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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.)
DU National Convention
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Favorite Member Photos
We've picked our favorite member "Photos of the Day" from the month of April for our monthly slideshow.
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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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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.
Partner Spotlights | Enhance
Enhance Brand Dog Food challenges every dog owner to make a difference for tomorrow's wetlands. Enhance and Ducks Unlimited are working together to ensure that dogs and dog owners have wild places to enjoy. See more at http://enhance3022.com/ducks-unlimited.
Summer Drills for Retrievers
Training exercises to help get your dog ready for hunting season
While 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
"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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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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