Mallard Rest has been the private Mississippi Delta duck hunting property of Memphis’s former cotton merchant William B. Dunavant, Jr. for almost 40 years. As one of the world’s most successful cotton merchants, Mr. Dunavant entertained family, friends, and associates through the decades. Mr. Dunavant has long been respected as a very generous supporter of conservation efforts and continues to contribute to waterfowl conservation through Ducks Unlimited.
This property has been featured in books, spoken of reverentially amongst duck hunting enthusiasts, and celebrated for decades as one of the south’s most productive and famed duck hunting properties. After nearly four decades of being well-managed and enjoyed, Mallard Rest is now available for purchase.
The professionally managed, diverse farm consists of approximately 4,553± acres of row crops, food plots, flooded timber, and cypress swamps and is a magnet to migrating waterfowl pushing down through the Mississippi Flyway into Tallahatchie County every year. Flooded timber and crop fields provide exceptional opportunities for a variety of waterfowl, including mallards, pintails, specklebelly geese, and a variety of other species. Buzzard Bayou and Mikoma Swamp are large water features that dominate the farm’s landscape, providing excellent resting areas for ducks. The survey shows 3,662.5± acres of deeded acreage with another approximately 890± acres leased long-term. Approximately 1,450± acres are in active agricultural row-crop production, and another 300± acres are dedicated to planted duck impoundments. Trophy whitetail deer and wild turkey are also found at Mallard Rest, providing additional excellent hunting opportunities. A modest lodge, caretaker’s house, large equipment shed, interior road system, and water wells are present on the property. A large and detailed list of machinery and personal property is also available for purchase but is not included in the list price.