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April 2016 Gear Guide

Duck boats have come a long way in the last couple of decades. The faded paint, patched-hole jon boats of the past have given way to innovative fabrication techniques, unlimited customizations, and durability that doesn't compromise performance. The following boats are only a handful of what's on the market today, but this selection should cover the needs of duck and goose hunters who want to spend their season on the water.

February 2016 Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear

At the first hint of spring, or even a stiff south wind, light geese will begin nosing north. For those willing to brave the unpredictable elements offered by spring snow goose hunting, quality gear is imperative. This compilation of light goose gear covers a wide range of equipment necessary for effectiveness and all-day comfort, including ammunition, blinds, decoys and much more.

May 2015 Gear Guide: Layout Blinds

Some would say that the layout blind has revolutionized the way waterfowlers hunt. Hunting blinds are continuing to be modified to fit the needs of duck and goose hunters, some for convenience, and some for specific habitat. This collection of layout blinds is an example of some of the latest models available for waterfowlers and their canine companions. Find your new blind today!

April 2015 Gear Guide

A retriever is only as good as his training. That's reason enough to utilize top-of-the-line gear when working with your dog. The April Gear Guide is a collection of retriever-training and hunting equipment to help you get the most out of your retriever this spring and summer, and well into the upcoming waterfowl season.

March 2015 Gear Guide

Every year, manufacturers showcase the next generation of waterfowling products at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's show was full of innovative products for duck and goose hunters, and these products will begin hitting stores in early fall, if they're not there already. The Gear Guide collection this month is only a small representation of the latest gear for waterfowlers.

Black Cloud® FS Steel® High Velocity

As a natural extension of the popular Black Cloud® waterfowl line, Black Cloud High Velocity pumps up the speed and lethal performance for hunters everywhere.

HeviShot HEVI-Metal Shotshells & 3-inch HEVI-Steel Recall and Warning

At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal and HEVI-Steel shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power.

November 2014 Gear Guide: Game Changers

There is great waterfowling gear, and then there's gear that changes the way you spend your time in the field. The Newsletter editorial team has selected 10 items which were featured in 2014—DU magazine or DU Newsletter that may change the way a hunter approaches the field. The November Gear Guide is a compilation of these fantastic new products.

October 2014 Gear Guide: Decoy Accessories for 2014

The gadgets that accompany a decoy spread hold as much importance as the decoys themselves. From agitators to jerk cords and everything in between, accessorize your decoy spread this season.

October 2014 Gear Guide: Goose Decoys for 2014

Fall is an exciting time for goose hunters. Several decoy manufacturers have announced new makes, models, and redesigns. Options for multiple species of geese are available in full body, floaters, and windsocks, offering decoys for any style of hunting. Find your next goose decoys here!

October 2014 Gear Guide: Duck Decoys for 2014

Even if your duck decoy spread seems complete, there's always room for improvement. This collection of new duck decoys represents the advancements made by manufacturers as they continue to focus on reality and durability.

September Gear Guide: Traveling Waterfowler

Whether you are planning a day trip to duck country, or a week-long pilgrimage to a waterfowling hot spot, packing the correct gear for a hunting trip is difficult. The following items are a collection of must-pack gear for any waterfowler hitting the road this season.

April 2014 Gear Guide

Retriever trainers know that fine-tuning a waterfowling dog is year-round process. Begin this year's training sessions with the most recent retriever training gear and tools.

February 2014 Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear

Since the Light Goose Conservation Order began in 1999, the end of duck season has been highlighted by the beginning of spring snow goose hunting. Chasing these birds isn't an easy task, and much like late-season waterfowling, spring goose hunting is gear intensive and tough on equipment. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has sourced a handful of new and old products that add to the spring waterfowling experience.

November 2013 Gear Guide

The DU Newsletter editorial team selected several gear pieces that may help you to improve the images and video you work hard to capture from the duck blind.

October 2013 Gear Guide

Decoying ducks and geese with success hinges upon the creative tactics of the hunter and the realism provided by the decoys. Waterfowl 360 covers the tactics, now you just need the decoys. The October Gear Guide focuses on new decoys to get you started—or to complete—your best decoy spread ever.

September 2013 Gear Guide: Digital Tools for Waterfowlers

Get down and digital for waterfowl this season! Tech-savvy or not, it's in every waterfowler's best interest to utilize the tools provided by organizations and companies this season. In this digital age, there are resources available to help you find a new place to hunt, shoot, and potentially help you bag more birds this season. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several online tools to help you get your season started.

