President and CEO, Colliers International, Little Rock
Number of days you hunt a season? 15-20
Where do you hunt? Mostly Northeast Arkansas, south of Harrisburg on the L’anguille River
Club name? Whitehall Hunting Club
Pump or semi-automatic? Semi-automatic
Duck call? I keep one in my bag but rarely get it out.
Fields, reservoir, river or timber? Dead timber and brush
Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky? Prefer bluebird — the hunting is usually better.
Favorite hunting story/memory? We were in a blind hunting with a group in the middle of Benson Lake near Lodge Corner. There were several guys and we were busy talking when we noticed the boat had floated off and was several hundred feet from the blind. An unnamed individual – whom I consider the best Arkansas executive duck caller – used the barrel of his gun to pry off a board of the blind (I believe he bent his barrel). He then used the board to float and paddle to retrieve the boat. He was the morning hero.
Favorite place to eat during duck season? Josie’s in Waldenburg. Fun atmosphere and kids enjoy watching and participating in karaoke.
What got you into duck hunting? I went to college in Louisiana and started going with some friends then. Once I came back to Arkansas, I never stopped.
If you have children, do you take them duck hunting? If so, what are some of the highlights from these youth hunts? I have four girls and they have all gone hunting with me since they were very small. The entire family usually spends a few weekends a year at the hunting club, and there are other families and kids around most of the time. There are many experiences, some good and some bad. When my two oldest girls were probably 3 and 5, I was wading through shin deep water carrying them in each arm. I was moving too fast and tripped on a limb underneath the water and fell forward submerging both girls under water. We then had a long four-wheeler ride back to the cabin. Last year, the girls retrieved a crippled mallard and kept it as a pet for the weekend. They named it Bob.
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind? Snacks and an iPhone
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best? Gar Lile