River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun November 22, 2015

Wading away from the beaten path

Duck hunting as it was meant to be — away from the crowds

Arkansas’ duck season opened Saturday, and contemplating the season ahead has led to me reminiscing about a place a friend and I often hunted when we were teenagers. It was just a big mud puddle — a wet spot in a harvested bean field — but it was the perfect place to kill a few ducks now and then. Our tactics were simple but effective. We placed all four of our duck decoys in the water hole. Then we hid in a willow thicket bordering the... READ MORE

Autumn acclimations: Catching crappie when lakes turn over KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Autumn fishing frustrates many Arkansas crappie anglers. During fall, these beloved panfish are often scattered and hard to find. Crappie may be deep one day, shallow the next and suspended at middepths the next. Fish may feed ravenously in the morning and get a bad case of lockjaw in the afternoon.