In This Issue

• Spring on the Prairies

• Action Alert!

• April Gear Guide

• Favorite Member

• All in Good Time

• Wood Duck Boxes

• Chapter Spotlight:
  Frozen North (MN)

...and more

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Favorite Member Photos
March selections

We've picked our favorite member "Photos of the Day" from the month of March for our monthly slideshow.

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Chapter Spotlight
Frozen North: Minnesota

One of the most unique and successful fundraising projects to hit DU's grassroots scene is the focus of this month's Chapter Spotlight. However, that success resulted from the work of not just one DU chapter, but from 12 chapters. Nearly all of the DU chapters in northern Minnesota collborated to hold what is called a calendar raffle, and Scott Anderson, regional director for northern Minnesota and chairman of the fundraiser, said the collective effort from this group of chapters raised so much money for the ducks that the 2012 campaign has already begun.

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Member Tip
Retrieving Geese

Training dogs to retrieve and carry a heavy goose can be difficult. To give your dog some practice, try using a weighted dummy. To do this, take a plastic dummy, slit the bottom, add sand or lead sinkers, tape the bottom shut. As your dog becomes more comfortable carrying a heavy load, gradually increase the weight of the dummy until you're confident your dog can handle the heft of a goose. To permanently seal the dummy, use plastic cement that is available at most hardware stores.

–William L. Streitz,
Roseburg, Oregon

Partner Spotlight | 
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Spring on the Prairies

Click here to read more of the feature storyEarly waterfowl biologists called the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States and Canada the "Duck Factory" because of its incredible productivity for breeding waterfowl. Dotted with millions of small "pothole" wetlands, this region remains this continent's most important waterfowl breeding ground. In especially wetland-rich areas, duck breeding densities can exceed 100 pairs per square mile. Following is a visual tour of the prairies and why it's so important to conserve this region's wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl and other wildlife.

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Public Policy | Action Alert!
Conservation Funding in Jeopardy

Encourage your elected officials to protect duck populations across the continent.

Click here to take action!The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) has been an essential part of Ducks Unlimited's conservation effort for 20 years. Unfortunately, this vital program's future is now in severe jeopardy due to a proposal to eliminate all funding.

Some of you have responded to earlier requests to contact your senators and members of Congress to seek support of the NAWCA program. While DU support has helped protect NAWCA from further budget cuts in the temporary FY2011 measures that have kept the government running for these last few weeks, these measures expire on Friday, April 8, and NAWCA's future will once again be threatened.

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Gear Up | April Gear Guide

Waterfowl are arriving on the breeding grounds, signifying the first stages of spring. Spring is a time for waterfowlers to reflect on past seasons and, of course, begin stockpiling gear for next year. The E-news Editorial Team has chosen specific gear which may improve your preparation, hunts, and help preserve memories from the field.

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DU Magazine | All in Good Time

Patience is certainly a virtue when training a young dog

Click here to read more from DU Magazine"Timing is everything in retriever training," says Chris Akin of Webb Footed Kennels in Bono, Arkansas. Akin has trained more than 4,000 retrievers in his 20-plus-year career. By design, he favors a go-slow approach with young dogs. The proof is in the results. Included among his former canine students are more than 100 grand champions and master hunters, titles that are not attainable without a keen understanding of a dog's mindset.

"Dog training in a nutshell is turning a negative into a positive," Akin says. "The first thing you have to do is make sure the dog knows what you are asking it to do. If that's not clear, you're setting yourself up for problems."

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Featured Video | Wood Duck Boxes

Randy Bolden, from Boy Scout Troop 270 in Germantown, Tenn., explains how he put up the wood duck boxes his troop built. It's important to clean out wood duck boxes thoroughly in early spring and replace the bedding to ensure a successful hatch.

Watch this month's featured video

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DU News | Recent Headlines
Wetlands for Kids Day a Record Success

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited hosted the 13th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day event at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday April 2. More than 4,500 attendees came out to enjoy the beautiful day and learn more about wildlife and wetlands.
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Partner Spotlight | Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel & Ducks Unlimited Announce 2011 "Dog of the Year"

"Dog of the Year" ContestBud, a chocolate Labrador Retriever from Huffman, Texas, has been selected as the 2011 Jack Danielís Single Barrel-Ducks Unlimited "Dog of the Year." As part of the winning package, Bud will be featured in the Single Barrel gift tin package available this fall and his owner, Roger Randall, will receive an original painting of his dog by famed wildlife artist Jim Killen.

The Jack Daniel's Single Barrel brand asked consumers to submit a story about their Chocolate Lab and what made it so special. The story submitted by the owners of "Bud" struck a special chord with the judges who were unanimous in the selection as 2011 "Dog of the Year."

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Recipe Spotlight
Cliff's Asian Duck Breast

submitted by Cliff Russell

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 or 4 drops of sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • breasts of 2 mallards
    (or favorite duck)
Get the full recipe and cooking instructions for 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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