In this episode of Life's Short GetDucks: Mississippi, Ramsey Russell uses family heirloom shotguns in familiar Mississippi Delta haunts, connecting to his origins.


The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

– William Faulkner.


The Mississippi Delta landscape changed over time. In no small part due to technological advancements. Likewise, people change too. Improving technologies and evolving perspectives change us as hunters. And as humans. But some fundamental things never really change. While shotgun technologies have evolved, duck hunting fundamentals have remained unchanged.

Old shotguns used by those ancestors that passed on traditional waterfowl values remain forever timeless. The Colt 1878 shotgun belonged to his great-great grandfather. The Remington 1100 belonged to the grandfather that taught him to hunt. Old duck hunting shotguns are conduits to our pasts. To our truest selves. In this episode of Life’s Short GetDucks: Mississippi, Ramsey Russell retraced his own duck hunting origins using family heirloom shotguns and cork decoys in familiar, close-to-home haunts.

From primeval cypress brake to flooded South Delta hardwoods similar to what his grandfather hunted to modern build-it-and-they’ll come green-tree reservoirs, this short film offers insights into Mississippi Delta duck hunting. Connecting with friends, with past and present generations, he realized that no matter how far away he might stray, home matters most. It’s who you really are. “You can take the boy out of the Mississippi Delta,” concludes Ramsey Russell, “But you can never take the Mississippi Delta from the boy.”

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Bobo Brake Mississippi Duck Hunt
It’s like Ramsey Russell’s ancestral, duck hunting ghosts were awakened when he took the old Colt hammer-gun to primeval Bobo Brake with long-time friends Jim and Allison Crews. The ducks came piling in.