I was drawn to Waterfowl hunting by my older brother a few years ago, unfortunatley he lives all the way in Jersey, but we won't hold that against him... The goal was to get confident enough to be able to meet him up someplace to get our hunt on. Well this year we decided to book a trip to Arkansas for the 2018 Snow Goose Conservation. It was definitely a trip of a life time! Flew into Memphis on friday night, bedded down at the Peabody Hotel Downton near Beale street to see the Ducks march... well South west airlines had other plans and delayed my flight just enough to miss the ducks march (darn it).
Saturday started off with a trip to see the Bass Pro shop/ Ducks unlimited superstore before we started our trek Stuttgart to visit the Famous Mack's Praire Wings. Once we headed over the Mississippi River into Arkansas, it was hard to keep my eyes on the road, everybody of water or open field had ducks or geese in it. After about 1.5 hours we made it to Water fowlers heaven, AKA Mack's. Being from So. Cal i was little under gunned in the cold weather department. So i was on a mission to find some nice warm clothes. We were overwhelmed. i think we spent 4 hours walking around until we realized the store was closing and we still hadn't grabbed shells.
After supporting the local economy of Stuttgart we loaded up and headed to our Lodge "Big Creek Ducks and Bucks" in Lee County. We Hunted with "Dirty Birds Outfitters" a group based out of the Dakotas who leases the lodge for the conservation season. Man was it nice!! Full kitchen, full bar area, Lazy boys and even Cable TV to watch the Patriots lose on!
We booked a 3 day hunt Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Sunday Started slow, early light we had some decent amount of birds working the decoys but not the numbers they were hoping for. I guess the birds switched their feeding pattern overnight due to the rains. still ended up with about 20 birds between 8 of us in the field. we called it a day and went back to the lodge to catch the Superbowl.
Monday totally different story, Guides busted their tails switching to a field about an hour north of our previous set up and man was it worth it! That morning there had to be at least no lie 20-30k birds working our Decoys. The F5 tornado was in full effect dropping good luck bombs and everything. When our guide greg yelled out "Go Ahead" it was on! what a rush! after the first flight it stayed fairly steady through out the day. We ended up with 100 birds for our group of 3.
Tuesday weather rolled in again and the spin this morning wasn't as impressive as the day before but 56 birds by 11am wasn't to shabby. We decided to pack it up early and drive to a local taxidermy to get two nice Ross' mounted to commerated our first brother's trip.
Tuesday night we decided to head back to Memphis and stay at the Cypress Lodge @ the Bass Pro Shop. WOW if your ever in the area i highly recommend it. definitely Pricey but one of those thing you just have to do.
Well all and all a very fun trip, Next trip the plan is to head back to Arkansas for ducks and specks.
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