November 18, 2006--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CST
Walnut Ridge, AR-- It's been a long wait for waterfowl hunters, but Saturday morning, just before sunrise, shots rang out, marking the opening day of Arkansas' waterfowl season.
A pink and purple sky filled with waterfowl fluttering over a flooded Arkansas rice field, can only mean one thing. it's boom time. It's the kind of day duck hunters dream of and on this opening morning with guide Scott Brady of Woody's guided hunts, it was a dream come true for Bill Brewer in the blind with three of his five boys.
"I've been hunting over fifty years and I've never seen anything like this, it is like a dream," said Bill Brewer Sr. "I don't know how else to put it." Keith Brewer described his morning like this, " I can't say I've been on a duck hunt like this. I've seen more ducks than I've ever seen." His twin brother Chris said, "This is just amazing. Never have I seen anything like it before in my life."
Their guide, Scott Brady has seen good years and bad and says this year's opener was very good, "It was pretty spectacular. We've got lots of water and so we've got lots of birds, but more than anything it's about the fun and fellowship of the hunt."
In one of the other groups, one hunter came from England, just another testament to the quality of duck hunting in northeast Arkansas.