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  • 2008 in pictures
  • Valentine's Day special
  • February gear guide

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Featured Member Photo
Mallard on thin ice

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Submitted by DU member Brian Spinks
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Member Tip
Fluttering rags

To improve my success while guiding hunters for greater snow geese, I developed the ultimate method of adding movement to my decoy spread. I attach 30 white rag decoys to a 150-foot line tied to the top of a 10-foot pole in the middle of my spread. When a flock of snows approaches, I pull the line up and down in an undulating manner. The rags on the line will rise and fall just like fluttering geese looking for an opening to land. Keep doing this until the geese are within about 50 yards, then grab your gun. This works equally well on a smaller scale while hunting diving ducks from the shoreline.

-Jim Gallagher
Enola, Penn.


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Chapter Spotlight
Atlantic Frontier chapter

The Atlantic Frontier Chapter aims to remain tops in Massachusetts and reach new heights in New England in 2009.

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Amazing Duck Facts
Super size

The largest of North America's waterfowl is the trumpeter swan, which can tip the scales at more than 35 pounds. Weighing as much as six pounds, the common eider is the largest duck in the northern hemisphere.


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Feature | Best photos from 2008

DU's most popular member photos from last year

Cameras have become another "tool of the trade" for many waterfowl hunters, and DU members constantly amaze us with their photos from the field. We have created a slideshow representing some of the most popular member-submitted photos from 2008.

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Valentine's Day special: Love is in the blind

Cupid wore camo for this unique proposalKayci Stoner after a unique proposal in the blind

by Chris Jennings

Waterfowl hunting is all about camaraderie in the blind. While many hunt with friends, there are those who are lucky enough to share a blind with their significant other. What more could a waterfowl hunter want? While Cupid better be careful trying to fling arrows at camouflaged people gripping Benellis, this is the story of two waterfowl hunters who found love, and the unique propoal that joined them forever – both in and out of the blind.

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February 2009 waterfowl gear guide

Check out these great new products from Greenhead Gear, Coleman® and Mad Dog Gear®.

Click here to read the February 2009 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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DU Magazine | Waterfowl energy demands

Ducks need an abundance of carbohydrate-rich food to meet their needs during migration and winter

by Tom Moorman, Ph.D.

Energy policy has been in the news lately, with daily reports on fluctuating fuel prices, alternative energy sources and other complex issues. Test your knowledge with the all-new DU Waterfowl IQ quizzes todayMost of us probably don't think very much about how we acquire and use energy on a daily basis—we simply stop by the corner gas station for fuel or run by the store and buy food. Have you ever wondered how waterfowl meet the most basic of biological requirements?

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Featured Video | Hunt snows on hilltops

Avery Pro-Staffer Tony Vandemore explains how to hunt snow geese effectively by placing your decoy spread on a hilltop.

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Recipe Spotlight | Raspberry garlic duck
submitted by Donna Tonelli of Spring Valley, Ill.

Ingredients
  • 2 dressed mallards
  • 1 14-oz. can beef broth
  • 1 16-oz. jar unsweetened raspberry jam
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
Cooking Instructions
  1. Cover ducks with cold water. Add white vinegar and soak overnight.
  2. To prepare ducks, rinse. Crush garlic clove with large broad-blade knife and place one in each duck cavity. Add large spoonful of jam to cavity.
  3. Place ducks breast-up in oven-safe plastic bag and add can of beef broth. Seal bag and cut small slit in top.
  4. Place bag on cookie sheet and roast until meat pulls away from breast bone. Should take approximately 1 ½ hours at 350 degrees. Ducks will self-baste in bag and skin will become brown and crispy.
  5. Remove duck from oven. Cut small hole in corner of bag and pour off 1 cup of broth. Leave ducks sealed in bag to rest while you prepare the sauce.
  6. Add remaining jam and balsamic vinegar to broth in small sauce pan. Bring to boil and simmer to reduce to a thick sauce.
  7. Split ducks by removing back and breast bones. Spoon sauce over duck halves and serve.

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