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Member Tip
Keep Mum

Having trouble decoying mallards and other ducks late in the season? Try not calling at all. Often ducks have become so call-shy by the end of the season they will flare at the first quack, even from a real duck. If you must call, try softly blowing a teal or wigeon whistle.

-Tommy Talbot
Iowa, La.

Open Season on Tax Savings
IRA Charitable Rollover Program extended through 2009

Are you 70½ or older? Looking for a lasting way to make a gift to Ducks Unlimited? Learn how you can make DU part of your long-term financial planning!

Click here to read more about the IRA Charitable Rollover Program & DU

Chapter Spotlight
Copper County Ladies Chapter

A can-do attitude is what you'll find in the Copper County, Mich., DU Ladies Chapter. Dedication and teamwork are the keys to this group's successful banquets and other events each year.

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Amazing Duck Facts
High Altitude

Ducks usually migrate at an altitude of 200 to 4,000 feet but are capable of reaching much greater heights. A jet plane over Nevada struck a mallard at an altitude of 21,000 feet—the highest documented flight by North American waterfowl. A 1954 climbing expedition to Mount Everest found a pintail skeleton at an elevation of 16,400 feet.

Partner Spotlight
Ducks Unlimited® Eyewear

Ducks Unlimited® Eyewear is proud to announce three great new styles in the new year. The Hawthorne is an antique-inspired frame for the classic outdoorsman. And the DU-10 and DU-11, part of the Mallard Collection, are durable, comfortable options for the waterfowl hunter on the go. Check out the new styles today!

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Feature | Taking Late-Season Honkers

Professional guides share Canada-stalking secretsClick here to read more on taking late-season Canada geese

by Gary Koehler

Late-season waterfowling can present the worst of times and the best of times. Depending on one's place of residency, this portion of the year can bring plunging temperatures, snow, ice and winds that slice the air like a razor. Canada geese, having been pursued for months, parlay their in-season education into a wariness that borders on avian paranoia. Gunning conditions can be physically demanding and the birds extremely tough. But, for those who take the time to properly prepare, the rewards can be exceptional.

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Zink, Primos Find Common Ground in DU

Rival call makers put aside differences to help DU Rescue the Duck FactoryWatch Fred Zink & Will Primos' call-to-action video now

Fred Zink and Will Primos may not agree on much, but there's one thing they do agree on: the urgent need to Rescue the Duck Factory. Watch a special video from these industry leaders!

Duck Fever | Your DU Fund-raising Page

Create your own Duck Fever fund-raising campaign today, and encourage your friends, family—anyone at all—to donate to Ducks Unlimited on your behalf. DU's fund-raising efforts have now extended to the hands of our loyal members online!

Duck Fever is a quick and easy way to support DU, and it doesn't cost a dime to get started. Simply choose a fund-raising goal, add a personal message and photo, choose a badge to display your progress and share it online. Then recruit family and friends to donate to DU on your behalf!

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DU Magazine | America's Goose Towns

Statistics, expert advice reveal top goose spots nationwide Click here to read more about America's top goose-hunting destinations

by Will Brantley

Waterfowlers can find great goose action—whether Canadas, specklebellies, snows or brant—in every flyway. Based on harvest data collected each year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we've compiled a list of some of the best goose-hunting destinations in the United States.

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New Waterfowling Gear for 2009
Click here for new waterfowling gear in 2009
Ring in the new year with these great products from Rob Roberts Custom Gunworks, Avery® and GHG®. Perfect for your favorite waterfowler—or yourself—in 2009.

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DU News | North Carolina, Indiana

Roanoke River NWR Broadneck Unit NAWCA project

The recently completed Broadneck Unit project restored hydrology to 1,050 acres of the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge in Bertie County, N.C. This project was part of the Roanoke River Migratory Bird Initiative II NAWCA grant that was approved in early 2006.

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Duke Energy Foundation supports DU's Indiana conservation efforts as part of ongoing partnership

Ducks Unlimited recently received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Duke has a long history of environmental support in Indiana, and DU will expand on an already successful partnership to benefit important local conservation projects.

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Recipe of the Month | Goose Dippin' Sticks
submitted by Marco Stetich of North Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 1 goose breast, skinned
  • 1 can of 7-up
  • ¼ c. soy sauce
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 1 T. coarse-ground black pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Juice of lemon
  • 2 heaping T. mayonnaise
  • 4 buttons fresh garlic, crushed & finely chopped
  • 1 T. chopped cilantro
  • ¼ c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 c. Thai chili-pepper paste in oil
  • ½ head finely sliced napa cabbage
Cooking Instructions
  1. Cut goose breast lengthwise in 3/4"-wide cutlets.
  2. Slice cutlets lengthwise again into 1½" strips.
  3. Marinate in 7-up and soy sauce for 1-2 hours.
  4. Dipping Sauce #1: Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice & fresh garlic in small bowl. Mix until creamy. Add cilantro and mix. Keep cool until ready to use.
  5. Dipping Sauce #2: Combine peanut butter and Thai chili-pepper paste in oil. Mix well. If too thick, stir in about 1/3 oz. water and heat in microwave for 15 seconds. Stir again and repeat if needed.
  6. Remove goose strips from marinade and discard marinade. Put strips in bowl, pour over olive oil and mix.
  7. Place strips on kabob skewers, laying the meat out flat. Place on platter, sprinkling both sides with black pepper and garlic powder.
  8. Cook goose skewers on preheated barbecue grill on high 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Cook to medium-rare or medium. Use grill spray to keep the meat from sticking.
  9. Place cabbage on platter then lay strips on top. Salt to taste and serve with sauces.

Chef's Note: If you want to be fancy, you can serve the goose skewers on an Asian coleslaw mixture. Add finely sliced carrot, red bell pepper and green onion to the napa cabbage. Mix in rice vinegar, oil, a dash of salt and ½ t. sugar. Toss and sprinkle with sunflower seeds for added texture and flavor.

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