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"Kota" at Hackberry Flat

Submitted by DU member Heath Hagy
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Member Tip
How old is that goose?

Geese are easy to age. Simply look at their tail feathers. Juvenile geese have a "V" notch at the tip of their tail feathers. Adult geese, however, have a rounded or pointed tip on their tail feathers.

-Ramsey Falconer
Houston, Texas

DU member Budweiser Conservationist of the Year finalist
George Dunklin
DU proudly announces George H. Dunklin Jr. as one of four finalists for this year's Budweiser Conservationist of the Year award. Dunklin, originally from Pine Bluff, Ark., has been a member of DU for more than 30 years and has held numerous committee positions. Dunklin currently sits on the DU President's Council, as well as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He has been a leader in promoting habitat conservation in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for many years.

How to Vote: Visit www.budweiser.com. Click on the "Budweiser" tab at the top and then the "Great Outdoors" link. You will see the Conservationist of the Year banner on the right. You must be 21 years old to vote.

Click here to access more DU Radio shows

1. Duck Call with Joel Gulker
2. Opening Day with Anthony Jones
3. Trophy Care

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Chapter Spotlight
Hamilton County, Nebraska

It was another good year on the books for the Hamilton County Chapter. This once-struggling group has now become one of the most dependable in the state of Nebraska.

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Click here to read more about the Hamilton County, Nebraska, Chapter

Opening Day, Every Day
Interact with the Experts

As part of its Opening Day celebration, DU is hosting several live webinar and chat events online. Get an instant replay of DU Chief Biologist Dale Humburg's insight into the fall migration. This recording and details on future events are available at openingday.ducks.org/webinars.

Amazing Duck Tales
Stowaway Sprig

While migrating from Alaska, a hen pintail carrying a satellite transmitter landed on a shrimp boat off the northern Oregon coast. The surprised crew carried the duck safely to shore and released it on a nearby wetland.

Opening Day is here!

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Waterfowling Tactics: Change can be good
by John Pollman

Click here to read moreWhen it comes to having consistent success as a duck hunter, the ability to adapt to changing hunting conditions can bridge the gap between you and a successful day in the field. While scouting certainly will help you find the right area, even the best-laid plan may fall short if there is the slightest shift in weather pattern or bird behavior. Rather than throwing up your arms, take a deep breath and repeat: Change can be good.

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DU focused on rescuing Duck Factory

Click here to watch an urgent video message from Ducks Unlimited Ducks Unlimited is making the move to conserve America's prairies. The 10,000-year-old native grasslands that stretch across North and South Dakota are under pressure due to economic strain. These prairies, referred to as the Duck Factory by those in the waterfowl community, need to be rescued in order to sustain waterfowl populations.

DU is working with landowners in the region to place this critical breeding habitat under permanent conservation easements. This will conserve these lands forever and protect the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting.

Watch an urgent video message from Ducks Unlimited to find out how you can help.

Featured Blog: How are the Seasons Set?
by Mike Checkett

Most state wildlife agencies set their waterfowl seasons in August, and I often get questions this time of year regarding how season are set. It is a long and complicated process, an annual process that never really stops. It involves a series of scheduled administrative meetings and an on-going process of data gathering. I'll try to provide a simplified description of the administrative process here.

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Featured Video:
Shooting Decoying Puddle Ducks

Gary Goodpaster provides tips for shooting puddle ducks coming into your decoy spread

Click here to watch 'Shooting Decoying Puddle Ducks'

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Conservation leaders, White House discuss future of hunting

To commemorate the centennial of the 1908 Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources, and as part of the implementation of last year's executive order on the "Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation," President George W. Bush has called a White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy. The conference will begin Oct. 1 in Reno, Nev., and approximately 1,000 members of the conservation and business communities are expected to attend.

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Hurricanes impact wildlife habitat in Texas, Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited urges Congress to support habitat restoration efforts

Ducks Unlimited is urging Congress to act quickly to help state and federal wildlife agencies, farmers and ranchers recover from the damage done by hurricanes Gustav and Ike by funding restoration and recovery efforts that will enable them to continue with farming, ranching or other habitat programs that provide critically important wetland habitat on their lands. Waterfowl, other migratory birds and resident wildlife species depend heavily on habitat provided on public and private lands in the storm-impacted areas.

More on hurricane impact

Early fall habitat conditions in Canada

Click here to read more The prospects for the fall flight are generally good across Canada this fall. Wetland conditions have improved or remained stable in many areas with recent rains, and are providing adequate habitat for migrating waterfowl.

More on Canadian habitat conditions

Recipe of the Month: Duck Blind Jerky

4-5 lbs. wild duck or goose breast
1½ c. soy sauce
1½ c. Mr. Yoshida's Marinade & Cooking Sauce
2 T. Tabasco
3 T. Worcestershire
2 T. onion powder
2 T. garlic salt
2 T. pepper
¼ t. cayenne pepper
1 capful liquid smoke
¼ t. chili powder
1 T. minced garlice
1 T. your favorite BBQ sauce
¼ c. brown sugar
1½ c. water
1 bottle of beer (half for brine, half for you)
Cooking Instructions
  1. Mix all above ingredients together in a small stainless steel bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cut duck/goose breast while partially frozen using a slicer or filet knife. Cut into thin strips ¼" or less.
  3. In large stainless steel bowl, combine meat and brine making sure the brine covers the meat, store in a cool place for 24 hours (the longer the better).
  4. Remove meat from brine and place strips on butcher paper or newpaper and let sit for 15 minutes (Optional: Sprinkle meat with black pepper or crushed red chilies as it dries on paper).
  5. Place meat in dehydrator or smoker for 8 hours or until done (if smoking, use only one pan of your favorite chips).
  6. Rotate trays to keep meat from getting too done.
  7. Remove from dehydrator or smoker and enjoy with family, friends and hunting partners.
  8. Store in zip-top bags. You may freeze the jerky in freezer zip-top bags for up to 3 months. Good luck hunting!

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