In This Issue

• Winter Duck
  Hunting Strategies

• Chapter Spotlight:
  Kiowa County, Kansas

• Opening Day Hunting
  Photo Contest Winner

• January Gear Guide

• IRA Rollover
  Program Extended

...and more

Favorite Member Photos
Check out our selections for the past month

We've picked our favorite member photos of the day from December for our monthly slideshow. This month's slideshow features some great shots of your favorite four-legged friends!

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View the monthly member photo slideshow

Chapter Spotlight
Kiowa County Chapter

The initial organizational meeting for the prospective Greensburg, Kan., Ducks Unlimited committee was put on hold three years ago. Rebuilding the town took precedence.

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Member Tip
Tree Pruners

All a mobile hunter needs to quickly create an effective blind is a pair of hand tree pruners. Find a dense clump of bushes at the water's edge and prune an opening in the middle for you and your dog. Remove branches that may block your swing while shooting and prune holes in the front to look out.

–Eldon Belyea,
Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Tax Windfall for Waterfowl
Charitable IRA Rollover Gifts

The Charitable IRA Rollover Gift is available again this year. But the opportunity for 2010 taxes ends January 31, 2011, so act now to take advantage of this tax-smart gift to help the ducks! For gifts made during calendar year 2011, the opportunity has been extended to December 31, 2011.

Take advantage of the extended IRA Charitable Tax Rollover program today!

Learn more

Winter Duck Hunting Strategies

Wind, snow, fog, and ice—no matter what the late season throws your way, here's how to make the most of it

Click here to read more of the feature storyDeep winter offers duck hunters both challenge and opportunity. The late season cuts hunters little slack, but the last few weeks can also provide some of the best shooting of the year. Here is how to adjust your hunting to the toughest weather elements: strong winds, ice, fog, heavy snow, and rain. Hunters who understand how these conditions affect ducks and who employ strategies designed around them can enjoy hot shooting in the waning days of the season.

Read more  |  More hunting tips

Gear Up | January Gear Guide

Late-season waterfowling calls for extreme cold-weather gear. The January Gear Guide offers a combination of cold-weather items that can make a freezing day in the field a bit more comfortable.

Click here to view the Waterfowl Gear Guide

View the guide  |  Past gear guides

Opening Day | Hunting Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to George Clifford!

Winner of the 2010 Opening Day Hunting Photo ContestFredericton, New Brunswick, resident George Clifford took this photo of a friend's 10-year-old yellow Labrador retriever and won first place in DU's Opening Day Hunting Photo Contest. George, who took the shot when he and Dodger were waiting for another wave of ducks to fly overhead while hunting in Prince Edward Island, said Dodger is a "seasoned veteran who won't leave a duck in the water and doesn't show his age at the blind." For his win, George will receive the DU Northwinds Jacket and Bib, courtesy of Whitewater.

See both winning photos for 2010

DU Magazine | Farm Bill, Ducks, and
the Economy

Agricultural conservation programs are good for farmers, hunters, and business

Click here to read more from DU MagazineWhen most of us think of the Farm Bill, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) immediately comes to mind. We also think about how this program helps increase duck populations and can put more birds over our decoy spreads. CRP pays farmers to restore perennial grass cover on marginal cropland under 10- or 15-year contracts, providing valuable habitat for nesting ducks, upland game birds, and a variety of other wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) estimate that prairie croplands enrolled in CRP raise 30 percent more ducks than do landscapes without the additional upland cover this program provides.

Read more  |  More DU Magazine features

Featured Video | The Nisqually Estuary Restoration

With the help of Ducks Unlimited, the Nisqually Estuary is restored after more than 100 years of man-made dikes separated this unique wetland from flourishing in its natural state.

Watch this month's featured video

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DU News | Recent Headlines
DU salutes USDA's support, commitment to conservation on 25th anniversary of CRP

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program. The Food Security Act of 1985 established the CRP, arguably the greatest landscape-level conservation program ever. Read more

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Partner Spotlights | Pet, Firearm & Property Insurance

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Firearms & Clubs Liability Insurance

DU Insurance ProgramInsuring your personal firearms against fire and theft is easier than ever. Our online application is convenient and fast—you can secure coverage in just a few minutes time. Protect your investment from unfortunate incidents with DU Firearm & Property Protection insurance. Affordable liability insurance for your hunting club is also available for purchase online to protect the club against hunting accidents.

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Recipe Spotlight
Smoky Maple Duck or Goose Breast
submitted by Lance Lang

  • 1 cup Tender Quick salt or other curing salt
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 3-4 boneless skinless duck breasts
  • 1 bottle pure maple syrup
  • Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • Brown sugar
Cooking Instructions
  1. Dissolve the curing salt in the water in a bowl. Add the duck and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Rinse the duck with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Pour most of the maple syrup into a meat injector. Inject evenly into the duck. Rub the remaining maple syrup over the duck.
  4. Mix Cajun or Creole seasoning and brown sugar in a bowl. Rub evenly over the duck.
  5. Prepare a smoker using the manufacturer's instructions. Add the duck to the smoker and smoke for 2-4 hours or to medium rare. Remove the duck to a cutting board and slice.

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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