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2013 Waterfowl Calls Guide

Find your next duck or goose call

Waterfowl calls are specific to every species, hunter, and region. This makes finding the perfect duck or goose call a difficult task. The DU Newsletter makes it easier to start your search. Begin with the latest additions to the market – new waterfowl calls for 2013. 2013 Waterfowl Calls Guide

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Secrets for Early Geese

10 tips from the Avery Pro Staff

Hunting resident Canada geese during the early season can be feast or famine. The weather is warm, and geese often settle into established feeding and roosting patterns. Despite these challenges, great opportunities exist for goose hunters who are willing to do the work necessary to put themselves on the X.

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2013 Duck Numbers Remain Strong

2013 Duck Numbers Despite slight declines, most species remain well above long-term averages

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released its report on 2013 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 45.6 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 6 percent decrease from last year's estimate of 48.6 million birds, and is 33 percent above the 1955-2012 long-term average.

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A Pothole Proposal

ND DU members get engaged during waterfowl hunt

Executing a unique marriage proposal requires a significant amount of creativity and strategy. Tyler Carroll, Ducks Unlimited member in Minot, North Dakota, masterminded a plan to propose during an afternoon duck hunt that hinged on cooperative waterfowl, successful shooting, a kayak, and subzero temperatures. As far as 20-year-old Kelsey Weber knew, it was a normal afternoon in the blind with her boyfriend, Carroll, and a few of their friends. But this particular hunt on November 3, 2012, was anything but average, and while Carroll and his friends knew what was about to happen, Weber had no idea she was about to experience a life-changing hunt.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsNew Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World to feature Ducks Unlimited logo

The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail store slated for the iconic Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., will now include the Ducks Unlimited logo thanks to approval by the Downtown Memphis Commission Design and Review Board; The DU logo will grace the south side of the Pyramid to highlight the 4,600-square-foot Waterfowling Heritage Center that is part of the new retail store.

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Fueling the Engines

Understanding Waterfowl: Feeding and digestion in waterfowl Photo: Tom Reichner

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Photo Essay: The Northern Pintail

Elegance and grace embodied

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Summer Drills for Retrievers

Training exercises to help get your dog ready for hunting season Photo: Bill Buckley

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In this issue
  • New Waterfowl Calls Guide
  • 2013 Duck Numbers Remain Strong
  • Secrets for Early Geese
  • A Pothole Proposal
  • New Bass Pro to feature DU logo
  • Working with Partners in the West
  • ... and more

Favorite Member Photos

Member Photos Check out our editors' favorite selections from DU's Member Photos of the Day for the month of July.

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Leading companies, corporations and brands recognize Ducks Unlimited as the leader in wetlands conservation and one of the largest and best membership organizations in the world.

DU Partners

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Duck Calling Tip

Add a Quack into a Feed Call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains how to add a quack into your feed call. Using this techinque allows one caller to mimic the sounds of several ducks on the water.

Duck Calling Tip

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Retriever Training

Introduction to Dog Blinds

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how introducing your retriever to a dog blind, like the GHG Ground Force dog blind, early in the season will help avoid confusion during a hunt.

Retriever Training Tip

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DU-TV is Back

Your waterfowl season begins here!

Catch the new season of DU-TV, now airing on the Outdoor Channel with host Field Hudnall.

DU-TV 2013 Season Preview

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Working with Partners in the West

Videos from the DU National Convention

Ducks Unlimited works with partners throughout its Western Region and all along the length of the Pacific Flyway.

Videos from the DU National Convention

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Waterfowl Recipe

Smoked Duck Breast Crostini, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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