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January Waterfowling Tactics

When duck hunters hear of extreme winter weather, they instinctively focus on how it may impact their hunting success. By January, hunting strategies are dictated by cold weather, and ending the season on a high note should become a priority. These late-season hunting tactics and tips will help you finish the 2014–2015 waterfowl season strong.

Winter Hunting Strategies »  Late-Season Honkers »
Game Plan for Late Ducks »  Cold-Weather Retriever Care »

Gear: Waterfowling Knives

Be prepared to answer the inevitable pre-dawn question, "Does anyone have a knife?"

A waterfowler's knife is a necessary addition to any blind bag. From the classic folding pocket knife to the laser-etched multi-tool, this collection of cutlery offers a wide range of compatibility and function for nearly every waterfowling situation.

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DU's 2015 Artist of the Year

Winning artist Richard Clifton finds inspiration in his family's farming and hunting traditions

Growing up on his parents' Delaware farm, Richard Clifton could often be seen perched on a fence rail with a sketchbook in hand. But what had captured the attention of the future DU Artist of the Year wasn't a mallard or a pintail—at least not in the beginning. It was something much different but equally significant in the life of the young artist. "When I was a kid, I'd see my dad out in the fields plowing and disking," Clifton recalls. "I started drawing his tractors on little sketchpads and in coloring books with crayons and colored pencils. That's my first memory of doing anything artistic."

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Winter Weather and Waterfowl

Ducks and geese have a variety of adaptations to help them survive the coldest months of the year

For much of North America, the winter of 2013–2014 will not soon be forgotten, as it brought record snowfall and the coldest temperatures in at least 20 years to many locations. Granted, bone-chilling temperatures occur routinely across Canada and the northern tier of the United States, and it's not uncommon for large portions of the continent to experience below-average temperatures for brief periods each year. But last winter was still harsher than most in many areas.

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Beards for Conservation

The Final Countdown

Thousands of hunters and conservationists have given their razors a rest in support of DU's mission. Beards are growing, awareness of DU's conservation priorities is increasing, and great prizes are being given away on Facebook. If you haven't signed up yet, now's the time! It's fun, simple and free.

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Waterfowl Migration Map

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map: Follow the Migration

An Arctic front has pushed through the Great Plains and Midwest, bringing frigid temperatures and seasonal late-season hunting conditions. While some waterfowl remain in northern states clinging to available open water, many of the southern and southwestern states are experiencing an increase in numbers. Get access to migration and hunting reports in your area with the Waterfowl Migration Map.

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Flyway reports: Atlantic  |  Central  |  Mississippi  |  Pacific

DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsPresident signs duck stamp bills into law

In a major win for wetlands and waterfowl conservation, President Obama has signed into law both the Duck Stamp Act of 2014 and a bill making the federal duck stamp permanently available for purchase online.

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Insights: DU CEO Dale Hall

The changing world of the wildlife biologist

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Green is Golden

A photographic tribute to North America's most popular waterfowl species
Photo: Bill Houghton

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Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern U.S. by conserving vital wetlands for waterfowl
Photo: Jamie Rader, DU

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In this issue
  • January Waterfowling Tactics
  • Gear Guide: Waterfowling Knives
  • 2015 Artist of the Year
  • President Signs Duck Stamp Bill
  • ... 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 December.

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Waterfowl 360

The ultimate waterfowling resource!


DU TV Field Notes

Hunter etiquette

DU TV host Field Hudnall explains some simple rules for hunting public land that will help make everyone's experience more enjoyable.

DU TV Field Notes

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Retriever Training

Treating your dog's pads

Mike Stewart, owner of Wildrose Kennels, explains how to treat your dog's pads and protect them from the harsh conditions during waterfowl season.

Retriever Training Tip

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Herb & Citrus Roasted Duck

Waterfowl Recipe

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