Many who want to experience duck hunting in Arkansas chose to hire a guide. A guide can help navigate confusing waters and make sure your hunt is not so crowded by offering hunts on private land. Before hiring a guide, you should consider the guide's experience, what kind of blinds they use and where they hunt. Some outfits only hunt in flooded rice fields, but most hunters want flooded green timber hunting. Some outfits also offer extended quotas and other perks. Some offer all-inclusive lodging and meal packages at high tech lodges that are right where the action is. Others just offer no-frills hunting and don't even include transportation to the site. These are all things to consider before you book your duck hunt.
Before you go, be sure you have your hunting license. You can get a resident or non-resident license. Visitor's can get 1-5 day licenses or annual licenses, but be sure to check for waterfowl specific requirements (you must get a federal duck stamp and a state waterfowl stamp) before you head out to hunt. Most of these companies will not hunt with someone who is not legally licensed. A license is required to hunt even on private land.
If you're more adventurous and want to go it on your own, check out the best public duck hunts in Arkansas. You also need to be sure to stop and visit Mack's Prairie Wings, one of the premier waterfowl outfitters in the USA. It, like a lot of the best hunts, is in Stuggart, AR.
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Slick's has been around for a long time and always gets positive reviews. The McCollum family name is well known in Stuttgart and in waterfowl circles. The property has 1200 acres of privately owned flooded green timber, and also contains rice, soybeans and corn to help keep the ducks happy. Lodge rates are $620/day and include meals, lodging and the morning hunt. You can book a hunt only for $375. Located at 23 Swan B Lane, Stuttgart, AR. 870-830-0133.
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Located in St. Charles, Arkansas on the White River, this is a well-reviewed hunting outfit. If you don't need a guided hunt, you can just stay at their lodge. Guided hunts are $100/day over the lodge fee ($150 per person with meals included, $75 per person without). They take you the flooded timber and rice fields and are located near the Bayou Meto WMA and White River NWR. They are located close to Mack's Prairie Wings, so you can gear up or get some new gear before you go. Located at 132 6th Street in St Charles, AR. 870-282-8888.
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Bayou DeView Outfitters will take you hunting on private land in the Weiner, Waldenburg, Fisher and Cash areas of Arkansas. Their full day hunts include food and lodging. They supply transportation to and from the blinds, whether it be in pickups, boats, or 4 wheelers. Half day hunts start at $175 and full day hunts start at $300. They also offer deer and goose hunting. Located one mile north of Waldenburg. 870-219-7964.
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Cupped Wings hunts on over 10,000 acres of flooded rice, beans, timber and cypress sloughs in North East Arkansas. They are located in Crittenden County, which is about 30 minutes from Memphis.
Cupped Wings has prices ranged from $250 for a guided hunt with no frills, to $450 a night for an all-inclusive lodging, meals and hunting package.
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Bayou Bottoms Hunting Club
Located just south of Jonesboro, this outfit hunts along the Cache River. They hunt flooded rice and bean fields, and state they have some flooded timber when the river is flooded. Guided hunts are $200 per day and lodging is $25 per night. 618-889-0919. The outfit is run out of IL, but I have heard that they know the area.