• This DVD encompasses film from the the seasons of 1955-1956 and 1956-57, especially the 1955-56 season. You will see scenes of more than 300,000 ducks on Claypool’s Wild Acres, the results of the Grand Passage and rice production in Cross and Poinsett Counties. You will see Wallace Claypool and his yellow Lab George Hilltop, Herb Parsons and his son Lynn, Ben Person shooting a bow overhead at ducks, and an unbelievable eight-minute, live-broadcast segment of Dave Garroway’s “Wide Wide World,” which was broadcast across the nation. The video runs about one hours and twenty minutes. There is also film footage of the old clubhouse and of Tom Mull, of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission who did the narration for the film., This video of Claypool’s Wild Acres is credited to George Purvis who worked for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He accumulated a large 35 mm fill collections which he let me use for this video. In 1954, and for the next three to four years, George took still photos and mostly moving pictures of Wild Acres. This was a rare moment in waterfowling history as Grand Passages of waterfowl had occurred during the 1954-1955 and the 1955-56 seasons, especially the latter, with ducks arriving in early November. Making it even more special was that Cross County was celebrating the Golden Anniversary of rice production in that county in 1955. According to old-timers, rice production was first brought to that county by the Evans brothers, of Hickory Ridge, in 1905. By 1910, rice farming had started its spread throughout the county. One of the first producers was the late Rush Wright, who planted in 1910 his first crop in Poinsett County, near the Cross County line. He got his seed from the Evans brothers. It was of the Honduras variety and produced very well. By January 1956, some 1437 acres of the 3500 acres of Wild Acres holding were devoted to a duck reservoir, 800 acres of which was under water contained by levees which controlled the level during both the farming and the hunting seasons. Sloughs leading out from the L’anguille River were controlled through lifting pumps to distribute water supplies through the deadening surrounding the track. Some 11 years previous to 1956, the country was not noted for waterfowl concentrations. By 1956, though, Poinsett County claimed and claims to be the Duck Capital of the World—move over Stuttgart where Claypool put his name on the duck-calling championship trophy back in 1940. With Claypool showing the way, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission created a number of public shooting projects in counties of East Arkansas—Black River in Clay County, Big Lake in Mississippi, Pagmar in Monroe, Bayou Meto near Stuttgart, and the St. Francis sunken lands. DVD: one hour and twenty minutes of thousands of ducks in the air, on the water and in front of the cameras. There has never been a film on waterfowling that measures up to this one..
  • On this DVD, you will find duck calling at its best from some of the best duck callers that ever existed: Pat Peacock, Wallace Claypool, Tom Turpin, Herb Parsons, and Earl Dennison. Pat Peacock was the stepdaughter of legendary duck call maker Chick Major. Pat was a legend in her own right. Among her many accomplishments, Peacock is known as the only person to hold all duck-calling titles offered at the Duck Calling World Championships in Stuttgart. She won the Junior World Duck Calling Championship at age 12, the Women’s World Championship five times, the World Duck Calling Championship twice and the Champion of Champions world duck-calling title in 1960. She also was the first Queen Mallard of the Wings Over the Prairie Festival in 1955 and was the first woman appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1994. Herb Parson was an internationally renowned exhibition shooter for Winchester Arms Company. He twice was the National and International Duck Calling Champion, as well as an All American trap and skeet shooter. He is member of National Trapshooting Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and Tennessee State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame. His firearms are displayed in Buffalo Bill Historical Society Museum at Cody, Wyoming. A a hunter and sportsman, he popularized the aphorism "Hunt with your boy or girl, and you will never have to hunt for them." Tom Turpin—the great experimenter, crafted turkey calls before he got into the duck call game sometime in the 1920s. In the end, however, he was credited with making a significant impact on the development of Reelfoot-style duck calls. Turpin, it has been reported, spent hours in the field and in the marsh listening to birds and studying their habits, especially listening to and learning from the market hunters at Reelfoot Lake. He took his knowledge back to the shop adjoining his home and designed calls meant to reproduce the sounds he witnessed in the wild and from the mark. Wallace Claypool—If it is not too lyrical, I hope to say that Wallace Claypool’s Wild