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• Oil spill video updates
• Deke Training Tip:
• June Gear Guide:
On the Water
• Chapter Spotlight:
Favorite Member Photos
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The 5-gallon multi-tool
A simple 5-gallon plastic bucket can be spray painted camouflage and used as a seat, to bail out a rain-filled or leaking boat, to keep your blind bag dry, to protect hunting supplies and serve many other purposes.
–Bradley Cummings, Somonauk, Ill.
Monthly Dog Training Tip
From the DU Sporting Expo in Grapevine, Texas, Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels demonstrates a coordination technique with Deke and the other dogs and the help of some new young friends.
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The Memphis, Tenn., Ducks Unlimited chapter earns its way into the chapter spotlight this month with its most recent event, the Pigs in Flight BBQ Competition, held in March. Over the course of the four-day event, the Memphis Chapter played host to more than 1,500 guests and drummed up tremendous support for DU's conservation mission.
Bank of America
A Ducks Unlimited debit card featuring a beautiful cupped mallard is now available. Visit www.ducks.org to see the new card. Also, if you have a Ducks Unlimited WorldPoints® card, did you know you can convert unused points into cash donations to reward waterfowl and wetlands conservation? Consider putting your points to good use! You also can apply online for the Ducks Unlimited WorldPoints® Platinum Plus® Visa Card—once you get the card and make qualifying transactions, you will receive a FREE $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card!
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Feature | DU and the Gulf Oil Spill
Video updates from Dr. Tom Moorman
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to threaten wetland habitats all along the coast. Learn more about Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in the region, both past and present, in a three-part video series by Dr. Tom Moorman, director of conservation planning for DU's Southern Region. Dr. Moorman discusses the state of waterfowl habitat on the Gulf and DU's role in the recovery efforts.
Watch videos | Read about the board of directors' resolution
Gear Up | On the Water
With the summer months around the corner and temperatures on the rise, most outdoor enthusiasts are thinking about spending time on the water. The June Gear Guide offers some unique products that will make for a more productive, enjoyable summer on the water. They may come in handy when duck season rolls around too!
View the guide | Past gear guides
DU Magazine | Duck Blind Snacks
A variety of imaginative foods find their way into hunters' blind bags
My 19-year-old daughter gave me a unique gift this past Christmas: a shopping bag filled with duck blind snack foods. The assortment included Spam, pickled okra, smoked oysters, Vienna sausages, garlic-stuffed olives, soy-packed sardines, Brussels cookies, petite dill pickles, hot mustard, Cajun salsa and crackers, and a few other delectables that didn't last long enough to leave a passing memory.
Read more | More DU Magazine features
Featured Video | Duck Burritos
DU-TV's Scott Leysath demonstrates an interesting way to dress up either freshly cooked or leftover duck breasts. It's packed with flavor and sure to please everyone at your dinner table!
Watch video | More videos
DU News | Recent Headlines
Great start on nesting grounds may indicate good production year for waterfowl
Birds take full advantage of nesting cover available in Prairie Pothole Region this spring
DU issues statement on Gulf oil spill
CEO Dale Hall explains DU's efforts
DU celebrates Boreal wetlands protection announcement
Vital wetland systems in Canada's Boreal Forest conserved
Santee National Wildlife Refuge improvement projects
ARRA funding supports wetlands conservation
Partner Spotlight | Whitewater Outdoors
New warm-weather duck hunting clothing line
will satisfy waterfowlers throughout the season
As waterfowler hunters, we know it can be tough concealing yourself during those warm, balmy early-season hunts. Whitewater Outdoors® and Ducks Unlimited are proud to introduce NEW warm-season gear to help keep you cool and refreshed during every hunt.
These four new warm-season garments feature Whitewater's S3® antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control and provide longer-lasting freshness. Learn more and buy your Whitewater gear online at www.whitewateroutdoors.com.
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Minnesota Crock Duck
- 1 lb. pork sausage links, sliced
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 1 onion, peeled
- 4 sprigs fresh parsley
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
- ½ lb. bacon
- 1 lb. dry navy beans, soaked overnight and drained
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 lb. duck breast, skinned, boned & sliced into thin strips
- Cook the sliced sausage on medium heat in a frypan.
- Push the whole cloves into the whole onion. Tie up the bacon with (clean) string. Tie up the parsley, thyme and rosemary with some more string.
- Put all ingredients in a crock pot. Add enough water just to cover everything and stir slightly. Set the crock pot to high for 1 hour, then turn to low for 6-8 hours, but don't lift the cover!
- Before serving, remove the onion, the bacon and the herbs. Serve with good bread.