Tub Elixir and Tub Soak
Packaged in whiskey bottles and made with 100-percent pure plant-based ingredients, MANREADY Mercantile’s Tub Elixir and Tub Soak are packed with essential oils that will relax and rejuvenate you after a hard day’s work. $28; manready.com
Faribault Wool Throw
Keep cozy by the fire with this classic, generously sized Faribault wool throw. The Hatchet Plaid style, shown here, was inspired by a 1960s pattern from Faribault’s archives. $175; faribaultmill.com
From Springdale-based Piltdown Packs, the Hustle is a true daypack, backpack and excursion pack all in one.
Made in America from water-resistant, vinyl-coated 600D poly with heavy duty plastic hardware. Some of the Hustle’s features include a hip belt and sternum strap with safety whistle buckle, oversized bottle pockets, MOLLE panel, fleece-lined tech pocket, expandable shock panel and sleeping bag compression straps. All this, on top of a lifetime—no questions asked—warranty. $200; piltdownpacks.com, Uncle Sam’s Outfitters, Fayetteville, and Gearhead Outfitters statewide
Recognized as one of the best-designed objects in the world
The Opinel knife is equal parts art and function. Made in France, the Slim No. 15 folding knife boasts a beechwood handle and a narrow, flexible six-inch blade that’s ideal for fileting fish. $25.95; opinel-usa.com
Whether you’re chopping wood at your campsite or prepping for the zombie apocalypse, Hardcore Hammers’ newest hatchet—the Hardcore Minihawk—is a lightweight and efficient tool. It has an 18-inch American hickory handle, with a light, 17-ounce head and a 2 ¼-inch cutting blade that allows for a faster swing and greater accuracy. $42; hardcorehammers.com
Mollyjogger Fish Knife
Juvenile fish are called fingerlings, and are, well, about the size of a finger—hence the name of the Mollyjogger fingerling fish knife. The diminutive knife has a sculpted chrome handle, a two-inch stainless-steel blade and comes with a leather lanyard. Packaged in an old-school Kraft box, it’s a great little gift for your favorite angler. $10.50; mollyjogger.com and Rich-N-Tone
Bicycle Frontier Cards
Inspired by tales from pioneers of the American Frontier and the wildlife illustrations sketched in their journals as they made their way out west, these Bicycle® Frontier playing cards feature a nostalgic design reminiscent of cards from the late 19th century, and capture the vitality of North America's wilderness with drawings of animals found across the continent. Made in the USA, this first-edition boxed set includes both the wildlife deck and the predator edition deck. $22; bicyclecards.com and Rich-N-Tone
Moonshine Cologne and Soap
From EastWest Bottlers, Moonshine cologne offers a woodsy aroma with hints of spice, including notes of black pepper, tobacco, leather, gin and patchouli. The Moonshine soap, is all-natural and handmade with all 100-percent natural ingredients, including sea salt. Cologne, $76; soap, $16; eastwestbottlers.com and Rich-N-Tone
Handmade in Garfield, Arkansas, Bradshaw Knives feature blades made of Damascus steel, which has a unique wavy surface pattern due to a technique that dates back to medieval times. A variety of blade styles and handle materials are available. Pinecone (shown here), $290; burl maple, $275; bradshawknives.com and Fort Thompson, Sherwood
Echo Calls XLT Timber
From Echo Calls in Beebe, the XLT timber call is the most versatile call on their roster, producing a loud ringing hail call that will reach out when hunting big open water, and, when you need to get soft and nasty, it’ll put the finishing touches on those hard to work mallards. $140; echocalls.com and Fort Thompson
This season, bring your decoy spread to life with the DrakeWake. From Banded Mallard Company in Cabot, the lightweight, battery operated DrakeWake decoy swims automatically while creating huge ripples and splashing, and features a realistic feeding/diving head motion. With an automatic timer and a flocked body that boasts a realistic feather look, the DrakeWake is available in drake and hen mallard. $120; bandedmallard.com and Fort Thompson
Duck Festival T-shirt
Stuttgart’s Wings Over the Prairie Festival is celebrating its 80th year, and a commemorative shirt is a perfect way to make the occasion. Featuring the World’s Championship Ducking Calling Contest logo medallion, the navy blue shirt is available in long- and short-sleeve versions, and can be purchased at the event, slated for November 21-28, or online at stuttgartarkansas.org/duck-festival
An Ozark Perspective
In addition to being an icon of Arkansas tourism and founder of Gaston’s White River Resort, Jim Gaston was also an avid photographer. His book, An Ozark Perspective, is a collection of more than 100 images of the natural beauty found around the state, and was produced by Arkansas State University Mountain Home. Gaston was a long-time supporter of the school, and all proceeds from the book will go to ASUMH’s general scholarship fund. $30; Gaston’s Resort or asumh.edu/gaston
Duck and Cover
You'll be prepared for the blind and beyond with our picks from Mack's Prairie Wings in Stuttgart
By Mel Jones
1. Leupold folding pocket knife and black leather Buck sheath.
2. Black and gold Elite Cache single-reed duck call.
3. Crushable, water-repellant wool “Rapids” style Stetson hat in walnut.
4. MPW’s Geridge WindTamer full-zip wool sweater, with hand-warmer pockets and waxed cotton elbow and shoulder accents.
5. Avery Sporting Dog top-grain leather line lead for field trials and hunt tests.
6. Oliberte chukka-style Mogado Hi boot, Fair Trade Certified and sustainably made in Ethiopia of 100-percent goat leather.
7. Columbia Flare Gun Flannel III long-sleeve plaid shirt with Omni-Wick technology and embroidered MPW feather.
1. Fayetteville-based Plythal Lethal Layering System’s lightweight, insulated Prima-Heat vest, with fleece-lined pockets and an extra-high collar.
2. Lacrosse’s classic green Grange rubber boots, 100-percent waterproof with a Chevron Cleated Outsole for unparalleled traction.
3. Smartwool’s extra-heavy over-the-calf wool hunt socks with full-cushion leg and foot for all-day comfort and protection.
4. Acme high-frequency dog training whistle.
5. Dokken’s DeadFowl Trainer teaches dogs how to hold and carry game birds with a soft, lifelike body, and hard feet and head to eliminate aggressive head shaking.
6. The newest addition to Echo Calls’ lineup, the ODB (Old Ducky Breaker) blows loud for longer-distance calling, but comes down to a soft close in quack.
7. The ultimate one call that does it all, RNT’s original call in ivory was made to produce a wide range of sounds and withstand the harshest weather possible.
8. Easily haul five birds with MPW’s leather game strap with solid-brass details.