Whether connecting with the great outdoors, bonding with family and friends or bagging a limit of ducks while visions of gumbo dance on the brain, nothing satisfies a hunter like a day in the wild. It’s the reason for the season, the purpose of the preparation.

For busy executives it’s a chance to leave the boardroom — or, in the case of the chief executive, the Arkansas State Capitol — and head for the duck blind, grab some fresh air and ease the mind.

This year’s slate of executives, headed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, share the moments, tips, guns and gadgets that have made their time afield special.

Asa Hutchinson

Governor of Arkansas

Bob Sexton

Partner at Rainwater Holt & Sexton

Lauren Waldrip Ward

Executive Director, Arkansas Rice Federation

Marshall Stewart

President & CEO, Greenway Equipment

Al Heringer IV
Vice President, Star Transportation
Chairman, Arkansas Trucking Association

Kristi Dannelley

President, Magna IV

Ben Noble

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Riceland Foods

Ray Green

Partner, Kutak Rock

Trey Reid

Assistant Chief of Communications, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission