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  • Deadly Goose Spreads
  • Holiday Gear Guide
  • Goose Species Tips
  • Chapter Spotlight:
    Union County, Ark.

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Member Tip
Christmas Camo

A realistic-looking, durable camouflage material for your blind is artificial Christmas trees. If the limbs are too green in color to match the surrounding cover, spray them olive drab. I use the limbs to cover the sides and the roof. I also nail them to stakes and place them in the surrounding shallow water to further break the outline of the blind. Used Christmas trees can be bought cheaply after the holidays. Check newspaper classifieds sections, department-store clearance sales and garage sales.

–J.C. Ingram
Sycamore, Ill.

Share Your Hunting Videos, Win Prizes!

Share your experiences in the blind this season by uploading your videos to the Opening Day Video Contest. Record the excitement of a morning hunt, a field tradition or a great retrieve—you could win one of many great prizes. Submit your video today!

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Chapter Spotlight
Union County, Ark.

Once again, the Union County Chapter in El Dorado, Ark., showed why they are annually a Top 100 chapter during their fall event this past October, at which they honored their co-chairman who is a breast cancer survivor by wearing pink DU shirts.

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Opening Day Blog

The Opening Day Blog is a combination of how-tos and short stories from experienced waterfowl hunters and conservationists in every flyway. Do you have a story or a comment to share? Don't hesitate to join in the experience by sharing your thoughts on the blog!

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Giving Back
What is the Feather Society?

The Feather Society is DU's recognition program designed to honor those members and supporters who have included Ducks Unlimited in their estate plans.
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One of the most useful tools for charitable and estate planning is a bequest made in your will or trust. DU has created a "Guide to Wills and Trusts" to assist you with your planning.

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Partner Spotlight
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Feature | Five Deadly Goose Spreads

Tried and true methods to bring down more geese

Click here to read more of the feature story It's a fact: Nothing works all the time. There's no better example of this than goose hunting. Early season, mid-season, late season—it doesn't matter. Often, the spread those big honkers just fell into on Monday repels them on Thursday. It's the ultimate in trial and error, the goose gurus will tell you. And they're right.

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Giving Back | Take the DU Challenge

Help us raise $500,000 for wetlands conservation by Dec. 31!

Click here to learn more about the DU ChallengeAcross North America, waterfowl are finding fewer places to breed, migrate and winter. Sportsmen are having to hunt for land. In every flyway, at nearly every turn, we're losing wetlands and grasslands at a rampant rate. The good news, however, is that Ducks Unlimited has answers and we're taking action.

Last month, we launched the DU Conservation Challenge. We're racing to raise $500,000 online before Dec. 31, but we need your help to get there. Thanks to our generous donors, we've already reached the halfway mark, but we still have a long way to go! If you haven't made your year-end, tax-deductible gift, please consider making it today. As an added bonus, Mossy Oak will match your online donation, allowing your dollar to go even further! You Care. You Count. Thanks for taking the DU Challenge!

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DU Magazine | The Big Splash

Whether you're hunting Canadas, snows, specks or brant, shooting geese over water requires attention to detail

Read more from DU Magazine One of the most memorable open-water hunts I ever participated in occurred many years ago on Lake Senachwine, a historic Illinois River backwater. We had a successful morning duck shoot and were debating departure in order to catch the Bears game on television later that afternoon.

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Special Holiday Waterfowl Gear Guide

Click here to read the Waterfowl Gear Guide Waterfowl hunters are famous for being "gear junkies" and that helps during the holiday season. If you have a waterfowl hunter on your list, or you are dropping subtle hints to those searching for your perfect gift, the DU E-newsletter editorial staff has compiled some can't-miss recommendations. Also, make sure to check out the daily Gear Features on Opening Day-First Flight for more gift ideas!

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Featured Video | Camo in a Cattail Slough

Hunting in a cattail marsh can be difficult because of the camouflage limitations. Fred Zink from Zink calls explain how you can conceal yourself and your hunting companions in a cattail easily and efficiently.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

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Gislason Lake enhancement will improve waterfowl habitat

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Recipe Spotlight | Duck Runzas
submitted by Martin McGuire of Bennington, Neb.

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. shortening
  • 3¼ c. flour
  • ¾ to 1 lb. ground duck, browned
  • 1 T. oil
  • ¼ c. chopped onion
  • 1½ c. shredded cabbage
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¾ t. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Cooking Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Beat egg in mixing bowl, then add melted shortening, sugar and salt.
  3. add contents of bowl to dissolved yeast. Stir in flour.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  1. Brown ground duck in oil. Add onion, cabbage, water, salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion, cabbage, water, salt and pepper. Simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Cool before placing on dough.
  1. Roll dough into oblong shape and cut into 8 squares.
  2. Divide duck mixture evenly among squares. Pull four sides up and press edges together.
  3. Place on greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

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