This issue of the DU Newsletter proudly brought to you by:
• 4 Time-Tested Tips
for Hunting Dabblers
• Chapter Spotlight:
Garrison Wildlife Chapter
• 2010 Holiday Gear Guide
• Making Waves
with Motion Decoys
• Landowner Spotlight:
Gary & Colby Marshall
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Favorite Member Photos
Check out our selections for the past month
We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from November for our monthly slideshow. This month we celebrate the next generation of waterfowlers with some great photos of our members' kids and grandkids.
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Garrison Wildlife DU Chapter
Each February, members of Minnesota's Garrison Wildlife DU chapter march out onto frozen Lake Mille Lacs in the early-morning darkness and drill 5,000 holes through two feet of solid ice. These dedicated DU volunteers need to get an early start because thousands of people will arrive in a few hours to claim these holes to fish for the lake's famous walleye.
If you expect the wind to change while you are hunting, try putting out three or four groups of decoys to cover any possible wind change and keep yourself from having to move decoys while the birds are flying.
Lake Jackson, Texas
Cast Your Vote!
Former DU TV host among finalists for Budweiser Conservationist of the Year
Jared Brown of Clearwater, Fla., host of Ducks Unlimited Television from 2002 to 2009, has been named a finalist for the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year and he needs your vote!
Four Time-Tested Tips for Hunting Dabblers
Waterfowl are moving with the cold December winds, and hunters throughout the country are preparing for the winter flights. The DU E-newsletter editorial team has selected four of the most time-tested dabbler hunting tips for you to focus on this season. Remembering these four essentials can help you improve your calling, decoys, concealment and shooting.
Read more | More hunting tips
Gear Up | Holiday Gear Guide
Do you have waterfowl hunters on your shopping list this holiday season? The DU E-newsletter editorial team has pieced together a holiday wish list of gift ideas that will bring joy to waterfowlers young and old. If you see something you like, drop a subtle hint by forwarding the DU E-newsletter Holiday Gear Guide to your loved ones.
View the guide | Past gear guides
Migration HQ | Follow the Ducks Online
Waterfowl migration is in full swing throughout the United States and you can continue following the ducks all season long with DU's Migration Headquarters, the Waterfowl Migration Map and the Avery Hunting Reports map. You can also access new tips, tactics, videos and reports on DU's Opening Day website at openingday.ducks.org.
Migration Update: Missouri showing ducks
Andrew Raedeke, waterfowl biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, was straightforward in his assessment of current duck numbers in the Show-Me State: "If you're a duck hunter, you need to be hunting in Missouri this week."
Read more of this update
DU Magazine | Making Waves
A sampling of cutting-edge motion decoys to help shake up your spread
Calm, bluebird days can be troublesome for the duck hunter. Decoys sit at attention, with no signs of life. This is hardly the picture a waterfowler wants to portray, as ducks are seldom motionless in the wild.
Since live decoys were outlawed in 1935, duck and goose hunters have devised numerous ways of creating lifelike movement in their spreads. Some, like the jerk cord, have worked wonders. Others have not. But modern technology has raised the bar considerably in terms of decoy motion. Here's a roundup of products now available for those who want to cause a commotion in their decoys.
Read more | More DU Magazine features
Featured Video | Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative program update
Responding to the possible impacts of the Louisiana oil spill in June 2010, Ducks Unlimited, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered up to put habitat on the ground for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. In this video update, DU CEO Dale Hall explains the benefits of this partnership.
Watch video | DU Video Library
DU News | Recent Headlines
DU applauds selection of Stabenow as chair of Senate Agriculture Committee
Ducks Unlimited is pleased with the announcement that Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been selected to become the next chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The committee’s work is critical to the long-term conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Read more
Landowner Spotlight | Ranching for Ducks
Pasture irrigation creates prime habitat for pintails
Gary Marshall and his son, Colby, operate a family ranch in the Harney Basin of southern Oregon. During spring and early summer, they flood-irrigate their wet meadows via a series of sloughs, ditches and spreader dikes, providing vital feeding and resting habitat for pintails and other dabbling ducks as the birds migrate north in spring.
Read more | DU's Land Protection program
Partner Spotlight | Lockton Risk Services
DU Firearms Insurance
The Ducks Unlimited Insurance Program, provided by Lockton Risk Services, has made it easier to protect your valued firearms with their new online application. Within seconds you can calculate your premium for Firearm & Property Protection insurance with no obligation. Then complete some basic information and make your purchase with your credit card or by e-check. You'll receive your Notice of Insurance immediately via e-mail.
And, coming in December: Hunt Clubs Lease Liability insurance will be available.
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Duck Breast with Asparagus and
|submitted by Greg Konle
- 4 duck breasts
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 pound asparagus, chopped
- 1 16-ounce can marinated artichoke hearts, drained
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 jar Greek olives, drained
- 16 ounces bowtie pasta, cooked and drained
- Arrange duck breasts in a baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes or until cooked through. When cool, remove skin and bones and chop meat.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add garlic and sauté until tender.
- Stir in asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes and basil. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
- Stir in olives and duck. Add pasta and toss to mix. Cook just until heated through. Serves 4.
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