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To say I love duck hunting is an understatement.

TO SAY I LOVE DUCK HUNTING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. Ever since tagging along with my dad in the mid-1970s to some minnow ponds outside of Keo, I have been hooked on not only the hunt but on the lifestyle.

I have been fortunate enough to see some amazing things, meet some fascinating people and build some great friendships through the sport. Duck hunting has also grown into a family affair with three Birch generations now spending days afield together.'s Greenhead celebrates all facets of duck hunting in The Natural State, whether you enjoy mallards dodging tree limbs in the famed Arkansas green timber or prefer a pit blind shoot from a Grand Prairie rice field.

In our third annual edition, author John Gordon digs into the history of the cutdown Olt duck call and the emergence of modern-day callmakers trying to duplicate that unique sound. Readers will also enjoy some perspective on this year's drought as well as some calling tips from an all-star panel of Arkansas duck callers.

We have once again interviewed some of Arkansas' most notable duck hunting executives for our popular Executive Q&A feature. And we have insight into the controversial regulation changes for three of northeast Arkansas' public hunting grounds. Gordon also wrote a piece on acclaimed retriever trainer Chris Akin and his late companion, Boomer.

Distinguished outdoor writer Trey Reid shares how to manage your rice field to hold more ducks and also covers restoration work the Nature Conservancy is doing on the Cache River. contributor Jim Harris tells us how to hunt the underused Arkansas River. He also shares a fascinating profile of Ducks Unlimited president and native Arkansan George Dunklin.

We appreciate you reading and are so thankful to Greenhead's advertisers, whose overwhelming support this year has allowed us to assemble the biggest, best Greenhead yet.

It is with readers and advertisers that we share a special honor we received in June from the international Alliance of Area Business Publications. Greenhead was awarded Gold for Best Ancillary Publication, quite an honor for a magazine competing with publications from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and other major markets. We couldn't have done it without your support!

I hope you enjoy the magazine, and best of luck this duck season.
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Title Annotation:Editor's Note
Author:Griffin, Rick
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Sep 17, 2012
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