Job title/position: Chiropractor/owner
Company: Ability for Health and Wellness Chiropractic Clinic
Number of days you hunt a season? Thirty.
Where do you hunt? Near Hazen and Stuttgart.
Club name? Gray Goose Lodge and Lonoke Club.
What kind of gun do you use? Twelve-gauge Franchi Affinity semi-automatic; 10-gauge Browning pump shotgun.
Duck call? Custom RNT Diablo (stabilized, dyed, blue-black ash burl).
Fields, reservoir or timber? Reservoir and timber.
Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky? Nasty and preferably foggy. If you can see them, you can shoot them.
Favorite hunting story/memory? It would definitely be my first greenhead (circa 1991). My father, brother, and I were hunting a flooded rice field near Tollville when a lone drake came in. I was the only one that shot so there was no question over who shot the duck. When I retrieved it from the water, it also had a band on it. That was the moment that really got me hooked on duck hunting. I still have that duck with its band mounted on my wall.
What got you into hunting? My father, Dr. Rick Gore, has always had a love of the outdoors and my brother and I are fortunate in that he included us in all of his outdoor adventures as soon as we could walk. Many dads enjoy hunting with their peers and friends but dad always went out of his way to make sure we were included.
If you have children do you take them duck hunting? If so what are some of the highlights from these youth hunts? While I don’t have children of my own, my brother and sister have three children each and most of my friends have children. Like my father, I love to share the outdoors with kids. On any given hunt, I usually have a couple kids with me, whether they are my nephews or my friends’ children. Watching a kid’s face see the ducks flutter through the timber at dawn for the first time is something magical.
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind? Zip ties, duct tape, wood deck screws. You can fix anything with those three items.
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best? Ed Staley, chairman of Staley Inc., has the most unique call I have ever heard. Some may say his call sounds more like a kazoo but it consistently brings the ducks in, year after year.