In This Issue
  • 10 Commandments of
    Public Waterfowling
  • January Gear Guide
  • Game Plan for
    Late-Season Ducks
  • Chapter Spotlight:
    Blackfoot River Chapter, Lincoln, Mont.

...and more

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Favorite photos are back!
Check out our selections for December 2009

After a brief hiatus, our monthly member photo slideshow is back. We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from December and put them together for you.
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Member Tip
Neoprene for Warmth

When hunting in cold weather, don't forget to wear your neoprene waders—even if you're not going to be standing in water. Neoprenes of 4 or 5 millimeters will keep you toasty during even the nastiest conditions.

–Don Janoff
Northampton, Mass.


**NEW**
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.

Watch this month's dog training tip from Mike Stewart

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Chapter Spotlight
Blackfoot River Chapter

In a town of just over 1,000, the Blackfoot River Chapter in Lincoln, Mont., is managing to bring in big dollars for the ducks all year round. Learn more about their large-scale success from a small-scale event.

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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!

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Feature | The 10 Commandments
of Public Waterfowling

Rules to live by whenever you're hunting public land

Click here to read more of the feature storyJust mention the word "public" to any waterfowl hunter who's been around the block a couple seasons and you'll get an instant reaction. "Been there, done that," he'll say. "Too crowded and too many yahoos." Chances are, he'll also say, "Won't be doing that again." But if you follow these 10 rules, waterfowling on public land can be enjoyable for everyone.

Read more | More hunting tips


Video Contest | It's Your Last Chance!

Submit your favorite hunting videos by Jan. 31 to win great prizes in the First Flight-Opening Day Video Contest

Click here to enter the First Flight-Opening Day Video ContestAs waterfowl seasons draw to a close, so will our First Flight-Opening Day Web site. But before the curtains close on the 2009-'10 season, take advantage of your final opportunity to submit a video for the First Flight-Opening Day Video Contest.

We want to see your hunting secrets, favorite game recipes or a great retrieve. Share any and all of your experiences in the blind and win one of our great prizes for waterfowl hunters. From a shotgun to ammo, truck accessories, a gift card for gear and more—we've got something for everyone. The contest ends Jan. 31, so enter now!

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Giving Back | Easier Donations in 2010

Make a New Year's resolution to support DU each month without breaking the bank

Enroll in DU's Monthly Giving Program todayDonating to DU has never been easier. Enroll in our Monthly Giving Program and spread out your donations over time, making it easier to support DU's conservation efforts every month of the year. It's a New Year's resolution you can stick to!

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Gear Up | January Waterfowl Gear Guide

Click here to read the Waterfowl Gear GuideRinging in the new year in a waterfowl blind is a tradition for many hunters across the country, but the new year also has brought an onslaught of arctic blasts that continue to push waterfowl south. The items included in this month's gear guide can help fight off the bitter January chill as hunters wrap up the 2009-'10 waterfowl season.

Also, make sure to check out the daily Gear Features on Opening Day-First Flight for more great items!

View the guide | Past gear guides


DU Magazine | Game Plan for
Late-Season Ducks

By adapting to changes in the birds' behavior, you can enjoy top-notch duck hunting in the final weeks of the season

Read more from DU Magazine Some duck hunters have an almost forlorn attitude about the late season. The excitement of the early season has come and gone. Hunters' energy is waning. The big pushes of new ducks are past, and those hanging around have seen and heard it all. This is why many hunters get the notion that the late season is just something to endure to finish the marathon. But nothing could be more wrong.

Read more | More DU Magazine features


Featured Video | Fly-By: Snow Goose

Ducks Unlimited Chief Biologist Dale Humburg provides background on the habits and history of the snow goose. This is the tenth video in our Fly-Bys series highlighting your favorite waterfowl species during the 2009-2010 season.

Featured video

Watch Video | Enter the Opening Day Video Contest by Jan. 31


DU News | Recent HeadlinesDU Indiana

•  Deke the DU Dog now on Twitter

•  Groups join forces to protect local habitat

•  New California DU project: Circle 6 Ranch



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Recipe Spotlight
Puddle Hopper Parmesan

Ingredients
  • 4 duck breasts (soaked in salt water, cut into chunks)
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 2-lb. package shredded mozzarella cheese (or a blend of shredded cheeses)
  • 4 servings spaghetti noodles, partially cooked
  • Italian-seasoned bread crumbs or homemade Italian-seasoned batter (flour and milk)
  • Vegetable oil
Cooking Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain duck. Soak in milk.
  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees in deep fryer or skillet.
  3. Remove duck from milk and coat each piece with bread crumbs or batter.
  4. Fry duck pieces until golden and crispy.
  5. In a medium-sized glass baking dish, layer partially cooked noodles, diced tomatoes, about ¼ of the spaghetti sauce, fried duck breast and cheese. Put remainder of spaghetti sauce on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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