JONESBORO, Ark. – NRA members in Northeast Arkansas might recognize the cover girl of the December issue.
That’s because she’s from NEA, herself. Born in Forrest City, raised in Pocahontas and residing in Jonesboro, Connar Fletcher is the American Hunter magazine’s cover star. Fletcher herself was surprised by the news in a text message Thursday.
“I received a text from Drew Keeth who is the guy over Honey Brake lodge in Louisiana,” Fletcher told NEA Report. “He said guess who made the cover of the NRA magazine with the picture. I was like is this a joke? This isn’t real…he said yes it is!! They used our pictures we took at Honey Brake for the cover.”
Fletcher couldn’t believe what she was looking at when she received the text.
“I’m still pretty speechless that it happened,” Fletcher said. “I honestly can’t believe it. In shock. That’s the second largest if not the largest sportsman magazine in the world. They have like 5 million members. It’s unreal.”
It’s not her first big exposure, though. Fletcher was featured on the last season of CMT’s Redneck Island, a cable show hosted by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin pitting beautiful, talented girls from the south through various rigors designed for, well, affectionately titled rednecks.
Being a southern girl made it a perfect fit for Fletcher, just like her hobbies made the magazine cover another easy connection.
“I do hunt a lot, I started duck hunting a few years ago, and I just grew to love it,” Fletcher said. “I’m not big on deer hunting, but something about duck hunting just gets me pumped. It’s hard to explain, but when you are out there in the dark waiting for the sun to rise and you can hear the ducks coming in, your adrenaline is pumping, you’re kind of nervous. It’s just so much fun. With duck hunting you don’t have to be very quiet and you don’t have to worry about scents – you can just have fun.”
And now, Fletcher has a magazine cover seen by millions to prove it and the NEA girl plans to frame the issue to remember the moment forever.
“If you go to the right place, you can be done hunting by 8 or 10,” Fletcher said. “I just love it.”