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About Blackwater Outfitters

Blackwater Outfitters is an all inclusive waterfowl experience. We pride ourselves on our customer service as well as our hospitality. Our goal is to provide each group with a private, one of a kind luxury experience including excellent food and comfort. Our guides are experienced hunters determined to provide each group with the most successful hunt possible. We have access to some of the best waterfowl land in Northeast Arkansas including riverfront, flooded timber, field pits and dry goose fields. We look forward to having you!

The Guides of
Blackwater Outfitters

Dowling Armstrong

PARTNER | HUNTING OPERATIONS
Dowling started his duck hunting career chasing woodies in South Georgia when he was in middle school. He fell in love with duck hunting at an early age. Dowling says he remembers his first wood duck hunt when he was 13 and he didn’t even know he needed waders! Dowling says, “We got to the swamp and I walked out in bibs and Georgia boots in 36 degree weather with water up to my chest. I might have froze but I fell in love that morning shooting wood ducks in the timber.” He then moved to Nashville and started running a club in west Tennessee then it soon moved to Arkansas and then down to Mississippi before finally settling in the bootheel which is now where he calls home. Dowling has an impressive guiding career and has been guiding for close to 6 years now. He has hunted and guided from Alaska down to Canada in Saskatchewan and all the way back to the wintering grounds in the Mississippi flyway delta. He has a strong passion for all aspects of waterfowl hunting. From the off season prep, the grind of scouting and finding feeds, all the way to the second you get to see all your hard work and planning pay off. Dowling especially enjoys working his dogs and watching them do what they love. He even trained our top dog, Gunner. He says his favorite time of year is when duck season starts and then he suffers a massive depression when the snow geese finally leave. Dowling says, “I love the sport and hope to offer an affordable opportunity to hunt with down to earth guides on some exceptional ground.” When Dowling & Olivia met they spent most of their time hunting for whatever season was in or taking others hunting. They both love seeing others succeed in the outdoors which is why they started Blackwater Outfitters.

Olivia Armstrong

PARTNER | LODGE OPERATIONS
I am 27 years old & originally from southeast Michigan. I started hunting when I was 15. After college I moved to middle TN where I met Dowling. Dowling and I were inspired to start Blackwater when we were dating in 2020 after his hunting club called “Backwater Fowl Club”. We purchased a lodge with our partner Dave & ran a nightly rental for members and hunters in the area. That lodge later turned into us offering guided trips to the public. Thats when we rebranded to “Blackwater”. Dowling and I love taking people hunting and have dedicated a lot of time to it throughout the years whether it was for deer, turkey or ducks. We always said we didn't want to open an outfitter because it would take away the fun part of hunting. But there is nothing better than experiencing someone's first deer or duck. We now spend most of duck season in Arkansas & have 3 duck dogs: Gunner, Goose and River. We hope to continue to grow better and better every season.

Dave Webber

PARTNER

Blackwater Outfitters Guide

TIM ARNEY

GUIDE
Tim Arney has been with Blackwater from the very beginning. He has been hunting his entire life and has a passion for the outdoors. Timmy exceeds in speck calling & is a huge asset to our operation.

Austin Van Ausdall

GUIDE
I am Austin Van Ausdall. I’m 20 years old and was born and raised in south ga. i’ve been hunting ever since i was big enough to hold the gun up, i fell in love with duck hunting going to the flooded timber in mississippi with dowling when i was 14(even though we didn’t kill anything

Garrett Wingo

GUIDE
Garrett is 24 years old and grew up in East Tennessee. He’s been guiding for 6 years and started hunting with his father at age 5 on the Tennessee River. It soon became a passion! He shares his passion with his 2 black labs, Coal and Shooter. “I eat sleep and breathe waterfowl hunting it’s a drug to me”. He chases birds 6 months per year from Canada to Arkansas! His favorite thing about guiding is the new faces he gets to meet, relationships he builds and being able to teach others what duck hunting is all about!

Hunter Vogel

GUIDE
Hunter says he came out of the womb hunting and fishing. He loves chasing deer, turkeys, or anything that walks. But his real love is killing ducks in the woods and catching crappie! He eats, sleeps, and breathes duck hunting. Hunter hopes to help out our clients get on as many birds as he can. Hunter is originally from Collierville, Tennessee and now he resides in Manila, Arkansas. He’s chased ducks from Arkansas all the way to the Florida panhandle with his yella dog and best friend, Beaux. We’re so excited to have this addition to the team!

Brooks

GUIDE
Born and raised in Fairview, Tennessee. I have been hunting my entire life from Arkansas all the way to up to North Dakota. I have a 10 month old yellow lab named peanut I trained myself and am looking forward to see him work in the years to come.

Maddie Kovach

BOOKING | MARKETING | BRAND SPONSORSHIPS
Maddie is originally from Ohio and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a self taught hunter and developed the passion for hunting completely herself when she was 22 years old. Through learning how to prepare and cook wild game and posting recipes on social media she got her first job in the kitchen at an outfitter. She has written and published two wild game cookbooks. Through cooking at outfitters, she learned the guiding side of the business and has been guiding all over for about 6 years. She has guided and worked many different jobs at outfitters in Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, West Virginia, and now Missouri. Her passion for running a clean, safe, and honest operation led Maddie to found Blackwater Outiftters with Dowling and Olivia. Maddie handles all the marketing and social media for Blackwater as well as all the booking and brand sponsorships for the guide service. In her free time she enjoys working out, cooking, trying new restaurants and riding horses. She enjoys goose hunting and would probably pick that over duck hunting any day!

Logan Moody

LODGE MANAGER | CHEF
Hey! My name is Logan I am 30 years old. Born and raised in Arkansas. I actually am not a hunter (yet, so my co workers tell me). I did not grow up hunting, but I have been surrounded by it my whole life. For long as I can remember my dream was to be a wife and a mother. Taking care of people is something that just came easy to me. I have been blessed with 3 children and I get to fulfill my dream everyday of being a mother. Blackwater came into my life by complete surprise but at the most perfect time. I started out cleaning the lodge part time, then I began cooking and hosting the guest during their stay. I quickly fell in love with the lifestyle and taking care of our clients. I love building relationships with every client that comes through Blackwater lodge. Cooking became my passion during these times. I developed a love for food cultures from Texas barbecue, authentic Mexican, rustic Italian-American, and everything in between!

Zevon Burnett

CHEF
For me, cooking is my life it's all I have ever done I dedicated my life to food. I learned to cook at I learned to cook at a young age and when I was about 16 l had an opportunity to get an apprenticeship at a Michelin Star restaurant.
A cooking secret...I don't really have one and if I did it's no secret, it's ( LOVE) | pour my heart into every dish.

The Dogs of Blackwater Outfitters

Southern Farms Top Gunner

GUIDEDOG

Kimber

GUIDEDOG

Blackwaters River Foxx

GUIDEDOG

RICO

GUIDEDOG

Blackwaters Top Gun Goose

GUIDEDOG

Beaux

GUIDEDOG

Peanut

GUIDEDOG

Shooter

GUIDEDOG
Shooter is a 10 year old seasoned vet

Coal Man

GUIDEDOG
Coal man is a 2 year old fire ball who is still learning the ropes as he is still green and willing to work and please anyone who will knock him a duck down