My name is Ben Richards, and I am from Haleyville, AL, and currently attend the the University of Alabama. Growing up in a small, rural town, we had three options to choose from; being in the woods, playing sports, and loving the Lord. Luckily, I got all three. My father, Britt Richards planted the seed of me becoming being an avid outdoorsman at a very young age. I started waterfowl hunting when I was around six years old and immediately fell in love with the sport. For the last 15 years and counting, "Britto" has taught me many, many life lessons standing in knee deep water hugged up to a big cypress tree. There's absolutely nothing in this world (to me) that can compare to getting to hunt with him. He's preached to me for years that the harvest of ducks means nothing, that it's about so much more than that. It's taken me a while to understand what he's referring to, but over the last three years, it finally clicked. He's taught me to enjoy everything outside the harvest. The sunrise, that 15 minutes before shooting time where everything is completely still and whistling wings fly over head, hanging out with friends and family at the camp, the list is limitless. Whether we kill 100 or zero, it's always a pleasure. My love for chasing Mallard ducks across the Arkansas prairie and the Mississippi delta is second to none. My favorite type of waterfowl hunting is in the Arkansas flooded green timber. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than bringing mega wads of Mallards through the trees into the hole. If I am not in the woods, I'll be in a flooded rice field chasing ducks and geese around. I also enjoy the occasional deer hunt. My time is dedicated to waterfowl but it's always nice to escape reality and get in a tree stand. During the off-season, you can find me on the Tennessee River strolling around for large and small-mouth bass. When times are right on the river, it gives waterfowl hunting a run for its money. Anything that involves me being in or around God's creation is always something special. It's my life.