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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.

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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.

Kentucky State Gun Raffle Winners


Kentucky Duck Calls Newsletter


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 Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

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.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

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.

Kentucky: Ballard County Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project

Ballard County, Ky., boasts two important areas for waterfowl and other wildlife: Boatwright Wildlife Management Area and Ballard WMA.

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.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

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.

DUCKS UNLIMITED SECURES FIRST KENTUCKY CONSERVATION EASEMENT

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.

Dix River Wildlife Managment Area

This restoration project restored and protected habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl in Lincoln County, Kentucky. By constructing six levees, planting 230 acres of bottomland hardoods and restoring wetland function to 5 impoundments, we improved water level management capabilities.

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

Barren River WMA – Calvert Springs Wetlands Tract

To construct 1,200 feet of levees and install three water-control structures to create two wetland units with water management capabilities. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will manage the area for natural wetlands vegetation, seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods and flooded agricultural crops to supplement natural wildlife foods.

Ballard Wildlife Management Area

This page displays a photo of the Ballard Wildlife Management Area.

Ballard WMA - Goose Pond Ridge Project

This project provides shallow water feeding and resting habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl in the center of Ballard WMA. By constructing two levees and installing a 24 inch gate valve and one drain riser that allows for precise drainage, we improved water level management capabilities.

Sloughs WMA

This page displays a photo of the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area sign.

Westvaco WMA

This page displays a photo of Westvaco Wildlife Management Area.

Boatwright WMA

This page gives a list of the some areas that comprise the Boatwright Wildlife Management Area.

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.

Kentucky Partners Project


Taylorsville Lake WMA - Moist-Soil Restoration

To restore 33 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Taylorsville Lake WMA through construction of 3,800 linear feet of levees and installation of several small water control structures. In addition, DU MARSH funds were used to purchase a portable pump to seasonally flood moist-soil wetlands.

Kentucky River WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 10 acres of moist-soil habitat on Kentucky River WMA through construction of an exterior levee and installation of 2 water control structures. The objective was to create a moist-soil impoundment adjacent to the Kentucky River.

West Kentucky WMA - Slough Enhancement

To enhance 100 acres of moist-soil habitat on West Kentucky WMA through replacement of existing culverts with stop-log water control structures. This project will permit an extensive bottomland slough to be managed for production of moist-soil vegetation.

Barkley Lake WMA - Duck Island Enhancement

To enhance 400 acres of waterfowl habitat on Duck Island. The initial project was completed in 1987, but the wetlands engineering failed.

Ohio River Island WMA - Birdsville Island

To enhance 25 acres moist-soil wetlands and flooded agricultural crops on Birdsville Island through construction of a small levee and installation of stop-log structures. Flooding regimes are dependent on winter precipitation and backwater events from the Ohio River.

Sloughs WMA - Hardy Unit

To restore 100 acres moist-soil wetlands on Sloughs WMA through construction of 13,000 linear feet of low head levee and installation of several water control structures. Surface acreage of shallow water habitats was subdivided into four distinct units; each was separated by contour levees. Installation of a pumping station was necessary to provide reliable flooding capabilities.

Sloughs WMA - Crenshaw Tract

To enhance 75 acres of waterfowl habitat on Sloughs WMA through construction of two low head levees and installation of water control devices to enhance water management capabilities. The goal of this project was to provide additional waterfowl habitat along the Ohio River and to enhance public hunting opportunities.

Sloughs WMA - Alves Tract Acquisition

To acquire and protect 113 acres of wildlife habitat on Sloughs WMA. Since date of acquisition, KDFWR has constructed two low head levees, installed two stop-log structures, and installed a 4” water well to mechanically flood this site. The goal of this project was to provide additional waterfowl habitat along the Ohio River.

Sloughs WMA - Sauerheber Unit - Wood Tract

To enhance 100 acres of waterfowl habitat on Sloughs WMA through construction of approximately 6,700 linear feet of low head levee, installation of two water control structures, and installation of one 8" water well. Installation of a pumping station was necessary to provide reliable flooding capabilities. The Sauerheber Unit serves as a waterfowl refuge and receives extensive use by a variety of waterfowl during fall migration and winter.

