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Battling the Elements

Overcoming cold weather conditions

From ice and cold to wind and rain, nothing influences a hunt for ducks and geese like the weather. And while Mother Nature may be in the driver's seat when it comes to the forecast, a waterfowl hunter doesn't have to just be along for the ride. These tips from waterfowl hunters across the country will help you handle the worst that Mother Nature throws your way.

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Migration Alert: 840k Mallards on Missouri River in South Dakota

Dec. 3 – Central Flyway

Massive waterfowl numbers are once again rafting up on this large impounded river system and feeding in adjacent grainfields in droves. View alert »

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map: Follow the Migration

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December Gear Guide

Gear GuideWaterfowler's Holiday Wish List

The DU Newsletter editorial team created the 2013 Waterfowler's Wish List for the waterfowl hunter in your life – or for you to add to your own list this holiday season!

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DU Magazine: Waterfowl Ammo Guide

DU Magazine 10 popular ammo options for the perfect duck or goose load

When it comes to shotshells, lethality is the mother of invention. The ban on lead shot, now ancient history, spurred manufacturers to rethink shotshells as they struggled to make nontoxic pellets that performed as effectively as lead. Their efforts over the past 25 years have resulted in a number of innovations. This dizzying array of new and better shotshells means that choosing a duck load isn't as easy as deciding between 2s and 4s anymore.

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DU Gift Memberships

Buy a gift membership, get a free duck call!

DU memberships make the perfect gift for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions! It's also a great way to show your support of DU and give a personalized gift to someone special. Gift membership benefits include a personalized DU membership card, 2 unique DU decals, 6 bimonthly issues of Ducks Unlimited Magazine, and access to the members-only section of the DU website. Plus, you can get the exclusive DU Buck Gardner Black Swirl Duck Call as a gift for a friend, or keep it for yourself! To guarantee delivery of the free duck call by Christmas, you MUST respond by December 6.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsWaterfowl among first beneficiaries of oil spill criminal settlement

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More Headlines

Conservation Funding Vital to U.S. Economy

Interior Secretary Jewell calls for NAWCA funding.

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Ways of the Wigeon

These fascinating ducks have many characteristics and behaviors that set them apart.
Photo: Brent Gale

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Waterfowl Hybrids

Crossbreeding produces rare and interesting birds but also threatens the survival of some species.
Photo: John Hoffman, DU

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In this issue
  • Battling the Elements
  • Migration Alert: 840K Mallards in S. Dakota
  • Gear Guide: Waterfowler's Wish List
  • Waterfowl Ammo Guide
  • Shooting, Waterfowling, Retriever Tips
  • DU Gift Memberships, Stocking Stuffers
  • Waterfowl Hybrids
  • Sec. Jewell on NAWCA Funding
  • ... 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 November.

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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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NSSF Shooting Tip

Three shooting methods

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting School breaks down three main shooting methods. Understanding these techniques and how to incorporate them in the duck blind can help you be a better shooter.

Shooting Tip

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DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip

Valuable big-water hunting lessons

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, explains his approach to hunting big water when you aren't familiar with the area.

DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip

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Retriever Training

Pigeons on a string

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how he uses live pigeons on a string to teach his retrievers basic obedience, steadiness and crucial hunting skills.

Retriever Training Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Duck Breast Sandwiches, by Field Hudnall

Waterfowl Recipe

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