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Ohio Couple Leaves a Legacy for Great Lakes Waterfowl

Hunting season usually finds John Cleek and his dedicated Labrador retriever, Van, pursuing waterfowl and upland game birds throughout Ohio and around Mitchell's Bay and Walpole Island on the eastern shore of Lake St. Clair. John's love of waterfowl hunting began not far from his favorite hunting spot, when he was introduced to the sport on Lake Erie's Magee Marsh by childhood friend Andy Keener and his father, James. Later, John and his own father experienced their first duck hunt together in the same spot, over decoys borrowed from the Keeners. For John, that was the start of many hunting adventures and a lifelong commitment to conservation.

Grant Brees: Turning a Lifelong Love of the Land into an Everlasting Gift

Grant Brees of Benedicta, Maine, is a Feather Society planned gift member and was the first person in his state to set up a conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited on his property. He holds a Life Estate Reserve with DU, which allows Grant lifetime use of his farm and a charitable tax deduction. At Grant's passing, DU will receive his property. Grant's story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

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IRA Rollover Opportunities

Extensions in the federal tax law now make it possible for you to make a gift to Ducks Unlimited directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) plan without incurring tax penalties for those donors age 70 ½ and above.
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