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Ducks Unlimited to host youth waterfowl hunting workshop Aug. 12

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 12, 2016 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting workshop Friday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. The workshop will be held at the DU office at 2525 River Road in Bismarck. Shooting training will follow the workshop for kids 9 and older and a free lunch will be provided by the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club.

Overcome Last Season's Embarrassing Misses

Waterfowlers come up with a myriad of excuses why they miss birds. Shells are frequently blamed for these failures, and shotguns take some of the heat, but the fact remains that most misses are caused by the shooter, not the equipment. The good news is, with a little off-season practice at the trap, skeet, or sporting clays range, you can see your percentages improve quickly. Here are some of the most common mistakes hunters make and the remedy for each.

Migration Alert: Snow Geese Surge into South Dakota

Snow and cold temperatures this week have slowed the migration of snow geese into South Dakota, but a warm-up last weekend had large numbers of birds moving into the state.

Migration Alert: Illinois Light Goose Numbers Plummet, Birds Move North

"Gone With the Wind" appears to be more than a film saga featuring Scarlett and Rhett. It's also apparently what's happened to snow geese in Illinois. A check with refuge managers and hunters around this state reveals that the main northward migration of these birds has already taken place. Numbers of light geese in Illinois have dropped markedly in the last week, and hunters are now taking leftovers and hoping there are a few more birds yet to come up from the south.

Migration Alert: February Thaw Spurs Light Goose Migration

Much of the Central Flyway was hit with unseasonably warm temperatures last week, melting snow and ice and allowing light geese to push north weeks ahead of the typical spring migration calendar.

Migration Alert: Clock is Ticking for Mid-South Light Goose Hunters

Light geese crisscrossed the Arkansas sky on Thursday, Feb. 17, as the stiff south wind and mild temperatures offered an excellent opportunity for the birds to move north. Limited snow cover throughout much of the northern portions of the Mississippi and Central Flyways has goose hunters wondering how far they'll migrate with this first push. Arkansas and Mississippi continue to hold huntable numbers of light geese, but as weather patterns remain fairly warm, avid goose hunters in the region know that these numbers will continue to decrease.

Light Goose Conservation Video

This video, provided by avid snow goose hunter David Foret from Arkansas, is his 2015 Light Goose Conservation Order compilation. Foret is not an outfitter, but hunts nearly every day of the LGCO until the birds migrate north from his area. (Production of the video was done by Last Cast Productions)

Migration Alert: Light Goose Conservation Order Preview

The 2015-2016 regular waterfowl season may have come to a close, but the spring Light Goose Conservation Order is set to kick off in a number of states in the Central and Mississippi Flyways, providing hunters with another reason to wake up early and hit the fields.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Flyway Waterfowl Season Wrap-Up

The curtain is about to drop on duck seasons in the lower Mississippi River Valley, and waterfowl managers in the region agree that this has been a season of extremes. Record high temperatures prevailed throughout December and early January, and heavy rains caused widespread flooding, which scattered ducks across an abundance of habitat in the backwaters.

Migration Alert: Late Migration May Help Florida Hunters

With unseasonably warm weather up north, many Florida hunters have reported ho-hum birds numbers, but with Arctic winds blasting the eastern seaboard last weekend, and snow as far south as North Carolina, the last two weeks of duck season could be good.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Duck Numbers Average, Water Abundant

The 2015-2016 waterfowl season in Mississippi has been marked by unusually warm temperatures and significant rainfall, which has resulted in extensive flooding in the state's historic Delta region. The abundance of water has created thousands of acres of new habitat, spreading ducks out across flooded fields and bottomland forests.

Migration Alert: Louisiana Waterfowlers Prepare for Final Hunts of 2015-2016 season

Louisiana's 2015-2016 waterfowl season heads into the final days and weeks of what has proven to be an unpredictable season. Record-high temperatures and water levels across the state and even the northern reaches of the flyway have kept the ducks scattered and hunters scrambling.

Migration Alert: Tough Season for Many Arkansas Duck Hunters

If there's one word to describe the 2015-2016 waterfowl season in Arkansas (and elsewhere), it's "confusing!" Since the season reopened in November, hunters have scratched their heads, scanned the skies and wondered when the ducks were coming, and where they might be. Many still have not gotten answers.

Migration Alert: California Hunters, Waterfowl Benefit from Recent Rains

The much-hyped El Niño winter appears to have finally hit the state of California in early January, bringing rain to the entire state and setting the table for duck-hunting success.

Migration Alert: West Tennessee Duck Numbers Increasing, Flood Hurts Hunting

Water, water everywhere. That's the song many duck hunters are singing in Tennessee, especially in the western half of the state. The Mississippi River is flooding and covering thousands of acres of woods and open fields, both adjacent to the river and along several major tributaries. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are abnormally high for this time of year. Blinds on several state wildlife management areas are submerged.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Fluctuates Duck Numbers in Washington

One of the wettest Decembers on record for Washington State distributed ducks and geese far and wide to freshly flooded habitats, leaving waterfowl hunters with fewer traditional hunting locations. The good news is a drying trend, which should allow much of the sheet water to drain, forcing ducks back into normal feeding routines.

Migration Alert: Delaware Hunters Adapt to Unseasonal Weather, Remain Optimistic

Flying low over the coastal marshes in a Cessna 172, Matt DiBona, migratory and upland game bird biologist with the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, flushed a mixed group of black ducks and gadwalls, counting off the numbers into a handheld tape recorder.

Migration Alert: Mild Temps Hold Peak Numbers in Missouri

In Missouri, it's been a "crazy" duck hunting season with a lot of "goofy" weather, according to Andy Raedeke, waterfowl biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Raedeke reports that warmer-than-normal weather has stalled the migration, and some Show Me State hunters are struggling because of this while others are benefiting from it.

Migration Alert: Louisiana's Second Split Opens Statewide on December 19

Ducks beware. All three Louisiana zones have been closed for the past 12 days. That will change Saturday morning, when the entire state reopens to launch the second and final split of the season. As was the case when the first split opened earlier in the year, a timely cold front is moving across the state, bringing with it lower temperatures and potentially more ducks and geese.

Register now to be part of a Montana Shiras moose license auction

HELENA, Mont. - Feb. 16, 2016 – People can now sign up to participate in a live auction for a Montana Shiras moose license. The event will take place during the Helena chapter dinner on Friday, March 4. License proceeds benefit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) moose conservation program, which enhances public hunting opportunities for other species as well.

Migration Alert: Next Weather System Should Shake Things Up for Kansas Hunters

All across the state of Kansas the need for a cold weather system dominates waterfowl hunting conversations, as hunters look for some help from Mother Nature to rejuvenate bird numbers and behavior.

Five Spreads for Late-Season Waterfowl

Heat up your winter waterfowling action with these expert decoy strategies

Migration Alert: Arkansas Second Split Opens with Mixed Results

Hit or miss: that's how many Arkansas waterfowlers would likely describe their hunting success as the second split of the state's duck season opened on December 10. Some areas are holding fair numbers of ducks, while others are almost devoid of birds. Hunters might find a lot of ducks concentrated in a small area or they may spend several hours scouting and still come up empty handed.

Newly restored mitigation wetlands to benefit youth hunting

Ducks Unlimited’s first project area for a new mitigation program will be used primarily for youth hunting. DU will complete its first North Dakota In-Lieu Fee Mitigation project this spring on private land near Carrington. Restoring and protecting wetlands on the property will mitigate for development that inadvertently impacts wetlands.

Migration Alert: Slow Start in Maryland, Colder Weather Needed

Gadwalls, wigeon, and other early migrating species saved the first half of Maryland's November split season, but without freezing temperatures and significant snow cover up north, waterfowlers are still waiting for the bulk of the duck and goose migrations to arrive.

Migration Alert: Drier Conditions May Improve Texas Waterfowling

Texas waterfowlers offered a wide range of reports from the first split of the duck season. Although opinions varied over whether it the worst or best season ever, everyone agreed that is was among the warmest in recent memory. The good news: as the second-split opener approaches, most hunters are reporting an increase in duck numbers.

Migration Alert: Improving Habitat, Increasing Duck Numbers in California

Multiple storms are forecasted to hit areas of California over the next week, bringing much-needed precipitation and recharging waterfowl habitat. Waterfowling conditions may be on the upswing, and this boost should provide hunters ample opportunities heading into Christmas.

Migration Alert: Mallard Numbers Build in Iowa and Missouri

Duck seasons will come to a close in much of Iowa and northern Missouri in the next three weeks, and with mallard numbers continuing to build in those states, hunters are optimistic for a strong finish.

Migration Alert: Split May Help North Carolina Duck Numbers

Warm weather and high water have frustrated duck hunters up and down the Atlantic Flyway this season, but some North Carolina waterfowlers have done well with big decoy spreads on big water.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Taking Advantage of Duck Numbers

Oregon waterfowl hunters are enjoying consistent success, matching or exceeding last year's generally good season. With multiple storms in the forecast, weather will be the deciding factor on overall duck and goose hunting success in the days ahead.

Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Primed for Ducks, Just Add Weather

Canada geese and some migrating ducks have moved into the Keystone State, but hunters likely won't see big waterfowl numbers until colder weather hits eastern Canada and northern New York State.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Helps Heat Up Nebraska Waterfowl Hunting

A recent blast of cold temperatures and snow across the northern reaches of the Central Flyway has delivered a steady stream of migrating waterfowl into Nebraska.

Migration Alert: Table Set for Arkansas Opener, Water and Ducks

The Arkansas 2015-2016 waterfowl season begins tomorrow and hunters are flooding into the Natural State with high expectations. Average duck numbers and an abundance of water dominate the conversations in duck camps and cafes throughout the state. As freezing temperatures close in on mid-latitude states later this weekend, many hunters expect the season's first week to provide a glimpse of what's to come this winter.

