Ducks Unlimited Newsletter: November 2011 Issue

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In This Issue

• Mid-Season Magic

• Close-Range Canadas

• WF360 Retriever Photo
   Contest Winner

• Gear Guide

• Retriever Training

• Decoy Setup Tip

• Member Photos

• New DU Waterfowler's
   Journal App

• DU Holiday Cards

...and more

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Waterfowl 360 - Ultimate Waterfowling

Favorite Member Photos
Our favorite selections from the month of October
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Waterfowler's Journal App
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Waterfowl & Retriever
Digital Issue

Waterfowl & Retriever magazine's digital issue contains several informative DU conservation articles and much more.

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DU Member Benefit
DU Holiday Cards

A DU licensee for 26 years, Barton Cotton, has designed another collection of Christmas and general holiday cards for you.
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Mid-Season Magic
Useful tips for mid-season waterfowl hunting

Read moreThe middle of the season is possibly the most challenging time for waterfowl hunters. During this period, ducks and geese are notorious for skirting decoy spreads, ignoring calls, and in some cases, simply disappearing. Here are some useful tips from three avid hunters to help solve the riddle that is mid-season waterfowl hunting.

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DU Magazine | Close-Range Canadas
Four experts share their secrets on how to decoy wary late-season geese

Read more There is no question that a goose call in the hands of a savvy caller is a valuable tool. To some seasoned veterans, accomplished calling ranks second in importance only to setting up where the geese want to be. But there are several other considerations that factor into the equation. Over time, a goose hunter learns to take care of the little things. So we contacted four pros, all well schooled in the ways of the Canada goose, and asked them to share their expertise.

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Gear Up | November Gear Guide
Decoy Wish List

Decoys are the quintessential icon of waterfowl hunters, from hand-carved blocks to the newest variation of injection-molded, fully-flocked spread. From floaters to full bodies, decoy improvements over the years are a testament to technology and waterfowling ingenuity. The DU E-Newsletter Editorial Team has selected various decoys based on individual hunting situations. Enjoy!

November 2011 Gear Guide

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Retriever Training | Facing Distractions

View video Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains how to keep your retriever's focus when facing distractions in the field. This training techinque is something that can be done any time of year and in any situation.

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WF360 | Retriever Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our winner, Deb Anderson!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to the Waterfowl 360 Retriever Photo Contest. Our judges chose the five finalists and DU supporters voted for the winner. After five days of voting, the winner is Deb Anderson. Congratulations, Deb!

Special thanks to Winchester Ammunition for sponsoring the photo contest and supplying an excellent prize package. Be ready for our next photo contest, which starts November 7!

Decoy Setup Tips | Finding the Easiest Approach

View video Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer explains how ducks will follow the easiest approach into the decoys. Setting your decoys along the easiest approach will help ducks commit to your decoys.

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"Double Up" for the Ducks
New campaign aims to show that hunters and others support an increase

Duck Stamp Ducks Unlimited is asking duck hunters and other waterfowl enthusiasts to "double up for the ducks" by purchasing two federal duck stamps this year. "The federal duck stamp has been an important tool in waterfowl habitat conservation for 77 years, but its ability to purchase and conserve important waterfowl habitat has been greatly diminished by inflation and rising land prices," DU CEO Dale Hall said.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Selected
DU CEO Dale Hall serves on this year's juding panel

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, as the winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. This marks the fourth time he has won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. "I was surprised and excited to win," Hautman said. His artwork, an acrylic painting of a single wood duck, will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in July 2012.
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Partner Spotlight | Cookbook
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Recipe Spotlight | Southwestern Duck
with Chipotle-Apricot Glaze

Submitted by Joshua Sasser

  • 16 cups (1 gallon) water
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spice
  • 4 boneless skinless teal or wood duck breasts
  • 1 jar apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded chipotle chile packed in adobo sauce

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