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Opening Day
Coming this Fall...

It comes once a year. It's a special day on our calendars. It's a day to celebrate. The opening day of the waterfowling season in your area will be here before you know it. Stay connected to www.ducks.org for a special experience beginning September 1, 2008, presented by Federal Premium, LINE-X, Hevi-Shot and Realtree.

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"I always include a half-dozen spring-loaded clothespins in the gear bucket that I carry to the blind. These inexpensive pins can be used to hold camouflage netting, branches and cattails on the sides of my blind. "

-Harold Podolske
Alexandria, Minnesota

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1. Seasonal Dog
2. Summer Dogs
3. The Versatile Labrador

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Chapter Spotlight
Big Horn River Chapter

With underwriting help from local businesses, the Big Horn River Chapter earned a Gold Presidential Citation Award in 2007.

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Partner Spotlight
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Retriever training slows as 'dog days' arrive
by Chris Jennings

Click here to get tips on training dogs in hot weatherKeeping a retriever in "hunt-ready" condition is important throughout the year, but as the heat index climbs, trainers need to carefully balance training sessions while keeping the dog's health in mind at all times. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels provides some great tips to keep your dog safe and cool during summertime training.

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New Gear for Waterfowlers in 2008
by Gary Koehler (from the July/August 2008 issue of DU Magazine)

Check out this year's selection of innovative products for duck and goose hunters. From decoys and calls to retriever supplies and storage solutions - we've got every waterfowler covered in 2008!

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Featured Video: Decoy Rigging Tips

Dependability, simplicity key considerations when rigging decoys

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DU in D.C.: Conservation Reserve Program opened to haying, grazing

With drought conditions leading to record grain prices, the USDA has agreed to open select Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to haying and grazing to help alleviate the burden on America's ranchers. The acres would not be open during waterfowl nesting seasons, and the move will make CRP more attractive to farmers and ranchers who might otherwise cultivate the land in these times of high commodity prices.

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DU News: Waterfowl Production, Everglades

Waterfowl Production Areas celebrate 50 years

Click here to read more about the 50th anniversary of Waterfowl Production AreasThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), which are specifically purchased for waterfowl nesting and breeding using funds from the sale of the Federal Duck Stamps that waterfowl hunters and enthusiasts purchase every year. Consisting of more than 36,000 areas ranging from .01 acres to more than 7,400 acres, WPAs are responsible for conserving more than 2.5 million acres of waterfowl habitat.

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DU applauds state of Florida's plan to purchase 187,000 acres of Everglades

Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetland habitat conservation, acknowledges the purchase of 187,000 acres of Everglades by the state of Florida as a significant milestone in conservation. Acquired by the state from U.S. Sugar Corporation, the $1.7 billion purchase is crucial to the South Florida wetland ecosystem.

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Recipe of the Month: Wood Duck Salad

Wood Duck Salad recipe

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