Migration Alert: Anticipation Builds for Colorado Waterfowl Hunters

A cold weather system that moved through Colorado earlier this week boosted waterfowl numbers, and with more winter weather forecasted to spur migration events in the coming days, expectations are running high for hunters throughout Colorado.

Migration Alert: Relief for Waterfowlers in Illinois, Migration Picks up Pace

Illinois hunters are dealing with a water anomaly – too much in the summer and too little during the current hunting season. This combination of extremes, coupled with a late migration, has put a damper on both numbers of waterfowl and hunter success in this central Mississippi Flyway state. Fortunately, winter weather will inevitably push ducks and geese south, and hunters in Illinois should be prepared.

Migration Alert: Conditions Ideal for Canada Goose Hunting in New York State

Warm weather has stalled much of the Atlantic Flyway duck migration, but goose hunting has been off the charts in New York State, with near perfect field conditions.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers on the Rise in South Dakota

A series of moderate cold fronts over the past two weeks have triggered the migration of waterfowl into South Dakota, providing hunters with a variety of opportunities at the midpoint of the season.

Migration Alert: Ohio Hunters Enjoy Early Success, Await Migration

Ohio's Marsh Zone along the southern Lake Erie shoreline is arguably the state's best duck hunting area, and the season here is now closed until the second split begins on Nov. 14. As far as local hunters are concerned, the timing couldn't be better.

Migration Alert: Habitat, Duck Numbers Promising for Louisiana Coastal Opener

Coastal duck hunters in Louisiana are repeating three welcomed words: "We have birds." Following on the heels of a solid early-teal season, expectations are high for the regular duck opener this Saturday in the state's Coastal Zone.

Gear Guide: Decoy Roundup

Decoy manufacturers continue to improve the durability and realism of waterfowl decoys. The ability to mix and match species and body styles allows waterfowl hunters to create some of the most lifelike decoy spreads ever. If you’re looking to add a few blocks, or start a new decoy spread from scratch, here are a few recommendations.

Migration Alert: Washington Hunters Welcome Wind, Rain

The season's first substantial storm is forecast to sweep across the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Stiff, sustained breezes and gusty blows are expected statewide, and substantial rainfall may recharge enough wetland habitat to jump-start the 2015-2016 waterfowl season.

Migration Alert: Ducks and Geese Move into Central Valley

Waterfowl season began last weekend in California, and despite the drought plaguing the entire state, large numbers of ducks and geese have found their way into the Central Valley, providing good hunting opportunities.

Migration Alert: Water and Teal Abundant in Texas

One thing Texas waterfowlers won't have to worry about this season is water. Texas has plenty of it, maybe too much in many places, but it beats the alternative. Duck season opens on Halloween in the South Zone, and the outlook is promising for opening weekend.

Migration Alert: Michigan Hunters May Benefit from Weekend Weather

Remnants of Hurricane Patricia brought rain and high winds to Michigan this week, but unfortunately not many ducks. Reports from around the Wolverine State paint a picture of unseasonably warm weather, few new birds, and slow duck hunting.

Migration Alert: Strong Start for Massachusetts Duck Hunters

Despite warm weather, reports indicate that Massachusetts had a good start to the waterfowl season, highlighted by strong wood duck numbers, a timely Canada goose migration, and two successful youth hunts.

Migration Alert: Montana Hunters Focus on Local Waterfowl, Await Migration

Locally produced ducks and geese are creating some opportunities for hunters in eastern Montana, but hopes are riding high for a push of birds from the north to alleviate the mid-season blues.

Migration Alert: Slow, Steady Increase in Wisconsin Waterfowl Numbers

"Trickle-down effect." This is an apt description of what waterfowl hunters are experiencing in Wisconsin. The migration is on, and duck and goose numbers are increasing, but not at a fast pace. Some new birds drifted into the state on last weekend's north wind and lower temperatures, but evidently that wasn't "the big push" hunters have been waiting for. And now, with a warming trend and southerly winds once again prevailing across the Badger State, conditions aren't right to provide a big boost to waterfowl numbers or hunter success.

Migration Alert: Early November Flight Expected in Maine

Halloween weekend may bring scary-good hunting to the Pine Tree State. Many hunters did well on wood ducks, resident mallards, and teal during Maine's first duck split in the southern and central zones, which closed on October 17, but the big influx of migrating waterfowl from points north has yet to come.

Five Pacific Flyway Waterfowling Hotspots

The Pacific Flyway offers some of the best waterfowling in the United States. The flyway contains an abundance of waterfowl, a 107-day liberal season, and a long list of public hunting opportunities. Here are five public waterfowling hotspots in the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: Strong North Winds Support Migration into Minnesota

This past Sunday, the high temperature here was close to 90 degrees. But on Monday, a cold swept down from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, dropping temperatures dramatically and bringing a steady 25 mph northwest wind that gusted to 40. Steady north winds are forecast for the next couple of days—perfect conditions for a migration.

Small-Craft Waterfowling

Good public hunting can be hard to find, but hidden waterfowling gems do exist if you can get to them. Paddling or poling a small boat may be your best bet for solitude, uneducated ducks, and a memorable hunt. Here are four different types of shallow-water boats you can use for waterfowling.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers, Conditions Look Good in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

Waterfowl biologists report an early increase in duck and goose numbers across the Pacific Northwest, boding well for the start of waterfowl seasons in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Migration Alert: North Dakota Hunters Enjoy Strong Start

North Dakota hunters have yet to see much of an influx of migrating waterfowl from Canada, but locally produced birds are providing ample opportunities for waterfowlers across the state.

Gator Tail Outboards Partners with DU: Tread Lightly

Gator Tail Outboards, a Ducks Unlimited partner, offers advice for treading lightly in the marsh this season.

Ducks Unlimited opens new property for hunting just in time for pheasant opener

ABERDEEN, S.D., Oct. 6, 2015 - Just in time for the annual holiday known as South Dakota pheasant opener, Ducks Unlimited announced a 160-acre property near Richmond Lake will be open to public hunting this fall. DU recently acquired the property on 127th Street, two miles west of Richmond Lake, which is west of Aberdeen.

Hunters welcome at DU’s Verona Complex in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited’s Verona Complex in Nebraska is open for hunting. The more than 1,000-acre complex includes the 120-acre Wolf North Tract where only youth are allowed to hunt. Adults are encouraged to bring the young hunters to the Wolf North Tract, but cannot carry a gun themselves.

Migration Alert: Atlantic Flyway 2015 Season Preview

With many waterfowl populations at healthy levels and habitat conditions in promising shape, prospects are generally good for the 2015-2016 waterfowl season in the Atlantic Flyway. As early migrants begin to arrive in the flyway's northern reaches, rain and cold weather are the final ingredients needed to kick-start the fall migration.

Migration Alert: Conditions Promising for Central Flyway Mid-Latitude States

The constant throughout the Central Flyway's mid-latitude states is change. Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma waterfowl hunters know all too well that changing weather and habitat conditions dictate the fall flight, and here, the changes can happen fast. Currently, waterfowl managers and hunters are witnessing the benefits of heavy spring rains and continue to be optimistic about the early stages of the migration.

Migration Alert: Late Rains Set Stage for Early Season in Dakotas

With a projected record flight of birds and high-quality habitat conditions in many areas, waterfowlers in North and South Dakota are primed for a good season. These prairie states will kick off the 2015-2016 regular season in the Central Flyway, and officials believe the stage is set for a strong start.

Kids enjoyed a day learning about ducks and duck hunting

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Sept. 24, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever (PF) partnered to host a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic at the North Dakota Game and Fish Jamestown District Office. Volunteers helped kids learn the skills to enjoy waterfowl hunting safely.

Migration Alert: Migration Begins as Northern Mississippi Flyway States Prepare for Opener

Game on! Large numbers of ducks and geese are staging on the northern prairies for their southbound migration. Early migrants, including blue-winged teal, pintails, and gadwalls, are heading south in increasing numbers. Waterfowl seasons in Prairie Canada have started as well, and hunters in several northern Mississippi Flyway states are watching the hours tick down to their regular-season opener. A check with hunters and waterfowl biologists should bolster their expectations for the kickoff this weekend.

Migration Alert: Louisiana Teal Hunters Capitalizing on Good Habitat, Numbers

Louisiana teal hunters are riding high as a result of fair habitat conditions and a steady stream of bluewings filtering through the state. For many hunters, opening weekend offered fast-paced shoots, and the consensus is that the majority of teal hunters went home happy.

Migration Alert: Texas Teal Hunters Enjoy Strong Start

Teal hunters along the Texas Coast are smiling. Last weekend’s opener met or exceeded expectations, and some are calling it the best teal season they have experienced in a decade.

Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program set for Sept. 26

Sept. 17, 2015 – The Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter will hold its Third Annual Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program on Sept. 26, at Tamarack Preserve, a private hunting and fishing preserve in Millbrook, N.Y.

DU land in South Dakota open for hunting this fall

Ducks Unlimited is restoring three important waterfowl habitat properties in Sanborn County. The properties and other DU land are open to public hunting this fall and included in the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Habitat Atlas.

Migration Alert: Louisiana Teal Numbers, Habitat Looks Good for Opener

Optimism reigns as Louisiana duck hunters prepare for another liberal 16-day teal season. Since the season spans three full weekends, the birds have ample time to arrive and hunters hope to be there to greet them.

Migration Alert: Summer Rains Improve Habitat for Texas Teal

The first hint of a light north wind in August prompts waterfowlers to begin marking off their calendars in anticipation of their next chance to hunt ducks. This season is no different, and expectations are soaring as another teal opener approaches.

Wild rice plentiful in northern Minnesota

The most abundant wild rice crop in more than 50 years is expected for harvesters and waterfowl hunters throughout northern Minnesota this season.

