Arkansas All Inclusive Waterfowl Hunt | Arkansas Duck Hunting

2-20 Guests • Lodge • Private • Guided

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ARKANSAS ALL INCLUSIVE DUCK HUNT

2-Day/2-Person Minimum

We strive to ensure our hunters receive the best duck hunting experience that North East Arkansas has to offer. We hunt on over 22,000 acres of flooded rice, beans, timber, willow bottoms and cypress sloughs. We are where the ducks are! We offer top-notch accommodations, guides, and locations. The farms we own and lease hold huge numbers of waterfowl. We are uniquely situated between several well-known WMA’s and refuges that winter millions of waterfowl during the winter. North East Arkansas has quickly become a mecca for some of the best duck hunting in the country and we are sitting at “GROUND ZERO”!

We offer a family-friendly environment for you to enjoy duck hunting at its finest. We are just 25 minutes north of Memphis, TN in Crittenden County Arkansas.

Endorsed by GreenHead.net and Ultimate Waterfowl Hunting we are here to make sure you your Arkansas duck hunting experience is something you will never forget!

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR ALL INCLUSIVE GUIDED DUCK HUNT

You will arrive at the duck lodge anytime after 6:00 PM CDT the evening before your duck hunt begins. Please plan on eating supper on your own evening of arrival. There will be snacks, appetizers, sodas, etc available the evening you arrive but a full supper will not be served the 1st evening of your arrival.

Breakfast, Lunch & Supper will be provided on your hunt dates. On the last day of your hunt, breakfast and lunch will be provided & checkout is by 2 PM CDT.

Each guest in your party will be given a bedroom to unload your belongings. We pair 2 to 4 people to a room and you will NOT room with someone you don’t know.

We ask that all of your muddy gear stay in the mud room. The front porch has been converted into a custom, heated mud room for all of your dirty, muddy gear.

The next morning you will wake up to a home-cooked breakfast that includes eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, coffee, juice, etc. Plan on eating breakfast around 4:50 AM and heading out to the hunting grounds by 5:30 AM.

Depending on the size of your group you may ride with one of our guides or follow behind in your own vehicle to the hunting grounds. You will be driven by ATV/UTV from the parking areas on our farms to the hunting spots by your guides. If hunting flooded timber or river, it may require a boat ride and/or some walking through water to access the hunting spot.

We hunt a wide variety of properties that range from flooded agricultural fields, cypress breaks and sloughs, flooded timber, flooded willow swamps and rivers. Your guide will be scouting every afternoon to put you in the best possible place for a successful hunt for the next day. Several of our spots do NOT require waders to hunt, however if you want to have the most flexibility and be able to move to where the ducks are, bring your waders. Without waders, it will limit your options to flooded agricultural fields, cypress breaks & sloughs.

Your guide will provide all of the decoys, hunting dog and will be an accomplished caller. However, don’t take this to mean you are not welcome to call also or bring your own dog. You are encouraged to dust off that duck call and help work in ducks! If you are a beginner, your guides are happy to help teach you a few tricks of the trade.

Our goal is to make sure everyone has an opportunity to kill their limits and enjoy a true Arkansas duck hunting experience! After the hunt you will be escorted by your guide back to the hunting lodge where food will be cooking. Your guides will log, clean, bag, label and freeze the days birds in order for you to legally transport back to your home.

Each evening, your guides will head out to scout for the next days' hunt. You can plan on either hanging out at the lodge enjoying some skeet shooting, pool, darts, TV and a few cocktails or there are several nearby attractions that clients enjoy checking out.

We plan on eating supper each evening around 5:30 PM CDT. We eat good, so hope you have a healthy appetite!

Your guides will generally turn in pretty early around 9:00 PM but you are welcome to stay up and enjoy the lodge as long as you would like, just be ready at 4:50 AM for breakfast. The last day of the hunt will wrap up by 12:00 noon. Check-out time is by 2:00 PM CDT last day of the hunt. Breakfast and lunch will be served last day of the hunt also.

