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Ducks Unlimited - World Leader in Wetlands and Waterfowl ConservationDucks Unlimited Newsletter: April 2008

  • When Duck Hunting Turns to Survival
  • Get Your Dog to Retrieve Geese
  • DU message in USA Today
  • Chapter Spotlight: Helena, Montana
  • Tour Capitol Hill with DU
  • DU Partnerships
  • Ideas for the Kitchen

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A Tale of Survival

When a duck hunt becomes a survival situation

“It happened so fast. As soon as I let go of the motor handle and began taking water over the gunnels, I knew I was getting wet,” said Ted Kuhn. “I also knew I had to remain calm if I was going to get out of this situation.”

Fog, a light drizzle, and warmer than normal temperatures in December right after a cold front – duck hunting couldn’t have been a better way for Ted Kuhn, Zionsville, Ind., resident to spend his day off. Ducks were holding tight along the Wabash River and Kuhn had remembered seeing several feeding along the mouth of a creek just north of Terre Haute, Ind.

A morning filled with feather-laced optimism terrifyingly changed to a survival situation, one that Kuhn and others have learned from.

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Tip of the Month

Getting your dog to retrieve geese

Training dogs to retrieve and carry a heavy goose can be difficult. To give your dog sHave a tip? Submit it here!ome practice, try using a weighted dummy. To do this, take a plastic dummy, slit the bottom, add sand or lead sinkers, and tape the bottom shut. As your dog becomes more comfortable carrying a heavy load, gradually increase the weight of the dummy until you're confident your dog can handle the heft of a goose. To permanently seal the dummy, use plastic cement that is available at most hardware stores.

-Submitted by William L. Streitz
Roseburg, Ore.

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DU in the News

Ducks Unlimited message in USA Today

Ducks Unlimited’s fight to conserve native grasslands has been recognized in USA Today. The detrimental effect of losing more native prairie grasslands needs to be understood by all. Click here to read the article.

To contact your legislatures and let them know you care about saving the grasslands, click here.

DU Chapter Spotlight
Helena, Montana Chapter
Area Chairman:
Edie Hallford

Jerry Hallford

George Stirner

Membership Chairman: Kathy Stirner

Helena Chapter
Helena, Montana

A chapter that began with only eight committee members has become a nationally recognized chapter with 28 extremely active committee members whom have dedicated their time and efforts toward Ducks Unlimited’s goal of conserving wetlands.

“It has just blown me away what they’ve done,” said Layne Krumwiede, regional director, Montana. “The committee is a very tight knit group of volunteers and what they are doing is just amazing.”

Read More

DU in D.C.

Walk the Corridors of Power with Ducks Unlimited

What happens in Washington, D.C. will affect what happens to you in the blind next season, so knowing the ins and outs of what is happening is critical.Attend the DU National Convention.

Get the latest info straight from the source, and walk the halls of Congress with Ducks Unlimited on the Congressional Tour, part of the 2008 National Convention.

Hear congressional supporters of Ducks Unlimited give insider briefing on policy that affects sportsmen and conservation. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a power lunch with members of Congress and staff.

In addition to a visit to “the Hill,” you will also be taken on a driving tour of famous Washington, D.C. landmarks and monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the newest addition to the National Mall, the World War II Memorial.

Register for the Convention Today!

DU Partnerships

Federal Premium Ammunition

Buy Federal Premium® Ultra-Shok® to support Grasslands for Tomorrow and get a FREE braided leather lanyard

This coming season you can take great pride in knowing that each box of Federal Premium Ultra-Shok you purchase can help the Grasslands for Tomorrow initiative and provide needed support to the important U.S. portion of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

In recognition of your support, Federal will be offering a free braided-leather lanyard to keep your favorite call close at hand.

Read More | Federal Web site


Hunt & Home: Great Taste for a Great Cause!

Great taste for a great cause! Try these recipes using DU’s Hunt & Home exclusive line of sauces, seasonings, breads and essential kitchen tools. 100% of the proceeds go directly to support our mission for the ducks!

Shop and check out the “On Sale” section for extra value!


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