MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 5, 2018 – Ducks Unlimited’s latest online film, “The Golden Mile,” explores a unique relationship between two friends who hunt the wetlands and uplands of Nebraska and share a passion for conservation.
Ryan Brentzel and Jordan Leasure met in high school and bonded through their shared love of hunting and fishing. After school, they both joined the Marines, went their separate ways and have now reunited back home in Nebraska. Their rekindled friendship is strengthened by shared experiences and passions.
“In the Marines, you’re surrounded by these people you can depend on through any situation,” said Brentzel. “And you get out, and that’s one of the biggest things that you miss—that brotherhood. I know with Jordan, anything I could ask, he’s going to be there, and vice versa. And getting to share that experience in the field, that brings that sense of brotherhood back.”
“When you’re in [the Marines] … you grow to not just be friends, not just be acquaintances, but you really are brothers,” said Leasure. “You learn that you can count on those guys for absolutely anything. The friendship I have with Ryan is exactly that.”
Both friends are also committed to giving back to the resource through Ducks Unlimited.
“Ducks Unlimited means a lot to me,” said Brentzel. “I value the conservation aspect. It’s not just the ducks that are benefitting. The upland birds are benefitting, the mule deer, the whitetail deer, just the whole ecosystem is what benefits.”
DU Films is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film features thrilling hunting footage but also tells a story about waterfowl hunters who are passionate about hunting and giving back to the resource. DU Films presents all of this through breathtaking waterfowl footage and intimate conversations with hunters across North America.
The 2018 season includes six films. DU will release one film per month this spring and summer.
DU Films is produced by Rock Road Creative and sponsored by Mossy Oak, Drake Waterfowl, Winchester Repeating Arms, Winchester Ammunition and Yeti.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.