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Duck Dogs: Off-Season Focus

Retriever training in the off season

Even though they would never show it, duck dogs need a break following the rigors of waterfowl season. Unfortunately, long breaks can lead to bad mannerisms which may be harder to correct as duck season nears. Here's a collection of retriever training articles and videos to help keep your retriever opening-day ready.

Using Bird Feathers »  Retrieving to Hand »
Inside, Off Season »  Dog Blinds »
10 Tune-Ups »  More Retriever Tips »

Gear Guide

New waterfowling gear from SHOT Show 2015

Every year, manufacturers showcase the next generation of waterfowling products at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's show was full of innovative products for duck and goose hunters, and these products will begin hitting stores in early fall, if they're not there already. The Gear Guide collection this month is only a small representation of the latest gear for waterfowlers.

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Snow Goose Guns

Choosing the right shotgun can increase your harvest during the conservation order

The Light Goose Conservation Order is an exciting time for waterfowlers. There are no bag limits, and unplugged shotguns are standard equipment. But simply removing the plug from your firearm and calling it a snow goose gun may be little more than wishful thinking. Tony Vandemore, waterfowl guide and co-owner of Habitat Flats in Missouri, offers some tips on how to choose the right gun, chokes, and loads to make the most of light goose hunting opportunities in your area.

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LGCO Headquarters

Light geese are currently spread from Nebraska to north Louisiana, with dense populations in Arkansas, Mississppi, and southeast Missouri, but that's all going to change. Warm weather in the forecast for much of the Southern Great Plains has light goose hunters and waterfowl managers expecting a massive migration. Stay abreast of the light goose migration.

Recent reports »  |  Migration Map »

DU Films: Carving a Legacy

The first installment in DU's new film series, "Carving a Legacy," features a multigenerational waterfowling family on Long Island, New York. Through a common passion for duck and goose hunting, decoy carving, and conservation, they share experiences and learn life lessons that transcend time. DU Films will air six new films this spring, and they can be seen exclusively on the Ducks Unlimited website at

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsSportsmen's Act of 2015 introduced in U.S. Senate

The much-anticipated Sportsmen's Act of 2015 was introduced in the U.S. Senate in early February, and included recommended funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) at $50 million a year through 2020.

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More Headlines

Heartland Heritage & Habitat Initiative

Conserving wetlands and water resources for ducks and people on the Southern Great Plains
Photo: Jim Ringelman

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Waterfowl Bands

More than just coveted trophies, waterfowl bands also play a vital role in waterfowl management
Photo: William Graves

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High-Priority Habitats

An overview of North America's most important waterfowl landscapes and DU's efforts to conserve them

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In this issue
  • Duck Dogs: Off-Season Focus
  • Gear Guide: SHOT Show 2015
  • Waterfowl Bands
  • DU Films: Carving a Legacy
  • ... 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 February.

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DU TV Field Notes

Brushing layouts

DU TV Host Zach Pederson discusses techniques for brushing layout blinds.

DU TV Field Notes

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Retriever Training

Six essential commands

Gary Koehler provides a brief primer on six basic commands that will help set the stage for your retriever's future training and hunting success.

Retriever Training Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Grilled Duck or Goose with Chimichurri Sauce

Waterfowl Recipe

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