Our Story

After a year of hard work, we transformed a church into a beautiful and functional lodge that has over-the-top amenities for an exquisite lodging experience.  Combining this lodge with some of the finest duck hunting landholdings in Northeast Arkansas will provide a superior hunting experience for the discriminating hunter...

Banded Boot Duck Lodge, LLC was formed by Doug and Cindy Cox in the winter of 2015 after purchasing the Sharum Freewill Baptist Church property
and building located on Highway 304 east of Pocahontas, Arkansas. The church had experienced a years-long declining elderly membership with little hope of increasing membership due to the
depopulation of the immediate area.  The members decided it would be in the church’s best interest to close and sell the church at public auction before it experienced a financial crunch. 

Prior to the auction, we inspected the property and determined that due to the location and condition of the building, it had great potential to become a premier lodging experience for the long-distance traveling waterfowl hunter.  The shortage of high quality lodging in the area coupled with duck loving bottomland fields and timber adjacent to the Dave Donaldson WMA was the deciding factor that motivated our interest.  The church was purchased at public auction on November 21, 2015 and Banded Boot Duck Lodge took possession of the property on December 17. 

After determining that the current layout of the church interior would not lend itself to a superior lodging experience that we desired, the interior was completely removed in January, 2016.  After many hours of research and piles of eraser dust, a floorplan was developed and work began on the interior of the building in March.  Quality and user comfort were our top priorities, with the vision of a true hunting lodge atmosphere. Essential completion of the interior including top quality furnishings was accomplished by mid-October.  

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The exterior additions and out building construction began in September, which had been delayed due to an excessively wet August. Since our goal was to cater to the far traveling waterfowl hunter for the season, we wanted to provide ample storage for the hunting essentials with storage units and a boat shed.  This allows hunters
to leave their gear at the lodge for the season and not worry about hauling it back and forth or having it piled up outside.  We also wanted to provide ample parking and maneuvering room for a large number of hunters and their vehicles.  To accomplish this, a mountain of gravel was hauled in and spread.  Completion of the exterior additions and buildings was accomplished in December, 2016.

We have worked hard to provide you with an over-the-top lodging experience that will have you coming back year after year. Come join us!