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The Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

Have you ever wondered why migratory birds are protected by federal law across North America? The story behind this visionary waterfowl management partnership, which represents one of the greatest conservation achievements of the 20th century, still resonates today, 100 years later. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this conservation milestone, let's take a look back at the events and some of the people who spearheaded the effort to establish a solid foundation for the management of this continent's waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Ten Great Waterfowling Inventions

A short list of game-changing gear innovations that have made waterfowlers more successful

Cradles of American Decoy Carving

Following are some of the storied places that spawned the golden era of American decoy making and the carvers who turned simple blocks of wood into functional works of art.

Ducks for Sale

Rowing alone in the dark, he reminded himself that there was no money to be made on shore. Beside him lay the gun, two hundred pounds of well-arranged iron and wood that stretched nearly 10 feet in length. He used it only at night and in a narrow skiff that offered six inches of freeboard in the best of weather. Forged in England, the big gun had passed through three generations of men who supplied the Baltimore and Philadelphia markets with ducks shot on Chesapeake Bay... It was New Year's Eve, 1911. (By Mark Petrie, Ph.D.)

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.

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.

Words That Define Us

In waterfowling literature, one can find many wonderful passages by great writers that describe what it truly means to be a duck hunter.

Legends of the Call

Gary Koehler profiles some of history's most notable duck and goose call makers.

Ducks Unlimited and Hunting

Participation in waterfowl hunting fuels the passion of many DU members to give something back to the resources that make their outdoor experiences so enjoyable. DU was founded by a group of waterfowl hunters in 1937, and today 90 percent of DU members are hunters. Through the support of these sportsmen, DU has been able to conserve more than 12.5 million acres of habitat across North America in the areas that are most important to ducks and geese.

Great Moments in Waterfowling

A look back at the people, events, and inventions that have shaped modern waterfowling.

Waterfowling in a New World

Hunted for both food and sport, waterfowl were crucial to the survival of North America's early colonists and pioneers.

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