Canadian Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits Now Available Online

Environment Canada launched an improved e-Permitting system to allow the purchase of printable electronic Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) Permits online. This initiative, which delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment to improve the availability and service standards for MGBH Permits, enables hunters to receive by email and print their permit from the comfort of their own home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Youth waterfowl hunting clinic Sept. 12 and mentored duck hunt Sept. 19

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Aug. 21, 2015 – Children 17 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8:30 a.m., at the North Dakota Game and Fish Jamestown District Office, 3320 E. Lakeside Road, Jamestown.

Early-Season Destinations: Four Prairie Waterfowling Hotspots

The Prairie Pothole Region encompasses five U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and supports 50 to 70 percent of North America's waterfowl population during the breeding season. If you are looking for an early-season hunting destination, this is where the adventure begins. The following four cities serve as jumping-off points for top-notch freelance waterfowling trips. Find out when, where, and how to meet the migration this fall.

Perfect Your Gun Mount at Home

Practice makes perfect when it comes to improving your shotgunning skills. But simply repeating bad habits at a clay target range during the off-season doesn't help. The key to becoming a better wingshot is to work on proper shooting form.

Migration Alert: Atlantic Flyway LGCO Continues as Geese Push North

Greater snow geese poured into their spring staging grounds in New York this weekend as warm weather and a brief snowstorm in New Jersey and Pennsylvania pushed many geese north from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Migration Alert: Spring Thaw Opens the Door for Snow Geese in the Dakotas

Light goose numbers are building in North and South Dakota as a week of warm temperatures across the Northern Plains has pushed the snow line into southern Canada. The opportunities to decoy geese are expanding rapidly, and hunters are optimistic that the best days are yet to come.

Migration Alert: Nebraska's Rainwater Basin Light Goose Numbers Fluctuate Daily

Skeins of light geese streamed north out of northern Kansas and Nebraska's Rainwater Basin on Monday, taking advantage of southern winds and 70-degree temperatures on their journey to the Arctic. Hunters along this corridor are taking advantage of the fantastic weather and remain optimistic about the potential as geese continue to funnel through the region.

Migration Alert: Kansas and Missouri LGCO Hunters Prepare for Fast-Paced Migration

A winter storm is predicted during the next few days in Missouri and Kansas, but shortly thereafter milder temperatures and southerly breezes will take over. If this forecast holds, peak numbers of white geese should be moving northward next week.

Migration Alert: February Freeze Puts Snow Goose Migration on Hold in Missouri, Nebraska

An untimely mix of cold and snow is impacting light goose movements through historical migration corridors in Missouri and Nebraska, and hunters there are looking for a spring thaw to improve conditions.

Migration Alert: Arkansas LGCO Hunters Preparing for Huge Flight Days

Arkansas waterfowlers dealt with a lack of precipitation throughout the 2014–2015 waterfowl season, and the 2015 Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) has been no different. Drought-like conditions have forcedlight geese to concentrate on limited habitat in the state, which has had a significant impact on the birds' feeding and roosting habits.

Photos: Duck Dogs of the 2014-2015 Waterfowl Season

This collection of waterfowl hunting dog images from the 2014-2015 season is an excellent display of a duck dog's passion for the field.

Migration Alert: Pacific Flyway Wrap Up

The 2014-15 Pacific Flyway waterfowl season played much different than what was expected in September. California ended up with water, normally frozen areas weren't, and ducks, as usual, simply went with the flow of storm tracks and sunshine.

Migration Alert: Water and Cold Weather Shape Late-Season Hunting on Texas Coast

Soggy parkas, muddy waders, and deep, boggy ruts on secluded dirt roads have been the norm along the Texas coast as duck season nears its end. Parading pintails, gregarious greenwings, and gaggles of snow geese left their mark on waterfowlers over the past three months, and at the heart of all this activity were cold temperatures and rain.

Migration Alert: Mid-South Ducks Numbers Increase for Final Weekend

For hunters in the mid-Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the 2014–2015 duck season is set to go out with a bang, or lots of them! Hunting in this region ends at sunset on Jan. 25. According to reports from several mid-south areas, ducks are plentiful, and hunter success has increased significantly since warm southerly winds thawed out frozen waters in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri's Bootheel. Ducks have responded to this thaw by showing up in large numbers.

Migration Alert: Florida Gets Push of Ring-Necked Ducks, Anticipates Return Teal Migration

Florida waterfowlers have been challenged by mild conditions, high water levels and scattered bird concentrations this season. However, their luck may be about to change as the final week approaches.

Migration Alert: Table Set For Strong Finish in South Louisiana

Louisiana's Coastal Zone season is nearing the end, and it's apparent that cold weather up north has provided ample opportunities for south Louisiana waterfowlers. The mid-December duck count was the highest since 1999 and 64 percent higher than last December's count. Most hunters are delighted as they head into the final days, bolstered by the good numbers and con-sistent shooting the season has brought.

Migration Alert: Sooner State Hunters Look for Weather at Season's End

Hunters in the Central Flyway may well count the snow and cold that swept down across the Northern Plains in mid-November as one of the defining events of the 2014–2015 waterfowl season. Even as far south as Oklahoma, the winter weather system ushered the first significant push of ducks and geese into the state.

Migration Alert: California's Duck Numbers and Habitat Improve

Warm weather has created challenging conditions for California duck hunters, but receding floodwaters, reopened refuges and wildlife areas, and good numbers of ducks in most parts of the state have set the stage for improved waterfowl hunting during the final weeks of the season.

Migration Alert: Winter's Return to Northern Plains Spurs Significant Migration

Snow, strong winds, and low temperatures have ducks and geese on the move across the Northern Plains. This latest blast of winter weather may be enough to provide waterfowl hunters in mid- and southern states the spark needed to close out the final weeks of the season on a high note.

Migration Alert: Cold Snap Encouraging for Kentucky Waterfowlers

Hope springs eternal in the hearts of duck hunters, and Kentucky waterfowlers are hoping the Arctic front blowing through their state right now will bring more ducks and geese and better shooting than they've experienced so far this season.

Migration Alert: Chesapeake Bay Hunters Optimistic as Temps Drop

Chesapeake Bay duck hunters faced their share of challenges in the final weeks of 2014, but the arrival of bitter cold weather this week has many waterfowlers optimistic about their prospects in the days ahead.

DU TV Migration Report - Snow Geese Arrive in Delaware

The DU TV crew is filming a snow goose hunt in Delaware and reports significant goose movements into the area.

Migration Alert: Frigid Temperatures Descend Upon Washington State

Aching for a shift in the weather, Washington waterfowlers' wishes will be granted in the coming days. A cold snap poised to strike the Pacific Northwest will freeze sheet water left behind from recent rainstorms. This means a change in tactics for hunters who have faced stagnant conditions since late November.

Migration Alert: North Louisiana Hunters Await Cold, Wet Weather and Increased Bird Activity

The early weeks of the 2014–2015 duck season brought solid hunting throughout Louisiana. However, Jeff Simmons, who authors a duck migration blog for Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop, cautions that the weather could impact hunter success in the coming days. "The first couple of weeks of the season were good, with lots of mallards and pintails, but the warm weather and lack of water now has the birds scattered and timid," he says.

DU TV Migration Report: Central Kentucky

The DU TV crew is filming in north-central Kentucky and Field Hudnall provides a migration breakdown for the area. While there doesn't appear to be a lot of birds in the area, Hudnall is optimistic about the coming weeks.

Migration Alert: Delaware Duck Numbers Solid, 150,000 Snow Geese

According to a waterfowl survey conducted last week by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, the First State is poised for its finest snow goose season in several years.

Migration Alert: Missouri's Odd Migration Patterns May Change Soon

Weird! That's been the word used by biologists, management area personnel, and hunters to describe this year's duck migration and hunting season in Missouri. With the season nearly over in the north zone (ends December 23) and with ample hunting left in the middle zone (ends December 30) and the southern zone (ends January 25), there's a lot of head-scratching going on over how such a promising season has become so stagnant.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowl Distribution Sporadic Due to Storm, Mild Temps

Last week's hurricane-force Pacific Flyway windstorm came on the heels of ample rain from Mexico to Northern California. Oregon's ducks and geese were blown off the coast and many have found substantial habitat throughout Willamette Valley, forcing waterfowlers to scout and react to regional migrations.

Migration Alert: East Zone Louisiana Hunters Need Weather Change

After only a five-day rest, Louisiana's East Zone hunters kicked off the second split of the season last weekend. Facing unseasonably warm weather, many hunters found decent shooting, but a cold front would be a welcome sight. Fortunately, the long-term forecast north of Louisiana may help.

Migration Alert: Arkansas Hunting Slumps Due to Weather, Habitat

"Not very good," writes Keith Stephens regarding habitat conditions and hunter success this week in Arkansas. Stephens is a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). According to his latest Weekly Waterfowl Report, issued on December 10, hunting has been "spotty" in the second segment of Arkansas's duck season, which started Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 23.

Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Enjoy January-Like Duck Numbers

In an average season, the greatest concentrations of wintering ducks don't arrive in South Carolina until January. However, a perfectly timed cold front is fueling one of the duckiest Decembers in memory in the Palmetto State.

Migration Alert: Duck-Rich Texas Coast and Prairie Prepares for Second Split

Driving across the landscape of Texas's coastal prairies and marshes reveals exactly what most hunters are reporting—lots of ducks. An early cold front dipped deep into the Lone Star State, causing temperatures to drop and bringing astounding numbers of ducks and geese.

Migration Alert: Kansas' Strong Mallard Numbers Dictated by Water Conditions

Kansas hunters can typically set their watches by a calendar migration of ducks and geese into the state near Halloween and Thanksgiving, and this year's first push of birds did arrive toward the end of October. But a cold front in early November sparked a migration well ahead of schedule – birds that are still providing quality opportunities for hunters.

DU TV Migration Report - Arkansas

The DU TV crew hunted in Arkansas last weekend for next year's show. Field Hudnall explains that they enjoyed excellent hunts, but the ducks were beginning to move out of their area by the end of the weekend.

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.

