This issue of the DU Newsletter proudly brought to you by:
Ford Motor Company
• Faces of the Gulf Coast
• July Gear Guide:
Improve Your Shot
• 2010 DU-TV Preview
• Chapter Spotlight:
Talbot County, MD
• A Conversation
with CEO Dale Hall
• Special offer from
Bass Pro Shops & DU!
Favorite Member Photos
Check out our selections for the past month
We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from May for our monthly slideshow. Check out these great photos and download them as wallpaper for your desktop!
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Nothing beats natural vegetation for concealment in duck hunting. To hold natural camouflage materials on my duck boat, I use stretch cord that I purchased at a kayak supply store. Line the sides, bow and stern of the boat with sections of cord spaced about a foot apart and secure them in place with four-penny nails, screws or pop rivets. Next, weave vegetation such as cattails, bulrushes or cornstalks between the cords to conceal the outline of the boat. If woven carefully, this material will remain in place throughout the season.
–Turner Wilder, Grantham, N.H.
Monthly Dog Training Tip
From the DU Sporting Expo in Grapevine, Texas, Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels answers this age-old question: Why do I need a gun dog? Can't I just have my son or daughter retrieve the birds?
Watch it now | View older tips
Talbot County, Maryland
The Talbot County Ducks Unlimited chapter in Maryland is proud to be the spotlight chapter for July. This past February, the Talbot County chapter held their event at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. With more than 200 people in attendance, this dinner was nothing short of a fire show as they enjoyed great food, camaraderie, a live auction and music from one of the most popular bands in the area, Bird Dog and the Road Kings.
DU and United Country Real Estate launch search engine
Ducks Unlimited and United Country Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate company specializing in land and recreational real estate, have recently announced the launch of a new recreational real estate search engine. Located on the DU website, the United Country Property Locator connects conservation-minded buyers with prime recreational real estate across the nation.
Feature | Faces of the Gulf Coast
Tommy and Emmy Ware of Diamondhead, Mississippi
Chris Jennings of Ducks Unlimited's communications department recently visited the Gulf Coast to talk with waterfowl hunters and conservationists who could be affected by the oil spill. He brought back their stories as part of a three-part series called Faces of the Gulf Coast. The first story is of Tommy and Emmery "Emmy" Ware, a tireless father-daughter duo from Diamondhead, Mississippi, dedicated to hunting and fishing on the Gulf. Check back later this week for parts two and three of the series at www.ducks.org!
Read more | Oil Spill Resource Center
Gear Up | Improve Your Shot
Now is the time to break out your waterfowl gun, tune it up and begin practicing for the upcoming season. The July Gear Guide features some noteworthy products that will help you accomplish the task of becoming a more confident and successful shot in the field. Once you've got the right gear, check out our Shooting Tips articles and learn how to put them into action!
View the guide | Past gear guides
DU Magazine | A Conversation with Dale Hall
DU's new CEO talks about his vision for the future of wetlands and waterfowl conservation
A new era in wetlands conservation began in May as Dale Hall took the helm as CEO of Ducks Unlimited. Having served as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from 2005-2009, this devoted family man, wetlands biologist, and avid sportsman brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to this important leadership position. Hall recently took a brief timeout from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Ducks Unlimited.
Read more | More DU Magazine features
Featured Video | 2010 DU-TV Preview
A new season of the action-packed DU-TV series is now underway! Catch it Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (all times Eastern) on the Outdoor Channel. Your hosts Wade Bourne, Jared Brown and Mike Checkett are ready to take you on another exciting North American wingshooting tour. Can't wait for opening day? Then check out the preview and get your waterfowling fix all summer long with DU-TV!
Watch video | Learn more about DU-TV | More videos
DU News | Recent Headlines
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
announces effort to conserve 43,000 acres
Wabash River watershed will benefit from restoration project
Duck numbers hold steady across North America
USFWS report shows little change in waterfowl population from 2009
DU Canada launches waterfowling website
New site aspires to be gateway for information about waterfowling in Canada
DU staff member testifies before congressional committee regarding Farm Bill successes
Dr. Scott Manley outlines 2008 successes, suggests improvements for future farm bills
DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work
Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes
Landowner Spotlight | Mo Buder
Whistling Wings now and forever
Ducks Unlimited has not conserved a single acre of wetland habitat alone. Every detail of our work relies on a web of partners. From landowners like Mo Buder, who call on us to restore wetlands on their property or to donate a conservation easement, to foundation and corporate partners that pour financial resources into critical conservation priorities, to the individual who funds conservation work in his or her state or region, Ducks Unlimited counts on solid alliances to facilitate our success in protecting land and waterfowl habitat.
The success of DU's land protection efforts through conservation easements is one of the many ways Ducks Unlimited works to conserve wildlife habitat. Mo Buder of Missouri has made a significant commitment to the future of waterfowl with his gift and partnership with Ducks Unlimited.
Read Mo's story | DU's Land Protection program
Partner Spotlight | Bass Pro Shops
Join Ducks Unlimited at your local Bass Pro Shops and get a $25 gift certificate
With opening day just around the corner, Bass Pro Shops has provided its customers with a great incentive to join Ducks Unlimited while stocking up on supplies for hunting season. When you join DU as part of this special offer, you'll receive a Bass Pro/Ducks Unlimited cap and decal, as well as a $25 Bass Pro gift certificate—making your membership essentially free! You can join online or through the Bass Pro Shops catalog.
DU CEO Dale Hall said this gesture from Bass Pro shows the company's commitment to conservation and their relationship with DU. "I am close to the leadership at Bass Pro and can attest that this is their dedication to conservation and not a marketing effort," said Hall. "We are blessed to have this kind of partner working with us, and I encourage all of our volunteers and members to make potential DU members aware of this wonderful opportunity."
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submitted by Tom Steffner
- 6 mallard breasts, trimmed
- 2 c. white wine
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 shallot, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
- Score duck breasts with a small, sharp knife to make a diamond pattern on both sides.
- Mix wine, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, shallot, garlic, rosemary, 1 tsp. salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Add duck to bowl and turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for exactly 5 hours.
- Drain and discard marinade. Season duck with salt and pepper to taste.
- Preheat grill on high heat for 10 minutes. Grill duck for 3½ minutes per side for medium doneness.
- Remove duck to cutting board and slice thinly. Serves 6.
This month's recipe is taken from The Hunter's Table, the all-new cookbook from Ducks Unlimited. Check out more recipes like these and order your copy of The Hunter's Table at hunterstable.com or by calling 1-800-358-0560.