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- February Gear Guide
- Deke Training Tip:
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- Chapter Spotlight:
Little River, N.C.
Favorite January Photos
Check out our selections for the past month
Our monthly member photo slideshow is back! We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from January and put them together for you.
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Feathers and Flies
Fully utilize the resource by saving your duck and goose skins. You may be able to give your waterfowl skins to a fly-fishing friend or to your local tackle shop. (Selling or bartering feathers, however, is illegal.) Some skins are more valuable than others to fly-tiers, so check to see which they prefer.
Monthly Dog Training Tip
From the basics to the blind
Gain retriever training insight from Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels as he trains Deke, Drake and a number of other dogs in everything a waterfowl retriever needs to know. From puppy to hunting partner, Stewart offers dog owners everything from the basics to complex training tips.
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Little River Chapter
Under the guidance of DU Regional Director Larry Wilkins, North Carolina's Little River Chapter pulled off a very successful event this past year with their annual dinner in October.
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Help us choose DU's 2011 Artist of the Year
It's time once again to choose your favorite for the 2011 Artist of the Year competition. Check out this year's entries and cast your vote today! Voting ends Feb. 15.
What's up on Capitol Hill?
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Feature | White Goose Wizards
Light goose hunting Q&A with Tony Vandemore
Hardcore snow goose hunters are familiar with the name Tony Vandemore. Vandemore, a flyway manager serving with Avery Outdoors, hunting partner Tyson Keller and their crew of fanatical waterfowlers have redefined today's Light Goose Conservation Order, the federal mandate that allows the very liberalized hunting of snow geese throughout the months of February and March and into April. This month, M.D. Johnson sits down with Vandemore to talk spring snow geese.
Read more | More hunting tips
Gear Up | February Gear Guide
For waterfowl hunters, February is the month when duck decoys are stored for the off season. That doesn't mean waterfowl hunting is finished, because the Light Goose Conservation Order can keep you in the field well into spring. This month's gear guide offers a wide variety of gear for duck and goose hunters alike—after all, it's never too early to start planning for next season's opening day.
View the guide | Past gear guides
DU Magazine | The Big Chill
A group of veteran waterfowlers shares advice on hunting Canadas as the season winds down
Late-season geese can be boom or bust depending on the conditions and how well one prepares. But when things go right, goose hunting in January and February can be extraordinary.
Read more | More DU Magazine features
Featured Video | Using Electronic Calls for Snow Geese
Avery Photography and Media Relations Specialist Tyson Keller explains how to use electronic calling to bring in snow geese.
Giving Back | Easier Donations in 2010
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DU News | Recent Headlines
• Conservation leaders seek to clear up Clean Water Act
• Illinois receives third easement benefitting waterfowl
• Hopkins named Conservationist of the Year by Mississippi Wildlife Federation
• SportDOG Brand® announces recipients of 2009 Conservation Fund grants
• Ducks Unlimited celebrates World Wetlands Day
Partner Spotlight | Lockton Affinity
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Wild Duck Andouille Gumbo
Seasoning: ½ tsp. of each of the following:
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- 2 c. wild duck, chopped
- 1 c. onion, diced
- 1 c. green bell pepper, diced
- ¾ c. celery, diced
- ¾ c. okra, sliced
- 1¼ c. all-purpose flour
- 1¼ c. vegetable oil
- 2 qt. chicken stock
- 1½ c. andouille sausage
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Hot sauce to taste
- Combine ingredients for seasoning mixture. Toss duck with ½ of seasoning mixture and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Combine ½ the flour and the rest of the seasoning mixture. Toss duck with flour/seasoning until well coated.
- In a small pot, heat ¼ c. oil until very hot. Fry duck until brown on all sides and meat is cooked. Drain on paper towel.
- Scrape bottom of pan to loosen remaining particles. Heat oil back to high and gradually add reserved flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until the flour is dark red-brown to black, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add onions, peppers and celery, stirring constantly. Return to medium heat and cook until vegetables are tender.
- Add cold stock a little at a time to the roux to form a smooth consistency. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add okra, duck, andouille and garlic.
- Simmer 15-25 minutes, stirring often until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
- Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Serve over a mound of cooked white rice.