Acres, located near Weiner, Arkansas, was one of the wonders of America during the 1950s. No place else on earth could ducks be seen and heard in such profusion during the 1940s-1950s. To go into the timber before daybreak, listen to the chatter of great rafts of ducks on the water, watch them as they soared gracefully in the sky with whistling wings, and see the morning sun bring out the brilliant colors of their heads, wings, and breasts–that was living. In December 1956, NBC’s Dave Garroway’s Wide Wide World broadcast by live television a seven-minute segment of some 300,000 ducks resting on Claypool’s Wild Acres’ reservoir bursting into the air by TNT fired above the reservoir. It was the very first-ever nationally transmit live duck hunt. During the Sunday broadcast, the NBC director pushed a button and four million viewers viewed on. With ducks in the air, Wallace Claypool began to call ducks in for Lynn Parsons, the son of Herb Parsons, who was celebrating his 13 birthday that month of December with his brand new shotgun. Claypool won the National Duck Calling Championship in 1940. Earl Dennison—An outstanding call maker from the Reelfoot Lake section was Earl Dennison, known as the “Duck Call Man.” He made his first 50 or so calls with a jackknife and sandpaper by the light of a coal oil lamp. This was around 1912. Making calls and improving them as the years rolled on in his long career was a tedious job, but Dennison soon realized he faced a big assignment. To make his business a real success, he had to teach his buyers how to blow a duck call. So, in order to increase his sales, Dennison traveled all over the country as an instructor, beginning in the early 1940s, before WWII started. Timing his schedule so that he would arrive in a city just about two weeks before the start of the waterfowl season, he would appear behind the counters in sporting goods stores. In front of him were the new Dennison calls, tuned like a maestro’s fiddle. In later years, Dennison carried his product to the radio and also put on duck calling exhibitions at big sportsmen’s shows across the country. As an added attraction to his demonstration at sporting goods shows and on radio, Dennison performed with two important performers, a little English calling hen by the name of “Tootsie” and a drake by the name of “Toot.” These live decoys made the circuit with Dennison and helped him every fall in promoting his calls.
  • A 30-minute motion picture on CD consisting of three series of hunting scenes that were filmed by Field and Stream in 1921. Eltinge Warner, owner/publisher of Field and Stream, is seen hunting ducks at Wapanocca Outing Club near Turrell Arkansas with Nash Buckingham; shooting geese with Buckinham near Greenville, Mississippi, and a hunt near Grenada, Mississippi, shooting quail with Buckingham. In 1906, Warner bought Field and Stream from its founder and in 1950 sold the magazine. In 1916, he began a motion picture career, producing films on hunting and fishing. In the fall of 1920, Warner came South to duck hunt with Buckingham and it was then that he asked Buckingham if he would interested in shooting some hunting scenes the following year. Buckingham agreed and it was determined that they would shoot four films near Memphis. As it turned out, only three were filmed. The the one to be at Mud Lake near Hughes, Arkansas, at the Mud Lake Hunting Club, did not plan out, so the three you will see on this video were filmed and later released. In 1921, Field and Stream filmed 12 outdoor sporting subjects of hunting and fishing. In the fall of 1922, he released a series of 12 one-reel sporting pictures under the general title of “Days Afield with Rod and Gun.” Warner appeared in some of the films as he does in this one. By 1923, all 12 films met with great success in first-run theaters across the nation. The first was entitled “The Goose,” the one mentioned above; the second release was the quail hunt mentioned above; and the fourth was duck shooting at the Wapanocca Outing Club with Nash Buckingham. Eltinge appeared in all three of these films. Warner also appeared in a black duck hunt on the Great South Bay of Long Island which one can buy on this site. Warner devoted his life to wild life conservation. As an active game conservationist he lobbied for passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and was a member of DU. Sit back, relax and enjoy three unbelievable, old-time movies of Nash Buckingham and others on a quail hunt near Grenada, Mississippi, a goose hunt on a sandbar in the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi, and a duck hunt at the old and famous Wapanocca Outing Club, near Turrell, Arkansas. See Irma, his wife, and Nash hunting with “Bo Whoop,” blowing a duck call, and shooting ducks. If this CD of video showing Nash shooting ducks, geese and quail doesn’t catch your imagination, then nothing will. Filmed in 1921 by Field and Stream. Length of film is about 30 minutes. This CD will work in most DVD players.

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