Ducks Unlimited Newsletter: October 2011 Issue

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In This Issue

• Hunting Early Migrators

• Finding the Way

• Habitat Conditions

• Gear Guide

• Duck Calling Tip

• Retriever Training

• Member Photos

• New DU Waterfowl
   Migration Apps

• DU Holiday Cards

...and more

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Waterfowl 360 - Ultimate Waterfowling

Favorite Member Photos
Our favorite selections from the month of September.
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New DU Waterfowl Migration Apps
Follow the ducks from your mobile device this season!

Ducks Unlimited has launched apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms to give waterfowlers real-time integrated access to migration and hunting reports. Get more details about each version of these migration apps.

Download the official DU Waterfowl Migration Apps now! DU iPhone Migration App DU Android Migration App

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Waterfowling Tip
Early Season Decoy Strategy

Use a small, realistic, and well placed spread. Filled with early migrants such as green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks. Find small marsh holes and set up in them as stated above. Get concealed to the best of your ability, be safe, and have a great shoot!
-DU Facebook Fan Nate Prout

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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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Hunting Early Migrators

Read moreIf you've never stared down a squadron of blue-winged teal screaming across the shallows of a harvested rice field or scattered gadwall decoys across a bed of smartweed, you're missing out on some great early season waterfowl hunting opportunities. The following advice will help you get a jump-start to the hunting season.

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DU Magazine | Finding the Way
Waterfowl have amazing navigational abilities that guide their migrations

Read more Many of us have used a GPS (global positioning system) to find a "duck hole" in the timber, a pothole off the beaten path, or simply an out-of-town destination. And before GPS, we depended on maps or road atlases for our navigational needs. Waterfowl, on the other hand, have no need for any of these. They've been winging their way from their breeding grounds to wintering areas and back again for eons. How do they find their way?

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Gear Up | October Gear Guide
Waterfowler's Clothing

Extreme weather conditions force some hunters to leave the blind early. You don't want to miss a second this season, so having the proper clothing to hunt in any weather is a must. The E-newsletter Editorial team has compiled several clothing items that can make a difference when the weather inevitably turns for the worst. Also, we have included new clothing products geared specifically for women watefowlers.

October 2011 Gear Guide

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Habitat Conditions | Early Fall in Canada

Read more In the British Columbia / Western Boreal Forest Region, migration may have been stalled in some areas, but foraging conditions are great along the B.C. coast. Although it has been relatively warm and dry in the Prairie Region, conditions are still favorable thanks to exceptional spring conditions. Alberta is still experiencing its best conditions in years, and northern pintails appear to have had an excellent production year. Unprecedented conditions also continue in Saskatchewan, where the fall flight should be excellent. In Manitoba, waterfowl are flocking and feeding in fields, where they are finding an abundance of food. The outlook for the fall flight is also generally positive in the Eastern Region, although early-nesting birds faced some challenges in Atlantic Canada.

Read more » | DU Migration Reports »

WF360 | Retriever Photo Contest
Win a prize package valued at $1,000 from Winchester!

Every waterfowl hunt has memorable moments, especially when hunting with a retriever. Don't forget to bring your camera this season, capture those moments and submit them to the Waterfowl 360 Retriever Photo Contest.

This will be your first opportunity of the fall to win a grand prize from Winchester Ammunition valued at $1,000!

Duck Calling Tips | Learning Single Quacks

View video Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains how duck callers can begin by learning the single quack. Starting with the basics will lead into more advanced duck calling.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

Ducks Unlimited concerned about drought impacts to waterfowl, rice

River authorities throughout the state, including the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), are struggling to balance the limited supply of water with the needs of various user groups, including agricultural, municipal, industrial, and wildlife management interests. Ducks Unlimited is working to ensure decision makers and others understand the far-reaching impacts of restricting water available for managing wetland habitat and rice production.
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Partner Spotlight | EA Plus

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Retriever Training | Working a Lower Stand

View video Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains how to get your retriever ready to hunt a dog stand, beginning with a lower-level stand.

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To view and print this and many other delicious recipes,

Recipe Spotlight | Wild Rice Soup

submitted by Dudley Friskopp

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2 cups cooked duck leg meat
  • 1/3 cup finely-chopped ham
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • salt and pepper to taste

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