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Honorable Mention 2014: Waterfowl

Honorable Mention entries in the Waterfowl category from the 2014 DU Member Photo Contest

Honorable Mention 2014: Waterfowl Hunting

Honorable Mention entries in the Waterfowl Hunting category from the 2014 DU Member Photo Contest

Honorable Mention 2014: Retrievers

Honorable Mention entries in the Retrievers category from the 2014 DU Member Photo Contest

2014 DU Member Photo Contest: Honorable Mentions

View honorable mention entries in each category from the 2014 DU Member Photo Contest. Thanks to all who submitted photos!

2014 DU Member Photo Contest

This year's winning images were chosen from another impressive field of entries submitted by photographers across the nation. By Emily Robinson.

New Guns & Gear for 2014

Check out this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and accessories for waterfowlers. By Ron Spomer and Chris Jennings.

America's 2014 Farm Bill

After two and a half years of delays and gridlock, Congress passed a new Farm Bill in February 2014. This bipartisan legislation provides more than $28 billion in funding for a variety of conservation programs on private lands. Following is an overview of important conservation provisions included in the new Farm Bill, and how they are likely to impact waterfowl and their habitats across the United States over the next five years.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Anatomy of a Duck Call

It's not a stretch to compare a duck call to a traditional woodwind instrument such as a saxophone or clarinet. Musicians play these instruments by forcing air through a mouthpiece and across a reed, which vibrates to produce sound. Duck calls work in much the same way.

Understanding Waterfowl: Duck Salad

Judging by the title, you might assume that this column is about how to prepare a healthy duck dinner for your family and friends. But, of course, that is wild game chef Scott Leysath's department. This column is about another type of duck salad—aquatic vegetation, on which many ducks thrive.

The Completing the Cycle Initiative

Waterfowlers mark time according to the season and where the ducks are. From spring courtship flights and summer brood-rearing to the fall migration and wintering period, waterfowl use a variety of habitats throughout the year. Thanks to sound science, we know more than ever about what these magnificent birds need to thrive during their annual journey. Ducks Unlimited's continental conservation work supports waterfowl throughout all phases of their life cycle.

Deep-Fried Duck

A well-seasoned duck that's crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside makes for a memorable meal. By Scott Leysath.

Compromise in California

When the Lower Colorado River Authority started making drastic cutbacks in water delivery in Texas, DU board members Rogers Hoyt Jr. and Bill Ansell approached me about strengthening our advocacy for agricultural water, which is important not only to farmers but also to pintails and other wintering waterfowl. In response, DU hired Kirby Brown, a well-known professional biologist from Texas, to be our voice at the table during water-allocation discussions to ensure that farmers and waterfowl are given fair consideration.
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