Disputed Duck Blind: Man Assaulted for Hunting in Duck Blind


Authorities in North Carolina say a man went on a slur- and threat-filled rant before he rammed a boat carrying a state wildlife commissioner and another man who he said was hunting in his duck blind.

Jan. 30, 2018,

SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man assaulted a cousin of Gov. Roy Cooper and a North Carolina wildlife official, ranted at them with slurs and threats and accused them of hunting in his duck blind.

The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office said 29-year-old Jarrod Thomas Umphlett faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

An incident report says Umphlett’s boat rammed a boat carrying John Clark Purvis Sr. and Wildlife Resources Commission member Richard Edwards on Dec. 16. The impact knocked Edwards over, according to the report.

Umphlett boarded the boat, hit Purvis in the back of the head with his fist, also hit him on the shoulder and yelled racial slurs multiple times, the report said. All three men are white. The report says Umphlett threatened to “crush your skull in this lake.”

Purvis told deputies he pointed his shotgun at Umphlett to get him to stop his attack. The report said Purvis was bruised and had a bump on his head but was not seriously injured.

The men also said as they were leaving the lake that Umphlett told them he would kill them if they came back, according to the report.

It’s not known if Umphlett has an attorney. Deputies said when they went to his home to question him, Umphlett used the racial slurs multiple times again to refer to the men, whom he also called “rich pretty white boys.” He also told authorities he got no closer than 15 feet to the other boat and that the men were trying to run away when he saw them.

“Duck hunting has always been a gentlemen’s sport and it needs to remain this way,” Purvis said. He called the incident an “unfortunate event” and “traumatic.”

The sheriff’s office said Umphlett was also charged in a similar incident Dec. 27 when he and another man confronted a man and his son on the same lake. The report on that incident said Umphlett again used racial slurs even though the man and his son were white. The man said the harassment continued until he and his son left to hunt at a different location.

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Duck hunter nearly drowns in icy river after simple mistake


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — A Little Rock man is Facebook-famous after he uploaded a video after his duck-hunting mishap nearly cost him his life.

“I have duck hunted for 30 years and it’s never happened to me, and it happened, just like that,” Covington said, remembering last week when he, his son, and his dog were hunting on the Arkansas River.

Covington had decided to hop back on the boat to go retrieve a couple decoys that were floating in the water.

“I saw my life jacket and I thought, ‘You know what, I’ve been doing this a million times, I don’t really need the jacket,’ and so I didn’t take it with me,” Covington explained.

Those almost became his famous last words.

“I walked to the front of the boat, and before you know it, I fell through the ice,” he added.

It happened in the blink of an eye. Covington says as ice water began saturating his heavy jacket and boots, his body became heavy, and he was pulled to the bottom of the river.

Paralyzed, and helpless, he explained he “struggled trying to get back up into the boat.”

But Covington wasn’t going to let himself die without putting up a fight first. As he grasped the side of the boat, he yelled at his son not to jump in and help him.

“I said, ‘Matt, don’t come in! You’re going to drown, too!”

If anything, Covington was not going to put his son in harm’s way.

“For me to drown, I would’ve been gone. But then what really made my upset was about me being a dad—I almost drowned in front of my son,” he explained.

It was a guilt he didn’t want his child to bear for the rest of his life.

Fortunately, Covington made it to the boat and pulled onto shore. But sadly, some aren’t as lucky as Covington was. He says many duck hunters lose their lives on icy bodies of water in the wintry weather.

“The bad thing is, being a person who runs a mentoring program to kids through hunting and fishing, and I didn’t have my life jacket on,” Covington explained.

His experience serves as a reminder that the “it won’t happen to me” mentality is within everyone. And instead of beating himself up over it, Covington is using his second shot at life as a reminder that you can never be too safe.

Here’s a link to Covington’s video that went viral: https://www.facebook.com/tommy.covington.1/posts/10215688293859534?pnref=story

Hunting seasons popping up like spring mushrooms


Daniel Smith, Seymour, Holds his first teal of the 2016 season while hunting at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area.
Ken White | Special to the Daily Mail

Opening day of the small migrating birds season started Friday. As usual, some cool nights have nudged the doves to pack up and head south.

“I have seen more doves this year than in a long time,” said Jim Lawson, a 67-year-old Missouri dove hunter.

