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Cooking: Duck or Goose Tarts

These tasty little meat pies make perfect preseason appetizers. By Scott Leysath.

Gear Guide: 2014 Goose Calls

The 2014 Duck and Goose Call Guide contains the most recent makes and models from multiple call makers throughout the nation. The call-making iconic companies like Haydel's, Rich-N-Tone, and Buck Gardner are well represented, along with new companies like Elite, Field Proven and Pacific. Finding the right call is unique to every hunter and shouldn't be taken lightly. The quest to find a new call for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season begins here!

Gear Guide: 2014 Duck Calls

The 2014 Duck and Goose Call Guide contains the most recent makes and models from multiple call makers throughout the nation. The call-making iconic companies like Haydel's, Rich-N-Tone, and Buck Gardner are well represented, along with new companies like Elite, Field Proven and Pacific. Finding the right call is unique to every hunter and shouldn't be taken lightly. The quest to find a new call for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season begins here!

Retriever Training Tip: Nutrition Essentials

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels discusses the nutrition essentials for an active gun dog. Proper nutrition for your hunting dog can impact performance in the field.

Gear Up for Bluewings

Blue-winged teal have been on a roll the past few years. In 2013, an estimated 7.7 million breeding bluewings were surveyed on their northern nesting grounds—60 percent above the long-term average. This year, that number is up 10 percent to 8.5 million breeding bluewings. With liberal seasons announced once again, including the addition of several northern states offering an experimental teal season, now is the time to start planning a teal hunt. Following is a list of essential gear to help you start your teal season off right.

DU Great Plains Region celebrating 30th anniversary

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 28, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is celebrating its 30th anniversary at an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brats, hot dogs and beverages will be served at the regional office at 2525 River Road, Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

Favorite DU Photos: July 2014

Member photos of the day from the month of July

July 2014 Gear Guide

Selecting the perfect blind bag is a process of trial and error. The best bag for one hunter may not suit another hunter's needs. From traditional bags and backpacks to waterproof satchels, find your perfect blind bag this year.

Book: Rice & Ducks

Written by Virginia Christian Beach. Records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah.

Twitter for Waterfowlers: July

Twitter for Waterfowlers helps you obtain the most relevant conservation and waterfowl hunting information in the Twitter-sphere. We recommend the following Twitter accounts to get you started. Here's the July list!

Favorite DU Photos: June 2014

Member photos of the day from the month of June

Cooking: Tangy Grilled Duck

This mildly sweet dish has just enough heat to give it an edge for summer barbecuing. By Scott Leysath.

Twitter for Waterfowlers

As a service to our readers, the DU Newsletter will each month provide an updated list of Twitter Accounts for Waterfowlers to help you obtain the most relevant conservation and waterfowl hunting information in the Twitter-sphere. We recommend the following Twitter accounts to get you started.

Favorite DU Photos: May 2014

Member photos of the day from the month of May

Introducing Your Dog to Water

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to introduce your dog to water.

Field Reports: 2014 Spring Habitat Conditions

Waterfowl should find good spring wetland conditions on many important breeding areas this year

May 2014 Gear Guide: Blind Faith

From layouts to boats to chairs, blinds have revolutionized the way waterfowlers approach a day in the field. The constant modifications required to ensure durability, concealment, and other hunter needs make a quality blind a critical tool in any waterfowler's arsenal.Now is the time to select next season's blind, and here's a compilation of new and time-tested waterfowling blinds and accessories.

DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip: Calling Multiple Duck Species

Wade Bourne, DU Magazine Editor-at-Large, demonstrates how varying your calling tactics to target species in your area may improve your hunting success.

Retriever Training: Indoor or Outdoor Dogs

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains whether or not an indoor or outdoor retriever makes a difference in regards to retrieving abilities.

2014 DU Member Photo Contest

This year's winning images were chosen from another impressive field of entries submitted by photographers across the nation. By Emily Robinson.

New Guns & Gear for 2014

Check out this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and accessories for waterfowlers. By Ron Spomer and Chris Jennings.

Deep-Fried Duck

A well-seasoned duck that's crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside makes for a memorable meal. By Scott Leysath.

