Arkansas Duck Hunter's Almanac

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In the first publication devoted exclusively to the rich traditions of duck hunting in Arkansas, Steve Bowman and Steve Wright cover every aspect in this book that blends both how-to information and history. Private clubs, public lands, famous places and important people are detailed. From Big Lake, in Arkansas northeast corner, to Grassy Lake, in the southwest, every duck hunting area of the state is covered. No matter how much you know about Arkansas duck hunting, you are sure to find some valuable new information in the Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac.

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Steve Bowman has been outdoor editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1988. His freelance work has appeared in Southern Outdoors, Bassmaster and Arkansas Sportsman. Bowman was born in Jonesboro, graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and lives in Little Rock.

Steve Wright previously wrote and published Ozark Trout Tales, A Fishing Guide for the White River System. He worked as a sports writer for the Northwest Arkansas Times, Arkansas Gazette, Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before concentrating on outdoors writing. He was the outdoors editor of the Northwest Arkansas Times for six years. His freelance outdoors writing has appeared in Outdoor Life, Trout and Fishing World magazines and the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette. Wright was born in Batesville, graduated from the University of Arkansas and lives in Fayetteville.

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Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac blurbs, reviews, etc. ...the definitive source about the people, traditions and history of duck hunting in Arkansas. NW Arkansas Times (Fayetteville) ... the ultimate book on Mid-South duck hunting. (Memphis) Commercial Appeal ...the importance of duck hunting in Arkansas is established early and late in this thoroughly excellent, must-have Almanac. Donrey Media (Pine Bluff, Springdale, Blytheville, Fort Smith) Book captures essence of Arkansas duck hunting.... a wide-ranging and entertaining book. Arkansas Outdoors, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Theres enough information in this book to keep any duck hunter entertained for weeks...In addition to hundreds of anecdotes, tips and profiles of hunters, the book gives detailed information on public waterfowling areas in Arkansas. My only regret is there isnt a comparable edition for Illinois duck hunting yet. Jeff Lampe, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, 11/30/98 For waterfowlers, the latest must-have book is the Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac, by Steve Bowman and Steve Wright. The authors have jammed 256 pages with cupped wings, green heads, orange feet, mind-boggling tales and the wonderment that makes gunning for ducks legendary in Arkansas....This is not a book to get for Christmas or a birthday. Its one to order now, to have and read and re-read throughout the year. Alan Clemons, The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, 11/15/98 February 18, 1998 New book captures essence of Arkansas duck hunting By Joe Mosby Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK - Shrouded in mists of memory yet as up to date as yesterday's whistling of incoming mallard wings, Arkansas duck hunting is one of the state's major assets.

Wintering waterfowl have used the state's abundant shallow flooded areas for centuries. When rice farming began early this century, one more inducement was given the birds to stop and spend the colder months here.

Outdoor writers Steve Bowman of Little Rock and Steve Wright of Fayetteville have published a wide-ranging and entertaining book, Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac, now on sale at bookstores and sporting goods outlets across the state.

It is an almanac rather than a textbook, a history book or a how-to-hunt-ducks instruction manual. All these elements are included, though. Wright and Bowman have years of newspaper outdoor writing experience, and the book reflects their backgrounds with chapters, anecdotes, sidebars, charts and - most of all - plentiful photos from the past.

The book covers duck hunting all over Arkansas but naturally devotes the most pages to the legendary corridor from Big Lake in northeast Arkansas through the Grand Prairie centering around Stuttgart. It's a book you'll not likely sit down and read from cover to cover, not all at once. You'll take it a bite at a time then go back and re-read passages. You may be inclined to put it with your reference books rather than your history books.

Along with the text describing the fabulous days of duck hunting in early times in Arkansas, Wright and Bowman have let the participants do most of the talking. These are the people who were there, many of them no longer alive or living with memories in retirement.

The legendary photos of ducks at Claypool Reservoir in Poinsett County are prominent in the book, along with the stories by and about such figures as Wallace Claypool, Frederick Gerstaeker, Edgar Queeny, Rex Hancock, Dave Donaldson and George Purvis.

Wright and Bowman are both duck hunters as well as outdoor writers. They didn't sit in their offices and gather information on Arkansas waterfowling; they went to the field with waders, shotguns, cameras and recorders. They listened, they borrowed photos, and they assembled statistics and other data. (more) Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac (cont.)

Yet, the two authors quickly tell anyone that Arkansas Duck Hunters Almanac is only a beginning, just the first of several volumes needed to cover this diverse and fascinating topic.The authors promise more books to come.

Included on the inside covers are every Arkansas duck stamp issued, from 1981 through 1997. The seasons, bag limits and other details are in a chart. Several pages show an extensive collection of duck calls from past and present.

Yet, the book's most valuable aspect is likely the photographs. The storied shot of the mass of mallards on Claypool is familiar to most anyone interested in the Arkansas outdoors, and it covers two pages at the front of the Almanac. There are photos from the late 1800s, the early 1900s, the 1950s and from the 1997 duck season.

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