July 2013 Gear Guide

Great suggestions for gear items and equipment you might need to replace.

New Waterfowling Guns for 2013

There are several new guns for waterfowlers in 2013, plus great new features have been added to existing shotguns.

May 2013 Gear Guide

Waterfowlers get bogged down with gear gadgets every season and forget one of the most important factors in waterfowling – shooting. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team sourced items, not including firearms, to accompany your off-season shotgunning sessions.

New Guns & Gear for 2013

Take a look at our annual selection of the latest shotguns, ammo and accessories for waterfowlers.

April 2013 Gear Guide

The DU E-News Editorial Team has selected several gear items to add before summer begins—and as a bonus, they are ideal for fall activities as well.

March 2013 Gear Guide

Retriever training is a year-round process and to be sure your retriever is in top shape for next season, it's time to get to work. The DU Newsletter editorial team has chosen a handful of retriever training items that may help you prepare a puppy – or an experienced dog – for the 2013-2014 waterfowl season.

February 2013 Gear Guide

The Light Goose Conservation Order is just beginning, and there's a whole new assortment of gear for these difficult birds. Choosing from a pile of possible gear selections, we've narrowed it down to a few items that may improve your light goose hunting season.

January 2013 Gear Guide

January is the perfect month to reflect on the waterfowl season—good days and bad—and pick out gear items that would have been handy during 2012-2013 hunting trips. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several items based on their experiences this fall to help you start planning for the 2013-2014 season.

December 2012 Gear Guide

There is one constant in late-season waterfowling: cold weather. Being prepared for extreme winter weather will keep you comfortbale in the duck blind even in the toughest hunting conditions. The DU Newsletter editorial team has selected winter-weather gear that could find its way onto your Christmas list.

November Gear Guide: Goose Decoys

Goose decoys come in a wide variety, including different head positions, shells, full-body, floaters and more. This season there are several new styles, along with a few time-tested models with slight upgrades.

November Gear Guide: Diver Decoys

Diver hunters need life-like realism and a high level of durability to withstand the big water punishment. The DU Newsletter editorial team selected a variety of decoys to use in multiple diver duck habitats.

November Gear Guide: Puddler Decoys

Puddlers make up the more common decoys on the market today, but as technology advances, so do these decoys. New paint schemes, fully flocked bodies, and motion stakes provide new tweaks to the traditions of waterfowling over blocks.

October 2012 Gear Guide

The DU Newsletter editorial team selected several gear pieces which may allow you to improve the images and video you work hard to capture.

September 2012 Gear Guide: Gear Bags

The September Gear Guide is all about waterfowling bags. The DU E-Newsletter editorial team has selected multiple bags, backpacks and vests for you to examine. Find one that suits your waterfowling style!

Waterfowling Accessories

Waterfowlers are gear junkies. Many times it can be the small gear items that make or break a good day afield. Enjoy this collection of items that may change the outcome of your next hunt.

Lightweight Zipper Waders are the Real Deal

"Zipper waders? I'd be afraid they'd leak."

New Goose Calls for 2012

Legendary waterfowl hunter and outdoor writer Nash Buckingham once said, "A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation's greatest assets." The August Gear Guide contains new duck and goose call options for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season. It's the perfect time of year to get a new duck or goose call, and there's still time before opening day to learn how to use it.

New Duck Calls for 2012

Legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham once said, "A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation's greatest assets." The August Gear Guide contains new duck and goose call options for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season. It's the perfect time of year to get a new duck or goose call, and there's still time before opening day to learn how to use it.

July 2012 Gear Guide

Wade into the 2012-2013 waterfowl season

June 2012 Gear Guide

The June Gear Guide serves as an excellent resource for anyone searching for the perfect Father's Day gift, or a waterfowler doing some mid-summer preparation around the duck camp.

May 2012 Gear Guide

Gearing up is a year-round process. Stay one step ahead with dual-purpose equipment.

April 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Preparation for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season begins now!

March 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

There is no such thing as downtime for an avid waterfowler. March is a great time to work on gear, thoroughly clean guns, focus on dog training and begin sourcing new products for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season.

February 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

The February DU E-Newsletter Gear Guide offers a combination of equipment to help improve your success and comfort while hunting the liberal spring goose season.

