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U.S. Army and Ducks Unlimited Partner for Conservation

DU to Help Conserve Buffer Habitats Near Army Installments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ducks Unlimited will soon help conserve wetlands and associated habitats on key areas of the Army’s 16.5 million acres of land, thanks to an agreement signed July 7.

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DU Greenwings Attend "Ducks Unlimited WaterDog" Training Camp

ROSHOLT, S.D. - Four girls and seven boys along with their retrieving dogs were part of 11 youth/dog teams that attended the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Camp WaterDog Daze, July 6-9 at Firewater near Rosholt, S.D.

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All New 2006 DU TV Season!
Begins July 24, 2006 on OLN

Show 1: One Day on the Big Horn

Some hunts don’t start out well. But after a boat plug problem, host Marc Pierce and his friends run and gun on a public lands hunt along Montana’s famed Big Horn River. Watch and enjoy one of those special hunting moments as Marc’s young Labrador retriever, Rainey, comes of age in the swift waters, set against the beauty of Big Sky Country.

Click here to preivew this DU TV show!

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2005 DU Stamp Print
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As the DU 2004 International Artist of the year, David Maass was commissioned to create this 22nd Duck Stamp and Print. Maass has masterfully captured the characteristics that make the Canvasback the king of the ducks. The framed and double-matted print is signed and numbered, includes a certificate of authenticity and a brass plate engraved with Ducks Unlimited 2005 attached to the frame. Bidding for this item closes on Sunday, July 23 at 9 p.m. CDT.

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DU Partnerships


The fall hunt will Echo USAbe here soon, but now's the time to get your camp ready. ECHO manufactures professional-quality outdoor power equipment to help you cut down trees, clear brush or prune limbs. ECHO and Ducks Unlimited are Partners for Home and Habitat. Click here to find out more, www.echo-usa.com

Wild Game Recipes

Good Luck Duck

8 to 10 servings

I don't know how it got started, but someone long ago decided that it is important to eat black-eyed peas first thing on New Year's Day. It's supposed to bring good luck. Here's a recipe that just might tip the scales of fortune your way this year. For extra flavor, you may wish to throw an oven-browned duck carcass or two into the pot while the black-eyed peas are cooking. If you want to save some time, you can use either fresh or canned black-eyed peas.

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 quarts water
1 - 2 smoked ham hocks
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 cups duck breast; boneless, skinless and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
dash Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato, diced (canned or fresh)
salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco to taste

Combine peas and water in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat and let stand for 1 hour. Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat to simmer. Add ham hocks and salt, and cook until peas are tender. Remove hocks, pick meat off and return meat to peas. While peas are simmering, heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté onion, celery, carrots and jalapeno pepper until soft. Add duck and brown evenly. Season with Worcestershire sauce. Add to peas with tomato and heat to warm. Season with salt, pepper and Tabasco . Good luck!

As seen on DUTV. Tune in to OLN and watch The Sporting Chef prepare quick and delicious waterfowl dishes each week.

If you prefer wine, our certified wine professional recommends the DU Palamino Ridge Merlot with this recipe. For a list of retailers carrying Palamino Ridge Merlot, visit www.signaturewines.com/du.


Click here for the all new DU Biologist Blog with Mike Checkett!

Duck Numbers are Up!

Did You Know?

Female ducks lay and average of 10 eggs per nesting attempt, laying one egg per day. In equivalent terms, this is like having an eight-pound baby every day for 10 days each year!


Pic of the Week

Submitted by DU Member Richard Hicks

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