Rusty Creasey knows a thing or two about duck hunting. He manages the legendary Coca-Cola Woods property in McCrory, Arkansas. He also has his own line of Echo Duck calls and has placed in the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest time and again. Further, his skills and expertise have been showcased on many duck hunting shows and podcasts. Yet, despite his success as a professional duck hunter, Creasey says managing the Coca-Cola Woods is what he loves most. Known for offering some of the best green timber duck hunting in the Mid-South, the Coca-Cola property was originally bought by the family who owned the Coca-Cola bottling company and turned into a duck club in 1937.
Creasey stresses the importance of thanking folks who’ve had a positive impact in your life. “Whoever took you and got you started in the outdoors, if they are still around, thank them,” he says. “Thank them while you still can. My uncle got sick with cancer. I told my mama I want to thank him for everything he did. Little league games. Fishing. And I had that opportunity. I wrote him a birthday card and told him how much he meant to me. He told me that was the best birthday present he ever got. A month later, he lost his battle with cancer, but I had that closure and was able to thank him.”
He says, since 2002, he’s made a point to thank everyone who has meant anything to him. “My daddy,” he says. “Lost him in 2018. Last thing I told him was I loved him. Thanked him. He was my hero. If I leave you with anything, do this for me. Thank whoever it is. Be it your mama, your daddy, your uncle or your grandpa. Hug their neck, and thank them for all they’ve done for you. Without them planting that seed in us, we wouldn’t be who we are today.”
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