Arkansas Duck Hunting Season Opener

November 22, 2003--Posted at 11:00pm

Walnut Ridge, AR--Saturday is the day tens of thousands of hunters have been waiting for since last January.  It's the Arkansas duck hunting season opener.

Ducks filled the skies over the Cache River Mallard Farms this morning and the shotgun barrels were smokin' as hunters looked to bag their limit.

For duck hunters, opening day is a lot like Christmas morning for a toddler, with lots of toys that fly.

 "I probably haven't slept for three days," said Jeff Morris, who drove in from Alabama.  "I've been dreaming about this morning everday since last January."

Hunter Vince McQuery said,  "It's everything for us.  It's great."

For this group with Woody's Guided Hunts, at the Cache River Mallard Farms, it's mostly Alabama boys, who've made the drive, some of them for more than 15 years.

"Duck wise, it's the premiere place in the country," said Morris.  "It really is."

And the facts back it up.  Last year, more than 1.1 million ducks were harvested in the state of Arkansas, the highest total in the country.

"The duck hunting here is as fine as it gets," said Morris.  "It doesn't get any better."

But for these guys and thousands like them, this day isn't all about the thrill of the hunt.

 "It's all about being together.  The fellowship, hanging around the lodge and the shop, sitting in the pits," said Morris.  "That's one of the wonderful things about it, you can sit and share stories and get ready for the ducks."

In case you didn't know, the 60 day duck season is quite a boon for the state's economy, bringing in more than one million dollars a day.

If you would like more information about a hunt with Woody's Guided Hunts, go to or call Scott Brady at 870-759-2096.