CEO, Clark Contractors, Little Rock
Number of days you hunt a season? Probably about 12 to 15
Where do you hunt? Between Humnoke and Carlisle
Club name? Hamilton Plantation
Pump or semi-automatic? Pump
Duck call? I don’t call but have friends who do!
Fields, reservoir, river or timber? Timber and reservoir
Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky? The weather doesn’t matter, but I’m an early “out” if it’s cold and the ducks aren’t flying.
Favorite hunting story/memory? I have a bunch of them, but one that stands out is the first duck I killed. I had been hunting with my dad many times and had super hunts where I shot an entire box of shells but couldn’t knock one down. I was about 10 at the time. Finally, one day, I winged a mallard drake that went down in a bean field a few hundred yards away. Joel Ledbetter was hunting with us that morning and was kind enough to go after it himself. He was gone for more than 20 minutes, and when he finally found the duck he brought it back to the blind. The problem was that a hawk had found it first. When he held up what was left, it was hardly recognizable as a duck except for the green head. I can still vividly remember how mad I was at that hawk for a few months afterward.
Favorite place to eat during duck season? My cabin. Steaks taste better on the prairie.
What got you into duck hunting? My dad started taking me hunting when I was in the fourth grade, and we had a lot of good times together doing that.
If you have children, do you take them duck hunting? If so, what are some of the highlights from these youth hunts? I take my three boys some. They’re ages 10, 10 and 13. One of my 10-year-olds shot this year for the first time, and on our New Year’s Day hunt he killed two. He’s still talking about it!
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind? I don’t keep any unusual things in the blind with me, but I won’t hunt until I’ve had my Coke and powdered doughnuts.
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best? Ford Overton can bring ’em in from anywhere.