March - April 2015

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Gear and Tactics for Spring Snows

For many waterfowlers, hunting spring snow geese represents a great opportunity to extend the season. But for true light goose fanatics, this special season isn't a sideshow—it's the main event. But make no mistake—these wary birds don't come easy. You have to pay your dues if you want to be successful hunting spring snow geese. The sport is gear-intensive and hunting strategies can be highly specialized.

Conservation, the Economy, and You

Have you ever considered how much you personally contribute to the conservation cause, or how much your hunting expenditures benefit the economy? Let's take a closer look at the remarkable impact that a typical waterfowler has on conservation and the economy simply by doing two things that come naturally to many readers of this magazine: going duck hunting and supporting Ducks Unlimited.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Public Land Ethics

Follow these 10 rules to make waterfowling on public hunting areas a more enjoyable experience. By Wade Bourne.

Understanding Waterfowl: Waterfowl Bands and Other Markers

Bagging a banded duck or goose is always cause for celebration, but these coveted trophies also play a vital role in waterfowl management. By John M. Coluccy, Ph.D.

Conservation: Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

The dynamic and highly productive seasonal wetlands, braided rivers, and backwater sloughs of the Southern Great Plains support millions of waterfowl that migrate across the nation's heartland each fall and spring. However, the Southern Great Plains is an arid place, receiving less than 16 inches of precipitation per year on average. Sadly, the region's limited water resources are now under great pressure from a variety of uses, threatening many of the habitats that sustain waterfowl during their epic transcontinental migrations. In response to this conservation challenge, Ducks Unlimited founded its Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative to help ensure sustainable water supplies and healthy wetlands in this region for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people.

Six Essential Commands for Retrievers

Here's a brief primer on 6 basic commands that will help set the stage for your retriever's future training and hunting success:

Why the Duck Stamp Is Worth the Effort

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Grilled Duck or Goose with Chimichurri Sauce

This simple South American condiment adds a tangy, flavorful twist to barbecued waterfowl. By Scott Leysath.