Migration Alert: Northern Plains Still Holding Large Numbers of Waterfowl

The good news coming out of the northern reaches of the Central Flyway this week is that there are still massive numbers of ducks and geese waiting to migrate south. Although there isn't significant snowfall in the current forecast, the next strong front may recharge hunting opportunities to the south.

Migration Alert: Rain Improves California Habitat Conditions, Numbers Increasing

California waterfowl hunters have cause for optimism as rainfall, some of it heavy, is sweeping into the state from the coast, easing some of the state's drought-stricken waterfowl habitats. Ducks and geese are spreading out with the rain and new birds continue to arrive from the north.

Migration Alert: Ducks and Geese Descend on Nebraska

A series of cold-weather systems has pushed both ducks and geese out of northern breeding grounds this fall, creating tremendous early-season opportunities for hunters in southern states. The good news is that with a little more help from Mother Nature there are more birds yet to come.

Migration Alert: North Carolina Awaits Major Arrivals

North Carolina waterfowlers benefit from the state's geographic location as they receive ducks from the Prairie Pothole Region as well as from eastern Canada and Atlantic Flyway states. This season, North Carolina duck hunters are enjoying the early season flights, but expectations are mounting for the next big migration.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Numbers above Average

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) waterfowl program biologists flew the first aerial survey of the Delta on Nov. 17–20, and the results are encouraging for duck hunters who will kick off the state's 2014-2015 waterfowl season on Thanksgiving.

Migration Alert: Cold Front Pushes Canada Geese into Colorado

The same weather system that spurred the migration of waterfowl across the Dakotas also triggered the movement of large numbers of Canada geese into Colorado, and waterfowlers are reporting tremendous hunting success thanks to the arrival of fresh flights.

Migration Alert: Arkansas November Waterfowl Survey Reveals 550,000 Mallards

A series of powerful cold fronts over the past few weeks have brought cold temperatures and significant waterfowl numbers into Arkansas. Aerial surveys performed earlier this week by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) tallied 550,000 mallards throughout the state's Delta region, raising expectations for Saturday's opener.

Migration Alert: Tennessee Duck Numbers High, Rain Needed

Tennessee waterfowl reports have been higher than in year's past, but the habitat is lacking. Significant rainfall expected this weekend will improve many state managed and private properties.

DU TV Migration Report: Southwest Louisiana 2014

Wade Bourne, co-host of DU TV is in southwest Louisiana with the DU TV and reports significant increase in duck numbers the last few days. Bourne expects those numbers to increase following this week's cold front.

Migration Alert: Utah Waterfowling Heats Up

As frigid weather settles across Canada and the northern United States, the current Arctic blast is pushing ducks and swans by the thousands into the Great Salt Lake Basin. Utah waterfowl hunters fortunate enough to get out and hunt are taking full advantage of the migration.

Migration Alert: Numbers Up, Louisiana Waterfowlers Optimistic

With bitter cold weather up north and reports of good early waterfowl numbers in the state, duck hunters across Louisiana are looking forward to opening day. The regular duck season opens this weekend in the coastal and west zones and a youth hunt will be held in the east zone.

Migration Alert: Front Triggers Peak Migration through the Dakotas

Hunters in North and South Dakota were expecting the worst when a massive cold front slammed the region with snow and bitter cold earlier this week, but instead of bringing the waterfowl season to a grinding halt, the winter weather brought peak numbers of ducks and geese migrating out of Canada.

Migration Alert: Geese Increasing Steadily on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Even in an average year, Maryland's Eastern Shore offers some of the nation's best goose hunting. However, timely arrivals of Canada geese indicate this season could be exceptional.

Migration Alert: Optimism in the Forecast for Pacific Flyway Waterfowlers

Pacific Flyway waterfowlers have been impatiently waiting for weather to push ducks out of Prairie Canada and British Columbia. With extended weather forecasts calling for a hard freeze north of the border early next week, Idaho duck hunters may need to rethink their plans.

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.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Find Early Arrivals Abundant

The first major winter weather system of the year is sweeping across the northern Central Flyway, bringing high hopes that the main waterfowl migration is on its way. Early migrants, such as teal, pintails,and gadwall, are abundant throughout much of central and southern Texas, and these species will likely provide most of the action as the 2014-2015 waterfowl season opens this weekend.

Migration Alert: Michigan Hunting Slow; Cold Front Offers Hope

A strong cold front is expected to blow across Michigan late this week with brisk northwesterly winds and temperatures dropping into the 20s.

Migration Alert: South Dakota Hunters Wait on Migration

Hunters in South Dakota have enjoyed weeks of successful waterfowl hunting thanks to a strong breeding effort in local portions of the Prairie Pothole Region. As October grows to a close, however, South Dakotans are still waiting for a major flight of birds from the north.

Why You Should Go Bottoms Up

Today's decoy manufacturers have taken realism to the extreme. Here are some useful tips from three veteran waterfowlers on how to use these decoys to bag more birds.

Q&A with Tiffany Lakosky

Tiffany Lakosky is an avid duck hunter. Following are 7 questions and answers from the popular co-host of The Crush TV show.

Migration Alert: Massachusetts Wood Duck Numbers Unprecedented

Massachusetts duck hunting tends to conjure images of common eiders and surf scoters winging across vast, beautiful harbors. But, for the moment, Ducks Unlimited volunteer Mike Donnelly is focused on another species.

Migration Alert: Canvasbacks Arriving in Wisconsin

The canvasbacks have arrived on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Brenda Kelly, the birds are rafting in big numbers on Pools 8 and 9 in the LaCrosse District of the refuge.

Migration Alert: New York Losing Wood Ducks, Gaining Geese

Given that temperatures have yet to dip terribly low, it's likely that New York's locally produced birds haven't traveled far. This bodes well for hunters in southern New York and down into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Northern New York, however, is currently in the window between the departure of locally produced waterfowl and the arrival of fresh migrators. So, when can these hunters expect to see more birds?

Migration Alert: Migration Still on Hold for Montana Hunters

DU regional biologist Bob Sanders says that good wetland conditions in the Prairie Pothole Region of Montana supported a strong breeding effort among mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, and other dabblers, and locally produced ducks have provided the bulk of the hunting opportunities during the first few weeks of the season.

Migration Alert: Slow Start for Oregon Waterfowlers

Oregon's duck season began this weekend with many hunters reporting mixed results. Duck numbers appear to have been below average along the Oregon coast, which typically offers some of the state's most consistent early-season hunting.

Migration Alert: Migration Stalls in Minnesota

Minnesota duck hunters are in need of a push of new birds! The early part of the season has been good overall, but now local ducks are getting stretched thin, and there have been few new arrivals from up north to take their places.

Migration Alert: Early Migration Fuels Strong Start in North Dakota

Timely spring and summer rains throughout North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region aided breeding efforts for mallards, northern pintails, blue-winged teal, and other ducks. Since then, cool temperatures have sent some of those local birds packing for warmer climes, but new birds from the north have helped keep the action hot for hunters during the first weeks of the season.

Field Notes: Small Spreads for Geese

DU TV Host Wade Bourne explains that, in some situations, you don't need a large decoy spread to attract geese. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Concealment

DU TV Host Zach Pederson gives tips for staying hidden. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Scouting

DU TV Host Zach Pederson gives tips for effective scouting. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Long Line Decoys

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid-River Guide Service shows us how he rigs long line decoy spreads. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: DIY Marsh Seat

DU TV Host Wade Bourne shows how to make an inexpensive marsh seat. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Boat Blinds

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid-River Guide Service explains how he builds boat blinds. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

DU TV Migration Report: Ontario Weather May Benefit Waterfowlers

Field Hudnall, host of DU TV, details a significant weather system that may play a role in increased migration activity throughout the Great Lakes region.

Migration Alert: Wet Spring Bodes Well for Atlantic Flyway Hunters

A wet spring and early cold fronts may have set the stage for a strong start to waterfowl seasons in the Atlantic Flyway.

Migration Alert: State-by-State Pacific Flyway Hunting and Habitat Preview

Pacific Flyway waterfowl hunters, much like those across the entire continent, should expect another large fall flight of ducks and geese this year. With good to excellent conditions for waterfowl production across Prairie Canada and another bumper crop of geese headed south from Alaska and northern Canada, expectations are soaring.

Migration Alert: Expectations High among Central Flyway Waterfowlers

Excellent wetland conditions and the likelihood of a tremendous flight of ducks and geese have hunters in the Central Flyway looking forward to this fall with heightened anticipation.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Flyway Hunting and Habitat Preview

The stage appears set for one of the biggest waterfowl migrations in recent history, and hunters in the Mississippi Flyway are among those who stand to benefit the most.

Field Notes: Wrapping Decoys

Captain Bob Wetherald of Maryland's Mid-River Guide Service explains two techniques for wrapping line around your decoys. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Teal Gear

DU TV host Zach Pederson and Jared Mophett of Honey Brake Lodge talk about the gear you need for early-season teal hunting. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Stove Pipe

DU TV Host Field Hudnall shows how using the "stove pipe" technique can help keep you and your buddies safe when hunting waterfowl. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Field Notes: Using Shadows

DU TV host Field Hudnall explains how to use shadows for concealment when hunting waterfowl. Visit ducks.org/DUTV for other DU TV Better Waterfowling Tips and more.

Migration Alert: Cold Front Should Improve Missouri Teal Season

The majority of Missouri teal hunters enjoyed decent gunning to kick off the 2014–2015 waterfowl season. Hunters in Missouri's Bootheel are experiencing more consistency than other areas, but with a strong front bearing down on the Show Me State, most are predicting that more teal are on the way.

Youth waterfowl hunting trailer available free

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Ducks Unlimited sponsor a trailer full of waterfowl hunting gear available to families with young hunters. If you are interested in taking a kid duck hunting but don’t have the gear, this is a great opportunity to use quality gear from Avery Outdoors. The North Dakota Game and Fish purchased the trailer with funds from the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters special grant program, and Avery Outdoors donated the equipment.

