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16 Rules for Hunting Safety

Adhering to these precautions won't fill a bag limit, but it will make you and your hunting companions safer in the blind this season

For waterfowlers, enthusiasm grows exponentially as opening day approaches. We double-check decoys, spend time at the range, practice calling, and find ourselves daydreaming about early mornings in the marsh. But even a picture-perfect hunt can turn into a nightmare if safety isn't a priority. Before heading into the field this season, make sure that you and everyone you hunt with is safe and responsible. To avoid any mishaps, keep these 16 things in mind every time you head to the blind.

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June Gear Guide

Summer gear for waterfowlers

Kick back and relax this summer, waterfowl season is coming soon. This collection of summer gear for duck and goose hunters caters to off season activities and may improve the opening-day waiting game.

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"New Room"

Artist Bob White's step-by-step illustration process

I love the elegance and simplicity of pencil drawings, and I was very pleased when the editors at Ducks Unlimited suggested that I illustrate Doug Larsen's closing column in the magazine with pencil.

The very first chore any artist has when creating an image to illustrate the written word, is to come up with a visualization that tells, or supports the story.

See how he did it »

Practice Like You Play

Improve your shooting skills for waterfowl with these clay-target tips

Recently, a well-known basketball coach told a rookie player to practice only the shots he would take during games. The coach's point was that not all practice is equal. The same advice holds true for waterfowlers wanting to sharpen their shotgunning skills in the off-season. The closer you mimic actual hunting conditions, the more you'll get from your time on the skeet range or sporting clays course. Here's how.

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2-for-1 DU Membership Deal

Join DU now, get a second membership FREE

For a limited time, you can get two DU memberships for the price of one. That's one for you and one for your buddy. DU memberships make perfect gifts for Dads and Grads, and are a great way to show your support of the wetlands you love and share them with someone special. You and a friend will each get a full year membership PLUS your own Camo Duffle Bag, all for just $35!

Act now, while supplies last »

Watch "Big Sky" Online

Newest DU Film is about passing on waterfowling traditions

The film visits the Pierce family at their home in Montana for some unbelievable late season mallard shooting and conversations about the importance of family traditions. Marc Pierce is a longtime DU volunteer and former DU board member. He learned to love duck hunting from his father, and now he is passing on the traditions of waterfowling and conservation to his son and grandson.

The 2016 season of DU Films includes six installments, one released each month. DU Films is produced by Rock Road Creative. Watch this year's films, as well as films from last season, at

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DU News: Recent Headlines

In this issue
  • 16 Rules for Hunting Safety
  • Summer Gear for Waterfowlers
  • Top 10 Retrievers
  • DU Artist Bob White
  • DU BOGO Membership Deal
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

Duck Dog

Top 10 retrievers

Duck Dog

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Field Notes


Field Notes

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Purina Pro Plan

Establishing a training, conditioning and feeding regimen for your duck dog

Purina Pro Plan

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Waterfowl Recipe

Garlicky Duck Skewers

Waterfowl Recipe

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