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Member Tip

If you find yourself breaking ice with your boat paddles during the season, here's a way to keep your paddles from splitting during tough duty. Coat the blades of your paddle with fiberglass that is available at most hardware stores. This will not only strengthen them, but also add life to their use.

-Michael Richart
Galion, Ohio

Opening Day, Every Day
Share your field experiences with DU's Waterfowl Migration Map

Report waterfowl activity and hunting conditions in your area. Get the latest from other hunters before you gear up and head out. The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map provides detailed weather information and lets you look back through the archives to see how the birds are moving.

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Chapter Spotlight
Independence, Kansas

The Independence, Kansas, DU Chapter continued on its track of success for yet another year, earning this month's Chapter Spotlight.

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Amazing Duck Facts
Sound carries

Both common and Barrow's goldeneyes are often called whistlers. On cold, windless days, the resonant whistling sound produced by goldeneyes' rapidly beating wings can be heard a half-mile away!

Partner Spotlight
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Feature | Scouting success with online tools
by Chris JenningsClick here to read more

Back in the day, waterfowl hunters relied on tools such as the Farmer's Almanac for weather and migration predictions. They rowed boats across open bays and got word-of-mouth advice on hunting locations and bird activity. Technology now provides waterfowl hunters with Doppler weather reports, migration maps and handheld GPS units. The problem is that many hunters don't utilize this technology, mainly because they don't know how.

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DU Magazine | Warm-weather waterfowling

Ducks and geese change their habits during warm spells, and so should huntersClick here to read more warm-weather hunting tips

by Wade Bourne

It happens virtually every duck season. Hunting has been going well. New birds are showing up with each cold front. And then a warm spell sets in. For many hunters, the shooting simply disappears. So what's a duck hunter to do? Stop hunting until the north wind returns? Absolutely not, say Avery Outdoors Pro-Staffers Tyson Keller and Hunter Johnson.

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Featured Blog | Wood Ducks
by Will Brantley

Few things in hunting sound as "wild" as a hen wood duck squealing before daylight. Turkeys gobbling and elk bugling both have their own mystique and are maybe more impressive. But hearing a wood duck always reminds me of my earliest duck hunting endeavors in sloughs and creeks that seemed to be miles from anything.

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Featured Video | Layout Blind Shooting Tips

Gary Goodpaster provides essential tips for effective laydown shooting this season

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DU in D.C. | More access for hunters, more land for ducks announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that approximately 7 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land would be opened up to hunting and fishing access in the coming year. In addition, USDA Secretary Ed Schafer also announced new incentives for land to be enrolled in CRP, which is responsible for more than 2.2 million ducks and geese added to the fall migration every year. One of the incentives specifically benefits lands in the Prairie Pothole Region, the target of DU's Rescue the Duck Factory campaign.

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Open Season on Tax Savings

IRA Charitable Rollover Program extended through 2009

Click here to read more about the IRA Charitable Rollover Program Are you looking for a way to make a gift to Ducks Unlimited? Congress recently approved an extension on a simple and convenient gift method using your IRA.

Like many other DU members, your IRA probably has increased in value over the years. At age 70½ you must begin taking distributions from your IRA whether or not you need this additional income stream.

If your income needs are met, please consider making Ducks Unlimited the beneficiary of your required IRA income payouts.

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Partner Spotlight | Opening day is here!

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Recipe of the Month | Downhome Duck Chili
submitted by Craig Heyer of Vista, Calif.

  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 - 1½ lb. cubed duck breast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 jalapeño peppers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 28-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 15-oz. cans dark red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans
  • 1 15-oz. can pinto beans
  • 4 medium white potatoes, in ½" cubes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese & green onion

Cooking Instructions
  1. In a 6-quart stock pot, heat vegetable oil.
  2. Add ground beef, duck breast, onions and garlic.
  3. Cook about 10-15 minutes until meat is browned and onions are tender.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except the beans and bring to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the 4 cans of beans and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Garnish each serving as desired.

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Mission: Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Our vision is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.