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We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from October for our monthly slideshow.
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Late in the season when the ducks get gun and blind shy, don't overlook scouting small, isolated bodies of water such as farm ponds and irrigation ditches. Ducks will often spend the day on these honey holes and return to a marsh after roost.
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Monthly Dog Training Tip
All Dogs Need a Job
Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how Deke the DU Dog carries his own gear to and from the blind.
Watch video » | Older tips »
The Alaska Ducks Unlimited chapters' mission is to fulfill the annual life-cycle needs of waterfowl by generation of the capital necessary to protect, enhance, restore and manage important wetlands and associated uplands.
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Create a Landing Zone for Ducks
Tips for a deliberately arranged decoy spread
Three-time world-champion duck caller Barnie Calef of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, frequently hunts from a boat blind, and he's a stickler for proper decoy placement. Calef believes many hunters put too much emphasis on arranging their decoys to look natural, setting them randomly. Instead, Calef sets his decoys in specific patterns to cause ducks to land where he wants them to.
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Opening Day | Retriever Photo Contest Winner
There's still time to submit your hunting photos!
More than 1,700 votes were cast, and DU Iowa member Mark Lasnek's photo of his female black Labrador retriever won first prize in DU's Opening Day Retriever Photo Contest. Mark and his two-year-old, hard-charging Bailey will be receiving Whitewater's DU Windblocker® Softshell Jacket and the DU Windblocker® Softshell Pant.
DU's Hunting Photo Contest lasts until Dec. 10—there's still time to enter and win like Mark! Submit your photo now »
Gear Up | November Gear Guide
Getting the most out of your days afield is the goal for many waterfowl hunters. Having the right gear can make or break a day in the duck blind. This month, the DU E-newsletter editorial staff is featuring Game Changers. These items can make a difference when facing tough weather conditions, wary birds or call-shy geese.
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DU Magazine | Growing Up with Geese
In the Midwest, Canada goose hunting can be a lifelong obsession
When Fred Zink and Joe Robinson came of age during the 1980s, one of North America's greatest wildlife comebacks was well under way. Canada goose numbers were exploding, especially in the Midwest, where transplanted flocks of resident geese were experiencing exponential growth. As teenagers, Zink and Robinson became skilled hunters of these increasingly abundant waterfowl, and over time their lives became intertwined with Canada geese. Now, decades later as grown men with children of their own, they are lying in a harvested cornfield between Toledo and Detroit and staring at the gray winter sky, watching for geese.
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Featured Video | RNT Rules – Hit 'em hard in the woods
Jim Ronquest, world duck calling champion and producer of RNT-V, explains his calling tactics for hunting in flooded timber.
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DU News | Recent Headlines
DU unveils new website
Ducks Unlimited has launched an upgraded website featuring a fresh design, improved navigation and many other functional enhancements. These improvements will help make www.ducks.org a more comprehensive, user-friendly online resource for waterfowl hunters and wetlands conservationists. Read more »
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Landowner Spotlight | C. Hager and Sons
Hager family protects key Missouri habitat
Just outside the St. Louis city limits, the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers come together to form a region known as the Confluence Floodplain. This area provides vital habiat for millions of migrating waterfowl annually and has an extensive waterfowling tradition. The region is home to more than 100 established duck clubs encompassing more than 36,600 acres, as well as several thousand additional acres of important working agricultural lands that provide critical waterfowl habitat.
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Apple Pie Duck with
Apple and Hot Sausage Stuffing
|submitted by Chad Pomeroy
- 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 4 duck breasts
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 c. green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 c. yellow onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
- 2 McIntosh apples, chopped
- 8 oz. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 pkg. stuffing mix
- Sprinkle vinegar, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar evenly over duck breasts in a bowl.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic and sauté until vegetables are tender.
- Add apples and sauté until tender. Add duck and sausage and cook until both are cooked through.
- Remove duck with tongs to a platter and keep warm. Prepare stuffing mix using package directions.
- Adding stuffing to skillet and mix well. Serve stuffing with duck. Serves 4.
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 hunterstable.com or by calling 1-800-358-0560.