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Asa Hutchinson: Governor, State of Arkansas.

Number of days you hunt a season? I generally hunt four or five times during duck season. Sometimes I get to go deer hunting, dove hunting. That puts me about six times a year.

Where do you hunt? Since I've been governor, it's all been in Arkansas. I generally hunt in the Delta, from places around Stuttgart and up to northern Arkansas. I've also dove hunted around Dumas.

Duck calling skill level? I've got a number of duck calls, but I'm not the best. I love it when somebody who is really good at it calls the ducks.

Fields, reservoir or timber? I'll do all three, but nothing beats a good Arkansas timber hunt.

Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky? I've hunted in all three; I do like to see the sunrise.

What type of gun do you use? A Remington 12-gauge pump action shotgun (870). I also have a deer rifle and handgun. The handgun is a Springfield XD 45 semiautomatic.

Favorite hunting story or memory? My best memory is taking my boys out duck hunting for the first time. The beauty of the outdoors combined with the fun of the hunt and fellowship made it particularly special. We have always camped together in the Ozark and Ouachita National Forest and in our state parks but I wanted to make sure they had the added experience of timber hunting in the Delta. There is something special about being in a duck blind as the sun comes up.

What got you into hunting? I started hunting squirrels on our farm growing up but I got more into hunting as an adult. It grew to pheasant hunting in South Dakota, duck hunting in the Delta, dove hunting in south Arkansas and deer hunting all over the place. The love of the outdoors got me into hunting.

Must have in the duck blind? Someone who can actually call ducks. I can't get the ducks to listen to me, but it is a beautiful thing to see them turn and head toward close water.

Best executive duck caller? George Dunklin

Caption: The job has kept Arkansas' chief executive, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left and with grandson Malcolm and son-in-law Dave, above), hunting pretty close to home since he was elected.

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Title Annotation:EXECUTIVE Q&A
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Aug 27, 2018
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