John David Blagg

photo by Seth Dortch
photo by Seth Dortch

Partner in FowlCo Premier Waterfowl Outfitters, a Garber, Oklahoma guided dove and waterfowl hunting lodge, Texarkana native, John David Blagg is living his best life and creating unmatched hunting experiences for seasoned hunters as well as newcomers to the sport. With his team of experienced guides, he leads groups through bountiful landscapes at the heart of the Central Flyway. Along with FowlCo’s beautiful and inviting hunting lodge, John David and his team create a once in a lifetime experience for their clients.

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What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Friday night football games

Where was your favorite place to eat in Texarkana?

Ironwood Grill

What was the teen hangout when you lived here?

For me and my friends, it was anywhere we could be hunting or fishing.

Where was your favorite place to shop in Texarkana?

There are definitely more options now, but we did get the Gander Mountain when I was there.

Were you a Hawk, Leopard, Razorback or Tiger?

I was a Hawk. The best rival memory I have is when we beat Liberty Eylau in 1997 by a field goal.

How do you describe Texarkana to your friends?

It’s a wonderful town with even better people. It’s a great place to live!

Who is someone from Texarkana who impacted your life?

Mike Beck! He was our youth pastor at First Baptist Church Texarkana and had an enormous impact on my spiritual life. Also, Rick Barker, my football coach, made the game fun for me and always pushed me to my full potential.

What do you love about Texarkana?

I love that Texarkana was a big enough town to have everything you needed, but also small enough that you could escape and get into the great outdoors quickly!

What would you change about Texarkana?

Nothing.

What do you think makes Texarkana famous?

Duh, Smokey and the Bandit!

What is your nickname for Texarkana?

T-Town

What do you miss about Texarkana?

All my wonderful friends and family!

What words do you live by?

God has already won the battle, so live every day as if it is a gift!

Anything we haven’t asked about that you would like to share?

All the success I have had in both of my businesses is, in part, because of the relationships I formed and people I learned from growing up in Texarkana.


TXK Roots is Texarkana Magazine’s forum to highlight and honor Texarkana natives who have accomplished big things in the world. These folks may have relocated, but they took the values, education, work ethic and creativity instilled in them by growing up in this unique border city and used these qualities to blaze extraordinary trails. We asked them to share their thoughts about growing up here. No matter how far from Texarkana they may find themselves, we will always consider them our neighbors and we are proud to claim them as forever members of our extended Texarkana community. After all, “everyone is famous in their hometown!”

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