Ducks Unlimited to host youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 15 and 16

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 22, 2014 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 a.m. This is the seventh year for the event, and children who have been waterfowl hunting are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management and the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

Keeping Wildlife Management in Michigan Professional, By Steve Wyckoff and Aaron Morehead

The Best Duck Hunting Meal...Ever

My attempts at cooking a duck blind breakfast have earned me a certain amount of notoriety among my waterfowling friends. Unfortunately, my gastronomic reputation has been built mainly on slightly charred boat-blind bacon sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Last season, however, my taste buds were treated to what I believe was the best duck hunting breakfast and lunch ever.

Photo Essay: Greater and Lesser Scaup

Greater and lesser scaup share a number of traits, not the least of which is a distinctive blue bill, from which they derive their popular nickname "bluebills."

Breedings Grounds Survey: Preparations for May 2014 Survey

It’s that time of year again and I’ve been preparing for quite a while. It will be a little easier this year since it’s my second survey in the left seat and I’ll be returning to Brandon, Manitoba, with my extremely experienced observer and retired biologist-pilot John Bidwell.

Migration Alert: Nebraska Light Goose Hunting Heating Up

Nebraska light goose hunter's opportunities are increasing day by day as birds continue to push north.

Migration Alert: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Swarming with Light Goose Hunting Opportunities

Sporadic reports of small flocks of light geese are trickling in from South Dakota, but a major surge in goose numbers in northwest Missouri and parts of Nebraska has hunters frantically rushing to the fields in these areas. Last week's polar vortex stalled the migration, but as the weather cleared and the winds shifted to the south, massive numbers of light geese moved north.

Ducks Unlimited Supports Professional Wildlife Management

February 6, 2014 - Ducks Unlimited supports professional wildlife management practices as interpreted through the North American Model of Wildlife Management.

Migration Alert: Florida Waterfowlers Poised for Strong Finish

Brisk weather conditions during the month of January resulted in major movements of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl, and Florida waterfowlers are among the beneficiaries.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Counts Reveal Impressive Numbers

Mississippi hunters pray for cold weather up north to push ducks into their state, and this year their prayers have been answered. A series of powerful cold fronts, hard freezes, and snow storms in the Midwest has triggered one of the biggest migrations of ducks into Mississippi in several years.

Migration Alert: Opportunities Remain for California Waterfowlers

California waterfowlers are facing what has become the driest year on record, making habitat conditions less than ideal. Yet, waterfowl hunters throughout the state continue to be optimistic.

Migration Alert: Approaching Front Brings Much-Needed Change for Pacific Northwest Waterfowlers

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for rain and high winds this weekend, as a front approaches from the south and mixes with Pacific moisture from the north. This bodes well for wingshooters hoping to improve their season with a late regional migration throughout Oregon and Washington.

Migration Alert: South Louisiana w/ Dr. Tom Moorman

Jan. 8, 2014 - Mississippi Flyway

Migration Alert: Dealing with Late-Season Extremes

From 60 to Zero in a Week, then from Zero to 60

Migration Alert: Changing Conditions May Improve Waterfowling in Washington and Oregon

Unfavorable weather conditions—warm temperatures, fog, and a lack of precipitation—combined with a full moon had Washington waterfowlers struggling over the holidays.

Migration Alert: South Texas Hunters Hope for Better Hunting Weather

After a solid start to the waterfowl season, many hunters in Texas's South Zone have reported lackluster results since the season reopened. It has been perplexing for many veteran waterfowlers and outfitters because the coastal prairies and marshes are full of ducks.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Looking to Finish Strong

Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes rested for 14 days and an Arctic front pushed ducks in from the north. Unfortunately, the second split opener of the 2013-214 season coincided with a full moon, leaving hunters to watch empty skies as sat idle.

Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Mallard Numbers Peak

Flocks of mallards and black ducks poured over the tree-line in a seemingly unending string. They were in bunches of tens and twenties, mostly, but several flocks numbered at least 100 strong as the birds funneled down into the Pennsylvania cornfield.

Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Off to Strong Start

Last weekend, waterfowlers along the South Carolina coast put up numbers that would be impressive anywhere in the country. Hunter-success rates approached a limit of ducks per person at two wildlife management areas.

Migration Alert: Winter Storm May Bring Fresh Ducks to Arkansas

All eyes north! That's where Arkansas duck hunters are looking as a massive winter storm blankets the state and sends temperatures plummeting. Anticipation of a new push of mallards from northern states is high, though they haven't arrived in appreciable numbers as of this writing.

Migration Alert: 840k Mallards on Missouri River in South Dakota

The situation playing out along the Missouri River in central South Dakota is similar to what hunters witnessed in 2012. Massive waterfowl numbers are once again rafting up on this large impounded river system and feeding in adjacent grainfields in droves.

Migration Alert: Weather Changes Impact Missouri Bootheel Hunting

Wade Bourne, co-host of DUTV explains how drastic weather shifts have impacted waterfowl hunting in the Missouri Bootheel.

Migration Alert: Cold, wet, windy weather a boon for Texas waterfowlers

Soaking rains and unseasonably cold autumn temperatures have been tough on the extremities, but you'll hear no complaints from Texas waterfowlers. Cold air means fresh ducks on the coast.

From First Frost to Arctic Blast

The season's about half over. Ducks begin migrating south in late August and start northward in February. Late November is in fact about halfway through the birds' annual round-trip migration. For waterfowl hunters, the same schedule applies.

Migration Alert: North and South Dakota Migration Near Peak

For hunters in North Dakota and South Dakota, this steady migration of waterfowl from the northern breeding grounds has helped replace those locally-produced birds which filtered into Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and other points south earlier this fall.

Migration Alert: First Push of Dabblers Hits PA; Divers Delayed

A few weeks ago, much of Pennsylvania awoke to the year's first heavy frost, an event timed in conjunction with a full moon. So my friends and I had high hopes as we entered a public marsh last week, and the thin layer of ice crunching against our knees did little to dampen spirits.

Waterfowler's Gear: Guide Series - Ducks Unlimited - Waders

Waterfowl hunting means facing tough weather and staying out in the elements all day. The Guide Series Ducks Unlimited Boot-foot Chest Waders provide warmth and comfort no matter the weather conditions.

Migration Alert: Mild Conditions Delay New York Waterfowl

New York is a point of convergence for numerous waterfowl species migrating from Quebec, Ontario and points further northeast. Therefore, when peak numbers are reported from the Empire State, it's cause to rejoice throughout the flyway. Unfortunately, that day has yet to arrive, but reports of the first geese and early migrating duck species are encouraging.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Waterfowl Production Areas

It has been determined that allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) will not incur further government expenditure or obligation and is allowable under a government shutdown. Therefore, effective immediately, all WPAs will reopen to public use.

Migration Alert: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Ducks Unlimited launches new season of Waterfowl 360

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Just in time for duck and goose hunting season, Ducks Unlimited has launched a new season of Waterfowl 360, the ultimate online resource for waterfowl hunters.

Migration Alert: Prospects Good for Minnesota Waterfowlers

It's certainly not a flood of new ducks, but ringnecks and other early migrants are beginning to show up in northern and central Minnesota, augmenting local populations of wood ducks, teal and other species that have been targeted by this state's hunters since the Sept. 21 opening day.

Ducks Unlimited is proud to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has long been known for their conservation efforts throughout North America and for helping to ensure that future sportsmen and women have the same outdoor opportunities past generations have enjoyed. To that end, DU is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on Sept. 28.

Migration Alert: Kansas Wildlife Area Has Best Waterfowl Habitat in Decades

Last year's drought limited waterfowling opportunities on the area, but this phenomenon allowed natural and planted vegetation to gain a foothold throughout the property. Late-summer rains pushed rain gauges to 10 inches the first week of August, creating superb waterfowl habitat conditions.

Atlantic Flyway Hunters Ready to Roll

Many Atlantic Flyway waterfowlers kicked off the hunting year with resident Canada goose and early teal seasons in several states, while others are eagerly anticipating the main event in the upper end of the flyway. New York often provides a good indication of what the season will hold in states further down the flyway.

Migration Alert: The Stage is Set for North Dakota's Duck Season

For much of the past three weeks, Joe Fladeland has been bumping around North Dakota's back-roads chasing early season Canada geese, but the number of ducks gathered on the state's prairie potholes has the Avery pro-staffer excited about the opening of the general waterfowl season later this month.

Waterfowl 360: The Ultimate Waterfowl Hunting Resource

Waterfowl360.com is the ultimate waterfowling resource. WF360 includes articles, videos, DU Migration Map, Waterfowl ID and much more.

Waterfowl 360: Your Season Begins Here

Waterfowl360.com is the ultimate waterfowling resource. WF360 includes articles, videos, DU Migration Map, Waterfowl ID and much more.

Migration Alert: DU Chief Scientist outlines waterfowl season expectations

"Too hot, too cold, just right" characterize what I expect the 2013-2014 waterfowl season to be. Along with "too wet, too dry, best ever," the unpredictable combinations of habitat conditions and weather will certainly be the common themes for the upcoming season.

Late Summer Canadian Habitat Conditions

Conditions remain favorable as late nesting success has been supported by spring precipitation. Some regions are now facing limited precipitation and fall flight is expected to be average.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Creating a Temporary Blind

Building a temporary blind is an art. Wade Bourne explains how he uses some pre-planning to create a mobile, quality duck blind for any situation.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Adding Movement to a Goose Spread

There are multiple options for adding movement to a goose spread. Wade Bourne explains different ways to make your goose spread come to life.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Using Competition Calling Techniques

While competition style duck calling is much different than hunting-oriented calling, Wade Bourne explains a situation when he uses this technique.

Better Waterfowling Tip - DU TV - Pattern your Waterfowl Gun

Patterning your waterfowl gun, you may notice different loads perform better than others. Do this before you miss your first opportunity.

