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Deep well project aids wetland, hunting in western Kentucky

Wetland health and hunting conditions got a boost in 2014 when Ducks Unlimited conservation staff installed a new deep well and pipe project at Ballard County Wildlife Management Area.

Boatwright Wildlife Management Area expanded

Ducks Unlimited in 2013 partnered with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to expand the Boatwright Wildlife Management Area in western Kentucky by 256 acres.

DU helps restore portion of Ballard County Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources proved teamwork was essential to the successful restoration and management of an important waterfowl habitat in western Kentucky.

Lake Cumberland chapter makes Top 100

SOMERSET, Ky – April 15, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014, the Lake Cumberland chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Kentucky Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Appreciation Weekend

The Kentucky State Council has decided to transform our State Convention into a Volunteer Appreciation Weekend. We would like to use this very established and enjoyable time to celebrate our accomplishments throughout the last year and honor the ones who have made it happen, our volunteers!

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.

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Migration Alert: Arctic Blast Brings New Birds into Kentucky

Blowing snow and near-record cold temperatures swept across the central United States on January 5, and reports from around Kentucky verify some movement of new waterfowl into the state with this front.

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Big Rivers Initiative

Restoring feeding and resting areas along the river that make up the Mississippi River floodplain and the conserving habitat critical to the grand passage of migratory waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited announces 2013 Wetlands for Kids Day

ST. LOUIS - March 15, 2013 - Did you know wetlands support more than 900 species of wildlife, many of them threatened or endangered, in addition to providing us with clean water and flood protection? Join Ducks Unlimited for the upcoming 14th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day and you and your children can learn even more about wetlands through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Migration Alert: Western Kentucky

Low water. Ice. Nocturnal feeding. Stale Birds. All these are reasons why duck hunting in western Kentucky's famed Ballard County and Henderson waterfowl areas has been disappointing in recent days. Both areas picked up new ducks with back-to-back cold fronts between Christmas and New Year. However, these birds have settled into "hunter avoidance mode," and hunting success has suffered in the first week of 2013.

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.

Lake Cumberland Chapter recognized nationally

SOMERSET, Ky. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought- after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Lake Cumberland Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

Migration Alert: Kentucky forecast could bring birds in for the new year

A forecast of frigid temperatures in the upper Mississippi flyway has raised expectations of a push of new birds and better shooting going into the new year.

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.

KDFWR's Steve Bonney receives Kentucky Ducks Unlimited award

Steve Bonney of Morehead, Ky., was recently awarded the Jim Monyahan Award at the Kentucky Ducks Unlimited state convention. Bonney, regional coordinator in northeast Kentucky, was chosen for his long-term contributions to waterfowl and wetlands conservation and management.

DU, KDFWR Receive $75,000 for Kentucky Conservation

BALLARD, Ky., May 6, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources received a $75,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grant to enhance habitat on two state Wildlife Management Areas in Ballard County. The two partners provided nearly $170,000 in matching funds toward the federal grant.


Hopefully the first of many DU conservation easements in Kentucky, Hunters Paradise, Inc., has signed a conservation easement agreement with Ducks Unlimited to permanently protect the natural integrity of seventy acres of important habitat. The property is located in Ballard County within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, a priority area for DU.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

Ducks Unlimited Working in Western Kentucky

Ducks Unlimited Working in Western Kentucky Ballard County Projects to Enhance Over 700 Acres of Waterfowl Habitat WICKLIFFE, Ky., January 7, 2007- Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to enhance and develop 721 acres of waterfowl habitat on two Ballard County wildlife management areas. The projects, planned over the next three to five years, will cost nearly one-half million dollars.

Goose Pond Ridge Wetland Improvement Complete

Ducks Unlimited and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources commend local conservationists WICKLIFFE, Ky., March 1, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) supporters in Kentucky celebrated the completion of the Goose Pond Ridge wetland restoration project on Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This project is the result of the dedication and sponsorship of several DU “Life Sponsor” members and their commitment to providing habitat for waterfowl in Kentucky.

Youth Duck Hunt Inspires Young Hunters

RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 14, 2007 – Young hunters, ages 7 to 15, recently enjoyed a weekend of winter outdoor fun while attending Ducks Unlimited sponsored youth hunts in Mississippi and Kentucky. State regulated youth-only waterfowl hunting seasons provide opportunities for adults to introduce kids to the joy of duck hunting.

Governor Fletcher to Seek Passage of Conservation Tax Credits Public Access Program

FRANKFORT, Ky., January 31, 2007 – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that he will urge immediate adoption of land conservation and wildlife recreation laws encouraging private landowners to voluntarily provide public access to private property for fishing, hunting and wildlife recreation.

Duck Island Interior Levees Project Completed - KY

RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 14, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and Vulcan Materials Company completed habitat enhancement on Duck Island last summer. A dedication ceremony will be held this spring to honor major monetary contributions made by Foster V. Jones, Jr. (deceased), Foster V. Jones III, Allen and Sandra Gailor, Andrew Gailor, Robert Evans and Donald R. Jaggers. The newly developed wetlands will benefit migrating and wintering waterfowl in western Kentucky.

Wetlands Restoration Project Completed at Barren River WMA in Kentucky - KY

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky., Mar. 14, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) partnered to restore 45 acres of spring-fed emergent marsh along Barren River Lake. The Calvert Springs Wetlands Restoration Project was completed on the Barren River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Allen County, Ky., which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Upper Mississippi River

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Upper Mississippi River priority area

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Where Kentucky's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Kentucky waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of Kentucky’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we receive a considerable number of mallards from the Great Lakes region every fall and winter.

Western Kentucky University Chapter

"The WKU Chapter has been a pleasure to work with since it was chartered in 2001," said Ben Burley, DU Kentucky senior regional director. "The chapter leaders combine a strong belief in the mission of Ducks Unlimited with raising funds in a fun atmosphere. T

Kentucky Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Kentucky. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

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