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  • Convention Highlights
  • June Gear Guide
  • Favorite May Photos

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Our favorite May photos
Member photo slideshow

Check out some of our favorite DU member photos from May!
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Member Tip
Taxidermy tip

When placing a bird in the freezer before taking it to a taxidermist, do not wrap it in newspaper. Newspaper will draw moisture from the skin and increase the chances of freezer burn. Instead, apply a damp cloth to the feet and place the carcass in a double plastic bag before placing it in the freezer. Don't forget to tag your waterfowl—it's the law.

–John Scagline
Monongahela, Penn.

Chapter Spotlight
Alaska DU Chapter:
Anchorage Spring BBQ

Good location, great volunteers and the commitment to make the event the best it could be were a winning combination for the Alaska Ducks Unlimited chapter. Their spring event in Anchorage in late April topped the charts with just over 900 attendees, making it the largest in Alaska DU event history.

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Forecast for success
Use the Fish & Game Forecast to plan your week in the blind

Check out the Fish & Game Forecast on the DU Web site to find out the week's best (and worst) times to hunt and fish. A great tool for season and all year long!
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Partner Spotlight
Avery Sporting Dog
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Avery Sporting Dog will introduce its new "Bug Out"™ Kennel Cover this fall. The kennel cover uses specially designed bug netting to help guard our best friends from the recent mosquito-driven heartworm issues that are plaguing retriever owners all over the country. Visit for more Avery Sporting Dog products.

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Feature | Did you miss Denver?

Highlights from DU's 2009 National Convention

Click here to read more about the 2009 National Conventionby Chris Jennings

If you missed DU's 72nd National Convention this year, we've put together some highlights for you. The convention kicked off Thursday, May 20, in Denver, Colo., as members, volunteers and staff converged on the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver. With the "Mile High" City as the backdrop, waterfowl enthusiasts and conservationists learned about DU's priorities, socialized and enjoyed the camaraderie of other DU supporters.

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June Waterfowl Gear Guide

Check out these great new waterfowl-hunting products for June 2009, compiled by the DU E-newsletter editorial staff.

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DU Magazine | Ducks, Habitat, Hunters

Maintaining our waterfowling tradition is vital to the future of wetlands and waterfowl

by Dale Humburg

Waterfowling traditions, although sometimes difficult to define, are driven by a passion for wetlands and waterfowl. Read more of 'Ducks, Habitat and Hunters' from DU MagazineHow else can you explain our willingness to strike out in the middle of the night in freezing temperatures and high winds with the hope—often not realized—of ducks in the decoys? And no sooner has one waterfowl season ended than we begin thinking about the next.

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Featured Video | Using a Whistle to Call Pintail, Wigeon & Teal

Tom McCaskill and DU TV's Wade Bourne demonstrate how to draw in pintail, wigeon and teal using a variety of whistling techniques.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

John Pope elected Ducks Unlimited president
Ducks Unlimited ushered in a new era at its National Convention in Denver this week as delegates elected longtime volunteer John R. Pope of Jacksonville, Fla., as DU's 40th president. Pope will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Lewis, who is now chairman of the board.

Bruce Lewis presents John Pope with the DU President crest

Statement from Ducks Unlimited on administration support for Clean Water Restoration Act

Spring habitat conditions in Canada

Partner Spotlight | Bank of America

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Recipe Spotlight | Simple Wild Duck Skillet
submitted by Tom Coulter of Chandler, Ariz.

  • 2 dressed wild ducks, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 c. raw baby carrots
  • 1 .87-oz envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 c. water
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • ¼ c. prepared mustard
Cooking Instructions
  1. Brown duck pieces in small amount of oil in skillet on top of stove with diced onions.
  2. Remove browned duck from skillet.
  3. Add gravy mix and water; stir to dissolve. Add ketchup and mustard. Stir in baby carrots.
  4. Cover and simmer on stovetop for 30-45 minutes, or bake in a 300-degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until meat is tender.

The gravy is great with a side of mashed potatoes or rice! Depending on the size of the ducks, this meal should serve 3-4 people.

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Executive Editor: Tony Dolle
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