• Winter Duck
• Chapter Spotlight:
Kiowa County, Kansas
• Opening Day Hunting
Photo Contest Winner
• January Gear Guide
• IRA Rollover
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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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.
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.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
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.
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
Deep 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.
View the guide | Past gear guides
Opening Day | Hunting Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to George Clifford!
Fredericton, 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
Agricultural conservation programs are good for farmers, hunters, and business
When 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 video | DU Video Library
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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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
- Dissolve the curing salt in the water in a bowl. Add the duck and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- Drain and discard marinade. Rinse the duck with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Pour most of the maple syrup into a meat injector. Inject evenly into the duck. Rub the remaining maple syrup over the duck.
- Mix Cajun or Creole seasoning and brown sugar in a bowl. Rub evenly over the duck.
- 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 hunterstable.com or by calling 1-800-358-0560.