Bridgeport duck hunter is the grand prize winner of a Hoodoo kayak

A solo float trip on the West Fork River in Marion County last fall produced a limit of ducks for Anthony Willard of Bridgeport, W.Va. Little did he know a picture of those ducks along with his son Sawyer, age 4, would lead to a brand new kayak.

“I called my buddy that day and told him I needed a bigger boat,” laughed Willard.

He’ll soon have one. Willard’s picture of his son and his brace of waterfowl was randomly selected by the computer as the grand prize winner of the 2024 Hoodoo Sports Trophy Photo Contest.

Willard is almost exclusively a waterfowl hunter, which can be a challenge in West Virginia.

“I’ve hunted in a lot of places, but it really means a lot when you’re able to kill a limit in West Virginia because it’s a challenge,” he said.

Willard, on the day of the picture, had been hunting alone on the banks of the West Fork River in Marion County. He arrived at the spot on his kayak. Next October, he’ll be floating in on a new craft. As the grand prize winner, he’ll receive a Hoodoo Element 100s 10′ sit-on-top kayak, paddle, dry bag, and fishing rod holder.

Previous monthly winners in the contest included Jason Coleman of Wheeling, W.Va in January, John Booher of St. Albans, W.Va. in December, Robert Kincell of Fairview, W.Va. for November, and Evelyn Murray of Washington, W.Va. for October.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a picture for the contest. Take great pictures this summer and be ready for next year’s contest when we start it up again in October 2024.

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