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2014 Duck Numbers Up 8%

Get a species-by-species breakdown

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 49.2 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents an 8 percent increase from last year's estimate of 45.6 million birds, and is 43 percent higher than the 1955-2013 long-term average. This continues a three-year trend of exceptional water conditions and population numbers for many species.

"It looks like another good waterfowl breeding year for a good portion of the prairies and the boreal forest," said DU CEO Dale Hall.

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Best Duck Hunting Meal...Ever

Photographic tribute to a fantastic hunting meal

By Chris Jennings

My attempts at cooking a duck blind breakfast have earned me a certain amount of notoriety among my waterfowling friends. Unfortunately, my gastronomic reputation has been built mainly on slightly charred boat-blind bacon sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Last season, however, my taste buds were treated to what I believe was the best duck hunting breakfast and lunch ever. These meals made a true convert out of me, and I vowed never again to make a slap-dash meal and call it a duck blind banquet.

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Sporting Clays for Waterfowlers

Bag more birds this fall by breaking more clays over the summer

Skeet and trap are fine for summer shooting practice, but sporting clays is the best way to tune up for duck season. On any sporting clays course there are stations set up to mimic decoying mallards, overhead geese, springing teal, and other types of shots commonly encountered while waterfowling. By learning to hit these targets consistently on the course, you can improve your chances on wild ducks and geese in the marsh.

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July Gear Guide: Blind Bags

The next generation of blind bags

Gear Guide Selecting the perfect blind bag is a process of trial and error. The best bag for one hunter may not suit another hunter's needs. From traditional bags and backpacks to waterproof satchels, find your perfect blind bag this year.

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2014 Spring Habitat Conditions

DU Canada reports on spring breeding conditions

2014 Spring Habitat Conditions After a long winter and late spring for most areas, the breeding season is underway. Migrants were delayed by 1-2 weeks but are establishing nests in the North and showing a strong breeding effort in the Prairies. More moisture will be needed in the Western Boreal Forest and in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, while higher-than-usual water levels have posed some challenges for nesters in the Eastern Region. Several areas are predicting a normal production year and next month's release of the 2014 Breeding Population Survey will provide more insight.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsWetland losses point to importance of protecting the prairies

DU says a documented drop in wetland numbers in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) during a recent 12-year period could add up to a loss of breeding habitat for 100,000 duck pairs. A new study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on the status of prairie wetlands in the United States found the PPR lost more than 107,000 wetland basins from 1997 to 2009.

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More Headlines

Rice & Ducks book available now

All proceeds from Rice & Ducks—The Surprising Convergence that Saved the South Carolina Lowcountry go toward habitat protection

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The Great Lakes Initiative

Conserving key habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife throughout the vast Great Lakes watershed
Photo: C. Connelly

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Twitter for Waterfowlers: July

DU's monthly Twitter recommendations for waterfowlers and conservationists

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In this issue
  • 2014 Duck Numbers Up 8%
  • Best Duck Hunting Meal...Ever
  • Sporting Clays for Waterfowlers
  • DU TV
  • Gear Guide: Blind Bags
  • 2014 Spring Habitat Conditions
  • ... and more

Favorite Member Photos

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

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Ducks Unlimited Television

18th season of DU TV is under way!

New episodes of DU TV will be airing on the Pursuit Channel and online at Catch up on last week's episode, along with bonus footage and segmented Duck Dog, Duck Gun, Conservation, and Cooking content. Each week's new episode will air on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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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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DU TV Duck Gun Tip

Layout blinds

Phil Bourjaily, shotgun columnist from DU Magazine, explains how to shoot effectively from layout blinds.

DU TV Duck Gun Tip with Phil Bourjaily

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Retriever Training Tip

Getting your dog to focus

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels offers trainers a few lessons in getting your retriever to focus on you for commands. This is an essential tool when making commands in the field and at home.

Retriever Training Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Tangy Grilled Duck, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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Mission: Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Our vision is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.


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