Favorite DU Photos: April 2014

Member photos of the day from the month of April

Flathead Valley chapter recognized nationally

KALISPELL, Mont. – April 3, 2014 – 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 2013 the Flathead Valley chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Fremont Area chapter recognized nationally

FREMONT, NE – April 3, 2014 – 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 2013 the Fremont Area chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

April 2014 Gear Guide

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

Photo Essay: The Redhead

After the canvasback, the redhead is the second largest member of North America's pochards, a family of diving ducks that also includes scaup and ring-necked ducks. As its name indicates, the redhead is named for the drake's striking reddish brown head.

Favorite DU Photos: March 2014

Member Photos of the Day from the month of March

Duck Stamp 80th Anniversary

The federal duck stamp turns 80 on Sunday, March 16.

March 2014 Gear Guide: Next Season's Gear

Waterfowl seasons have ended for most, yet spring continues to elude much of the country. Luckily for those still focused on waterfowling, this is the time of year when many companies announce new gear for next season. The March Gear Guide contains new products from manufacturers that will be available for the 2014-2015 waterfowl season. It's only six months away - start planning now.

Cooking: Spicy Summer Sausage

Spring is the best time for making snow goose summer sausage. By Scott Leysath.

Retriever Rehab

Expert advice on how you can get your older retriever back in top form in time for hunting season.

February 2014 Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear

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

Strategies for Spring Snows

Helpful tips for hunting light geese on their northward migration. By John Pollmann.

DU-TV Better Waterfowling Tip: Adding movement to a goose spread

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, explains different options for hunters to add movement to their goose spread.

Southwestern Grilled Duck with Chipotle-Apricot Glaze

This recipe was submitted by Joshua Sasser of Deville, Louisiana. Sasser hunts a mix of dabblers and divers on central Louisiana's famous Catahoula Lake. Living near the heart of Cajun country, he created this winning recipe as an alternative to the local duck gumbo. Makes 6 servings.

Favorite DU Photos: January 2014

Member photos of the day from the month of January 2014

January 2014 Gear Guide

There's no reason to suffer through a cold waterfowl hunt ever again. The DU Newsletter editorial team has chosen various levels of quality cold-weather gear for any hunter or situation. From base layers to gloves, this is the gear that will get you through the late season.

Favorite DU Photos: December 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of December

High-Tech Duck Guns

A roundup of the latest models and design innovations from leading shotgun makers. By Phil Bourjaily.

Five Great Spreads for Geese

Expert tips for decoying Canadas, Snows, Specklebellies, Cacklers, and Brant. By Wade Bourne.

DU Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Picking up a few stocking stuffers for the waterfowler on your list could make rounding out your holiday shopping a whole lot easier! Here are a few items selected by the DU Newsletter editorial team that fit nicely in a stocking – or in a blind bag.

Retriever Training: Pigeons on a String

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how he uses live pigeons on a string to teach his retrievers basic obedience, steadiness and crucial hunting skills.

Battling the Elements

From ice and cold to wind and rain, nothing influences a hunt for ducks and geese like the weather. And while Mother Nature may be in the driver's seat when it comes to the forecast, a waterfowl hunter doesn't have to just be along for the ride. The following tips from waterfowl hunters across the country will help you handle the worst that Mother Nature throws your way.

Favorite DU Photos: November 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of November

November 2013 Gear Guide

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

Field Proven Tips: Duck Breast Sandwiches

Field Hudnall offers a great duck breast sandwich recipe. This easy-to-follow video provides every step to make this delicious duck sandwich.

2013 DU Pumpkin Carving Contest Winner

The grand prize winner of the 2013 DU Pumpkin Carving Contest is Trec Reed! Trec will receive a 45-qt Yeti Cooler with a DU Logo and a GreenHead Gear Marsh Puddler Pack courtesy of Avery Outdoors.

Waterfowl Ammo Guide

Looking for the perfect duck or goose load? Here are 10 popular ammo options to help narrow your selection. By Phil Bourjaily.

Retriever Training Tip: Maneuvering Decoys


2013 DU Logo Pumpkin Carving Contest - Runners-Up

The 2013 DU Logo Pumpkin Carving Contest has many quality entries. It was difficult for the judges to narrow down the Top 10. While these runners ups did not make the Top 10, the judges felt that these pumpkins were high enough quality to be showcased here.

Roast Duck Done Right

For tenderness and flavor, this quick-and-easy recipe is hard to beat. Serves 4-6. By Scott Leysath.

Favorite DU Photos: October 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of October

October 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: September 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of September

September 2013 Gear Guide: Digital Tools for Waterfowlers

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

Favorite DU Photos: August 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of August

Cooking: In Praise of Braising

This slow-cooking method is sure to make any duck or goose dish tender and delicious. By Scott Leysath.

