Timber Days in Arkansas' Duck Woods
The distant wailing of specks announced daybreak as muted shapes churned through the water, scurrying toward black trees. Sunrise would soon illuminate the timber, and anxious fowlers gazed skyward in anticipation.
Standing knee-deep in flooded timber always brings remarkable promises. That day was more notable, however, because of the circumstances. Several friends and I were hunting flooded oaks during Arkansas' opening weekend, and we were doing it in Realtree's ultimate duck hunting camo: Timber. Carved from the Delta, Realtree Timber is a revolutionary new pattern that provides ultimate concealment for flooded woods. And as part of Timber's 2018 rollout, I'd joined several Realtree staffers, licensees, waterfowl pros and fellow media members for a gala Arkansas duck camp with head guide Nick Andrews at the Delta Resort and Spa near McGehee. We wanted to shoot ducks, of course, but testing loads of new Timber-adorned gear — including first-edition Timber guns and great apparel from Banded and Drake — proved just as entertaining.