In This Issue

• Top Story: Decoy
  Strategies for Ducks

• Opening Day is 9/15 –
  watch the preview!

• Chapter Spotlight:
  Grand County, CO

• 12 Tips for Geese

• Landowner Spotlight:
  Henry Morgan of TN

...and more

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Member Tip
Shallow Grave

When hunting Canada geese, it's best to place your decoy spread in the center of the field where geese are feeding, rather than beside fence rows. To conceal myself in the middle of a field without building a conspicuous blind, I dig a long, shallow pit 20 inches deep, 24 inches wide and 30 inches long. I spread cornstalks over any loose dirt and place goose decoys on either side of the pit. When geese approach, I simply crouch down in the pit, safely hidden from the gaze of wary honkers. (Make sure to get permission from the landowner before digging.)

–Glenn Gdanski,
Woodstock, Ontario

Monthly Dog Training Tip
Taking Advantage of the Off-Season

Mike Stewart demonstrates how to take advantage of summertime training by working on steadiness in the boat.

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Chapter Spotlight
Grand County, Colorado

Take a large, mountainous county with an elk population that exceeds the human population. Add world-class skiing, half of Rocky Mountain National Park and miles of gold-medal trout water. Then try to raise money for the ducks. Good luck, right? In a county where the lowest point has a higher elevation than all but about a dozen states' highest points shines a DU gem: the Grand County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

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Feature | Decoy Strategies for Ducks

Click here to read more of the feature storyThe saying goes that if your decoy spread ain't broke, don't fix it. But if birds are starting to become wary of your setup, it might be time to mix things up a bit. We have some tips from one of the nation's top duck hunters to keep the birds guessing this fall.

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Gear Up | September Gear Guide

Click here to read the Waterfowl Gear GuideWaterfowl seasons in the North are kicking off with a bang in September, while the rest of the country's waterfowl hunters prepare. This month's gear guide will help you get ready for the much-anticipated first day in the field.

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DU Magazine | 12 Tips for Geese

An all-star lineup of professionals share their secrets to goose-hunting success

Whether you're a casual goose gunner or a die-hard veteran, there's a good chance you have experienced days afield that end in frustration. During such outings it seems that no matter what you do, the geese refuse to respond favorably. Click here to read more from DU MagazineWe asked a dozen of the nation's most accomplished goose hunters to share their secrets to success. Some of these tips may serve as reminders. Others may be revelations. All may or may not fit your needs. But keep in mind that sometimes the smallest details pay the biggest dividends.

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Featured Video | Opening Day Preview

Even if your season opener is still a month or two away, Ducks Unlimited is starting its opening day celebration on Sept. 15! Watch the sneak preview of this year's Opening Day website, full of new hunting tips and stories, exciting videos, reports from the field, photo contests and more. Get ready—bookmark today!

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DU News | Recent Headlines
Take action for the prairies!
DU CEO Dale Hall is encouraging Ducks Unlimited supporters across the country to contact America's Great Outdoors Initiative officials to designate critical waterfowl breeding habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region as a "Treasured Landscape."
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Landowner Spotlight | Henry Morgan

Conservationist, community pillar in Memphis

Read this month's Landowner ProfileAnyone from Memphis, Tenn., can tell you that "Henry Morgan" is a name well known and well liked. President of Boyle Investment Company, a development company started in Memphis in 1933, Henry Morgan has had a finger on the pulse of his hometown for many years, and it is very important to him that the pulse is strong. He and his brother, Allen, have long been involved in Conservation Through the Arts, a collaboration between Ducks Unlimited and ArtsMemphis designed to get children out into nature. "Both conservation of game and the arts are so important to quality of life," Morgan said.

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Partner Spotlight | VPI Pet Insurance

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Click here to learn more about VPI Pet Insurance, available for a discount to DU members!Pets are unpredictable, and so are the conditions they can be exposed to when they are afield or at home. Help ensure your pet's good health for years to come with pet insurance from VPI. As a DU member, you'll enjoy a 5-percent discount* and save potentially hundreds of dollars on pet care over the life of your pet.

While it's hard to anticipate accidents or illnesses, VPI Pet Insurance makes it a little easier to be prepared for them. From routine office visits to significant medical incidents, VPI provides protection for pets when they need it most.

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Recipe Spotlight
Teal for Brunch

  • 2 teal breasts and legs, skinned and boned
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 Tbsp. Madeira wine
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 shallots
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Cooking Instructions
  1. Chop teal breasts into pieces approximately ¼ inch in size. Also chop shallots and parsley.
  2. Sauté shallots in 5 Tbsp. butter over medium heat until browned. Turn heat to medium high and add parsley and teal meat.
  3. Cook approximately 1 minute, then remove from heat and add Madeira, flour and egg yolks. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, prior to serving, toast the 8 slices of sourdough. After toasting, spread an equal amount of the teal-egg mixture on each slice.
  5. Sprinkle toast with salt and pepper, then place each slice in the oven, directly on the wire rack, and bake another 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Serves 4 people. Fresh fruit goes well with this dish.

For more recipes like these, check out The Hunter's Table, the all-new cookbook from Ducks Unlimited. Order your copy of The Hunter's Table at or by calling 1-800-358-0560.

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