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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This week's blast of Arctic cold will push at least some people into a vortex of enthusiasm. That is, if you're a deer hunter.

    It's a sportsman's haven. For 24 years the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock has been showcasing products every deer hunter either wants or needs.

    Bill Rhodes from Sheridan is one of the vendors selling turkey calls at the expo.
    "I like chinaberry, I like mulberry, of course we make walnut and cedar. We make calls out of a lot of different woods."

    Rhodes, a retiree, carves every turkey box call by hand.

    Each one, Rhodes said takes him 8 to 10 hours to complete. "The chinaberry is one of my favorite calls, it has a good sound to it. A caller has to purr good to be a good caller."

    New to the Big Buck Classic this year is a product named The Bran Bag. Invented by Chance Keith of Magnolia, Keith said the deer feeder is the only one of its kind.

    "There's other feeders that are available that are hard-walled, metal drums, plastic drums, PVC feeders. Typically the rice bran and other powdered feeds won't feed through those feeders, they clog up."

    Keith said his product allows for the feed to flow freely. His product has a patent pending and Keith said this weekend will be the first time it's been offered to the public.
    "Once it's filled up it pours out on the ground at the bottom. As they eat it more falls down."

    Another Arkansas made item is the Lazy Man deer stand.

    Made from fiberglass, builder Donny Carmical said the stand is lightweight and sturdy.
    "For any location- fields, timber, we just make something that's frugal for your pocket book and it's going to last a lifetime."

    Carmical began marketing the round man stands in 2004. Since then the Cabot native has sold more than 2,000 units.

    "You want to have ease and safety getting into your unit, so with kids and dads and all the gear you have to carry I just prefer stairs instead of ladders."

    All the vendors will be out at the Arkansas State Fair Grounds throughout the weekend.
    Doors close to the Big Buck Classic Sunday at 5 p.m.

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