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In This Issue

• 2010 Nesting Forecast

• Your invitation to DU's
  National Convention
  & Sporting Expo

• April Gear Guide

• Deke Training Tip:
  Off-season Retriever
  Health Check-up

• Chapter Spotlight:
  Brazos Valley

...and more

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Member Tip
Wood duck box predator guards

A predator guard will help improve the chances of a successful wood duck hatch by preventing egg-eating raccoons from entering your nest box. All boxes should include predator guards, or galvanized sheet metal cones. This is by far the most effective predator deterrent.

Instructions: Cut a 36"-diameter circle of sheet metal. Cut an appropriately sized hole in the middle to accommodate the pole. Remove an 8" slice from the circle, join the edges to form the cone and rivet together.
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Predator cone diagram

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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Chapter Spotlight
Brazos Valley Chapter

The Brazos Valley DU Chapter had nothing short of a packed house for their banquet this past February in College Station, Texas. With more than 400 pre-sold tickets, the chapter improved its revenue by over 30 percent and gained 100 new members.

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Feature | Duck Production in 2010

Waterfowl should find excellent breeding habitat on the U.S. prairies this year

Click here to read more of the feature storySpring is in full swing across the United States, and as people prepare for the warmth that is sure to come, ducks are doing the same. The breeding grounds are defrosting, and as if on cue, breeding pairs flock to the prairies in search of somewhere to raise the next generation of North America's waterfowl population. Waterfowl are investing their future in the protections offered by prairie wetlands this time of year, and they should find exactly the water conditions they're looking for when they arrive in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

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Gear Up | April Gear Guide: Retrievers

Click here to read the Waterfowl Gear Guide The off-season is a great time to focus on dog training. This month's gear guide has a few items that can help any trainer get a retriever ready for next season. While a dog is man's best friend, a solid retriever also is one of the best conservation tools in the field.

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Join us for the DU National Convention & Sporting Expo in Texas!

Your video invitation from Jim Ronquest of RNT Calls

Jim Ronquest of RNT Calls invites you to join him for a special Ducks Unlimited week in Grapevine, Texas, May 26-30, 2010. Click here to watch your invitation from Jim Ronquest to the DU National Convention and Sporting ExpoJoin other DU members May 26-30 for DU's 73rd National Convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort and two exciting days at the DU Sporting Expo, May 28-30. This year's convention will be jam packed with updates on DU's conservation priorities, leadership programs and opportunities to meet your fellow DU members from all over the country. And the first-annual DU Sporting Expo will feature vendors and exhibits geared toward all outdoorsmen, from waterfowl and deer hunters to deep-sea anglers. Register online for these events before it's too late! We'll see you there!

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DU Magazine | Progress and Peril in the Boreal Forest

Millions of acres have recently received protection in this region, but grave threats remain for wetlands and waterfowl

Read more from DU Magazine While the contribution the prairies and parklands make to continental waterfowl populations is widely recognized, the importance of North America's boreal forest to ducks and geese remains a well-kept secret among waterfowlers. This is likely because relatively few people have traveled to this remote northern region other than a handful of adventurous sportsmen, pilot-biologists, and wildlife researchers. But those who have seen the boreal forest, especially from the air, know firsthand that it contains great wetland landscapes and abundant waterfowl.

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Featured Video | Shooting Tip: Decoying Puddle Ducks

Gary Goodpaster provides tips for shooting puddle ducks coming into your decoy spread.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

Enhancement bill signifies milestone
Canadian funding to go toward wetlands conservation projects

DU NewsFamous Buckingham gun to reside permanently at Ducks Unlimited
Generous donation puts "Bo Whoop" and "Bo Whoop Two" side by side

Major step forward for Iowa's Water and Land Legacy
DU applauds legislature for passing natural resources and outdoor recreation act

Louisiana CRPA awards DU $1.78 million for restoration project
Conservation and restoration partnership funds awarded

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Recipe Spotlight | Kaia's Blue Duck

  • 4 duck breasts without skin
  • 1/8 lb. butter, unsalted or regular
  • 1/8 lb. bleu cheese
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • Oil for deep frying
Cooking Instructions
  1. Combine butter and bleu cheese and form into 4 sticks about the size of a finger. Set on wax paper and chill in refrigerator.
  2. Pound duck breasts to about twice their original size, being careful not to make any holes in the duck.
  3. Wrap pounded duck around the cheese/butter sticks and secure with toothpicks.
  4. Place flour in a sealable plastic bag. Add duck and shake to coat.
  5. Dip coated duck breasts in beaten eggs.
  6. Roll in bread crumbs that have been seasoned with tarragon and parsley.
  7. Deep fry prepared duck for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned.

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