Greenhead presents the 2020 Executive Q&A featuring a slate of executives sharing the moments, tips, guns and gadgets that have made their time in the field special.
Managing Member, Hyden Miron & Foster PLLC
Number of days you hunt a season? At least 10, usually more
Where do you hunt? Mostly Arkansas County
Club name? Bottoms Up and Hell’s Half Acre
What kind of gun do you use? Beretta Xtrema 2
Favorite duck call? Whatever kind the hunter next to me is blowing. If I must, RNT.
Fields, reservoir or timber? I enjoy them all, but there is something special about timber.
Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky? Makes no difference. It might change where I am to set up. I sure like the wind though.
Favorite hunting story/memory? That would have to be the first duck I know that I shot by myself as a child. I was with my dad and five of his friends in a timber hole south of Pine Bluff. I was able to move up to a semi auto 20 gauge that year. I remember what seemed like hundreds of mallards moving above the top of the hole. A drake Wigeon finally started leading the group through the tall canopy and down to us. Once that lead bird was 20 yards above me, I had already had all I could stand. I stepped out of the tree line and shot three times, finally connecting on the last one. Elated, I quickly picked up the bird to show my father, but he did not have the expression on his face that I expected. Dad and I then had a colorful discussion about duck hunting etiquette.
What got you into hunting? My dad, Bill Foster, and I am forever indebted to him for it. He started me with a BB gun. I would beg him to let me go duck hunting with him every chance I got. I also remember going to Andrew Quattlebaum’s house to borrow a 410 shotgun, once I graduated from the BB gun. I still carry the same thermos and duck call that Dad used.
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind? A leather duck strap my wife, Lael, made for me. I can’t go without it.
Where is your go-to spot for breakfast/meals on a hunting weekend? It is a little hard to get to, but there is a place at the convergence of East Lake, Mill Bayou and Forked Lake, close to the North Unit of the White River Refuge. If Robert Powell is cooking, make sure and order the scrambled eggs for breakfast and the smoked prime rib for dinner. There is also the Donut Palace in De Witt. A favorite of mine and my hunting partner, David Jessup.
If you have children do you take them duck hunting? If so, what are some of the highlights from these youth hunts? My oldest daughter, Abby, has hunted deer, ducks, dove, geese and pheasants with me. I think pheasant hunting might be her favorite, followed by goose hunting at the Turner Farm. Ella, my youngest daughter, is the best fishing partner but can’t quite understand the fascination with hunting.
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best? John Stephens, but that is probably not a fair response. I have been very fortunate to hunt with some truly great callers including Heath Stephens, Gar Lile, Brian Reddick, Todd Endl and Matt Jeter. Matt DeLuca is the best user of a duck whistle I have heard.