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We attract waterfowl by providing optimal habitats, including strenuous moist soil habitat management, flooded corn, flooded rice, and flooded millet. As crucial as it is providing optimal habitat and implementing good management practices, it's equally critical to have a professional, experienced, and knowledgeable guide. Our main goal is to give you, the guest, the most memorable hunting experience possible from the moment you arrive. We take pride in our team and feel confident we have the best guides on the bayou.



Caleb Justice, Manager & Head Guide

Caleb was born and raised in Georgia, where he served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a career firefighter for ten years. His family introduced him to hunting and the outdoors at an early age igniting a passion. It was not until his teenage years that he was introduced to hunting waterfowl and immediately fell in love with the sport. He began chasing waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway and eventually decided to share his experiences with others and began his guiding in Arkansas. After being in Arkansas for several years, he guided in Missouri with Habitat Flats. Caleb took over the management of Jelk’s Bayou Hunting Lodge at the end of the 2019-2020 waterfowl season. Caleb immediately went to work to make Jelk’s the best lodge in the flyway.


Max Akerman, Guide

Max comes to Jelk's from Rockton, Illinois. He is a longtime cameraman in the outdoor industry but feels most at home behind a duck or goose call. Max has long been passionate about waterfowl hunting growing up in the outdoors. He begins his waterfowl season chasing early season honkers in Illinois before heading up to Canada to guide duck and goose hunters from around the world. From there, Max then makes the long journey to Jelk's Bayou Hunting Lodge, where he remains for the remainder of the waterfowl season. Max will tell you he prefers big Canada honkers, but we're slowly converting him to ducks!

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