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.

Photo Essay: The Northern Pintail

In the world of ducks, the northern pintail takes the prize for elegance. Even its nickname—sprig—suggests a certain amount of refinement, as in the sprig of parsley a chef might use to garnish a fancy dish.

Favorite DU Photos: July 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of July

A Pothole Proposal

Executing a unique marriage proposal requires a significant amount of creativity and strategy. Tyler Carroll, Ducks Unlimited member in Minot, North Dakota, masterminded a plan to propose during an afternoon duck hunt that hinged on cooperative waterfowl, successful shooting, a kayak, and subzero temperatures.

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: 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.

July 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: June 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of June

Cooking: Making Marinades and Rubs

If your grilled ducks are dry, bland, and perhaps a bit livery, don't blame the birds.

The Ultimate Duck Dinner

Preparing the "ultimate" duck dinner can be a daunting task unless the menu is both user-friendly and delicious.

Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes as vital stepping stones for waterfowl migrating between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds each year.

New Waterfowling Guns for 2013

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

Favorite DU Photos: May 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of May

May 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: April 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of April

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.

Southwestern Sloppy Joes

Mom's classic sandwich recipe is even better with waterfowl and this tangy, savory sauce

A Primer on Moist-Soil Management

Managing seasonal wetlands for seed-producing natural vegetation has many advantages over planting crops

Ducks in Wild Abundance

Just how good were the good old days? Waterfowl biologists explore how large the fall flight might have been in early America

New Guns & Gear for 2013

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

2013 DU Member Photo Contest

This year's winners include another stunning collection of waterfowl and hunting images from across the nation

April 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: March 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of March

RNT Tips: General Duck Calling

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains how to piece together a string of calls to create a sequence, or cadence.

March 2013 Gear Guide

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

DU National Convention Coming to Portland in 2013

Join us in Portland for the 76th DU National Convention!

Special MetLife discounts on for DU Members

MetLife Auto & Home has announced that members of Ducks Unlimited now have access to special group discounts on auto and home insurance.

Retriever Training: Using a lead in the blind

With Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels and Deke the DU Dog

Calling Tips: Hunting and calling from a pit blind

Field Hudnall explains how to call from a pit blind.

Favorite DU Photos: February 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of February

February 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: January 2013

Member photos of the day from the month of January

January 2013 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: December 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of December

Chile Colorado

Nothing seems to get chili aficionados heated up like a debate over whether to add beans to the pot. To some, chili just isn't chili unless it's bean-free. Others eagerly add beans to the mix, but that can spark further debate over which beans to use.

Last Minute DU Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that last-minute item for a DU supporter on your list? Here are several stocking-stuffer ideas.

December 2012 Gear Guide

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

Retriever Training: Using Bird Feathers

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to use real bird feathers to train your retriever.

Five tips for staying concealed

Waterfowl's keen vision can make life tough for hunters. After years spent studying the habits of American black ducks for Ducks Unlimited, biologist John Coluccy knows a thing or two about wary waterfowl. In this month's feature story, Coluccy shares his tips for staying hidden from these sharp eyes in the skies.

Favorite DU Photos: November 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of November

Favorite DU Photos: October 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of October

November Gear Guide: Goose Decoys

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

November Gear Guide: Diver Decoys

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

November Gear Guide: Puddler Decoys

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

Retriever Training: Finding birds deep in the woods

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels demonstrates retriever training tips for your dog. Featuring Deke the DU Dog.

Stuffed Goose Medallions

Roasted garlic adds a sweet, nutty flavor to this delicious recipe by Scott Leysath.

10 Ways to Contribute to Waterfowl Conservation

Ducks Unlimited's habitat restoration and protection programs are delivered through the philanthropy and hard work of more than 600,000 members. Just as there are many reasons to give, there are also many ways to give. Following are 10 ways you can continue to make a difference for the ducks.

Favorite DU Photos: September 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of September

A Freelancer's Guide to the PPR

With its mix of grasslands and wetlands, the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Canada is the destination for millions of nesting waterfowl each spring.

Retriever Training: Getting your dog to focus

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels offers trainers a few lessons in getting your retriever to focus on you for commands.

Retriever Training: Look to the sky

Mike Stewart, of Wildrose Kennels explains how he trained Deke the DU dog, to look towards the sky for birds.

