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Custom Duck Calls and Decoys and Catching Fall and Winter Catfish

Day 5: Hunting Waterfowl Wearing Muddy Water Camo

Editor’s Note: In mid-October, I attended the Tiptonville, Tennessee, Fins and Feathers Expo at Blue Bank Resort (, 877-258-3226) on Reelfoot Lake. While there, I learned that hand-carved decoys and duck calls could be solid investments, that 1/80-ounce jigs were being made, and that good stringers of big catfish could be caught from September until Christmas Day. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned at the Expo, but I’ll let the people I met there tell you more about why they do what they do through videos. One of the new camo patterns on the market for hunting waterfowl is Muddy Water Camo. While talking to Glenn Cunningham, the president of Muddy Water Camo, we asked what makes that camo different from other patterns.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThe Muddy Water Camo patterns are 100% in focus and clear. Muddy Water has grass, cattails and dead vegetation in the pattern with water reflections as a background. The other Muddy Water pattern, Timber Tantrum, contains sticks and limbs with water reflections in the background. As far as we know, these two patterns are the first to use water reflections in their backgrounds. But these two patterns aren’t only for hunting ducks. Using the original Muddy Water pattern, you can wear it successfully in rice fields and corn fields. The Timber Tantrum is ideal for buck brush and flooded green timber, making both patterns ideal for any type of waterfowl terrain in which you hunt. The new Timber Tantrum pattern also is ideal for bowhunting and hunting turkeys. And, we’ve hunted deer while wearing it in the mesquite country of west Texas. The original Muddy Water can be worn on the edges of cornfields and green fields for deer and turkey hunting. To learn more about Muddy Water camo, go to, or We even have pictures of the patterns out in the fields to enable you to see how these camos blend in with the terrain where you may be hunting various species. Go to for more from Glenn Cunningham.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Check back each day this week for more about Custom Duck Calls and Decoys and Catching Fall and Winter Catfish

Day 1: Waterfowl Call and Decoy Investments with Rob Hurt
Day 2: A Duck Call Tells the Christian Gospel with Brett Hall
Day 3: Catch Catfish Fall and Winter at Reelfoot Lake with David Blakely
Day 4: 1/80-Ounce Bream and Crappie Jigs with Wade Mansfield
Day 5: Hunting Waterfowl Wearing Muddy Water Camo

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