Greenhead Executive Q&A: Jay Gadberry of Gadberry Financial
Greenhead presents the 2019 Executive Q&A featuring a slate of executives sharing the moments, tips, guns and gadgets that have made their time in the field special.
Jay B. Gadberry
President, Gadberry Financial Group
Number of days you hunt a season?
Where do you hunt?
Ink Bayou Meto
Bayou Meto at Galloway Exit
What kind of gun do you use?
Benelli Super Black Eagle and a Beretta A400 Xtreme
Favorite duck call?
Cache Elite duck call my brother-in-law gave me
Fields, reservoir or timber?
Fields and timber
Rainy, nasty or bluebird sky?
Favorite hunting story/memory?
Most everything was frozen up. My dad and brother Adam and I slid a 14-foot boat across the ice to get to an open hole. We hunted it the next three days and limited out every day. One afternoon we were out on the four-wheeler in a buck brush reservoir in 20 inches of water. My two oldest girls were about 8 and 5 and had on their pink ski bibs, so I wrapped a camo tarp around them. We had our limit of mallards in no time. They just loved watching their dog Duchess retrieve the ducks
What got you into hunting?
The love of the sport and the passion of my granddad, Dee Gadberry, and my dad, Jim Gadberry. Nothing like watching the sun come up, the wildlife start to stir and going back in for a big old breakfast and talk about the hunt. We'd stay in a cabin where if you got the top bunk it was 95 degrees, if you were on the bottom bunk it was about 55 degrees and 25 degrees outside. One night we got Salisbury steak TV dinners. We were all sick all night long. That was 40 years ago, but needless to say, none of us ever had a Salisbury steak TV dinner again. We all enjoy the planning and preparations that go on at the club all year round to get ready for the next season.
What is your most unusual “must have” in the duck blind?
A Gene Lockwood's 1981 Series 1.0 Gore-Tex jacket. The waterproofing was gone long ago, but all my buddies are envious.
If you have children do you take them duck hunting?
If so what are some of the highlights from these youth hunts?
All of my girls enjoy duck hunting. One of the funniest memories is when they were all very young. I gave each of them a duck call, and it took only a few minutes with no ducks landing and I had a trio playing Christmas carols on their duck calls.
Great memories of them learning to drive the four-wheelers, walk in waders, shooting their first ducks and enjoying the dog and the outdoors.
Which Arkansas executive calls ducks the best?
Doug Ford, PMI Engineering