“In my 25 years of hunting those fast flying birds, I don’t remember seeing so many birds before opening day, but it seems we always get some cool nights just before the season opener on September 1 and the birds aren’t around too long. Last year I had a good opening day; after that they got wise and you couldn’t get close to them.”

Lawson like a lot of other dove hunters, who also like to fish, hunts near a farm pond or utilizes small water holes. So when the birds aren’t flying, he can at least go fishing.

“Several times last year, I was able to shoot some doves and catch a few fish as well,” said Lawson

Another plus of the early dove season is that you can locate where the blue wing teal are working, so on opening day (Sept. 9) of the early teal season, you have an idea where they are or aren’t. Last year Lawson said he even added a snipe to the teal he bagged.

Waterfowl officials are predicting another good flight of teal that will be heading south this year. Already, there are a sizable number of these small ducks in the state. The teal season that opens Sept. 9 will run through Sept. 24. with a daily limit of six teal and possession limit after opening day of 18.

Lawson was scouting for dove last week and saw several teal as well as some wood ducks. Hunters will need to be sure they are shooting at teal and not “woodies.”

Teal hunters will have from sunrise to sunset to get their limit of a half-dozen teal this season and, in most of the state the water and food conditions are good. Some places, however, including the Schell-Osage Wildlife Area, have too much water at present.

One observer said it looks more like Truman Lake instead of Schell. It remains to be seen what effect the high water will have by the time the regular duck season opens later, but right now there are only a few teal in the area.

A boatload of successful teal hunters pulls into short after an opening day hunt 2016 at Schell-Osage Conservation Area. Things will be different for the opening day, Sept. 1 as the lake is very high and few teal on using the area.
Ken White | Special to the Daily Mail

As usual, both snipe and rail season also started on Friday.

There are a lot fewer hunters out for these two migrants. It’s a big difference between a rail and snipe. The rail is a slow flying small bird that can be found in weedy marshes. It has a short flight and often by the time a hunter shoots, the bird has already dropped back into the marsh.

Hunting them by wading in knee-deep water with mosquitoes buzzing around, looking for a bird the size of a common blackbird with the temperatures hovering near 90 degrees doesn’t appeal to most hunters. The daily limit on these small birds is 25 with the possession limit 75 after opening day.

The snipe, yes, there is such a bird, is a much different target than the rail. This fast flying bird with a long beak, is a challenge similar to the dove. It is usually found near the shore of ponds or small lakes looking for food. The snipe season opened Friday and will run through Dec. 16, with a daily limit of eight birds.

Although fishing is still going strong, hunting seasons will be popping up like spring mushrooms. As always, here in Missouri, we have a lot to look forward to in our outdoors.

“and the Fear of Thee and the Dread of Thee Shall Be upon Every Living Thing…”

— Genesis 9:2

Yesterday we came across a river otter who crossed the road about 30 yards in front of us and disappeared into our pond. No cars were around so he needn’t have been in a hurry, but still he was very business-like, loping purposefully from one waterway to the next. He didn’t stop and give us any extra time to appreciate his company, and clearly—though we meant him no harm and regarded him with respect—he didn’t seem to appreciate ours.

Similarly, on today’s walk along a road through the neighboring wetlands, a large flock of ducks took flight, putting as much distance between us and them as possible, as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, several pairs of Canada geese kept a wary eye on us as they

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

honked their warning calls and ambled reluctantly behind the cover of some cattails and tall grass. We spoke reassuringly to them, explaining that we didn’t intend to hurt them, but our mere presence was disruptive. Unfortunately wildlife tends to judge all people based on human nature in general.

Although fewer folks nowadays are out to kill everything they see, destructive behavior has been a hallmark of human nature since the genus Homo first set foot on the face of the Earth. Other traits representative of the species seem to be an over-bearing sense of entitlement (as in “it’s all here for us”) and a narcissistic arrogance that empowers them to see themselves as supreme among all other beings, whom they objectify as resources put here for them by some anthropomorphic deity for their benefit to exploit as they see fit.

It’s always disappointing that the wild animals assume the worst because imagesQB1DEJITof your association, no matter how distant, with the average gun-toting Elmer, when all you want to do is be friends.

Ask Ducks Unlimited to Cancel Cruel Live Pigeon Shoot


March 3, 2015
Ask Ducks Unlimited to Cancel Cruel Live Pigeon Shoot

Last year, SHARK exposed a horrifically cruel live pigeon shoot that was to be held as a fundraiser for the Prior Lakes, Minnesota chapter of Ducks Unlimited. We made THIS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnllHXc17BI) video calling out Ducks Unlimited. To its credit, Ducks Unlimited quickly shut the shoot down and replaced it with a clay target shoot.

