This issue of the DU Newsletter brought to you by:
First Fidelity Reserve
- Snow goose hunting tips
- DU National Convention
- Favorite February photos
To restore the natural-looking shine on your old, weathered decoys, spray a coat of glossy or satin-finish polyurethane on them after you have washed and dried them. Polyurethane spray can usually be purchased at your local hardware or paint store.
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Feature | Snow goose hunting tips
Let the wild goose chase begin
Even with a growing reputation as some of the most difficult birds to hunt, light geese are pursued by more and more hunters every year. The following tips will help you gain the edge this year when you launch into another spring edition of the wild goose chase.
Don't miss the DU National Convention
There's still time to register for this year's convention in Denver
The 2009 DU National Convention is an annual gathering of waterfowl hunters and conservationists that can't be missed! DU members from all over the country will be converging on Denver, Colo., May 20-24, 2009. Members from every flyway will be flocking to the Hyatt Regency Downtown to learn more about DU; get to know one another and, most importantly, have a great time.
Read more | Register online
Favorite photos from February
Member photos as seen on the DU homepage
Every year, DU members across America take thousands of breathtaking photos in the field. Many of these members have graciously shared their pictures for the world to enjoy on the Ducks Unlimited Web site. The following photos were among our favorites from the month of February. We think you'll agree—these photos will put a smile on your face and remind each of us why wetlands conservation is so important. Enjoy the show!
March 2009 waterfowl gear guide
Check out these great new products from Whitewater ®, Browning® and Avery®.
Featured Video | Snow goose spreads
Tyson Keller of Avery Outdoors discusses how to use fewer snow geese decoys in your spread.
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Recipe Spotlight | Duck Extravaganza
submitted by Gary MacMurtrie of Groves, Texas
- 10-12 duck breasts
- 1 12-oz pkg pork sausage
- 1 lg yellow onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 5 stalks celery
- 6 cloves garlic
- 2 bundles green onions
- 3 Jalapeņo peppers, sliced
- 2 c sliced mushrooms
- 32 oz chicken broth
- Tony Chachere's creole seasoning, Lawry's season salt or Tex-Joy
- Cut duck breasts into approximately 1-inch pieces. Place cut duck into a bowl and season well with Tony's, Lawry's or Tex-Joy.
- Cut pork sausage into ¼-inch slices and cut bacon into 1-inch pieces.
- Place all meat in a large pot on medium heat with the lid on. The meat will start to brown and produce juice (gravy). Stir occasionally.
- While the meat cooks, chop the yellow onion, celery, bell pepper, green onions and garlic. After 12-15 minutes, add them, as well as the Jalapeņos & mushrooms, to the pot.
- Pour the chicken broth over the vegetables and season again with Tony's, Lawry's or Tex-Joy.
- Replace lid and cook on medium-low heat for 3½-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- As the mixture cookes, prepare 2 cups of rice over which to serve the ducks.