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Clay
Hudnall

Westport
,
Kentucky
Hunting
Clay Hudnall
There’s nowhere Clay Hudnall would rather be than in a duck blind on the Ohio River—that’s even where he proposed to his wife, right after she shot a duck. As co-owner of Field Proven Game Calls, Clay and his brother are constantly innovating bird calls and introducing new people to the sport.

When things get tough on the river, Clay looks to his family for inspiration—whether that’s the legacy of his grandparents or his drive to be a rolemodel to his own kids. He knows that everything good comes from hard work, not shortcuts, and he’s not afraid of a little extra effort to keep building the life he loves. In fact, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Q:

What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning?

A:

I think about what I have to do that day at work and at home, and try to prioritize what needs to be done first.

Q:

Where is your favorite place to hunt?

A:

I love being on the Ohio River, no matter what time of year it is.

Q:

Tell us a favorite story from a day out?

A:

One of my favorite stories would be proposing to my wife out on the river during a duck hunt. It was a cold January day and Ashley and I were the only ones in the blind. It was a slow morning, but around 9:30 we had a pair of mallards work in and Ashley shot the hen. I sent my lab Ruger to make the retrieve and as he brought it to my hand, I told Ash to look out over the decoys to see if the drake was coming back. Now I had the ring in my hand and the duck’s foot in the same hand, and I went down on one knee and said, “This duck is banded.” She turned around and I asked my best friend to marry me. As many limits of ducks and all the great hunts I have had on that river, proposing to my wife is a memory that always stands out in my mind.

Q:

How do you up your game year after year?

A:

I try to up my game by learning from all the mistakes that I have made the years before. I feel you can always be better at anything you do but it takes failures to realize how to improve.

Q:

If you could do anything better, what would it be?

A:

I want to be the best husband and father a guy can be.

Q:

Who are your heroes? Who do you look up to?

A:

My parents and grandparents are my heroes! My parents got me involved in the outdoors at a very early age and both my parents and grandparents instilled a great work ethic in me because they taught me to work hard for everything, and not to ever ask for anything. If you work hard people will see that and seek you out. I look up to them because I grew up watching them work hard for everything they had.

Q:

What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?

A:

I want to accomplish raising my two children to the best of my ability and watching them succeed in life and be successful when they get older. If I can do that, I feel that will be my biggest accomplishment.

Q:

If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?

A:

My love-hate relationship is hunting the Ohio River. I love it because I know how good it can be, but I also hate it because it can be so unpredictable, that I hate not knowing when it will be good. You have to just get up and hunt it daily because you never know when the ducks will show up. I love the anticipation of not knowing what the next day will bring, but I guess I would say I hate it when the hunting is bad! hahahaha! It’s double-edged sword and a constant game of chess…I love to hate it, but I really just love it.

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