You're familiar with hunting, you can shoot a shotgun, and you know you want to hunt geese. But what comes next? If you're looking to learn what it takes to become a DIY waterfowler, enroll in our next mentored hunting camp: Snow Geese with Black Duck Revival.
BDR COVID-19 Statement
November 23rd was the first goose hunt of the season for Black Duck Revival. It was also a lesson in the reality of running hunts in the midst of the pandemic. Because of the current exponential rise in COVID-19 cases and the expectation that that trend will continue, BDR instituted the following measures:
- Jonathan spent the time leading up to waterfowl season building a large, covered outdoor space that includes a functioning kitchen, fire pit, and seating. All cooking will be done by masked chefs and meals will be prepared outside when necessary.
- Communal meals will be enjoyed outside in the new space.
- Guests are only being bunked in private rooms or with the folks they have traveled with. In some instances this means an entire family group will participate in our hunt schools and has private lodging in the Bungalow.
- We will be open field hunting, no hunts from communal blinds and we are asking participants to wear a face covering when not able to socially distance in the field. Insulated neck gaiters work well in this scenario, keep you warm, and make it harder for the birds to pick you out.
- When in close contact with others, we are asking our guests to wear a mask and maintain social distancing guidelines.
- Jonathan and H2E mentors will be wearing a face covering during hunts and classes. We will still have the same high quality table fare and fantastic meals, but everything will be served on disposable plates, cutlery and cups to keep everyone safe.
- Even when it comes to pictures, our focus will be on individual rather than group shots. We will stick to travel groups, solo or masked shots.
"I understand that these measures will make me an outlier in some aspects of the hunting community right now. However, I very much feel that it is the right and moral thing to do. Yes, I have the same financial concerns that everyone else does at this time, I’m running a small business and every dollar counts. That point conceded, I can’t allow that consideration to compromise my values. I need to be able to go home and kiss my wife and children without being afraid that I am exposing them to a dangerous disease or that I have flippantly endangered people that have invested their trust and hard earned money into me as a host. No, it will not always be this way and I cannot wait for that change to come. Black Duck Revival was designed as a space for coming together, for community, and for experiential impact. I feel that I would be being an irresponsible member of this community if I didn’t do everything in my power to protect the people who have put trust in me. I’m looking forward to a fantastic waterfowl season here in Arkansas and I’m working hard to make sure that I can offer you those experiences without undue risks."
- Jonathan Wilkins
- Familiarity with shooting a shotgun (target shooting or hunting)
- Knows firearm safety protocols
- Earned a hunter safety certification
- Taken a COVID test and tested negative within the week leading up to the camp
Hunt to Eat is offering a mentored long weekend of special conservation snow goose hunting in Arkansas. The Spring Snow Goose Conservation hunts offer awesome opportunities for hunters. Relaxed regulations allow for unplugged guns, extended magazines and electronic calls. This gives the potential for large numbers of birds to be harvested during the hunt. 50-100 goose days are not unusual.
Arrive in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 for drinks and dinner. Fully guided conservation snow goose hunts Thursday and Friday mornings. Communal breakfast after hunts followed by bird processing instruction and waterfowl cooking demos. Enjoy a fantastic dinner each evening. Depart in the afternoon on Friday, February 5th, 2021.
We will be taking every precaution necessary to protect ourselves and each other from potential COVID transmission. Everyone attending this camp will need to receive a negative COVID test result prior to arrival. Bring a face mask, hand sanitizer, and other supplies you need to stay safe.
Click here for more details on this Hunt Camp.
Licensing & Gear
Licenses are needed for non-resident and resident hunters. Hunters are responsible for bringing their own gear such as a shotgun, warm layers, waders, and boots. A full packing list will be provided upon registration. Additional licensing and conservation hunt details from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are listed below.
The conservation order is designed so hunters can reduce Snow, Blue, and Ross's goose numbers through increased harvest. Because of the extreme need for more harvest, many waterfowl hunting regulations are relaxed during the order:
Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
There is no daily bag limit or possession limit.
Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
Hunters may use electronic calls.
Hunters do not need a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp, or HIP registration but must have a valid hunting license from any state (excludes youths 15 and younger).
All hunters participating in the conservation order must get a free registration permit number by calling 800-364-4263 (GAME) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or clicking on the permit link on this page.
Email Cindy Stites, our Director of Education, with any questions or concerns you may have.
Contact Jonathan at Black Duck Revival at 501-366-1481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions specifically for BDR.