This issue of the DU Newsletter proudly brought to you by:
• Duck Numbers Remain
• 3 Pre-Season
• Destinations: South
• July Gear Guide
• Field Reports
• Favorite Member
• Land and Wildlife Expo
• Deke the DU Dog
• Video: DU-TV 2011
• Member Tip
Favorite Member Photos
We've picked our favorite member "Photos of the Day" from the month of June for our monthly slideshow.
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Looking for something to do this summer?
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Utilize the off-season to fix simple mistakes made when shooting in the duck blind. Gary Goodpaster of Collierville, Tenn., offers tips which will help you stay calm as ducks approach the blind.
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Land and Wildlife Expo | Aug. 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn.
Ducks Unlimited announces the first-ever Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo, presented by RAM Trucks on August 12-14, 2011, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee! This one-of-a-kind event will feature the latest innovations in wildlife, agriculture and forestry management and conservation from more than 20 industry experts and conservation organizations. Don't miss it!
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Tax Windfall for Waterfowl
Charitable IRA Rollover Gifts
The Charitable IRA Rollover gift is available again this year. For gifts during calendar year 2011, the opportunity has been extended to December 31, 2011. Please let us know if we can assist you in making this tax-smart gift to help the ducks!
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Partner Spotlights | Yamaha
Yamaha ATVs, a proud supporter of Ducks Unlimited, introduces its 2012 All-Terrain Vehicle line. For information, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.
Partner Spotlights | Enhance
Enhance Brand Dog Food is a proud supporter of Ducks Unlimited. Enhance is now available online at www.petfooddirect.com. You can learn more by visiting http://enhance3022.com/ducks-unlimited.
Duck Numbers Remain Strong
Pond Counts Approach Record Levels
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report on breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total duck populations were estimated at 45.6 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. This estimate represents an 11 percent increase over last year's estimate of 40.9 million birds and is 35 percent above the 1955-2010 long-term average. This was only the fifth time in the survey's history that the total duck population exceeded 40 million.
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3 Pre-season Preparation Musts
Take the first steps for preparing your gear
Like an early-morning wood duck buzzing the decoys, the 2011-12 waterfowl season will be here before we know it. Taking the proper steps in July and August will make opening day that much more enjoyable. While the to-do list is long, these three tasks involve essential waterfowling equipment.
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Destinations | South Dakota Spectacular
The hunt of a lifetime is the reward for days of scouting in this state's prairie pothole country
Roughly two hours removed from Aberdeen Regional Airport, we are sitting in a pickup truck staring blankly at a harvested cornfield situated on the far side of a dusty gravel road. Don't ask me where we are. But if this isn't the middle of nowhere, it's got to be nearby. Martin Hesby and his partner, Tyson Keller, insist scouting is critical to success. And they've got proof. "Just watch," Hesby says as midafternoon begins to turn into early evening. "You're going to be stunned. I can almost guarantee that."
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Gear Up | July Gear Guide
Gear Bag Accessories: Must-have blind bag items
Waterfowlers are gear junkies, filling garages with boats, decoys and four-wheelers. Yet, it's the smaller items which are most forgotten. This month's Gear Guide focuses on pocket- and blind bag-sized gear that every waterfowler should keep handy. Begin piecing together your blind bag this summer with our July selections.
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DU Magazine | Field Reports
2011 Duck Production Outlook
Good to excellent wetland conditions have set the stage for above-average waterfowl production on key breeding areas.
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Retriever Training | Training in the Heat
Summer retriever training tips with Deke, the DU dog
Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains a few precautions to take when working with your retriever on hot summer days.
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Featured Video | DU-TV 2011 Season
Your waterfowl season starts here!
The world's leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation teams up with The Outdoor Channel to bring you Ducks Unlimited Television. Travel along with hosts Huntley Ritter and Mike Checkett as they hunt and explore the foremost flyways of North America in Ducks Unlimited Television brought to you by OneMain Financial. Pick up useful tips on shooting and hunting from Wade Bourne. Extend your season with DU-TV as we celebrate conservation and our rich waterfowling heritage.
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DU News | Recent Headlines
DU CEO Joins America's WETLAND Foundation Board of Directors
In a recent announcement from America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF), H. Dale Hall, Ducks Unlimited CEO, was named to the AWF Board of Directors. Hall will assist with the organization's decision making process as AWF works throughout Louisiana.
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Tropical Duck with Wild Rice
|submitted by Kathleen Knapp
- 3 or 4 mallard (or other puddle duck) breasts
- 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 (6-ounce) packages dried mixed tropical fruit
- 1½ cups spiced rum
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- hot cooked wild rice
|Get the full recipe and cooking instructions for this dish.
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