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Where Minnesota's Ducks Come From

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The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Minnesota waterfowl hunters.

A significant portion of our annual duck harvest is produced in the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we grown our own share of ducks right here on our wetlands in Minnesota.

Please note this map represents birds recovered in the same year they were banded to show a direct correlation between banding site and harvest. The Prairie Pothole Region is outlined in maroon.

The Prairie Pothole Region is DU’s #1 conservation focus area. The organization also has an aggressive waterfowl habitat conservation program in Minnesota through DU’s Living Lakes Initiative. In addition, Minnesota benefits from DU’s Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River conservation work as the organization continues to conserve critical waterfowl habitat in our state.

There is no waterfowl conservation organization that represents the needs of Minnesota waterfowl hunters like Ducks Unlimited. Our vital conservation work provides support to our migration both on the breeding grounds and here at home.

With your help, we will preserve our waterfowl hunting heritage through habitat conservation of these areas vital to the Arizona migration and harvest.

Click here for more information on DU's conservation priority areas.

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