When you are at our lodge, make yourself at home. You are welcome to help yourself to any food, drink, or snacks in the lodge. This is your Arkansas Duck Hunting Vacation! Enjoy it!

LODGING

We operate two lodges in North East Arkansas. We operate out of Gilmore, AR (aka The Gilmore Lodge) and McCrory, AR (aka The Augusta Lodge)

  • The Gillmore Lodge - Gillmore, AR - Fully Furnished 3600 Sq. Ft. Lodge

    • 6 Bedrooms

    • 3 Bath Rooms

    • 2 Mud rooms

    • 60” Big Screen TV w/ Direct TV & NFL Sunday Ticket

    • Can Sleep up to 16

    • Large Game Room - Pool Table, Darts, Bar, Flat Screen

    • Skeet Shooting

  • The Augusta Lodge - McCrory, AR - Fully Furnished 2600 Sq. Ft. Lodge

    • 4 Bedrooms

    • 2 Bath Rooms

    • 1 Mud Room

    • 60” Big Screen TV w/Direct TV & NFL Sunday Ticket

    • Can Sleep up to 16

    • Large Detached Game Room - Pool Table, Darts, Indoor Corn Hole, Big Flat Screen

    • Skeet Shooting & Stocked Fishing Pond

OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS

  • Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center - Our newest attraction that duck hunters have to experience is a visit to the new Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center only 25 minutes away. It is Bass Pro Shops largest superstore featuring a treasury of duck hunting history and memorabilia. The Memphis Pyramid has been converted into the largest wildlife interactive museum focusing on raising awareness of wetlands and waterfowl conservation, emphasizing the importance of rivers and wetlands to society and illustrating the role that hunters play in conserving wildlife habitat and the waterfowl resources. It’s a must-see if you are going to be in AR hunting with us this year!

  • Lake Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge - You can take a 10-minute drive to Lake Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has a nice viewing platform and it can hold over 1,000,000 birds during certain times during the migration. We highly recommend taking a camera and going to watch the sunset from the viewing platform. It’s an unbelievable sight!

  • DNW Outdoors - If you are a waterfowl fanatic like most of us, you will definitely want to check out DNW Outdoors in Jonesboro, AR. It’s about a 30-minute drive but worth the drive.

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

  • Afternoon Goose Hunt - Add on our afternoon guided Speck & Snow Goose Hunt.

  • Afternoon Upland - After an awesome morning of waterfowl hunting, you still want to do some hunting? Add on our afternoon guided Upland Bird Hunt on a private game reserve!

Base price is per person per day. 2-Day/2-Person Minimum to book

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Upgrades

Afternoon Goose Hunt

$250.00

Afternoon Upland Bird Hunt (Quail, Pheasants, Chukar) - Private Game Reserve

$415.00


Your Host

undefined's Trip

Mike D

I am 46 years old, married and have 3 beautiful daughters. I have been hunting waterfowl since the age of 14 and guiding for the last 27 years. I have chased waterfowl from Manitoba Canada to Venice, LA up and down the Mississippi Flyway. I now do all of my hunting in North East AR because THIS IS WHERE THE DUCKS ARE! I hunt everyday of the AR Waterfowl season and hunt like “EVERYDAY IS OPENING DAY!” I am extremely passionate about duck hunting and enjoy sharing my passion with others. With 3 daughters, I am a big advocate for getting kids and women involved in our hunting tradition. I will do what it takes to make sure you have the best hunting experience of your life.

