Seminars

Three live stages. Three full days.

Learn from North America’s leading experts in waterfowl biology, duck hunting, dog training, and duck production.

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Delta Waterfowl Stage

Sponsored by BOSS logo supporters of the duck hunters expo

Meet our amazing Delta Waterfowl team.

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Friday
1 PM — Conservation Pioneers: 110 Years of Delta Waterfowl/Paul Wait
2 PM — Ask Us Anything: Try to Stump the Delta Experts/Devney, Rohwer, Nicolai, Brice
3 PM — Recruiting the Next Generation of Hunters/Joel Brice
4 PM — Delta’s Recipe to Put More Ducks Over Decoys/Mike Buxton and Matt Chouinard
5 PM — Waterfowl Trivia Game: What Do You Know About Ducks and Geese? / Garrett Trentham
 
Saturday
10 AM — Conservation Pioneers: 110 Years of Delta Waterfowl/Paul Wait
11 AM — Why We Band and Mark Waterfowl/Dr. Chris Nicolai
Noon — Delta’s Recipe to Put More Ducks Over Decoys/Mike Buxton and Matt Chouinard
1 PM — Farm Bill Roundtable/Devney
3 PM — Ask Us Anything: Try to Stump the Delta Experts/Devney, Rohwer, Nicolai, Brice
4 PM — Waterfowl Trivia Game: What Do You Know About Ducks and Geese? / Garrett Trentham
 
Sunday
10 AM — Delta’s Big Announcement: More Ducks! / Dr. Scott Petrie
11 AM — Flying Drones for Duck Science/Jacob Bushaw
Noon — Delta’s Recipe to Put More Ducks Over Decoys/Mike Buxton and Matt Chouinard
1 PM — Why We Band and Mark Waterfowl/Dr. Chris Nicolai
2 PM — Conservation Pioneers: 110 Years of Delta Waterfowl/Paul Wait

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John Devney

Chief Policy Officer

John Devney is the expert on hunting advocacy and public policy at Delta Waterfowl.

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Matt Chouinard

Senior Waterfowl Programs

Matt Chouinard is the Waterfowl Programs and Delta Marsh property manager.

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Dr. Chris Nicolai

Waterfowl Scientist

Dr. Chris Nicolai has over 25 years of experience as a waterfowl scientist and researcher.

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Duck Dog Stage


Sponsored by

Eukanuba

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Learn from the pros.

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Friday
1 PM — How to Train Your Retriever/Josh Miller
2 PM — A Gun Dog’s First Season: What to Do and What to Avoid/Chris Akin
3 PM — Sporting Dog Health/Dr. John Myers
4 PM — How to Train Your Retriever/Josh Miller
5 PM — A Gun Dog’s First Season: What to Do and What to Avoid/Chris Akin
6 PM — Sporting Dog Health/Dr. John Myers
 
Saturday
10 AM — Sporting Dog Health/Dr. John Myers
11 AM — How to Train Your Retriever/Josh Miller
Noon — A Gun Dog’s First Season: What to Do and What to Avoid/Chris Akin
1 PM — Panel Q&A/Josh Miller, Dr. John Myers, Chris Akin
2 PM — Sporting Dog Health/Dr. John Myers
3 PM — How to Train Your Retriever/Josh Miller
4 PM — A Gun Dog’s First Season: What to Do and What to Avoid/Chris Akin
 
Sunday
11 AM — A Gun Dog’s First Season: What to Do and What to Avoid/Chris Akin
Noon — Sporting Dog Health/Dr. John Myers
1 PM — How to Train Your Retriever/Josh Miller
2 PM — Panel Q&A/Connect with our Eukanuba Pros

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Chris Akin

Webb Footed Kennel

Chris Akin has been training dogs for over four decades. He learned by shadowing his father who was a professional dog trainer, and by the time he was 19 Akin was widely considered to be one of the best gun dog trainers of his generation. Akin has trained more than 3,800 dogs leading his training program to evolve into one of the most accomplished hunt test programs in the country. Since opening his Webb Footed Kennels, Inc., his program has produced more than 350 Hunting Retriever Champions, 175 Master Hunters, and 35 Grand Hunting Retriever Champions. Akin’s personal titles include two Super Retriever Series Championships and an ESPN Great Outdoor Games Gold Medal.

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Josh Miller

River Stone Kennels

Josh Miller is owner and operator of River Stone Kennels in New Richmond, WI. After his college athletic career, Josh started to focus his future on his true passion, training gun dogs. He has now been training Gun Dogs professionally for 9 years. Josh has been very successful with competing the dogs he has trained. Very uniquely, Josh has been able to exhibit that success over a range of competitions including retriever hunt tests and horseback pointing dog field trials. In addition to this Josh has also won 6 NASHDA Championships with dogs he has trained.

