HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - This duck season was a big deal before it even started as it came with a lot of hype, but it has had its ups and downs this year. Tosh Manning is a guide with Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Lawrence County and said even though this hunting season has gone well overall, it has still had its slow periods.
"Probably about a week or so ago we had a little lull in the duck numbers, but the last few days it's picked up really," Manning said.
This season was forecasted to bring in a large number of mallards, the type of duck most hunters are after, but the numbers haven't been impressive. With the season picking back up Friday, Manning hopes the season starts living up to the hype.
"We've shot a lot of ducks, but not everything has been mallards. You know we've shot a lot of teal. We had a lot of teal this morning and a few mallards, but that's probably due to the warm weather," Manning said.
With the colder weather, Manning hopes for more mallards.
"We're expecting a lot more mallards," Manning said. "The mallards should be here by now."
As we head into the final third of the season, Manning said hunters won't know what the hunt is like if they don't hit the blinds.