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$660.00 Per Person Per Day

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Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


Amenities

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Guided Hunt
  • Hunt Transportation
  • Experienced Guide
  • Retrieving Dog
  • Game Processing
  • Decoy Spread

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Gear List

  • Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
  • Waders
  • Hunting License / Drivers License
  • AR and Federal Duck Stamps

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Rules & Guidelines

License and Duck Stamps

Arkansas guided duck hunt prices DO NOT include AR license, AR duck stamp, or federal duck stamp. You are required to purchase your own license, stamps, gun, and shotgun shells. If you are flying and do not want to bring your own shotgun, we do have 12 gauge shotguns available for rent for $50/day. We also carry 12ga 3″ #2 & #3 shotgun shells by the case. You can buy your shotguns shells at the lodge for $30 - $50/box depending on what brand shells we have in stock. For Conservation Goose or Upland Bird hunting, no license is required.

Liability

All hunters in your group will be required to sign a release of liability waiver prior to hunting.

Cancellations

Please note, there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee, required to reserve dates for your group. If you have paid in full and have to cancel your reservation, the remaining 50% will be returned to you.

Let me know if you need to cancel or reschedule and we can work out the details.

We do not offer refunds due to subfreezing or inclement weather conditions.

Dogs

You are welcome to bring your own hunting dog. However please know this is most likely not a good learning environment for beginner dogs. A lot of action, a lot of birds, and a lot of shooting can make for a difficult environment for an inexperienced dog. However, if everyone in your group is OK with that, we can definitely work with you if you have a dog in training. You must notify us when making reservations if you plan on bringing your own dog. You are REQUIRED to bring your own travel kennel, dog food, etc. We do not provide kennels for guest’s dogs. Dogs are NOT permitted in the lodge. We have heated mud rooms and garages for working dogs to stay in. It is expected that your dogs will be well behaved, well mannered, and do not bark. We only have 1 rule with regards to utilizing your own dog. “If your retriever won’t retrieve the bird, the handler has to retrieve the bird”.

Can I mix week day and weekend days?

Yes. You do not have have to book just weekdays or just weekend dates. We have a 2 person 2 day minimum on all guided hunts. Availability is determined at the time of booking. Availability changes daily, so contact us to check availability.

What is your refund policy?

The 50% deposit is non-refundable. However in certain circumstances such as death in the family, medical emergency or extreme weather conditions preventing your travel, we will work with you on rescheduling for later in the season or rolling your deposit over to next season. A 30 day notice is required to adjust your dates due to emergency.

What type of properties do you hunt?

We hunt a wide variety of properties types such as flooded timber, cypress lakes, willow bottoms, sloughs and flooded agricultural fields. We base our next days hunt on weather conditions, scouting and bird activity. We go where we have the best opportunity to kill our limits. However, if your group prefers to hunt flooded timber only, we can accommodate that but we do recommend taking your guides advice. We want you to be successful and enjoy your time here!

What is Check-in & Check-out times at the lodge?

When booking an All Inclusive hunt check-in time at the lodge is between 6 PM - 10 PM CDT. Our guides and crews go to bed early each night. We are up most mornings at 3 AM. So arriving late at night or early morning to check in to the lodge is not available. We get very little sleep during waterfowl season, and staying up to meet you at midnight for check-in is not an option for us. So please respect our check-in times as we do need to get some sleep. Check out time is 2 PM CDT last day of the hunt. Please do not arrive early as we have cleaning crews getting the lodge ready for your arrival. If you arrive early, you will be asked to leave and come back at the proper time.

Do I need to purchase my license and stamps?

YES, you are required to purchase your AR Small Game License, AR Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Duck Stamp and HIP registration prior to your hunt. You are responsible for purchasing all required licenses and stamps prior to your hunt. For more information about what license and stamps to purchase please visit our Arkansas Season Info page.

Do you do any party mixing on Guided Hunts?

Yes and No. During the main waterfowl season, if you book 4 or more hunters in your group, you will NOT be paired with anyone else for the duck hunt. If you book less than 4 hunters in your group then we may pair with with another small group or single hunter to reach that 4 person minimum. If you do not want to be combined with anybody else for the duck hunt, then you must have at least 4. For afternoon goose hunts we may combine you with other groups because we hunt in larger groups for geese. During conservation goose season we hunt in larger groups of 8-12 hunters because of the huge decoy spreads required to hunt snow geese.

