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Every year, nearly 290,000 hunters step into Arkansas fields, forests and waterways to hunt whitetail deer, waterfowl, elk, bear, alligator and more. Hunting gear and accessories chosen by hunters can make or break a trip, making the difference in whether a hunter meets a bag limit or fills their freezer or not. When you shop for hunting gear, there are hundreds of choices available, but these Arkansas companies are devoted to improving your hunting experience with gear that’s high quality and affordable right here in the Natural State.
In the 1990s, two brothers were hunting in Arkansas bottomland wearing the latest camo patterns available on the market. Although more than 40 yards apart, one brother could easily pick out the other in the trees. Failed camoflage can make a huge difference in the success of a hunter. So, the brothers made it their goal to travel the country studying natural patterns and designing the best, scientifically proven camouflage patterns available on the market. They continue to be one of the leading camo companies with patterns that have stood the test of time.
In the mid-2000s, Chris Harrell of Conway began noticing that all of his hunting gear was not only full of synthetic materials but was also being produced in other countries, many of which had no local hunting industry. The equipment wasn’t made to last and wasn’t anything like the gear his father and grandfather grew up with. Harrell realized the hunting industry needed quality products made of leather and waxed canvas and set out to design a line that had that classic style and construction but was updated for the modern hunter. The Harrell & Sons product line is small, not mass-produced, individually crafted and hand-inspected. Whether you need a shell vest, a bling bag or a gun sling, the Harrell & Sons products are made to last, so you will have a quality piece you can pass down for generations.
Nite Lite has been providing quality hunting gear to hunters around the country since founder Dayne Phillips began the company in 1972. Phillips was an avid hunter that enjoyed competitive coon hunting and field trials. In the sport of coon hunting, everyone knows that next to a good team of hunting dogs, the best tool to have on hand is a quality hunting light. Phillips designed his own rechargeable 6-volt light in his garage. As word of his quality light traveled throughout the competitive circuit, he began building more lights for his fellow hunters and small retailers wanting to offer his lights in their stores. As the demand for his coon lights grew, Phillips began producing a small flyer advertising his lights as well as an expanded product line offering dog collars and boots. Those products were the beginning of what now has grown into a large catalog and wholesale business based in Clarksville.
Neshoba Archery is a pro archery shop that specializes in every aspect of archery and archery equipment and serves not just the expert, but also the novice. Tucked into the hills of Tumbling Shoals just a stone’s throw from Heber Springs, Neshoba Archery is owned and operated by father and son duo, Jamie and Nick Wolfe. Their business philosophy is the kind of old fashioned attitude that Arkansans were raised on; serve the customer to the best of their ability with honesty and integrity and focus on selling American made products.
RNT in Stuttgart has a deep history with duck calls and the sport of duck calling. Butch Richenback, 1972 Duck Calling World Champion and 1975 Champion of Champions, founded Rich-N-Tone calls in 1976 when he carved his first call from a wood block. His goal was to create a call that was simple to make and simple to use. More importantly, Richenback wanted a call with a realistic sound that performed in the field. Although Richenback died in 2015, the company continues his legacy today. Read more about Richenback and his “Big Boy” call.
Looking for more Arkansas-based duck calls? Check out these local companies:
123 Vernon Harvey Road
Beebe, Arkansas 72012
123 South Adams Street
DeWitt, Arkansas 72042
Elite Duck Calls
2910 Eastline Road
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
8042 Highway 49 South
Weiner, Arkansas 72479
CANIS tactical hunting apparel is the product of a collaboration between award-winning apparel designer Marcel Geser and Arkansas-born hunter and entrepreneur Ryan Efurd. The pair spent several years designing and testing products all over the world to create a clothing line that was versatile, innovative and practical, no matter where their hunting adventures led them. From base layers to rain gear to various accessories, hunters of every age and experience level will discover quality pieces for their hunting apparel collection. Their first and only retail showroom is located in Fayetteville.
Shop in person:
3874 North Vantage Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703
William and Cynthia Dismang of Beebe and Dennis Bayles began Bull Creek Blinds about seven years ago. The original design for the deer blinds came about out of necessity when the group couldn’t find a blind that met their hunting needs. They began custom building fully insulated deer blinds that are fast and simple to set up. It’s so simple, thanks to their one-of-a-kind tower system that allows the stand to be erected in the field in about ten minutes. All welding and fabrication are done in Beebe, where you can visit their showroom to view their line of blinds as well as a variety of other American-made products.
Bull Creek Outdoors
1100 Access Rd
Beebe, AR 72012
Looking for more deer stands? Check out these local companies:
Lazy Man Stands
920 W Highway 89
Cabot, AR 72023
Hunters looking for comfort and quality have depended on top-of-the-line Bayou Deview Duck Blinds for more than 25 years. Made for duck hunters by duck hunters, the Bayou Deview line has been field tested and perfected to give hunters what they need. Select from their line of fabricated duck blinds and duck pits or work with their team to design a custom piece that will meet your hunting needs.
9000 US 49
Weiner, AR 72479
Looking for more Arkansas-made duck blinds? Check out these fabricators:
Arkansas Duck Blinds
11695 US Hwy 165 East
England AR, 72046
500 South Walnut
Osceola, AR 72370
Spike Cavender was an avid wild game hunter who developed a “secret” seasoning blend that he’d given to friends and families for years. In the late 1940s, Cavender and his wife Katherine settled in Harrison to raise a family and embarked on several successful business ventures. They eventually decided to try their hand at marketing Cavender’s seasoning which has been produced in Harrison since the 70s. Still family owned and operated, Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning and Salt-free Greek Seasoning blends are the perfect way to season your wild game.
116 N Willow St.
Cover photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.
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