 Josh’s true passion, which stems from his waterfowling roots, is breeding and training retrievers. He and his wife, Whitney, breed British Labradors at their kennel and have proven to produce some of the best Labradors you can find. Josh spends as much time as he can over the winter months traveling the country with his dogs chasing waterfowl.

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John D. Myers, DVM

River Stone Kennels

John D. Myers, DVM, a veterinarian in Paducah, Kentucky, graduated from Murray State University in 1990 (B.S.) and then Mississippi State University (DVM) in 1994. He grew up in Ballard County, Kentucky, on a family farm, and as an intense waterfowl hunter, his interest in sporting dogs spurned his desire to become a veterinarian.  As a practice veterinarian since 1994, he has become very knowledgeable of sporting and working dogs nutrition. He opened his own clinic in 1997 and practiced there until he joined the Animal Kare Center in 2019. The Animal Kare Center built a brand new state of the art facility as he joined, and he is now the sole veterinarian where comprehensive pet care, basic routine vet check-ups, surgeries, dental care, advanced laser therapy, radiology, boarding, and grooming are all offered.  He is an avid outdoorsman, and his passion for sporting dogs is exhibited in his family’s current ownership of 6 retrievers.  He is married to Amy W Myers, and they will celebrate 32 years this month.  They have a son that graduated from the US Naval Academy with an engineering degree, a daughter that graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Juris Doctor degree, and a 14 yr old son that attends Paducah Middle School.

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Duck Hunters Stage

Sponsored by realtree logo

Everything from decoy placement to calling.

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Schedule coming soon.

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Rusty Creasey

Duck hunter

For 17 years, Rusty has kept the Coca Cola Duck Club running smoothly as a manager and guide. He learned almost everything he knows about operating a business and calling ducks from his uncle Harvey Shue, who oversaw the club for over 40 years. He has put both skill-sets to work as a sales rep for Echo duck calls and competing in the World’s Championship Calling Contest, placing 12th in 2010 and 16th in 2011, out of 70-plus callers. But ducks aren’t the only thing that has to fear Rusty, he also enjoys turkey hunting, bow hunting whitetails, and hunting squirrel.

Rusty married his high school sweetheart, Erin, and together they have two girls, Natalie and Myleigh. He feels blessed to have an unbelievable wife who is supportive of all his endeavors. Rusty has a passion for sharing his hunting knowledge and skills with others, through DVDs and his YouTube videos. One of his most cherished and respected lessons he shares from his father Leon, who recently passed, is that a man’s handshake and his word is his worth.

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Matt and Michael Harrison

Duck hunters

Matt Harrison (LEFT) was born in Mississippi and currently lives there today. He developed a love for hunting at a very young age, which eventually directed itself to a passion for duck hunting. Hunting has provided unbelievable opportunities, amazing travels, and relationships that will last a lifetime. 

 Michael Harrison (RIGHT) is an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoy all types of hunting, but duck hunting is what he is  most passionate about. He  was born and reared in Mississippi and still calls it home. 

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Billy Campbell

Duck hunter

Raised and introduced to the outdoors in Arkansas, Billy Campbell lost his father at an early age and moved to East Texas, getting away from the outdoors. He later met Dennis Loosier, AKA Dr Duck, after graduating high school and the two duck hunted together for the first time becoming lifelong friends and passionate waterfowl hunters. Both coming from very modest backgrounds, they lacked the resources to access private land in East Texas and cut their teeth utilizing public land. They still chase mallards with one another and others that cross their paths today on public ground, making it their mission to “enjoy the journey” and encouraging other public land waterfowlers to realize we are all on the “same team”. You can follow their journey on Realtree 365, YouTube and other social media as well as the Dr. Duck Waterfowl Podcast. #enjoythejourney

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Justin Martin

Duck hunter

Justin Martin, also known as “Martin”, is the General Manager at Duck Commander. He is best known for his appearances on the hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty. When he’s not keeping Duck Commander employees in check, you’ll find him fishing for anything that will bite or in the duck blind with his wife, Brittany Martin.  He loves habitat work for all animals and has formal background in biology he leans on to manage their properties effectively.  

 

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Chad Belding

Duck hunter

Chad Belding is synonymous with a passion for the hunt. Born in 1974, Belding’s father was his mentor and inspiration, introducing him to the outdoors at a very young age. In 1995, Belding began hunting predators, followed by waterfowl hunting in 1997. Two years later he became involved in competitive duck and goose calling. Belding has worked with the best in the hunting industry. This dedication has led Belding to help create Banded with the help from key partners in the industry.  Banded is a full line of clothing, waders, boots, gloves, and accessories debuting in July of 2012.  

 

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