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Dennis Loosier believes he went home from the hospital with a shotgun in his car seat. Born and reared on a farm in Brownsboro, Texas, Loosier spent oodles of time roaming the backwoods with his grandfather while his father worked every hour he could at a local tire factory.
“I was so blessed, man,” Loosier says. “Having three boys and a wife that was a stay-at-home mom, dad worked hard so we could have the freedom to be kids. My two brothers and me hunted a lot with my grandfather. Man, nothing was safe. We hunted squirrels, raccoons, deer —everything we possibly could.”
What he didn’t know at the time was that those early days would eventually spark something much larger—a brand, a lifestyle and following devoted to all things duck.
In high school, Loosier started to fall in love with waterfowl. Though he wasn’t located in a major flyway, he became obsessed with feet-down action. Every chance he could, he was at the duck hole. Friends and family started to take notice, and they started to tag along on his adventures.
After high school, Loosier found a job that afforded him the luxury to spend lots of time scouting and hunting, and he became proficient at the art of duck killing, especially on hard-hunted public land. His longtime friend, Billy Campbell, started calling him Dr. Duck.
Loosier and Campbell started hunting together regularly and began to extend their waterfowl adventures into other states. The duo was posting their adventures and successes on social media, and that’s when things took off.
“We started having people reach out to us,” he says with a laugh. “It was wild. People were wanting us to do video work and asking if they could sponsor our platform.”
Being from Texas, and not in a major flyway, Loosier ignored the offers. Campbell, however, working for a newspaper in Tyler, Texas, and having some experience in the media world, thought it might be possible. He started digging deeper, and the pair decided to give it a go. The duo shot their first video, Dr. Duck, and things started to fly.
Today, the duo has a major following and plans to stick to their public-land hunting roots. Their goal is to get younger guys and gals into the waterfowl world and provide them with solid education they can use to help them be successful.
“We want to educate and really help people,” Loosier says. “If you look at golf, basketball or baseball, we teach people how to play. Why should waterfowl hunting be any different? We want to get people outdoors.”
Loosier notes that it was tough at first. Some felt their videos would expose “secret” public-land spots, but he wasn’t worried. He says there really are no “secret” spots on public dirt and that everyone has a right to hunt it. Loosier wants to be someone that helps them do it and do it well.
It's apparent he has a soft spot for younger hunters, and the Dr. Duck platform is dedicated to helping youth as well as other hunters through videos, podcasts and social media.
“Billy and I answer piles of DMs,” he says. “We are trying to grow the waterfowl community. We are meeting with different guys and taking them hunting, trading hunts and the list goes on. That’s really what it’s all about.”