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Shotgunning: Off-Season Work

Become a better shot this summer

Waterfowlers can be swamped by changing camouflage patterns, decoy details, and any number of new calls and gadgetry. This off-season, focus on the most important aspect of waterfowling: shotgunning. Improving your shot may be as simple as tweaking a technical error. June is the time to fine-tune your gunning capabilities, and these five articles contain fundamentals, techniques, shot selection, and other tips to help make you a better shot.

3 Pointers from a Pro »  Master 5 Important Shots »
4 Steps to Better Shooting »  Leading Questions »
Why We Miss »  

Instagram: Top 13 #FollowFriday

DU Instagram Top #FollowFriday Images DU's Instagram profile is a free-flowing digital collage of waterfowling and conservation pictures. Featuring mainly member-submitted images, DU's Instagram account offers an opportunity for every follower to be recognized with a potential #FollowFriday selection. We've chosen our top 13 #FollowFriday images to share here.

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June Gear Guide: Light the Way

Illuminate your hunting scenarios

Gear Guide Headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns have been a part of waterfowling's pre-dawn routine since their invention. Finding the right lights for your hunting scenarios makes everything easier on you and your gear.

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Habitat Map: Follow the Survey

The 59th Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is still underway. Find the planes on the Ducks Unlimited Habitat Map and follow along. Updated information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot biologists, ground crews, and partners continues to be posted.

View the map »  Follow the survey »
Prairie Visuals Snapshot »  Survey Complete in Saskatchewan »

Policy: America's 2014 Farm Bill

Conservation provisions in this new legislation will help protect and restore vital waterfowl habitat across the U.S.

America's 2014 Farm Bill After two and a half years of delays and gridlock, Congress passed a new Farm Bill in February 2014. This bipartisan legislation provides more than $28 billion in funding for a variety of conservation programs on private lands. Following is an overview of important conservation provisions included in the new Farm Bill, and how they are likely to impact waterfowl and their habitats across the United States over the next five years.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsCritical Conservation Areas overlap many DU priority areas

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) established in the 2014 Farm Bill, which overlap with many of Ducks Unlimited's (DU) priority regions.

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More Headlines

Understanding Waterfowl: Duck Salad

Aquatic plants are a vital food source for many species of waterfowl

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Photo Essay: Greater & Lesser Scaup

The ever-popular bluebill
Photo: C. Connelly

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Twitter for Waterfowlers

Seven must-follow DU Twitter accounts

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In this issue
  • Shotgunning: Off-Season Work
  • DU's Top #FollowFriday Instagram Pics
  • Gear Guide: Light the Way
  • Twitter for Waterfowlers
  • DU 30 Day Giveaway Sweepstakes
  • BBQ Duck Sandwich
  • ... 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 May.

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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 2014 Season Preview

First episode premieres on Monday, June 30!

The new season of Ducks Unlimited Television begins this summer on the Pursuit Channel with more of the best waterfowling action, tips and tactics, and conservation news.

DU TV 2014 Season Preview

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DU 30 Day Giveaway Sweepstakes

Enter now for your chance to win!

Ducks Unlimited is giving away 30 T-shirts and 30 duck calls every day for 30 days in our 30 Day Giveaway Sweepstakes. Enter now for your chance to win!

30 Day Giveaway

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Retriever Training Tip

Introducing your dog to water

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to introduce your dog to water.

Retriever Training Tip

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DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip

Pattern your waterfowl gun

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, provides some tips on how to prepare for waterfowl season by patterning your duck or goose gun.

DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

BBQ Duck Sandwich, 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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