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The legend of Claypool

The famous “Claypool Photo”

As north Louisiana and south Arkansas duck hunters strain to see a few ducks in the morning sky this season, thoughts go back to an earlier day when things were different. Different? Make that Awesome. If duck hunting history had a Disney World, the Magic Kingdom would have been Claypool Reservoir. The year for this was 1956.

You’ve heard the expression “ducks were so thick that their numbers darkened the skies”??? Well, they did. The photo above and the info below became legendary in waterfowling history as part of NBC’s popular “Wide, Wide World” TV show. To learn more about the story of Claypool (and if you are a duck hunter, to make you feel even worse about poor hunting so far this year), check this out: http://www.espn.com/outdoors/hunting/news/story?page=Claypool+Reservoir

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