with some more buddies. Bullet and I are ready to stock the freezer with some venison and duck meat to get us through the year. I have a couple of pictures of Hottie bringing back some ducks. We hope your season is going well and we’ll see ya down the road.
Kevin & Bullet
Kevin Lee is Distributing Sales and Field Staff Manager for SportDOG. He has been with our parent company Radio Systems® Corporation for 11 years, and with SportDOG specifically for the last 7. Kevin has been hunting for 23 years and is a graduate of Tusculum College here in Tennessee. Kevin and Bullet are featured on many of our marketing materials and packaging. Most notably, they are featured on the WetlandHunter® 1825CAMO ad and packaging. In addition to Bullet, Kevin also has a younger yellow lab named Cooper. He is married with one little boy he intends to have hunting as soon as he can hold a gun.