Ducks Unlimited Senior Communications Specialist Matt Coffey explained the shutdown this way:

“We have policies in place holding our staff and local volunteers to high ethical and moral standards, and do not condone wanton waste of wildlife or other animals. To avoid the potential for wanton waste, the event committee has decided to change the live pigeon event to a sporting clays shoot.”

Sadly, the Prior Lakes chapter of Ducks Unlimited is planning another pigeon shoot for March 19th. SHARK is again asking Ducks Unlimited’s national leaders to shut this down before 2,000 innocent birds are shot, wounded, crippled and viciously killed.

Here is the flyer for the shoot. Note how event organizers are calling it a “driven hunt.” They claim they are “harvesting” the pigeons and that they will be given to people to eat. US Senator James Inhofe tried to spin his cruel pigeon shoot the same way last year, but we exposed that as a lie in THIS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDbN36abT0k) video.

Let’s hope that the national leaders of Ducks Unlimited have more integrity than those in the Prior Lakes chapter.

Please call and write to Ducks Unlimited and politely ask that they follow their own standards and stop this horror before it happens. Let them know that if this slaughter takes place, then Ducks Unlimited reputation will be forever stained. Please let us know of any response you receive.

Dale Hall
(901) 758-3825

Matt Coffey
Senior Communications Specialist
(901) 758-3764

Ignorance is never an excuse for hunting

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014. All Rights Reserved

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2014. All Rights Reserved

Well, actually, this article was entitled, “Ignorance is never an excuse for hunting violations,” but I thought this shortened version was more fitting. By Dan Stefanich, it starts off:

“I’m not sure how anyone can accidentally slaughter 30 ducks after the waterfowl season, but these guys did it. And thankfully, got busted.

“Three men have been arrested in connection with a highly publicized killing of ducks after the season. The March duck poaching incident occurred at Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area near Vandalia, Illinois. Steven Dean of Granite City, along with Bradley Peters and Daniel Groves of Wood River, were arrested on April 25.  The three men face felony charges for their alleged involvement in the illegal killing of more than 30 ducks out of season, according to the DNR. Since ducks are migratory waterfowl, they fall under the jurisdiction of both state and federal authorities and violations can be charged as felonies. Charges include: 
• Felony resource theft of migratory waterfowl 
• Unlawful possession of freshly killed species during the closed season 
• Wanton waste of migratory waterfowl 
• Unlawful take over the limit of mallard ducks 
• Unlawful take over the limit of northern pintails

“I’m thinking the Judge may throw the book at these guys, and rightfully so. Such a blatant disregard for our natural resources and regulations should carry stiff penalties. Am I the only one tired of “sportsmen” that think the law doesn’t apply to them? These are the guys that give us all a bad name.”

The article goes on to talk about “real sportsmen” following the laws. I didn’t think you’d be interested in reading the rest, but if you’re inclined, here’s the link:


Duck Dynasty Dillweed Wants to Go Duck Hunting With Obama

Go ahead and read about it if you want…


I can’t stand to reading about these Duck Dynasty dweebs any more than I can stand seeing the likes of Ted Nugent; or hearing Sarah Palin’s words of wisdom.

Better yet, why not re-read one of these EtBG classics:



All I can say is, Obama better not take him up on it.


Dead ducks left on Vic premier’s doorstep


March 17, 2014, 1:02 pm

Animal rights activist have dumped dead ducks in front of the Victorian premier s office.      
AAP Animal rights activist have dumped dead ducks in front of the Victorian premier’s office.

Anti-duck hunting activists who dumped dead ducks outside the Victorian premier’s office say they are being barred from the state’s wetlands under new protest laws.

Coalition Against Duck Shooting activist Tony Murphy says the new move-on powers, which opponents say restrict the right to protest, have for the first time led to their rescuers being excluded from the wetlands.

“(Agriculture Minister) Peter Walsh’s strategy is to force us off the wetlands so that massacres of endangered waterbirds can continue in secret,” Mr Murphy said.

The activists dumped the carcasses of ducks collected over the weekend’s opening of the duck season outside Premier Denis Napthine’s Melbourne office on Monday, saying 33 were the endangered freckled duck species.