January 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

The January E-newsletter Gear Guide provides items that are flexible for multiple conditions and allows hunters to adjust their hunting style, comfort and capabilities.

Waterfowler's Gear: Final Approach Floating Blind Bag - Large

Spacious, floaitng blind bag from Final Approach offers great design for waterfowlers needing extra room for gear.

December 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

The Holiday Gear Guide is your go-to resource for the waterfowl hunters on your holiday gift list.

Waterfowler's Gear: GSI Outdoors - Stainless Coffee Pot

There's nothing better than fresh coffee in the blind on a chilly morning, so impress your duck blind guests with this 12-cup stainless percolator.

November 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Decoys are the quintessential icon of waterfowl hunters, from hand-carved blocks to the newest variation of injection-molded, fully-flocked spread. From floaters to full bodies, decoy improvements over the years are a testament to technology and waterfowling ingenuity.

Waterfowler's Gear: Hawke Frontier Open Hinge Binoculars

Improve your scouting capabilites this season with the Frontier Open Hinge binoculars from Hawke.

October 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Extreme weather conditions can force some hunters to leave the blind early. You don't want to miss a second this season, so having the proper clothing to hunt any conditions is a must. The E-newsletter Editorial team has compiled several clothing items that can make a difference when the weather inevitably turns for the worst. Also, we have included new clothing products geared specifically for women watefowlers.

September 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Document your hunts: Waterfowler's cherish moments spent afield, and every season we reflect on the good times spent with family and friends. The DU E-newsletter Editorial Team knows capturing these experiences is important, and has selected several items that can help you document your hunts. Whether through a journal, photos or videos – this month's Gear Guide offers the equipment to share your waterfowling memories.

Waterfowler's Gear: Guidelite 600 Waders

Breathable waders are a must-have when hunting warmer climates, or during the early season. Hodgman offers a lightweight, durable solution.

Waterfowler's Gear: Bushnell Legend Binoculars

For all your scouting needs, check out the new Bushnell Legend Ultra HD compact binoculars.

Waterfowler's Gear: Avery Quick-set boat blind

Avery's Quick-set boat blind provides big-water hunters the opportunity to make their boat vanish under the right conditions.

Waterfowler's Gear: MOmarsh Fatboy

The MOmarsh Fatboy allows waterfowlers to boat into extremely shallow conditions, places where other hunters might not be able to access.

Waterfowler's Gear: Remington Versa Max

The Remington Versa Max brings Remington into the world of new auto-loaders.

August 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Waterfowler's Wish List: This month features waterfowling gear that fills up driveways and garages. The pre-season ritual of piecing together a wish list can now begin.

July 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Gear Bag Accessories: Must-have blind bag items

June 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Hunting from a boat provides waterfowlers with endless opportunities, but it also adds a degree of danger and difficulty. Preparedness and quality equipment are of the utmost importance. The summer is a great time to get your waterfowl rig set up for the coming season, so the E-newsletter Editorial Team has selected a few items that can help get every boat-minded waterfowler ready for fall.

May 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Preparing for next season can never begin too early, especially with your retriever. Keeping your retriever in shape by instilling an off season training schedule is highly recommended, and the E-newsletter Editorial Team has selected several items to help you do just that. From bumpers to first-aid kits, your four-legged hunting partner will appreciate the work, and the luxury these gear selections provide

April 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Waterfowl are arriving on the breeding grounds, signifying the first stages of spring. Spring is a time for waterfowlers to reflect on past seasons and, of course, begin stockpiling gear for next year.

March 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

While there are many hunters still chasing light geese this time of year, many of us are focused on getting waterfowl hunting gear stored for the summer.

February 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

As February's winter weather sweeps across the nation, many waterfowl hunters begin placing decoys into storage. Then there are light goose hunters. It's a new breed of waterfowler, determined to take one last shot and contribute to a conservation cause. The E-newsletter editorial team has chosen a few items that can improve any snow goose hunter's success rates this spring.

January 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Late-season waterfowling calls for extreme cold-weather gear. The January Gear Guide offers a combination of cold-weather items that can make a freezing day in the field a bit more comfortable.

November 2010 Waterfowl Gear Guide

The November 2010 Waterfowl Gear Guide, featured in the November Ducks Unlimited E-newsletter, highlights "Game Changers," products that can help make your hunt a success.

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