Newest DU Film Explores Friendship and Passion

Watch "Home Grown" online

Fast Facts:

  • Watch DU’s newest online film, Home Grown, at www.ducks.org/dufilms.
  • The film visits Eric Warren and Steven Gaines, two students and DU volunteers at Southeastern Louisiana University.
  • “Our friends or other people in college, they might dream about building a big house or traveling the world. We’re dreaming about mallards and pintails.”
  • The DU Films series includes six online films released during spring and summer.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Aug. 25, 2016 – Ducks Unlimited’s newest online film, Home Grown, is live on the DU website at www.ducks.org/dufilms.

The film visits Eric Warren and Steven Gaines, two students at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. Though their days are filled with classes, tests, studies and other commitments, the friends still find time to pursue their passion for waterfowling. Part of that passion includes running the Ducks Unlimited chapter at the university.

“At Southeastern we’re not the biggest college or university,” said Warren. “We don’t raise the most amount of money. But knowing that you got that many more individuals involved and passionate about waterfowl, and able to tell you what DU’s mission and purpose is, is pretty fulfilling. The more time I spent fundraising and trying to work to start a chapter, the time I did find to make it duck hunting was more valuable to me.”

The friends hunt the expansive marshes of Southeast Louisiana, spending lots of time locating birds and making sure they are set up in the right place, and in the right way, to be successful.

“Whenever Eric and I get the chance to go, we really try to put as much effort into it as we can,” said Gaines. “Because with school we really don’t get the time to do it as much as we’d like to. Our friends or other people in college, they might dream about building a big house or traveling the world. We’re dreaming about mallards and pintails.”

DU Films explore the lives and stories of duck hunters across the country. Viewers find out why they became hunters, what drives their passion, and how they are passing on our outdoor traditions. Going beyond the confines and formulas of traditional duck hunting shows, DU Films present the beauty of waterfowling in new and unexpected ways. At the heart of the series is a drive to conserve the habitats that make it all possible.

The 2016 season of DU Films includes six films. DU is releasing one film per month this spring and summer.

DU Films is produced by Rock Road Creative and sponsored by Sitka Gear 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 13.8 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

Media Contact:
Eric Keszler
901-758-3924
ekeszler@ducks.org