2013 Waterfowl Calls Guide

Waterfowl calls are specific to every species, hunter, and region. This makes finding the perfect duck or goose call a difficult task. The DU Newsletter makes it easier to start your search. Begin with the newest additions to the market – new waterfowl calls for 2013.

Ducks Unlimited to host youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 16 and 17

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 5, 2013 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m. This is the sixth year for the event, and children who have been waterfowl hunting are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

Waterfowl Recipe: Duck Breast Sandwich

This easy-to-follow video provides every step to make this delicious duck sandwich.

DU Windows App

Migration, Waterfowl ID, News, Latest Stories and Events all from your Windows 8 tablet or Surface device!

NSSF Shooting Tips: Dove Hunting

These tips from NSSF's Doug Painter will help you bag more birds and improve your shooting, which may carry over into waterfowl season.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Pick up targets faster

This tip carries over to multiple waterfowling situations, as there can be several targets at one time. Ash explains how to pick up these targets much faster and improve your shooting ability.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Instinctive Shooting

Waterfowling situations sometimes lead to nontraditional shooting opportunities, and becoming a better instinctive shooter will improve your success.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Sporting clays, springing teal

Gil Ash, OSP Shooting School demonstrates how to hit the springing teal target on a sporting clays range.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Shooting Methods

Gil Ash, OSP Shooting School breaks down the three main shooting methods. Understanding these methods, and how to incorporate them in the duck blind may make you a better shooter.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Lead versus Gun Speed

Waterfowlers face varying shot angles and speeds, but by controlling your gun speed you can improve your shooting no matter the shot. Learn how to control your firearm's speed.

DU celebrates first sale of 2013-2014 federal duck stamps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 27, 2013 - The new 2013-2014 federal duck stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 28. The stamps, which cost $15, are valid through June 30, 2014. Purchased by millions of waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors every year, duck stamps help raise money to purchase and protect wetlands for ducks, geese and other wildlife species.

DU Volunteers Host Veterans on California Duck Hunt

Last November a group of eight American military personnel stepped onto unfamiliar ground. Dressed in full camouflage, they were far from any battlefield. They were in fact at beautiful Bird Haven Ranch in northern California for a weekend of duck hunting, courtesy of Paul Bonderson Jr. and Ducks Unlimited volunteers.

Arkansas Greenwing Camp a Resounding Success

Eighteen youths attended this year's Arkansas Greenwing Conservation Camp hosted at DU President George Dunklin's Five Oaks Lodge near Stuttgart, Arkansas.

New Season of Ducks Unlimited TV Begins July 1

A brand new season of Ducks Unlimited Television kicks off July 1 on the Outdoor Channel. This season, host Field Hudnall joins DU volunteers and other passionate waterfowlers at some of the best duck and goose hunting locations in North America.

Ducks Unlimited among outdoor orgs opposing California Assembly Bill 711

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - June 13, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited is just one of dozens of conservation organizations opposing California Assembly Bill 711, legislation that would ban the use of traditional ammunition for hunting.

New Waterfowling Guns for 2013

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

Gov. Snyder signs bills protecting hunting, fishing rights

LANSING, Mich. – May 8, 2013 – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to name game species, protect citizens' rights to hunt and fish and were supported by Michigan's conservation community.

Q&A with Corey Cogdell

Corey Cogdell, U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Winner in Trapshooting, takes some time to talk with Ducks Unlimited.

Retriever Training: Shed hunting

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to get your retriever to find shed antlers.

Aaron Fraser Pass Remembered

Aaron Fraser Pass, who lost his battle with cancer in early April, left a rich legacy of fine writing and useful advice on topics pertaining to sporting arms and ammunition.

Kids in the Field - Future Conservationists

The next generation of waterfowlers is the next generation of conservationists. Enjoy this photo gallery of future waterfowl hunters, submitted by Ducks Unlimited Members.

DU Statement on Firearms

The potential for new firearms regulations or legislation is a complicated and divisive issue, and while there are no simple answers to the problem of reducing violence in our country, DU will continue to remain steadfast and focused on our mission of wetlands and waterfowl conservation, and in our support for hunters and a continued strong waterfowling tradition.

Simple System for Calling Canada Geese

Canada geese have an intricate system of vocal communications. "Honkers" make a variety of different calls – long range hail calls, clucks, feeding calls, comeback calls, whines, moans, etc. Each of these calls conveys a different message. Expert callers mimic all these calls and mix them appropriately to entice passing geese to join their decoys.

DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip: Preparing for a Hunting Trip

Wade Bourne offers some tips for preparing for a hutning trip. There's a long list of must-have items for any hunting trip, and Bourne explains the reasons why you will need maps, GPS, regulatiosn books, and much more.

2012 Duck Calling Competitions

Leading up to the World Duck Calling Championship there are a number of other calling competitions at the Wings Over the Prairies Festival.

Allen Claims Second World Duck Calling Championship

Packed shoulder to shoulder, the crowd swelled throughout the day as 62 competitive duck callers from across the United States competed in the Super Bowl of the duck calling world—the 77th Annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest. For the second time in three years, Brad Allen of Judsonia, Arkansas, hoisted the huge trophy above his head after claiming the title of World Duck Calling Champion.

DU-TV Tip: 3 Ways to Call Blue-Winged Teal

Wade Bourne provides three different tactics for call blue-winged teal using a teal call, mallard call, and laughing them into the decoys.

Retriever Training: The Block

We have all been caught by surprise when our hunting dog has an apparent mental block and hits a wall in training or on a hunt.

DU-TV Tip: Utilizing Goose Flags

Wade Bourne offers several techniques and tactics for flagging geese.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

NRA-ILA executive director supports Sportsmen’s Act

Chris Cox is the executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). He spoke with Ducks Unlimited about the effect of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525) on hunters.

National Wildlife Refuge Week highlights importance of refuges to conservation and sportsmen

The importance of America’s wildlife refuge system to conservation and wildlife habitat is in the spotlight as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 14-20.

What's on the Web: November/December

What' on the Web from November/December DU Magazine.

Regulations for Hunting Ducks Unlimited Properties in Colorado

Your privilege to hunt on Ducks Unlimited properties will be revoked for violation of any of the foregoing regulations. Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and to those established by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and assume all liability while accessing this land.

Public hunting opportunities on DU properties in Colorado

Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife to hunt on DU properties in Colorado. Failure to abide these regulations will result in repealing of hunting privileges on DU properties.

North Dakota: Early Season Outlook

Following several weeks of warm, dry weather, the outlook remains generally positive for waterfowl hunting in North Dakota.

Migration Alert: A Long Drive through Duck Country

I've just returned from a hunt in which a friend and I drove from our home in Clarksville, Tennessee, to The Pas, Manitoba, Canada—a distance of over 1,800 miles each way!

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.

Regulations for Hunting Ducks Unlimited Properties in Nebraska

Your privilege to hunt on Ducks Unlimited properties will be revoked for violation of any of the foregoing regulations. Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and to those established by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and assume all liability while accessing this land.

Migration Alert: Hurricane Isaac's Aftermath

More than two weeks after Hurricane Isaac made landfall, the impacts are still clearly visible along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coast.

Public hunting opportunities on DU properties in Nebraska

Please review the rules and regulations for hunting on DU properties. Failure to abide these regulations will result in repealing of hunting privileges on DU properties. Each hunter must also read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to hunt on DU properties in Nebraska.

Ducks Unlimited Online Waterfowl Journal

This season, DU members can log all of their waterfowl hunts with the new online waterfowl journal application.

GORE-TEX® Products

Our best experiences and our best days are defined by our performance and whether we are able to perform to the best of our abilities. GORE-TEX® products are designed and developed to be solutions that empower your best performance.

Ducks Unlimited to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Aug. 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been announced as a new sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the official federal commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation. NHF Day 2012 is set to take place Sept. 22.

DU and Bass Pro Shops continue strong partnership for wetlands and waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited and Bass Pro Shops are teaming up again this August for Ducks Unlimited Conservation Month. With every $2 donation made to DU's conservation efforts through Bass Pro's website, donors will be entered to win one of 10 $500 Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunting clinic Sept. 7 and 8

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 13, 2012 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. This is the fourth year for the annual event, and children who have duck hunted before are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

Video: 2012 Duck Numbers

For the past 75 years, Ducks Unlimited has had the best waterfowl science in the business guiding our work. Today, Ducks Unlimited's Chief Scientist, Dale Humburg, discusses this year's Waterfowl Habitat Report and what it means to your bag this fall.

July 2012 Gear Guide

Wade into the 2012-2013 waterfowl season

Chipotle Duck Burgers

These mildly seasoned burgers will be the hit of your next summer cookout

Field Reports: 2012 Duck Production Outlook

Prospects for breeding waterfowl have improved in many areas since last report

Bayou Bluewings

An unforgettable teal-hunting adventure in the heart of Cajun country

Share your Ducks Unlimited Story

Every supporter has a story regarding how they got invovled with DU and how that has impacted them in some way. Share your story today.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Off-Season Scouting

When is the best time to look for a new duck hunting spot? Anytime you can.

Field Reports: 2012 Spring Habitat Conditions

Breeding habitat conditions vary throghout much of U.S. and Canada. Ducks Unlimited biolgists in these regions have provided a brief overview for each Canadian Province and specific regions in the U.S.

Wetland Gobblers: Turkey Photo Essay

The spring transformation from waterfowl hunter to turkey hunter happens in a whirlwind of lightweight camouflage and bug spray.The tactics are significantly different, but waterfowl hunters may find themselves in familiar habitats.

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.

Georgia Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol

Things got a little wild at the Georgia capitol during the 10th annual Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol on Feb. 8. Sportsmen's and coastal conservation groups from around the state gathered for a chance to meet with and thank legislators who have supported hunting, fishing and conservation issues, and to educate lawmakers about the contributions outdoor recreation makes to Georgia's economy and culture.

Manitoba Marsh Magic

A waterfowler's pilgrimage to the Canadian Duck Factory and the birthplace of DU's conservation work. By Wade Bourne. Photography By Rick Adair.

