|Duck Hunters in the 'Ol Hole waiting on mallards to swing by|
|Green-winged teal in the bag|
Traveling to hunt ducks in the Mississippi Flyway requires many hours of drive time from the Lowcountry, with the destination operating on Central time. Willow Tail Farms in Dyer, Tennessee offer a family-owned operation for hunting ducks in flooded bottomland timber. Located above Memphis and just shy of the fabled duck hunting waters of Reelfoot Lake, the nuts and bolts of the area they own ensures that classic duck habitat and proper water control come standard with every hunt.
A big plus for 2020 is the brand new hunting lodge at Willow Tail Farm, a two-story metal building that is finished inside with eye-popping ponderosa pine wood. The lodge features eight comfortable rooms with two beds each, and a bathroom with a sliding barn door. An open design kitchen area allows the home-cooked meals to spread out on the dining table in full view of the adjacent living room area and big-screen TV for end of day fellowship. Dining on barbecue and grits for supper underscores the southern fare served here.
|After The Hunt at the NEW lodge|
Head guide Ryan Fisher is the point man for booking hunts, orchestrating multiple hunt parties, and for striving to provide more value to the hunt than simply pulling the trigger. Fisher also operates as a fishing guide in Montana during the summer, and his brother Doug Fisher oversees the day to day operations back at the farm, including the new lodge construction project. To reach the Willow Tail Lodge call 731-431-7627 or visit WillowTailFarm.com on the Internet.
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|Cooking breakfast in the duck blind|