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Pre-Season Prep: 7 Steps for Success

Pre-Season Prep Off-season prep to ensure a great opening day

Like an early-morning wood duck buzzing the decoys, the 2013-14 waterfowl season will be here before we know it. Taking the proper steps now will make opening day that much more enjoyable. While the to-do list is long, these seven steps will prove essential to a successful waterfowling season.

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2013 Waterfowl Forecast

DU Magazine Good habitat conditions on the breeding grounds should result in another large fall flight this year

This spring, ducks and geese returned once again to good wetland conditions across many of North America's most important waterfowl breeding areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reports that in the Prairie Pothole Region, this year's estimate of 6.9 million May ponds was up 24 percent from the previous year's estimate of 5.5 million ponds. Waterfowl responded to favorable habitat conditions with a strong breeding effort, especially on the prairies.

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September Gear Guide

September 2013 Gear GuideDigital Tools for Waterfowlers

Get down and digital for waterfowl this season! Tech-savvy or not, it's in every waterfowler's best interest to utilize the tools provided by organizations and companies this season. In this digital age, there are resources available to help you find a new place to hunt, shoot, and potentially help you bag more birds this season. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several online tools to help you get your season started.

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Waterfowl 360

Waterfowl360Your season begins now!

September has arrived. It's time to kick your preparation into high gear. DU's Waterfowl360.com contains the articles and videos to get you through the entire 2013-2014 waterfowl season. Regular habitat and migration updates will keep you informed, and the largest collection of waterfowl hunting knowledge will guide you along the way.

Decoys » Calling »
Waterfowling Tips » Shotgunning »
Migration Reports » Retriever Training »

Chapter Spotlight

Georgia high school students supporting conservation

Statesboro High School students formed the first Georgia Ducks Unlimited high school committee and hosted their inaugural event on April 24, 2012. The event raised more than $15,000. Lee Bratton, Statesboro High School teacher and committee chairman, plans to take the 49-student DU chapter one step further and transition the club into an actual class, teaching conservation ethics based on DU's mission.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsTim Soderquist of Texas named national regional director of the year

Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Senior Regional Director Tim Soderquist a 2012-13 National Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as the top staff fundraiser for the organization. It was his second time winning this award in three years.

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More Headlines

Public Policy Interview

Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, talks federal duck stamp and legislative priorities for sportsmen with DU.

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Combo Hunts

Combining waterfowling with other types of hunting or fishing can make for a great day outdoors.
Photo: Avery Outdoors

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Tax Smart Giving

DU's Gift and Estate Planning representatives can help you maximize your donations. Photo: Bill Buckley

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In this issue
  • Pre-Season Prep
  • 2013 Waterfowl Forecast
  • September Gear Guide: Digital Tools
  • Waterfowl 360
  • Shooting, Retriever Tips
  • Chapter Spotlight
  • Combo Hunts
  • ... 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 August.

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NSSF Shooting Tip

Sporting clays, springing teal

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting School demonstrates how to hit the springing teal target on a sporting clays range.

Shooting Tip

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DU Member Benefit

DU Holiday Cards – over 30 designs available

Our 2013 collection of Christmas and general holiday cards is ready for you – along with holiday puzzles, ornaments and note card sets.

DU Partners

View the entire line of holiday cards and gifts today!

Retriever Training

Look to the sky

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how he trained Deke the DU dog to look towards the sky for birds. Utilizing a few training tools, anyone can train their retriever to look in the sky for birds.

Retriever Training Tip

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DUMAC and Mangrove Wetlands

Videos from the DU National Convention

Mangrove wetlands mark the division between land and sea, a precarious position that makes them among the most productive and biologically diverse wetland systems on earth, but also leaves them fragile and threatened.

Videos from the DU National Convention

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Waterfowl Recipe

In Praise of Braising, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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