Ducks Unlimited - World Leader in Wetlands and Waterfowl ConservationDucks Unlimited Newsletter: December 2007

  • Forecast Your Duck Hunting Success
  • Make the Call this Season
  • DU Radio on the Web
  • Video Tip: Midday Duck Hunting
  • DU Partners
  • Recipe: Grilled Duck with Spicy Plum Sesame Sauce

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Hunting Tips & Tactics

Forecast Your Duck Hunting Success

by Keith Sutton

Read these tips!Weather conditions have an enormous influence on duck hunting success. To make the most of their days afield, waterfowlers must understand weather patterns and how they affect bird behavior.

Sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, freezing, warm - let's focus on conditions waterfowlers often encounter and some tips for hunting ducks successfully no matter what the forecast.

Read the Strategies


Farm Bill Update

Calls to the Senate Still Needed

The most important call you make this hunting season might not be the one that goes “quack.”

The U.S. Senate is in the final stages of debating the 2007 Farm Bill, and your calls to your Senators are more important than ever.

Every phone call you make to your Senators to remind them of the importance of the Conservation Reserve Program, the Wetlands Reserve Program, the Grasslands Reserve Program, and Sodsaver helps Ducks Unlimited take one step closer to fulfilling our mission of skies full of waterfowl, now and forever.

The message is simple – Support Conservation. Tell your Senators to support Sodsaver to protect the remaining native prairie. Tell them to support the Wetlands Reserve Program, and fix the appraisal issue that has discouraged landowners from conserving their land. Tell them to support the Conservation Reserve Program and not allow lands enrolled in the program to be used for biofuel crops.

So on your way to the blind, before you start making ducks calls, make a call for the ducks. Tell your Senators to support conservation, and support the ducks!

Contact Your Senators!

DU Radio

Ducks Unlimited Radio Now Online

Click to listen!Program adds new dimension to DU’s multimedia offerings

Ducks Unlimited Radio broadcasts are now available on the DU Web site. Starting with the month of November, all DU Radio shows will be posted on the Web for public listening.

These three-minute programs, hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter John Quaintance, cover topics such as waterfowl hunting, camping, wetland conservation and research, as well as other outdoor topics.

Listen to the Latest Shows

Latest News

Carbon Credits Finance New Approach to Large-Scale Conservation

Unprecedented Partnership Conserves Prairie Habitat Through Direct Payments to Landowners

It pays to conserve habitat these days. Literally. In an unprecedented conservation agreement, Ducks Unlimited, Equator Environmental, LLC and New Forests Inc. are helping landowners conserve grasslands and store carbon on their property – and make money doing it.

Full Story

Video Hunting Tip

Tips for Hunting Midday Ducks

If you routinely head in by midmorning, you might be missing out on some great hunting!

Click here to play video.

Read this story in your November / December issue of Ducks Unlimited Magazine, or click here to read full article online.

DU Partnerships


Yamaha Announces the 2008 Rhino 700 FI Auto 4x4 Ducks Unlimited Edition

Yamaha recently announced its all-new 2008 Rhino 700 FI Auto 4x4 taking its category-leading Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle and making it more versatile than ever.

The new Ducks Unlimited Edition offers some specific accessories with the outdoorsman in mind, such as a full front windshield and molded sun top as well as the Realtree™ Advantage Max-4 High Definition Camouflage.

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United Country

Ducks Unlimited® and United Country® Real Estate announce a strategic partnership with the objective of getting more hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational property into the hands of conservation minded real estate buyers.

Founded in 1925, United Country Real Estate is the #1 recreational, vacation and overall rural property seller nationwide. With over 700 offices across the United States, you can view all their real estate properties at Instantly search tens of thousands of properties for any type hunting, fishing or recreational property feature online or call 800-999-1020 for a Free Real Estate Catalog today.

Hunt & Home™ Wild Game Recipe

Grilled Duck with Spicy Plum Sesame Sauce

Celebrate conservation with Hunt & Home holiday parties! Whether it's a small group of friends or your annual wild game dinner, make it count for the ducks! Go to to find recipes and how to have your own Hunt & Home fund raising party.

Be sure to try the Grilled Ducks with Spicy Plum Sesame Sauce entrée … it's incredibly easy to prepare and full of flavor!

East meets southwest! This recipe pairs the sweet and savory flavors of the DU Red Plum and Toasted Sesame Sauce with a splash of citrus and just enough spicy heat to add a zing to your next duck dinner. Serve with DU Mississippi Flyway Wild Rice blend; wild rice with black beans, yellow corn and a chipotle kick!

Serves 4

  • 4 large duck breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons DU Lemon-Lime Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (or more) red chili flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup DU Red Plum and Toasted Sesame Sauce
  • Sprigs cilantro, 4 lime wedges

In a large bowl, combine olive oil and next 4 ingredients. Add half of the DU Red Plum and Toasted Sesame Sauce and mix well. Add duck and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4– 6 hours, turning often. Place on a well-lubricated white-hot grill, breast side down, until browned. Cook other side until duck is cooked to desired doneness (be careful not to overcook). Just before removing from the grill, baste each breast with remaining DU Red Plum and Toasted Sesame Sauce. Top with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve with the DU Mississippi Wild Rice blend for the perfect meal!

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