New DU Dog Has a Name!

Deke to replace Drake as DU mascot

During this important election year, many of you have put great thought into your votes. The votes have been tallied and we have a winner for the new DU dog-naming contest!

After more than 3,500 names were submitted for the new Ducks Unlimited puppy, it was narrowed down to five. Your voices were heard and the winner is... Deke!

With our proud waterfowl hunting and retriever heritage, Ducks Unlimited would like to introduce you to our newest family member, Deke, the new DU dog.

Deke is currently in training with Mike Stewart at Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Miss. Drake is patiently watching young Deke go through many of the same trials and tribulations he went through as a pup. While Deke works on the simple commands, Drake is continuing his adventures on DU-TV shows this fall and making appearances at banquets across the country.

Having a new puppy is an exciting time for everyone at DU and we will continue to bring you updates as Deke's training progresses.

 Five finalist names submitted

  • Coal by Dusty Rogers, Mullins, SC
  • Deke by Clay Warren, Rockport, TX
  • Nash by Carrie Budyn, Havana, IL
  • Ranger by Scott White, Silesia, MT
  • Spring by John Mcneill, Tallahassee, FL