Outstanding in Our Fields
The Elms offers a unique, one-of-a-kind experience for duck hunters looking for something different. We offer first-class wing shooting and a timeless atmosphere. Positioned in the heart of Arkansas’ Duck Country, The Elms' wetlands and flooded grain fields draw vast numbers of migrating waterfowl from not only the Mississippi Flyway, but also the Central Flyway as a result of the Arkansas River.
Positioned in the heart of Arkansas’ duck country on the Mississippi Flyway, duck hunters asked the Freeman family to lease the land to hunt in 2001. So they decided to embrace the property as headquarters for a waterfowl hunting operation.
“Our land naturally had the ducks,” owner Kim Freeman says. “They’ve been here for generations, so I thought, why not? It was just kind of a no-brainer. I was raised on a farm not far from here. It’s what I’d always known, but when I went into the duck hunting and the lodging aspect, I just loved it.”
As part of the WRP (Wetlands Reserve Program), our fields are designed to be a natural habitat for waterfowl. They incorporate millet, barnyard grass, smart weed, NRCS selected trees and water. We also offer rice, corn, bean fields and flooded timber. Kim’s several thousand acre duck hunting land is comprised of fields ranging in size from 40 to 300 acres.
We also have properties enrolled in CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). These locations are a combination of moist soil management for waterfowl and forestry practices for other wildlife. The Elms provides our (leasees/hunters) with ample foods such as millet, unharvested rice, and soybeans. This food, along with natural cover, provide some of the best hunting in the area!
The Elms maintains a happy balance between agriculture and wildlife management practices. Dispersed among the farm’s cotton, rice, soybean, corn and millet fields, are hunting sites ranging from 20 to 300 acres. The fields contain some unharvested crops, post-harvest waste and indigenous barnyard grass and smartweed, which draws huge numbers of migrating and wintering waterfowl.
“Our fields are designed to be a natural habitat for waterfowl,” says owner Kim Freeman. “We have six permanent pit blinds and numerous other skid blinds on these fields.”