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In This Issue
  • Wood Duck Boxes
  • Favorite March Photos
  • April Gear Guide

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DU National Convention
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There's still time to register for this year's Ducks Unlimited National Convention in Denver. The convention lasts from May 20-24 and features informational meetings, workshops, food & fun! Learn more.

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Favorite March Photos
Member photo slideshow
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The DU Weekender Bag
Great for the blind, the range or a getaway

Planning a weekend trip? Need a new bag to carry to the blind or the shooting range? The DU Weekender Bag is your catch-all solution! Get it today with your donation of $42 or more to Ducks Unlimited.

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Member Tip
Gun cleaning

Waterfowlers know well the difficulties of keeping a gun clean. Two helpful items are a ½-inch paintbrush and a can of compressed air (available at photography & computer stores). The paintbrush has longer bristles than a toothbrush and, when used in tandem with compressed air, allows you to remove debris from even the most difficult-to-reach areas.

–Jeff Poland
Coshocton, Ohio

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Share field secrets with your fellow DU members

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Chapter Spotlight
Purdue Collegiate Chapter

The Purdue Collegiate Chapter has made the Sweet 16 both on and off the court. The lone Hoosiers state chapter has made great strides in four short years.

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Partner Spotlight
SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund

A Ducks Unlimited effort to protect critical breeding habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota is one of four conservation projects receiving a $5,000 grant from the SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund, a program dedicated to supporting wildlife habitat enhancement initiatives. For more information on the Conservation Fund or how to apply for a grant, visit

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Feature | Spring Wood Duck Boxes

A safe hatch means a strong season
Click to read more about wood ducks & wood duck boxes
There's no doubt many hunters have spent handfuls of shells missing wood ducks in the flooded timber or slough. Their acrobatic style and unmatched beauty make them ideal quarry. In spring, wood ducks allow avid sportsmen and conservationists a hands-on opportunity to get involved in wildlife management. This time of year the main concern is breeding habitat conditions on the prairies, but constructing and strategically placing wood duck boxes in your region offers a safe nesting area for these local birds.

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April Waterfowl Gear Guide

Check out these great new waterfowl-hunting products for April 2009, compiled by the DU E-newsletter editorial staff.

Click here to read the April 2009 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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Call to Action | Help Ensure Record Increase in Waterfowl Habitat Conservation

Ask your congressmen to support NAWCA fundingContact Congress & ask for their support for NAWCA funding in 2010!

The president has recommended a record increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)—one of the most successful waterfowl habitat conservation programs in history.

Members of Congress are now determining what the final funding level will be contact Congress now and make sure NAWCA is funded at the highest level possible in 2010.

Now in its 20th year, NAWCA has been responsible for more than 24 million acres of habitat across North America, and much of its success can be attributed to DU members and supporters writing an e-mail or calling their members of Congress to ask that they support NAWCA funding.

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DU Magazine | Great Value in Duck Stamps

Revenue generated from duck stamp sales vital to wetlands, waterfowl conservation

by Dale Humburg

I was once asked, "How far can you send a mallard with a duck stamp?" The answer: "Not as far as you used to." Read more from 'Great value in duck stamps' from DU MagazineThat's because the price of the Federal Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly referred to as the duck stamp, has not increased since 1991 ... And the costs of a gallon of milk, a box of corn flakes, and a loaf of bread have doubled during the same period. The buying power of duck stamp revenues has also not kept pace with the cost of wetland and upland acreage. While many other products have dramatically increased in price, the duck stamp has stagnated at $15.

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Featured Video | Big Water Safety

DUTV Host Wade Bourne provides tips for keeping yourself and your hunting companions safe on the water this season.

Click to watch this month's featured video: Big Water Safety

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Recipe Spotlight | Buckshot's Belly Buster
submitted by Leon Anderson of St. Germain, Wis.

  • Duck or goose breasts, legs or thighs
  • Pancake flour
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun spice
  • Black pepper
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Onion
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Water
Cooking Instructions
  1. Marinate meat for several hours in 1:1 teriyaki-soy sauce mixture. Keep in cool area.
  2. Lightly flour meat. Brown floured meat in olive oil.
  3. Add Cajun spice and pepper to meat to taste.
  4. Place a layer of meat in the bottom of a slow cooker, followed by a layer of slice onion and a layer of cream of mushroom soup topped with finely chopped garlic. Repeat this sequence until all the meat is in the slow cooker.
  5. Add a cup of water and set the temperature control to Medium.
  6. Cook for at least six hours.

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