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Meet Enterprise Managers

As with any venture, most businesses start small.  We interviewed managers of three wildlife enterprises in Arkansas.  Each has a unique perspective about his enterprise.  We purposefully selected them to illustrate various types of business ventures -- from quality white-tailed deer, bobwhites, and waterfowl, to the number of customers they have, to the size of landholdings, to the services they provide.  Each has managed a wildlife enterprise for at least 5 years.  Learn tips from these wildlife enterprise managers in their own words.


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Andrew Wargo:  Andrew is manager of the Baxter Land Company which owns several thousand acres in the Mississippi Delta.  Although production agriculture is its primary focus, wildlife enterprises are considered a value-added component offering additional income to the company.   The company prefers issuing hunting leases to groups, though some individual hunts for quality deer are conducted. 

Jay Wright:  Jay is the owner and manager of Wright’s Shur-A-Shot, a family-oriented and operated enterprise offers duck, bobwhite, and pheasant hunting to about 165 customers.  Services include meals and lodging, guides, and bird dogs, with the assurance of a successful hunt.  His enterprise is a short distance to nearby attractions.

Mark Hall:  Mark is the owner and manager of Hall’s Quail Preserve where he raises bobwhite quail and offers bobwhite and pheasant hunts.  Hall’s Quail Preserve has grown slowly and steadily from selling 500 birds to more than 7,000 today with 3 to 7 hunts per week for about seven months of the year.  Because bobwhites have declined in recent years, his customers seek the nearly-wild quail hunting experience in a farm landscape hunting Mark’s specialty birds. 

Learning Objectives for this module:

By the end of this module, you should:

  • discover that successful enterprises develop unique hunting experiences targeting particular customers
  • discover that achieving high customer satisfaction is key to success,
  • understand why it is important to start small,
  • understand why you need to be a people-person to be successful, and
  • understand the time commitment and resources necessary to start a wildlife enterprise.
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