Rivers of Opportunity

From small creeks to massive rivers, chances are there are ducks and geese using the moving waters in your area.

Useful Tools for Waterfowl Hunters

It never hurts to be prepared, and keeping the right gear handy helps.

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.

Migration Alert: Missouri and Kansas waterfowlers optimistic

Nov. 17, 2011: Habitat conditions have improved with recent rain, but Missouri and Kansas hunters are still waiting on a big cold front from the north.

Create a Mixed-Species Decoy Spread

Learn a Texas guide's approach to decoying several species with one, well-placed decoy spread.

David Boike

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Boike (Alexandria, Minnesota)

Final Approach: Floating Blind Bag - Medium

Looking for a mid-size blind bag to haul your waterfowling essentials? Check out Final Approach's medium blind bag.

Migration Alert - Early counts show Louisiana duck numbers higher than last year

Nov. 11, 2011: The estimated 1.84 million ducks on this survey is 13 percent higher than last November's estimate of 1.62 million.

Duck Calling Video: Calling at Ducks

Calling at ducks, rather than to ducks

Waterfowling Collectibles

Waterfowling history can be traced through decoys, guns, boats, or any historical gear used by our forefathers. This page provides information on decoy and other waterfowling collectible shows and events.

Migration Alert: Texas - Available water an issue throughout the state

Texas waterfowlers know that the drought will play a role in their hunting success this season. TPWD provides a forecast for three zones.

Finding the Easiest Approach

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer explains how ducks will follow the easiest approach into the decoys. Setting your decoys along the easiest approach will help ducks commit to your decoys.

Scientific Waterfowling

Following are interviews with four preeminent waterfowl researchers. We can learn a lot from these experts, not only about how ducks react to their environment, but also how to apply this knowledge for better hunting success.

Waterfowler's Gear: GSI Outdoors - Kitchen 11

GSI Outdoors offers an 11-piece gourmet adventure set that will allow you to bring quality kitchen utensils anywhere this season.

DU testifies before Congress in support of a more efficient federal duck stamp

Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Locations

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer explains that when communicating with ducks, no matter your situation, the location of where you are calling them is the most important aspect. Understanding the basics of calling ducks will improve your success on every hunt.

Finishing Ducks with Single Quack Calls

A wizened old duck hunter once said, "There are duck callers, and then there are duck call blowers."

Migration Alert - Mississippi Flyway: Waterfowl on the way

Oct. 18, 2011: Waterfowl on the way in the Upper Midwest

Ducks Unlimited releases mobile apps

Ducks Unlimited released multiple iPhone and Android apps this fall, providing DU supporters with new tools for waterfowling and conservation. DU has two Android apps and three iPhone apps available, which include conservation news, event listings, migration reports, sunrise and sunset calculator and a waterfowler's journal.

Duck Calling: Let off the call

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, provides insight on how to finish ducks by letting off the call. Backing off your calling as ducks approach offers them the opportunity to come into your decoys.

Mastering the Comeback Duck Call

A flight of ducks shows interest in your decoys, but is still wary. As the birds swing downwind, their body language shows indecision. Some of the ducks seem anxious to decoy. Others want to continue on their way. This is the time for the comeback call.

Ducks Unlimited Thanks Sportsmen on National Hunting and Fishing Day's 40th Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the 40th Anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day, a day to recognize sportsmen and women for their contributions to conservation. Ducks Unlimited, which was founded by hunters in 1937, is encouraging sportsmen everywhere to celebrate the day and take pride in their achievements for conservation.

Wild Rice Soup

Submitted by Dudley Friskopp. Serves 6-8.

DU encourages waterfowl enthusiasts to "Double Up" for the ducks

Ducks Unlimited is asking duck hunters and other waterfowl enthusiasts to "double up for the ducks" by purchasing two federal duck stamps this year.

Blue-winged magic

By Labor Day, large flights of teal are on the move, riding the cool winds of early cold fronts. For waterfowl hunters, the appearance of these swift little ducks is a welcome harbinger of autumn following a long, hot summer. These early migrants are many waterfowler's first opportunities of the season.

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Ducks Unlimited launches online resource for waterfowlers

Ducks Unlimited has launched waterfowl360.com, a comprehensive web-based resource for waterfowl hunters. This online destination provides hunters with a wealth of information and videos as well as an upgraded migration map featuring a weather component and waterfowl reports from across the country.

Secrets for Early Geese

Hunting resident Canada geese during the early season can be feast or famine. Great opportunities exist for goose hunters who are willing to do the work necessary to put themselves on the X. See 10 tips from members of the Avery Outdoors pro staff that will help you bag more geese now and later in the season.

Sportsmen's community gathers at AWCP Annual Summit

DU and partners discuss America's hunting heritage

5 Tips for Early Season Ducks

These five tips, from hunting locations to shooting, will help you improve your waterfowling hunts.

Duck Calling Video: Use Back Pressure

John Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains how a duck call's bore size can change the sound of each call. Using more back pressure, created with a smaller bore, callers can create different sounds needed in different hunting situations.

Winchester Ammo Blind Side SD

Winchester Ammo Blind Side Ad

ATK Federal Black Cloud Ammunition

Enhance - Chris Akin Testimonial

Preseason Retriever Conditioning Tips

Even with opening day fast approaching, it's not too late to get your dog in top shape

Devils Lake Ducks

This sprawling North Dakota lake offers endless public hunting opportunities for freelance waterfowlers

Waterfowl of the Boreal Forest

Many of the ducks harvested in the United States are raised in this remote northern region

2011 Waterfowl Forecast

The 2011 breeding population estimate for the 10 most common duck species in the traditional survey area was 45.6 million birds—an 11 percent increase from the previous year's estimate and the largest since surveys began in 1955.

Duck Tostaditas

Submitted by DU Member. Serves 4.

DU Migration Field Editor Program

The Ducks Unlimited Migration Field Editor program was engineered to create a solid foundation of credible migration and hunting reports within the DU waterfowl migration map.

Chad Youngberg

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chad Youngberg (Waseca, Minnesota)

Scotty Watkins

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Scotty Watkins (Nome, Alaska)

Brian Vogelsmeier

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Vogelsmeier (Sweet Springs, Missouri)

Woody Taylor

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Woody Taylor (Casper, Wyoming)

Mike Stevens

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Mike Stevens (Lubbock, Texas)

Anthony Smith

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Anthony Smith (Ten Mile, Tennessee)

Brian Null

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Null (Wrightsville, Pennsylvania)

Shannon Meadors

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shannon Meadors (Vancouver, Washington)

Billy Gray

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Billy Gray (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Stephen Gautheir

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Stephen Gautheir (Lafayette, Louisiana)

George Diplock

DU Migration Field Editor profile for George Diplock (Augusta, Maine)

Brian Demers

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brian Demers (Seattle, Washington)

Jeff DeFord

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jeff DeFord (Alexandria, Virginia)

Kenny Darnell

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kenny Darnell (Murray, Kentucky)

Mike Cole

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Mike Cole (Grantsburg, Wisconsin)

Randy Brown

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Randy Brown (Marion, Illinois)

Ed Brown

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Ed Brown (Lewes, Delaware)

Kevin Bork

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Bork (Auburndale, Florida)

Jacob Appleberry

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jacob Appleberry (Tillar, Arkansas)

Rocky Allison

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Rocky Allison (Redding, California)

David Adamson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for David Adamson (Richmond, Virginia)

Dan Johnson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dan Johnson (Lufkin, Texas)

Chris Sechelski

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Sechelski (Houston, Texas)

Jeremy Anfinson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jeremy Anfinson (Hutchison, Minnesota)

Cabelas Goose Calling Contest Winner, Field Hudnall

Waterfowl QA with Mark Reed

Recently named "Conservation Officer of the Year" by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the "Mississippi Flyway Officer of the Year" by the Mississippi Flyway Council for his exemplary dedication to protecting and preserving wildlife.

Winchester Ammo

Blind Side—Stacked. Fast. Deadly.


Any load. Anywhere. Every time.


Get outdoors.


Know No Limits—Go Xtreme.


It's What's Inside

Brandon Mendoza

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Brandon Mendoza (Kansas)

Federal Premium Ammunition

Federal Premium Ammunition: More birds in the bag!


Realtree's ongoing commitment to conservation includes the support and sponsorships of conservation groups, such as Ducks Unlimited, whose goals, messages and efforts closely mirror its own.

Duck Scaloppini with Dried Cranberries

Submitted by Lenny Maiorano. Serves 4.

Vic Meyer

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Vic Meyer (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Shooting Tip: Panic Avoidance

Utilize the off-season to fix simple mistakes made when shooting in the duck blind. Gary Goodpaster of Collierville, Tenn., offers some tips to stay calm and cool in the blind to improve your shot and fill your bag this season.

Video Tip: Training in the Heat

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains a few precautions to take when working with your retriever on hot summer days.

Pre-Season Prep: 7 Steps for Success

Like an early-morning wood duck buzzing the decoys, the upcoming waterfowl season will be here before we know it. While the to-do list is long, these seven steps will prove essential to a successful waterfowling season.

