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Our Sustainability

Animals follow resources—food, shelter, a place to rest—and if they can’t consistently and easily find what they need, they will find someplace else to stop. Five Oaks provides several different types of resource habitats for migratory and wintering waterfowl: moist soil, with herbaceous plants such as crabgrass, toothcup, and smartweed; flooded cropland; green tree reservoirs; and carbohydrate-rich food plots of corn, millet, buckwheat, and milo, which provide fuel on extremely cold days. Think of it as “setting the table”—and rolling out the red carpet, polishing the silverware, fluffing the pillows, and providing a string quartet for ambiance. This is why the mallards and wood ducks return to Five Oaks, and why our guests have an unparalleled experience, season after season.

Our Staff
George Dunklin


Owner, Manager

George grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, not far from Stuttgart—the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World.” He began accompanying his father on hunting trips at the age of eight, and shot his first gun at ten—sparking a lifelong passion for the sport of waterfowl hunting. George’s maternal grandfather, Lester A. Black, owned farmland in Arkansas County, which George visited throughout his youth. After college in Memphis, he moved to Arkansas County to farm that land, and he never left it. George’s abiding passion for and dedicated service to conservation led him to become a member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2005 to 2012 and served as its Chairman from 2011-2012. Additionally, after volunteering since the age of 16, he became president of Ducks Unlimited from 2013-2015. When George was named in 2009 “Budweiser Conservationist of the Year,” he used the accompanying $50,000 grant money to support the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area, the public lands adjacent to Five Oaks, because he believes in the sanctity of our public areas. George and his wife, Livia, have three grown daughters.

Jody Pagan


Chief Biologist


Operations Manager

Our Guides
Bill Free

Bill Free


In addition to being a manager at Riceland Foods and an avid hunter who has been with Five Oaks for 15 years, Bill is known as the father of the 4-time World Champion Duck Caller Shelby Free. Shelby might even stop by to demonstrate her talent during your visit.

Doug Jacombs

Doug Jacobs


“Uncle Doug,” as our guests call him, is our senior guide and “social chairman.” He has been with Five Oaks for 33 years, and he loves to meet every guest with a smile and make sure that everyone has a great time. After hunting with Doug, our guests leave as friends.

Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs


A professional guide for more than 30 years, Mike came to us four years ago with a special talent for adapting to changing weather conditions and making sure our guests have a quality hunt no matter what.

Scott Tefteller

Scott Tefteller


Scott has been a guide with Five Oaks for 20 years, and he enjoys every aspect of it, from scouting hunting locations to escorting our guests to and from the airport—but most especially he looks forward to reconnecting with past guests for another great hunt.

Garrett Williams


Garrett prides himself on guiding hunters in the safest and most memorable hunt they can recall. An experienced hunter and skilled at adapting to changing conditions, Garrett grew up hunting waterfowl in Southeast Missouri. Garrett’s knowledge of plant science and unique skill set is sure to enhance each guest experience.

Joe James


Joe grew up in Tennessee where he began water fowling and fell in love with the art of hunting ducks and geese. He has guided for the last several years and enjoys making friendships over the course of a duck hunt. He appreciates well-bred retrievers and loves to see stylish dog work.


Daniel Duke


Daniel is a three-time (and current) World Cut-down Calling Champion and has over fifteen years of diverse experience in waterfowl hunting. His love for waterfowl, experience in guided hunts, and his perfected calling technique make for a truly unique and elite hunting experience for our guests.


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