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Member Tip
Old Reliable

"In today’s world of full-bodied and shell goose decoys, the inexpensive, yet effective, silhouette decoy has been somewhat forgotten. But these decoys make a very cost-effective way to increase your decoy spread. Just set your full-bodied dekes on the periphery of the spread and your silhouettes in the interior.

Another tip when using silhouette goose decoys is to place them facing in various directions. This will create an illusion of movement to geese passing overhead."

-Mark DesRoches
Kingston, Ontario

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Chapter Spotlight
Hockomock DU
Taunton, Massachusetts

Hockomock Chapter maintained a positive DU attitude in the face of adversity a few years ago and it's reflecting in their success.

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Celebrate Opening Day with Ducks Unlimited
The ultimate resource for waterfowl hunters has arrived

Get ready for opening day!Opening day is the pinnacle of excitement for waterfowl hunters. Our anxiety never subsides, from the moment the last shot is fired the previous season to the first shot on opening morning. The Opening Day Web site, First Flight, is designed to whet your opening day appetite and support waterfowl hunters throughout the season, providing in-depth articles, videos, hunting reports, blogs and more.

And, of course, back by popular demand is a new and improved version of the waterfowl migration map.

Opening Day: Are You Ready?

2008 Waterfowl Forecast
Drought on the prairies reduced duck production this year, but most waterfowl populations remain healthy
by Matt Young

While duck production declined on the prairies this year, most species remain at healthy levels. The following report provides an overview of the status of habitat conditions and waterfowl populations across key breeding areas in the United States and Canada.

Fall flight forecast report

Featured Video: Tuning a Duck Call
Keep your call sounding sharp all season long

Featured Video: Tuning a Duck Call

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Featured Blog: It's in the Bag
by Tom Fulgham

A blind bag can tell you a lot about a duck hunter. Tom Fulgham, editor-in-chief of Ducks Unlimited Magazine gives an overview of two types: one that's bursting at the seams with gear, and another scaled down version with the bare essentials. Take a look inside these bags and tell us what items you'll be taking to the field on opening day!

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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic Big Success
by GPRO Communications staff

The prairies echoed with exuberant calls last month, not from camo-clad men in the field but from the homes of about 40 children who participated in the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic at Ducks Unlimited's Great Plains Regional Office. Duck calls were among the many goodies the waterfowler wannabes took home after the successful day of sessions geared toward sparking their interest in hunting.

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Ducks Unlimited Joins "No Child Left Inside" Coalition

Ducks Unlimited has joined a coalition supporting the “No Child Left Inside” bill, which would improve outdoor and environmental education for school kids of all ages.

With kids today spending half as much time outside as their counterparts of 20 years ago, it is imperative that steps be taken to introduce and re-introduce the next generation to the joys of hunting, angling and spending time in nature.

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