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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Going Public

Many of the author's favorite waterfowling memories were made on public lands, open to one and all 
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Ensuring the Future 

My recollections of public hunting also include pursuing puddle ducks and divers on DU projects across Canada, tolling black ducks in the salt marshes along the New Jersey coast, calling mallards through the flooded timber on Arkansas's famed Bayou Meto, and running and gunning on rivers and reservoirs throughout America's heartland. These and many other hunts have provided grand memories to warm the winter of my years, and given me the firm conviction that we must conserve the tradition of public hunting to ensure the future of our sport.

Many unsung heroes had the vision and foresight—and indeed worked hard and sacrificed—to ensure that we all have places to hunt waterfowl. It's our responsibility to pass on this legacy to future generations. Our heritage as waterfowlers demands no less. 


Editor-at-Large Wade Bourne has been a full-time outdoor writer since 1979 and is the author of six books, including the Ducks Unlimited Guide to Decoys and Proven Methods for Using Them. Bourne and his wife, Becky, live on their family farm in middle Tennessee. Jack Unruh is an award-winning illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. To see more of his work, visit jackunruh.com.

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