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- Pre-Season Prep
- First DU Event in Iraq
- Deke Heads West
- July Gear Guide
DU volunteers host first banquet in Iraq
There are more than 4,500 DU events every year, but only one has been held in a combat zone. Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers hosted the first-ever banquet on Iraqi soil at Camp Taji, Iraq, on June 13.
Our favorite June photos
Member photo slideshow
Check out some of our favorite DU member photos from June!
To determine the correct distance to shoot ducks over decoys, try this method. Before the season opens, I place an old piece of cane pole 30 yards in front of my blind. I measure the distance using a string 32 yards long. Once the season opens, the first thing I do in the morning is find my marker and place my favorite oversized bluebill decoy beside it. Then I place my spread around it. This is a simple way to ensure decoying ducks will be within proper killing range. This has helped us keep crippling losses near zero for a number of seasons.
St. Croix Valley Chapter,
Originally formed in 1976 with eight members, the Stillwater Chapter, now 25 members strong, thrives on their experience, their teamwork and their ability to raise money for the ducks.
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Feature | Pre-Season Prep
Get a jump on the hunting season with these tips
by Chris Jennings
It's July, but September teal and early Canada goose seasons will be here before you know it. Cobweb-covered decoy bags and layout blinds are still nestled in dark garage corners all over the country. When the waterfowl hunting bug strikes, crisp mornings in the field and birds hovering over the decoys will monopolize the mind, so getting your gear ready now may save you time and money as the season approaches.
July Waterfowl Gear Guide
Dreaming of frosty mornings and waterfowl-filled skies? The E-news editorial team manages to fight off summer's heat with these great new gear ideas for the upcoming season.
View the guide
Special Update | Deke Heads Out West
DU mascot travels to Colorado for summer training
Deke, DU's newest addition, is now 11 months old and in his third stage of training with Mike Stewart at Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Miss. After training in fast-paced Arkansas rivers earlier this spring, Deke is headed for the cold, swift waters and reservoirs of Colorado. Going to the mountains for the summer will provide a cooler climate and prevent heat exhaustion for both dog and trainer so they can continue to focus on Deke's final training levels.
DU Magazine | Pre-Season Work-Up – Choosing a Duck Call
Find the right call to match your style of hunting
by Wade Bourne
Over the years, I've made a practice of naming my duck calls. The two I use most frequently are Dominator and Convincer. To me, they are more than inanimate instruments made of acrylic and wood. Instead, they have life and personality. They embody my hopes and help me (sometimes) fulfill my hunting dreams.
Featured Videos | Vanishing Gulf Coast & Realistic Decoy Rigging
In Vanishing Gulf Coast, DU conservation staff and supporters talk about the importance of wetlands conservation to Louisiana's Gulf Coast. And get a jump on the season with Wade Bourne's lesson on Realistic Decoy Rigging.
DU News | Recent Headlines
Ducks Unlimited supports bill to benefit hunters
Act makes hunting opportunity on public lands top priority
Iowa marsh gets makeover
Jemmerson Slough Wildlife Management Area's new life
DU-TV premieres on Outdoor Channel tomorrow
Get a sneak preview of the season now
Partner Spotlight | Yamaha Outdoors
Learn how to maximize your Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side vehicle in the outdoors each week from outdoor experts Bob Humphrey and Steve Hickoff. From duck calling to food plotting and even recipes, our experts offer a wide variety of tips each week at YamahaOutdoors.com.
Recipe Spotlight | Specklebelly in a Bag
submitted by Byron Prest of Belle Chasse, La.
- 1 specklebelly goose
- 1 turkey brown 'n bag
- 3 oranges
- 3 apples
- 3 onions
- Granulated garlic
- Coarse-ground black pepper
- Seasoned chicken broth
- All-purpose flour
- Worcestershire sauce
- Wash goose inside and out. Season with garlic powder, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
- Cut 1 apple, 1 orange and 1 onion and place inside goose.
- Put goose inside zip-top bag in fridge overnight.
- When ready to cook, prepare the brown 'n bag by placing 1 tsp. of flour in the bag and shaking bag in pan.
- Place goose inside bag. Cut onions, apples and oranges in slices. Place them on top and around the goose.
- Pour drippings from zip-top bag on goose. Add 16 oz. of seasoned chicken broth to the cavity and around the goose.
- Seal the bag, poke holes in it and place it in a 350-degree oven for 2 hours or until falling off the bone.
- Serve with rice and wine—suggestion: Rutherford Hill Merlot.