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Strategies for Spring Snows

Helpful tips for hunting light geese on their northward migration

It's no secret that spring snow goose hunting often involves a major commitment of time, money, and effort, but for those who pursue these prolific birds, the rewards can be huge. Following is sage advice from four snow goose gurus on how you can maximize your success during this year's conservation order.

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Senate passes 2014 Farm Bill, ending three-year struggle

Bill a win for conservation

2014 Farm Bill passes Senate The U.S. Senate passed the 2014 Farm Bill with a decisive vote of 68-32, sending it to the president's desk. This bill includes the conservation and sporting community's top priorities of re-coupling conservation compliance to crop insurance and a Sodsaver program affecting the top duck producing states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"This bill includes proactive and common sense conservation programs that will help deter wetland and other habitat loss, incentivize habitat conservation and keep working farmers and ranchers on their land," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "DU is thankful to Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran for never losing sight of these end goals. This farm bill is the best for conservation that we've seen in many years, and that is due in large part to our conservation champion, Chairwoman Stabenow."

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February Gear Guide

Light goose hunting equipment

Gear Guide Since the Light Goose Conservation Order began in 1999, the end of duck season has been highlighted by the beginning of spring snow goose hunting. Chasing these birds isn't an easy task, and much like late-season waterfowling, spring goose hunting is gear intensive and tough on equipment. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has sourced a handful of new and old products that add to the spring waterfowling experience.

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DU Magazine: 5 Great Goose Spreads

Expert tips for decoying Canadas, Snows, Specklebellies, Cacklers, and Brant

DU Magazine With few exceptions, these are good times for goose hunters in North America. Most Canada goose populations are large and stable, and resident flocks of honkers continue to grow unabated in many areas. Viewed cumulatively, there are plenty of geese in all four flyways, and you don't need an expensive lease or a trailer full of decoys to take advantage of the abundant hunting opportunities provided by these birds.

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Migration Alerts

Migration Map shifts focus to light goose spring migration

Migration Map All waterfowling depends on weather and migration, but knowing where light geese are feeding and roosting is crucial to successfully hunting these birds. Here one day, gone the next is the theme, as geese chase the receding snow line north. Stay up to date throughout the Light Goose Conservation Order with the DU Migration Map.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsDale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

DU CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

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American Sportsman Expo

DU is a Conservation Partner in the upcoming American Sportsman Expo, Feb. 27 - Mar.2; use promo code DU when purchasing your expo ticket and $5 of your ticket price will be donated to DU's conservation mission.

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Wood Duck Boxes

Get involved in wildlife management
Photo: Joel Godin

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Wonders of the White Goose

A photographic tribute to North America's magnificent light geese
Photo: DU Member

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In this issue
  • Strategies for Spring Snows
  • 2014 Farm Bill Passes Senate
  • 5 Great Goose Spreads
  • Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear
  • American Sportsman Expo
  • Wood Duck Boxes
  • ... 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 January.

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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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Ducks Unlimited K9 Club

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NSSF Shooting Tip

Instinctive shooting

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting Schools demonstrates how to become a better instinctive shooter.

Shooting Tip

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DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip

Adding movement to a goose spread

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, explains different options for hunters to add movement to their goose spread.

DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip

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Retriever Training

Kennel training

Kennel training is key for your dog's sense of well being on the hunt and on the road.

Retriever Training Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Southwestern Duck with Chipotle-Apricot Glaze

Waterfowl Recipe

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