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• Summer Drills for

• Habitat Report

• May Gear Guide

• Picture Perfect

• Favorite Member

• Whooping Cranes

• Member Tip

• Chapter Spotlight:
   NW Suburban (Ill.)

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DU National Convention

Join us in Québec City in May 2011 for the 74th DU Convention!

Favorite Member Photos
April selections

We've picked our favorite member "Photos of the Day" from the month of April for our monthly slideshow.
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Chapter Spotlight
Northwest Suburban: Illinois

The Illinois Northwest Suburban Chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted a special DU event in March. Thirty-five volunteers from this chapter gathered for an activity unlike any other on DU's grassroots scene: they made venison jerky. Event organizer Jim Schroeder explained that the chapter wanted to "send a taste of home" to U.S. Armed Forces currently stationed overseas.

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Win great prizes from Drake Waterfowl

If you're a DU supporter, you've undoubtedly seen our logo on countless trucks, cars, boats and other unique places. We want to see the creative places where you display YOUR duck head! Visit our Facebook contest event page by May 19 and upload one or more photos of your DU logo (or Crest) with a brief explanation in the caption.

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Member Tip
Prevent Choke Tubes from Coming Loose

To prevent your choke tube from backing out of your barrel use one 3 inch piece of plumbers tape wrapped counter clockwise. Hold down one side against the bottom of the threading and make one complete revolution. Make sure to pull the tape tight because it will stretch. Screw your choke tube in as usual until it is snug.

–Steven Carr
Lima, Ohio

Partner Spotlights | Enhance DU Corporate Partner
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Summer Drills for Retrievers

Training exercises to help get your dog ready for hunting season

Click here to read more from DU MagazineWhile no training can be a substitute for actual lessons learned in the field, smart dog handlers recognize that off-season workout sessions are a necessity for those who want to keep their retrievers sharp and in top condition. Summer allows that opportunity.

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Field Reports | Spring Habitat Conditions

Abundant winter precipitation has set the stage for improved wetland conditions on many key waterfowl breeding areas.

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Gear Up | Retriever Training Gear

Preparing for next season can never begin too early, especially with your retriever. Keeping your retriever in shape by instilling an off season training schedule is highly recommended, and the E-newsletter Editorial Team has selected several items to help you do just that. From bumpers to first-aid kits, your four-legged hunting partner will appreciate the work, and the luxury these gear selections provide.

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DU Magazine | Picture Perfect

Stunning images from the winners of our 2nd annual Ducks Unlimited Magazine photo contest

Click here to read more from DU Magazine"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again," said Henri Cartier-Bresson, the man considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Waterfowlers are always witnessing ephemeral scenes. Ducks and geese are only momentary visitors. Wetland landscapes transform and change over time, and hunting dogs, sadly, live much shorter lives than people.

Photographers refer to the first and last hour of daylight as the "golden hours," when the lighting is warmer and softer and colors take on an added glow. It is a magical time to shoot photographs.

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Public Policy | Whooping Cranes

Whooping cranes benefit from NAWCA- and NET-funded DU restorations in Nebraska

While elected officials were determining the fate of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, whooping cranes were spotted enjoying two Ducks Unlimited properties in Nebraska. The properties, in the Rainwater Basin and along the Platte River, have wetlands restored by DU with dollars granted from a number of funders, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Like the whooping crane, NET and NAWCA are threatened. Legislation in Congress and the Nebraska State Legislature has attempted to reduce severely this vital conservation funding. A recent compromise bill in Congress restored most of the funding for NAWCA for this fiscal year, and a compromise in the Nebraska legislature might be good for short- and long-term habitat conservation in Nebraska.

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DU News | Recent Headlines
DU Supports Process to Restore Protections, Shield Wetlands, Waters Critical to Waterfowl

Sportsmen and women across the country have reason for encouragement after the administration initiated steps to restore Clean Water Act protections to many wetlands and streams.
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Recipe Spotlight
Grilled Duck Fajitas

submitted by James Anderson

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless duck breasts
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup golden tequila or dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 ea. large green, yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 6 (10-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
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