DDS, Dental Solutions of Little Rock/Richardson & Monroe DDS PA
Number of days you hunt a season? Depending on water conditions 25-30 days.
Where you hunt? Between Humnoke and Humphrey along Big Ditch and Bayou Meto.
Club name? Bayou Meto Hunting Club, originally the old Quack Quack Club.
Pump or semi-automatic? I have several choices of fowling pieces but my favorite is a seasoned 870. I have offered many a guest with jammed automatics my dependable Remington pump.
Duck call? Rich-N-Tone, tuned every year by Butch [Richenback] himself.
Favorite hunting story/memory? I guess my favorite memory took place with my son, Bobby. It was the youth hunt on Dec. 24, 2006. Originally, we both agreed to pass on the morning because the holidays were in full swing and we both had Christmas shopping to do, but the urge was too strong and at the last minute we decided to head to camp.
The drive was foggy and put us behind schedule. We pulled up to the boat dock with the club to ourselves and a gray light beginning to penetrate the fog. As we slipped into the Triangle Hole, we heard the chatter above and both our sprints lifted with the fog. Bobby placed Jack on his stand while I began to cover the boat. Not waiting on me to hide the boat, Bobby’s call rang out as perfect as a Rich-N-Tone ever could quack. A hen followed by two drakes turned into the wind and locked up. I froze as Bobby casually lifted his 870 and doubled the green heads. Jack was off retrieving the first to Bobby’s hand but before he could retrieve the second a drake dipped below the treetops. Bobby was on his mark again making a fine existing shot. Jack was now on his way to the third downed drake when Bobby’s call broke the silence.
A group was circling the hole growing exponentially in numbers. One quack and a quiet feed call from Bobby is all it took to commit the large group. Hoping his youth would not cloud his judgment, I thought to myself, “Just one Bobby, just one.” Bobby stood still as the ever increasing group began to splash the water. … Bobby picked out a drake, raised up and finished out his limit.
He turned to me and said with a huge smile, “Dad, get the boat!” The time was 7:02 and I knew my 12-year-old son owned the hunt, I could not have been more proud.
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind? My “most unusual” are Zip Ties. They are great for keeping everyone’s limits separated. My “must have”: I never leave without hand warmers.
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best? Miles Hogan calls a Rich-N-Tone better than anyone I know.