Duck Numbers Remain Strong as Pond Counts Approach Record Levels

Excellent wetland conditions have set the stage for above-average waterfowl production

Terry Laymon

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Terry Laymon (Lake St. Clair, Michigan)

Paul Fincher

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Paul Fincher (Guthrie, Oklahoma)

Dr. Michael Crupper

DU Field Migration Editor profile for Dr. Michael Crupper (Portland, Oregon)

Scott Jasion

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Scott Jaison (Fallston, Maryland)

Ron Kee

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Ron Kee

Jason Needham

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Needham

Shawn Schmidt

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Shawn Schmidt (De Pere, Wisconsin)

Patrick Patterson

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Patrick Patterson (So. Minnesota)

Kevin Uetz

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Kevin Uetz (Ventura, Iowa)

Jason Christiansen

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Jason Christiansen (Omaha, Nebraska)

Dave Riley

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Dave Riley (Burlington, Iowa)

Creighton Kaiser

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Creighton Kaiser (Syracuse, Indiana)

Shotgunner's Guide to Waterfowling

Here's how to consistently hit the most common shots in duck and goose hunting

South Dakota Spectacular

The hunt of a lifetime is the reward for days of hard scouting in this state's prairie pothole country

Retrievers: Healthy Choices

Developing a sensible routine will help keep your retriever in top condition

Field Reports: 2011 Duck Production Outlook

Good to excellent wetland conditions have set the stage for above-average waterfowl production on key breeding areas

Chris Phillips

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Chris Phillips (Cambridge, Iowa)

Aaron Vogler

DU Migration Field Editor profile for Aaron Vogler (Haubstadt, Indiana)

Tropical Duck with Wild Rice

Submitted by Kathleen Knapp. Serves 4.

Goose Enchilada Roll-ups

Try this super-easy recipe for a sure party favorite!

Grilled Duck Fajitas

Submitted by James Anderson. Serves 6.

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

DU's Public Policy efforts preserving hunting traditions

Public policy efforts in Washington, D.C. and state capitols are working to preserve hunting traditions.

Archery Tournament to be the Largest in the World

The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky will host the largest archery event in the world in 2011. On May 13, 14,2011 teams from 34 states will compete for more than 300 teams and individual medals, trophies , banners, and plaques.

Policy News 3-15

One year later: DU joins NWF to update sportsmen on Gulf spill restoration efforts, Teleconference set for April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT; DU and SCI victorious in effort to protect hunting on public lands, court rules waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges

Field Reports: Spring Habitat Conditions

Abundant winter precipitation has set the stage for improved wetland conditions on many key waterfowl breeding areas

Picture Perfect

Stunning images from the winners of our 2nd annual Ducks Unlimited magazine photo contest

Why Clean Water Wetland Protections Matter to Hunters

And actions DU supports to realize those protections

2011 Honorable Mention Hunting Entries

Enjoy the Honorable Mention entries from the Waterfowl Hunting category in the 2nd Annual DU Member Photo Contest for 2011.

2011 Honorable Mention Retriever Entries

Enjoy the Honorable Mention entries from the Retriever category in the 2nd Annual DU Member Photo Contest for 2011.

2011 Honorable Mention Waterfowl Entries

Enjoy the Honorable Mention entries from the Waterfowl category in the 2nd Annual DU Member Photo Contest for 2011.

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.

Cliff's Asian Duck Breast

Submitted by Cliff Russell. Serves 4.

Photo Essay: Sunrises

A photographic display of the stunning scenery that comes with waterfowl hunting

Ducks Unlimited Video: Same Time Each Year

Ducks Unlimited is hard at work each day to make sure waterfowl have a home throughout the year. Enjoy a nostalgic look back at a video that that celebrates our waterfowl hunting heritage and reminds us of the importance of wetland conservation.

Duck Kabobs

Submitted by Adam Olson. Serves 8.

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.

Strategies for Public Land

Waterfowl hunting on public land can be either a dream or a nightmare, as two hunts that I experienced several years ago on a local wildlife management area (WMA) clearly illustrate.

10 Great Cities for Waterfowlers

Some of the country's greatest waterfowling opportunities are closer than you might think.

Photo Essay: Kids Afield

A photographic celebration of children learning and enjoying the sport of hunting

DU Improves Waterfowl Habitat and Hunting in Alabama

Improving waterfowl habitat and hunting in Alabama

Facebook: DU Fans' Most Memorable Moments

We asked DU Facebook fans, "What is your most memorable moment from the 2010-2011 duck hunting season?" Read a sampling of our fans' responses.

Policy News 3-6

Arkansas senator newest member of federal board managing duck habitat

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.

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU Celebrates Second Consecutive CRP Sign-up

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another general sign-up for CRP, which will begin March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011, marking the second year in a row that USDA has offered a general CRP sign-up.

Photo Essay: Retrievers

A photographic tribute to our favorite hunting companions from the 2013-2014 waterfowl season

Photo Essay: Wetland Whitetails

DU's work also benefits more than just waterfowl. Learn more about one of North America's most popular game animals - whitetail deer.

Avoid Confusion at Boat Ramps

These helpful tips will help you avoid any confusion or chaos at a public boat ramp.

2010 Holiday Gear Guide

Do you have waterfowl hunters on your shopping list this holiday season? The DU E-newsletter editorial team has pieced together a holiday wish list of gift ideas that will bring joy to waterfowlers young and old. If you see something you like, drop a subtle hint by forwarding the DU E-newsletter Holiday Gear Guide to your loved ones.

DU Celebrates Hunting, Fishing Heritage with Passage of Amendments in Three States

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov.3, 2010 – Voters in Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina overwhelmingly approved amendments yesterday that will protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

Leading Questions

Many shooters don't apply enough lead and consistently shoot behind their targets. A few use too much lead and shoot ahead of their targets. So how do shooters learn to use the right lead so their shot column and target simultaneously arrive at the same spot?

Air Travel With Your Retriever

For any hunter traveling to hunt this season, it's important to be prepared for airline travel with waterfowl dogs. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels shares essentials tips for making sure you and your dog make it to your favorite hunting destination this season.

Dual-Purpose Dogs

Training your dog to be versatile in any hunting situation can be a valuable asset.

2010 Waterfowl Forecast

Waterfowl populations remain at high levels overall thanks to favorable breeding habitat conditions

Deke the DU Dog heads out west

Deke, DU's newest addition, is now 11 months old and in his third stage of training with Mike Stewart at Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Miss.

DU celebrates Federal Duck Stamp's 'First Day of Sale'

Stamp has provided critical habitat funding for 75 years MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 25, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited urges supporters and conservationists to purchase the 75th Federal Duck Stamp tomorrow, the 'First Day of Sale.' In conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bass Pro Shops, the 'First Day of Sale' will be celebrated by wetland and associated habitat conservationists in more than 20 Bass Pro locations across the country.

Ducks Unlimited receives $285,200 from National Shooting Sports Foundation

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 19, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited received a check for $285,200 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the 74th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference today in Arlington, Va. The money will go directly towards the “Rescue the Duck Factory” campaign to conserve critical waterfowl breeding habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region, helping to ensure the future of waterfowl hunting and waterfowl populations in North America.

Hunter Survey Gives Insight into 2006 Duck Production

Preliminary results from an annual survey of Mississippi Flyway duck hunters on the just completed season became available this week. The survey indicates that the preliminary age ratio (immature to adult ducks killed by hunters) was 1.38 for mallards and 1.92 for the 11 duck species combined.

Hunting Pressured Ducks

Many times, ducks respond to heavy hunting pressure by shifting to hard-to-reach places: the deepest swamps, thickest cover and other hard to reach places. They seek out such sanctuaries, so they can feed and rest without being harassed.

Late Season Waterfowl Hunting

Late season waterfowl hunting is either the best of times or the worst of times. It can be when bird numbers are high and frigid temperatures are causing them to move and work better as they search for food. It’s also a time when waterfowl are the most educated from months of hunting pressure making them tough to fool with decoy or call.

e-Duck Stamp Makes it Easier for Hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 25, 2006 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (385 to 4) yesterday that will make it easier for waterfowl hunters to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp. The Senate passed the bill earlier. It now goes to President Bush to sign into law.

Summer Habitat Conditions in Canada 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 20, 2006 - Habitat conditions in eastern Canada are generally very good. Conditions are more varied in western Canada, where many areas are experiencing warm, dry weather. Waterfowl production appears to be very good in many parts of the country - the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey conducted by USFWS and CWS showed that breeding waterfowl numbers in the traditional survey area are up 9 percent from the long-term average and up 14 percent from spring 2005.

Duck Numbers up Overall - July 5th, 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 5, 2006 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its preliminary report on western breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. Overall, duck populations increased 14 percent since last year with an estimated 36.2 million breeding ducks on the prairies. Habitat conditions were also slightly better than last year, thanks to a warm winter and good precipitation.

Hey Kids Ducks Unlimited Wants You...And Your Dog

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 27, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited’s WaterDog TV show is looking for a few good youngsters – and their dogs. On July 6-9, the Ducks Unlimited WaterDog TV show will hold their first “Camp WaterDog Daze” at the Firewater Lodge near Victor, S.D.

Steve Test 4729

Perfecting Your Pattern

Produce a better shotgun pattern by taking a look at your choke tube and load selections, as well as considering a professional fitting for your gun.

Clean Up Your Call

From cleaning your call to practicing in the field and at home, you can improve your duck calling technique all year long.

Make Every Shot Count

Getting into the shooting groove this summer means fewer missed shots in the fall. Get some tips on improving your shot in the preseason months.

10 Shooting Tips for Waterfowl

Wade Bourne shares 10 never-fail tips for improving your shot and creating a more enjoyable hunting experience all season long.

Break Bad Shooting Habits, Bag More Ducks

Keith Sutton outlines six bad habits that may be affecting your shooting. From gun fit to posture and focus, break yourself of these and you'll be on the road to success.

Master Five Important Shots

Professional shooters provide advice for mastering five of the most common and challenging shots in waterfowl hunting.

View from the Gulf

Gary Koehler shares the story of Louisiana waterfowl hunters and the unseasonable weather that impacts their hunting success.

Habitat for Hunters

DU's habitat projects not only produce ducks but also provide important public-hunting opportunities.

Picking the Right Shotgun for New Duck Hunters

Whether you're buying a shotgun for your wife or your son, fit is key. Follow this advice when searching for the perfect gun for your new hunting partner.

Back to School for Duck Hunters

Gil and Vicki Ash of OSP Shooting School provide some advice for hunters to get back to basics and improve their shot.

Four Steps to Better Shooting

Improve your shooting with these steps from Scott Robertson of Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas.

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