Veteran & PUBLIC SAFETY OWNED
The heart for service runs deep in Combat Waterfowl as we seek to honor those who serve in all capacities at home and abroad. All three owners are Veterans of the United States Army, two remain on Active Duty. One of our owners is a former Law Enforcement Officer and another is an active volunteer Fireman/EMT. Our Nation’s and neighborhood’s servants do not receive nearly the recognition they deserve and we hope to honor them through our brand.
Combat Waterfowl exists to provide apparel that’s never before been seen in the waterfowl apparel industry. Sure, Mallards and Wood Ducks are all well and good. We enjoy the swamp as good as the next waterfowler, though there is much more to this sport and much more to our lifestyle than meets the shelves at your local retailer and in your closets at home. Combat Waterfowl seeks to break up the monotony in the apparel industry by bringing you purpose-built and lifestyle apparel that embodies the true existence of the waterfowler in all of us. These aren’t your Grandpa’s old turtlenecks and you won’t find us in your Daddy’s duck blind. Welcome to the next generation of waterfowl apparel!
Cody Deschenes comes from the gator filled marshes of the Panhandle of Florida. Growing up, Cody always loved hunting and fishing but had never waterfowl hunted before opening day, 2013, with Robert and Ben. Ever since, he has been hooked beyond repair on the sport and is well on his way to completing the Ultimate Waterfowler’s Challenge. Cody remains on Active Duty, stationed in Virginia and also serves his community as a volunteer fireman and EMT. As of 2020 Cody has harvested 30 of 41 species of North American waterfowl.
Robert Brewer was born and bred in central North Carolina. Walking in the footsteps of his grandfather, he fostered a love and respect for the sports of hunting, fishing and trapping. As he grew older, his passion shifted to waterfowl and he’s never looked back. Robert served five years as an Infantryman in the Army before medically retiring from Active Duty in 2015. He then transitioned to law enforcement in North Carolina for several years serving two local jurisdictions. He now works for one of the world’s largest IT companies as a Cyber Security Engineer. Robert’s deep-rooted passion for waterfowl hunting spread to Cody and Ben while they were stationed together in Alaska as he introduced them both to their first duck hunts. He completed the Ultimate Waterfowler’s Challenge, harvesting a drake of each of the 41 North American species of waterfowl, in 2018 with the help and support of many friends and family.
Ben Johnson was born and raised in one of the most historical and iconic areas of waterfowl hunting, Northern Ohio near the banks of Lake Erie. Though Ben was raised here, it wasn’t until he joined the brotherhood of the United States Army and was he introduced to and found his love for the outdoors. He served as an Armor Crewman with over 15 years of service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently he is pursuing his degree and certifications to become a Project Management Professional. Since his first hunt in 2012, Ben has become an accomplished and dedicated waterfowl hunter reaching 24 of 41 species as of 2020.