This issue of the DU Newsletter proudly presented by Enhance Brand Dog Food.
- Raise Money for Your DU Chapter
- The Perfect Storm
- October Gear Guide
- Photos of the Month
Member Photo Slideshow
Check out some of our favorite DU member photos from September!
Preparation is the key to successful waterfowling. For every hour spent hunting, an hour should be spent scouting to find where ducks and geese feed, rest, loaf, seek refuge and what their flight patterns are between these areas.
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Reorganized and revitalized in the past year, the Clarksville, Tenn., chapter saw a record crowd and big fundraising dollars at their 2009 events. Clarksville should expect to see more great things from this chapter in the months and years to come!
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Open Season on Tax Savings
Are you looking for a way to make a gift to Ducks Unlimited? Congress recently approved an extension on a simple and convenient gift method using your IRA.
Like many other DU members, your IRA probably has increased in value over the years. At age 70½ you must begin taking distributions from your IRA whether or not you need this additional income stream.
If your income needs are met, please consider making Ducks Unlimited the beneficiary of your required IRA income payouts.
Feature | Five Fantastic Duck Spreads
Improvise. Adapt. Adjust.
When it comes to ducks and decoy spreads, perhaps the best advice is to improvise, adapt and adjust to changing conditions. No one rig and its variables of numbers, placement, movement or species work all the time. However, there are a handful of elemental spreads that will produce under most conditions. Every time? No, sir, but with enough consistency as to qualify them as "Old Standbys". These five decoy tips could make a big difference in you success this hunting season.
Duck Fever | Raise Money for the Ducks & Your Local Chapter
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Did you know that you can raise hundreds –- even thousands -- of dollars for Ducks Unlimited right from your computer? That’s right! Sign up for DU’s Duck Fever program and create your very own personal online fundraising page. The process is quick, easy and only takes a few minutes to get started. Not only will you be raising money for the ducks, but you can also designate your local chapter to receive credit for all of the revenue you generate!
Now is the time to get started. Together, we can make a real difference toward the future of wetlands and waterfowl hunting.
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DU Magazine | Waterfowl Hunting's
Knowing how to read a weather map may be as crucial to your hunting success as decoys and calls
Few things in waterfowling build more anticipation than an approaching cold front. These weather events greatly influence the movements of ducks and geese in the fall and winter, but because of variations in timing and intensity, cold fronts can affect waterfowl in different ways.
October Waterfowl Gear Guide
October is upon us and many northern states' waterfowl seasons have begun. October also means temperatures are getting lower with every north wind. Here are a few items to keep you warm in the blind, no matter what the weather conditions. Also, make sure to check out the daily gear features, part of DU's Opening Day Web site.
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Featured Video | 2009-'10 Waterfowl
Ducks Unlimited Chief Biologist Dale Humburg gives a quick preview of what waterfowl hunters can look forward to this season.
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DU News | Recent Headlines
DU's Wentz recognized by outdoor writer organization
DU celebrates hunters' contributions on National Hunting & Fishing Day
Ohio Lake Erie Commission honors DU as Lake Erie advocate
Partner Spotlight | Bank of America
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Recipe Spotlight | Pan Seared Teal Breast
with Apricot Demi Jus
submitted by Lenny Maiorano of Rutheford, N.J.
- 6 teal breast filets, skinned, OR 2 large duck filets (e.g., mallard) cut into 6 pieces
- 1 heaping tsp. K-Pauls Blackened Steak Magic
- 3 Tbsp. whole butter
- 6 oz. chicken stock (paper quart container is best)
- 4 oz. dry red wine
- 1 heaping Tbsp. Hero or other brand of apricot preserves
- Lightly season all duck filets with seasoning spice.
- Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in an 8-inch sauté pan.
- When foaming of butter subsides, add seasoned duck breasts skin side down to the pan. Turn after breast is seared and well browned (approximately 2-3 minutes per side) or until desired doneness.
- Remove breasts from pan, place on warm plate and cover with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes during sauce preparation.
- Deglaze sauté pan with red wine and reduce by half. Add chicken stock and reduce again by half over high heat.
- Stir in apricot preserves until melted. Add any remaining juices to pan. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. of butter and swirl pan. Turn off heat.
- Slice duck breasts and fan out on warmed plates. Pour sauce over and serve at once with your favorite sides! Serves 4 people for appetizers or 2 people as an entree.