Can I bring my own dog?

Yes. If you are doing a self guided hunt, we highly recommend you bring your own dog. If you are doing a guided hunt and you have booked 4 or more hunters in your group you are welcome to bring your own dog. If you are staying at one of the Lodges, you are allowed to bring 1 hunting retriever per hunt party of 4. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate multiple dogs in a single hunt group and we cannot accommodate house pets. You will need to bring a travel kennel. Clients hunting retrievers are NOT allowed inside the lodge living quarters, but we will have assigned areas in garages or mudrooms for your travel kennels.

What is the minimum and maximum # of hunters I can have in my group?

For all guided hunts there is a 2 person 2 day minimum and a 16 person maximum. On self guided hunts there is a 2 day minimum with a 6 person maximum in your group. If you want to reserve a self guided hunt for more than 6 hunters, please call us at 855-932-7299 to discuss options.

Do you offer any afternoon hunting options?

We do not guide afternoon duck hunts because many of our spots are roosting holes, and we never shoot the roost. We allow ducks to come back and roost in the evenings without disturbing them. However, if extreme weather conditions prevent a safe hunt in the morning, we will plan to hunt mid-day until sunset. We do offer 2 optional add-on hunts for the afternoon. You can book an add-on Speckle Belly goose hunt or an afternoon upland bird hunt on a private game reserve for Pheasants, Quail and Chukar. Space is limited so you must reserve those afternoon goose or upland bird hunts ahead of time.

What is there to do in the afternoons?

You are welcome to hang out at the lodge and enjoy some skeet shooting, playing pool or darts or check out some local duck hunting stores. We do offer optional add-on hunts for those hunters who reserve it ahead of time.

Do you offer Corporate Packages?

Yes, we do offer corporate and small business packages. Please call us at 855-932-7299 to discuss corporate hunt options and to customize the hunt for your group. We can create custom options such as morning waterfowl with afternoon upland bird on a private game reserve, or afternoon goose hunt. We can even customize a meals menu for your corporate group and organize a sheet shooting competition. If you book 10 or more hunters for the All Inclusive hunt and reserve the dates prior to anyone else booking those dates, then the entire lodge can be reserved for just your group.

Do I need a Hunter Education Card?

Anyone born after 1968 must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education. However, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. Arkansas recognizes hunter education cards from other states. Arkansas’s hunter education program is recognized in all states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. More info on Arkansas Hunter Education Requirements. However Arkansas does allow for a one time Hunter Education Deferment. The Deferred Hunter Education Code is a one-year permit that allows a person without hunter-education certification to legally hunt. A hunter may apply for a Deferred Hunter Education Code online if they meet the requirements.

What Shot Size do I Need?

We hunt a wide variety of property types. So, depending on the hunting situation, this is what we recommend. When hunting wide open areas such as flooded agricultural fields or large impoundments, we recommend #2 shot. When hunting tight areas such as flooded timber or sloughs we recommend #3 shot. When hunting afternoon goose hunts or snow geese during conservation goose season, we recommend BB shot. If you have to choose one all round shot size that is capable of doing the job in all scenarios, then we would recommend using #2 shot. #2 shot can be used in all situations but using the above mentioned recommendations is going to give you the best performance.

What Kind of Chokes Should I Bring?

It is all about patterning. Determine what choke patterns the best in your shotgun and that should be your preferred choke. The below recommendations are generalized and based off of our years of experience and the shotguns we use on a day to day basis. When hunting wide open spaces such as flooded agricultural fields or large impoundments, we recommend a modified or full choke. If you use a full choke it must be rated for steel shot. When hunting flooded timber or sloughs we recommend a modified choke. When hunting geese during the afternoon goose hunts or during conservation goose season we recommend either a modified or full choke. Again, make sure your full choke is rated for steel shot. If you plan on doing any skeet shooting at the lodge, also bring your cylinder or improved cylinder chokes. The best all round choke if you do not have multiple chokes is the modified choke. And remember, choke size does not matter if you gun pattern's like crap!