Yellowbank WMA - Chenault Bottom

To restore 25 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Yellowbank WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. In addition, DU MARSH funds were used to install a well and pump station to seasonally flood moist-soil wetlands (45 acres).

Blue Grass Army Depot - Gem Lake

This project involved replacement of an overflow pipe with a suitable water control structure to enhance habitat management capability on the site. Enhancement activities created 12 acres of semi-permanent wetlands and 8 acres of moist-soil habitat on Blue Grass Army Depot. Water management for this project is dependent on winter precipitation and run-off from surrounding drainages.

Cumberland Lake WMA - Wesley Bend

To create two 18-acre moist-soil impoundments on Cumberland Lake WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a portable pump was purchased to provide a dependable source of water during dry periods. The Wesley Bend project will serve as a refuge for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Heaviest waterfowl use occurs during late winter.

Yatesville WMA - Cherokee Unit

To create several small, shallow impoundments that will be managed for moist-soil vegetation on Yatesville WMA. Each impoundment involved construction of approximately 600 linear feet of levee and installation of several water control structures. Flooding will be accomplished via run-off from winter precipitation.

Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest - Clear Fork Wetlands

To construct 10 small wetlands on 5 sites near Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky. Scarcity of shallow water wetlands limits waterfowl use in this area.

Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest - Steve Morris Memorial

To restore a total of 46 acres of wetlands on the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Morris Licking River Wetland Restoration Project improved habitat for many plants and animals and taught hundreds of individuals about the value of wetlands in eastern Kentucky.

Ballard WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 860 acres of waterfowl habitat on Ballard WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. Ballard WMA lies near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Historically, the area was covered with bottomland hardwoods, but most of the timber was converted to agricultural production.

Boatwright WMA - Peal Unit Upper Blenderman Tract

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat and agricultural lands through construction of levees and installation of water control structures to provide water level management on the area. The objective was to create four sub-impoundments that would be developed as moist-soil units or planted in agricultural crops.

Boatwright WMA - Stallings Farm Acquisition

To acquire and protect 147 acres of agricultural lands and wetlands habitat near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Perpetual protection of this property, through its acquisition, will help meet KDFWR?s long-range goal of providing valuable migration habitat for waterfowl on key concentration areas.

Boatwright WMA - Lost Island Club Acquisition

To acquire and protect 215 acres of alluvial riverine habitat on the Ohio River. Perpetual protection of this property, through its acquisition, will help meet KDFWR's long-range goal of providing valuable migration habitat for waterfowl on key concentration areas.

Westvaco WMA - Town Creek Moist-Soil Units

To restore 500 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Westvaco WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures to control dense stands of willow and enhance waterfowl habitat. Additionally, Westvaco will construct an interpretative trail to demonstrate the compatibility of forestry and wildlife management practices.

Westvaco WMA - Indian Camp Waterfowl Area

To restore 600 acres of wetlands habitat on Westvaco WMA through construction of 18,400 linear feet of levee, installation of 7 full-round water control structures, and construction of a new well. The objective was to provide intensive management capabilities on 600 acres of agricultural land, bottomland hardwoods, and moist-soil habitats.

Obion WMA - Schaaf and Mathis Tracts

To restore 270 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Obion WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures on the Schaaf and Mathis tracts. The objective was to provide intensive management capabilities on moist-soil habitats. The impoundments will benefit a variety of waterfowl by providing shallow water habitat adjacent to the Mississippi River. Mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks benefit the most from this project.

Latourneau Woods - Acquisition Project

To acquire and protect 871 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat near Obion Creek. The tract of timber is one of the few remaining old-growth bottomland hardwood forests remaining in the lower Mississippi Valley. During peak migration, wildlife biologists have documented more than 150,000 ducks (primarily mallards, gadwall, and wigeon) using Latourneau Woods and surrounding agricultural fields.
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