Stuttgart, Arkansas is located in the southeast portion of the state known as the Arkansas Grand Prairie. Proclaimed Rice and Duck Capital of the World, this town of approximately 10,000 hosts the World Champion Duck Caller contest each November along with thousands of duck hunting enthusiasts from all over the world.
Stuttgart Arkansas History
No one celebrates ducks and duck hunting season quite like this community. Founded in 1880 by Lutheran minister Adam Buerkle and named for his German birthplace, this city became the duck hunting epicenter of the world in the 1930s.
Farmers in the region raised cattle and hay until the early 1900s when they discovered that the hardpan soil of the Arkansas Grand Prairie was ideal for growing rice. Because of its high clay content, the region’s soil holds water and by the 1920’s, area farms cultivated hundreds of thousands of acres of rice which, after the autumn harvest, were flooded. With an abundance of surface water, nutritious flooded rice fields and a convenient location at the neck of the Mississippi Flyway, millions of migratory waterfowl began stopping and wintering over in the region. Area residents quickly understood the opportunities commercial duck hunting would bring to the community, and a legend was born.
Today more than ever, rice farming and duck hunting shape this community. Each November, Stuttgart celebrates duck season with the Wings Over the Prairie Festival which culminates with the World Champion Duck Caller contest. Mack’s Prairie Wings, the nation’s premier waterfowl outfitter, and Rich n Tone Duck Calls are two prominent hunting industry leaders located in Stuttgart. Even the local radio station call letters, KWAK, reflect the influence of ducks in this community.
Southern hospitality and legendary duck hunting are two reasons to plan your trip to Stuttgart, Arkansas this season. Grand Prairie Duck Guiding is a full service duck guiding operation with access to some of the area’s best private hunting land. Don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime! Call or email today to reserve your hunting dates.