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 Post subject: AWA Holden Beck memorial
PostPosted: August 10th, 2018, 9:21 am 
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Holden Beck bio submitted by family:
Since its inception 30 years ago, the Alabama Waterfowl Association, Inc, founded by CEO, Jerry Davis, has become dedicated to increasing waterfowl population, natural wetland and upland waterways. Jackson County has become the number one waterfowl harvest county in Alabama by releasing hand-reared mallards without state or federal funding. This is made possible by private donations and volunteers who donate countless hours to the organization. AWA banded and started Alabama’s first mallard release program with assistance from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. AWA began their release project in 1988. AWA has provided one of the most comprehensive banding reports in North America. Hunters are asked that when they harvest a mallard, they report the birds’ band information back to the AWA by email or thru facebook for tracking and information gathering purposes.
The AWA has a unique way to honor and celebrate the life of individuals who share their views and respect for all waterfowl hunting and the love of the natural wetlands. Banded duck release memorials have been held by the AWA for families in recent years. The ducks are banded with personal information about the hunter including their name and date of release.
This year the AWA is celebrating the life of Holden Beck with a banded duck release. Holden is the son of Brent and Rachel Beck of Scottsboro, Alabama. Holden was tragically killed last year while working as an electrical lineman. He was only 26 years old.
Holden’s father, Brent, recalls the first time he took his son hunting. He was only six years old. He worried about him being cold or upset about the noise from the shooting, but Holden weathered both like a pro and begged to go again. He realized the first time out that Holden was a natural hunter. He instinctively saw and heard things others missed. Rachel never liked guns and worried the entire time but the look on his face after the hunt told her he would be just fine. Holden was 10 years old when he shot his first duck. He was so excited he took off running to find it, afraid something would happen to his treasure. Brent made sure Holden learned the basics of hunting and all the safety rules required to be a hunter. The hunting group would eventually include his brother, Grant. Grant remembers him as a very determined hunter. While the rest of the group would be begging to go home because they were tired and hungry, Holden was set on staying put. Holden would be the one who taught him about turkey hunting. Even though Holden would grow up to be quite the dare devil, he always put safety first when there was a threat of harm to himself or others. As he grew older, he began to love fishing and turkey hunting as well as duck hunting. Even after he began hunting with his friends, he always made sure to ask his Dad to go with him. Holden, a father of five, had plans to one day teach his boys, and possibly his daughter, to love and appreciate duck hunting as well.
Rachel was always supportive of his outdoor activities even though there were guns involved. She is the one who introduced him to a way of chronicling his outdoor life. When Holden was 13, she gave him journals so he could document his fishing and hunting escapades. He kept writing in those journals even as an adult. He would write about how many fish he caught, where he caught them and all the details of his duck hunting. He even wrote about the weather conditions and his love of nature. She felt the need to make the activities a learning experience so she bought him a book about birds that he could use to recognize the different species that he observed while he hunted.
In Alabama, like most states, there are hunters and then there are outdoorsmen. Holden was definitely in the latter group. He enjoyed all things outdoors. Even his choice of careers had him working outside in the elements. But it wasn’t just the hunt that he loved. Brent tells the story of one special day that he, Holden and some of his friends were all set up with their Pintail decoys. As they sat talking about the usual things, Holden suddenly told them to be quiet and listen. The group got quiet and looked up in the sky. Flying over them was a flock of the Pintail ducks they had been waiting for all morning. Everyone just stopped and looked up in awe at the beautiful site. No one picked up a gun. The flocked turned and flew back over them. Again, no one fired a single shot. Appreciating the beauty of God’s creatures in their natural habitat is a trait only a true outdoorsman can master. Holden was one of those men.
Jerry Davis, CEO and Founder of the Alabama Waterfowl Association, Inc. had this to say about Holden, “This Memorial is very emotional to me personally. Holden was in the electrical industry, as I am, a dangerous but important profession. He was electrocuted while on the job and as a colleague, waterfowl conservationist and enthusiasts, we at AWA are saddened by his loss.”
The banded duck release memorial will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 starting at 8:00 am. The location of the release is 1346 County Road 11, Scottsboro, Alabama. The public and volunteers are welcome to participate

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