||Ricky Campbell: “I don't guess I grew up around anyone who did not hunt and fish.”
Ricky Campbell is the Hatchery Manager at Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Tupelo, Mississippi. The hatchery has 15 ponds and raises about 5 million fish every year, including Gulf Coast walleye, paddlefish, alligator gar, lake sturgeon, striped and largemouth bass, and bluegill. Private John Allen NFH also raises a variety of fish specifically to host the parasitic stage of mussels.
5 Questions for Ricky
1. Do you hunt/fish and if so what?
I’ll respond with a very simple and solid YES. I think that I have hunted and fished for every legal game animal and fish that swims, climbs, runs, walks or flies near the ground in the United States. My favorite at the moment is squirrel for hunting and flathead catfish and bream for fishing. They are what is in season at the moment and/or offer the best opportunity for success.
2. Who got you into fishing or hunting?
I would have to say that my mom and dad both exposed me to the outdoors at an early age and provided the positive experiences that entrenched hunting into my very being. I can remember riding on my dad’s shoulders as a little boy following a pack of beagles while rabbit hunting. I also remember the long hikes to Yanabee Creek in Mississippi, where I learned to cast a plastic worm and catch largemouth bass. I don't guess I grew up around anyone who did not hunt and fish. My grandma and my mom were both hunters and fisherwomen, as were my aunts, uncles, cousins and all my neighbors. My grandpa turned me on to night hunting when I was 12. Coon hunting was both a passion of his and a way to support his family for 50 years or more. He helped organize the American Coon Hunters Association (ACHA) and won the first World Championship Wild Coon Hunt in 1948.