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Waterfowlers' April To-Do List

Your off-season checklist for in-season success

The last days of the 2014–2015 waterfowl season are now a faint memory, but for duck and goose hunters this is a year-round game, and there's a mountain of work to be done. This to-do list focuses on certain aspects of waterfowling that could use a little more attention, so, if you're just sitting around waiting on September, here are some tasks every duck hunter must do before opening day.

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Gear Guide

Retriever gear

A retriever is only as good as his training. That's reason enough to utilize top-of-the-line gear when working with your dog. The April Gear Guide is a collection of retriever-training and hunting equipment to help you get the most out of your retriever this spring and summer, and well into the upcoming waterfowl season.

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5 Shooting Tips for Waterfowlers

Bag more ducks and geese by mastering these essential skills

We all have days in the field that we wish we could do over. One of mine was a February morning in Nebraska years ago. Back then I had done a lot of upland bird hunting but not much waterfowling. And like many shotgunners, I had honed my skills by standing up and shooting at going-away targets thrown from a trap at my feet. This was great practice for upland hunting, but it didn't help me learn the techniques I eventually had to master to consistently shoot ducks and geese. Here are five essential wingshooting skills that all waterfowlers should master.

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Spring on the Prairies

A look at what breeding waterfowl will find as they return to the Duck Factory

Early waterfowl biologists called the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States and Canada the "Duck Factory" because of its incredible productivity for breeding waterfowl. Dotted with millions of small "pothole" wetlands, this region remains this continent's most important waterfowl breeding ground. In especially wetland-rich areas, duck breeding densities can exceed 100 pairs per square mile. Following is a visual tour of the prairies and why it's so important to conserve this region's wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl and other wildlife.

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DU Films: Conservation Class

A new online film series for waterfowlers

In "Conservation Class," a group of college students come together over Christmas break near Tunica, Mississippi, to share their passion for waterfowling and conservation. DU Films can be seen exclusively online. This spring, Ducks Unlimited is releasing one new film per month. You can watch the first two films at

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU News2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited recognizes contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

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Wings & Wetlands Initiative

Restoring diverse wetland habitats on the landscapes of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

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Spring Waterfowling

A photo essay depicting Quebec's greater snow geese

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In this issue
  • Waterfowlers' April To-Do List
  • Gear Guide: Retriever Gear
  • DU Films: Conservation Class
  • Wings & Wetlands Initiative
  • 78th DU National Convention
  • ... 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 March.

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Duck Calling

Learn single quacks

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains how duck callers can begin by learning the single quack. Starting with the basics will lead to more advanced duck calling.

Duck Calling Tip

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Retriever Training

Look to the sky

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

Retriever Training Tip

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DU National Convention

Gather with your DU family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as we celebrate the 78th year of Ducks Unlimited at the 2015 National Convention!

DU National Convention

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Orange-Rosemary Grilled Duck

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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