How Much Do I Need to Tip my Guide?

We never tell anybody how much they should or should not tip their guide. We have hunters from all over the country from all walks of life. What is appropriate for 1 group may not be appropriate for another. Remember, your guides are not earning a living wage guiding. They earn the majority of their income during the winter months by earning your tips. Their goal is to make your hunt as enjoyable and successful as possible. If you feel your guide did just that, then you should tip them accordingly. We are asked all the time, "What is the average tip so we have a gauge of how to tip?". The average tip is about $50 per hunter per day. Some tip more, some tip less however by the end of the season, this is what it averages out to be. So if your guide or guides worked their butts off for you and you had a great time, tip them accordingly.

Do I Really Need to Bring my Waders?

In short the answer is YES, YES & YES. During the main waterfowl season, we may not always have to wear waders, but having your waders will give you the most flexibility in being able to hunt where the ducks want to be. Although we have many blinds that are accessible without the need for waders, if the birds are not wanting to work in that area, we will not be able to move to a slough bottom or shallow cypress lake or flooded timber hole if you do not have your waders. We recommend bringing insulated chest waders and a pair of insulated knee high rubber boots if you want the ability to move and hunt where the ducks want to be. Hip waders are OK but not advisable because one wrong step and you may have a wet ass for the rest of the day. The exception is during conservation goose season. At a minimum you will want to bring knee high rubber boots and waterproof insulated bibs during conservation goose season.

What If I Have Dietary Restrictions or Allergies?

If you have strict dietary restrictions or allergies to common food items such as dairy, eggs, meat, nuts, wheat, gluten, etc. we do NOT recommend booking an All Inclusive hunt as many of the food items we serve may include these items. We recommend booking a guided hunt only to ensure your dietary needs and or allergies are taken care of. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee our meals will not include at least some of the above items. Also, if you are allergic to dogs/pet dander we also recommend booking a guided hunt only.

Can I Add an Afternoon Goose or Upland Bird Hunt When I Arrive?

No. We need enough lead time to plan for your afternoon hunt. If you have not reserved an afternoon hunt for your group ahead of time, we will not be able to add on the afternoon hunt after you arrive. Afternoon hunts are limited and should be reserved at the time of booking. This allows us to plan and have areas scouted prior to your hunt.

Can We Hunt a Different Spot Every Day on Self-Guided Hunts?

No. We do not allow blind hopping or hole jumping every day. When you book either a 2 or 3 day self guided hunt, you will hunt the same spot for those 2 or 3 days. If you book 4 or more days, then you will hunt 1 spot for 2 days and another spot for 2 days but you will not be able to change blinds everyday. If you want the ability to change spots daily we recommend booking a guided hunt.

Are you taking any Covid-19 Precautions?

Yes. Since the onset of Covid-19 we have taken extra precautions to ensure our customers have a safe and successful hunt. For more information about what precautions we are taking please visit our Covid-19 Preparedness page.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we do offer a 10% discount for all women and children under the age of 16. We also offer all active, retired, and reserve military a 10% discount. Thank you for your service! Discounts are based on a per person basis and does not apply to the entire group unless the entire group qualifies for the discount. Discounts only apply to guided hunts. Does not include self guided hunts. Please notify us about your discount prior to booking because we cannot modify your reservation when you arrive.

Do you have any non-hunter options?

Yes and no. We do not have a special non-hunter rate. The rate is the same for both hunters and non-hunters. If you have someone in your group that does not want to hunt but wants to come and enjoy the trip and go along on the hunt but not shoot, that is fine. However, the rate is the same for both hunters and non-hunters.

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