October 2012 Gear Guide

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

September 2012 Gear Guide: Gear Bags

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

Favorite DU Photos: August 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of August

DU-TV Tip: Full-Body Decoys

How to utilize full-body decoys to add realism

Retriever Training: Steadiness on a Stick

Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels explains how he trained Deke, the DU dog, on steadiness by using a pigeon on a stick.

DU-TV Tip: Dressing for the Conditions

Wade Bourne explains how to properly dress for waterfowling conditions.

Guns of DU

A look back at some of the modern classics selected as DU Guns of the Year

Cooking: Making a Mixed Grill

This all-purpose grilling recipe is a real crowd-pleaser

The Bigger Bang Theory

Since DU's ability to conserve waterfowl habitat depends on the generosity of our supporters, we thought we should explain why memberships are so critically important to our cause and why they represent such an incredible value in terms of habitat conservation. What you'll learn may surprise and inspire you.

Favorite DU Photos: July 2012

Our favorite selections from the month of July.

RNT Tips: Fast Feed Call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, teaches how to speed up your feeding call. Learn the basic feed call, all the way to a more advanced feeding chuckle.

75 Years and Going Strong

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, and will continue to lead this effort into the future. John Wayne explains why he supported DU, and why wetlands conservation is important for everyone.

DU-TV Tip: Shoot Decoying Birds

DU-TV's Wade Bourne identifies the best tactics for shooting decoying ducks from several angles, and how to practice these shots at the range.

Retriever Training: Maneuver Your Retriever through Decoys

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels provides tips for maneuvering decoys.

DU-TV Tip: Diver Decoy System

DU-TV's Wade Bourne explains the details of a particular diver decoy spread used on the show. Learn how to create an ideal diver decoy spread.

New Goose Calls for 2012

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

New Duck Calls for 2012

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

Duck Calling Video: Change the Speed

Founder of RNT Calls, Butch Richenback, provides a tutorial on how to change speeds within your quacks. Utilizing a cadence and changing it slighty to adapt to different situations will help your duck calling.

Retriever Training: Deke versus the Heat

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels provides tips for keeping your dog from overheating during summer training exercises. Keep your hunting partner cool while getting ready for opening day with the help of Wildrose and Deke the DU Dog.

Favorite DU Photos: June 2012

Favorite selections from DU's Member Photos of the Day for the month of June.

Gold Sponsor builds a better future for the ducks

For Gold Sponsor Clarence E. Klaus Jr. of Pennsylvania, DU's 75th birthday is personal. That's because he is among the more than 5,600 DU members who will also turn 75 this year. To celebrate this shared anniversary, he recently became a Feather Society member by including Ducks Unlimited in his estate plan.

July 2012 Gear Guide

Wade into the 2012-2013 waterfowl season

June 2012 Gear Guide

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

DU receives largest grant ever for Illinois wetlands conservation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded Ducks Unlimited a $5 million grant to conserve, restore, and protect up to 3,000 acres of vital wetland habitat along the Illinois River. The grant is the largest gift DU has received to date for wetlands conservation in Illinois.

Nashville DU Corporate Shoot achieves Diamond 75th Anniversary status

The Nashville Ducks Unlimited chapter hosted a corporate sporting clays shooting event recently at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex. It was a great success and will be listed as a Diamond 75th anniversary event, raising more than $200,000 for DU's wetlands conservation efforts.

A Conversation with Dan Ashe

Dan Ashe was confirmed as the 16th director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in June 2011. His outstanding conservation science background and practical outdoor experience make him ideally suited for this important position. He's also an avid duck hunter, making him a natural advocate for wetlands and waterfowl. Ashe recently took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Ducks Unlimited.

DU backs Sodsaver legislation

Ducks Unlimited supports newly introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting native grasslands at high risk of being converted to cropland.

Ducks Unlimited Membership Drive

Our goal is to add 35,000 members during the month of June. That's more than 1,000 members every day! In order to achieve this ambitious goal, we're asking for your help!

David Nelms, Discover Chairman and CEO

David Nelms, chairman and CEO of Discover, wishes Ducks Unlimited a Happy 75th anniversary.

Favorite DU Photos: May 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of May

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.

MetLife

MetLife Auto & Home has recently partnered with Ducks Unlimited to offer members a special auto and home insurance program.

May 2012 Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: April 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of April

Lease, Guide or Freelance?

When you get down to it, there are really only three ways most of us can hunt waterfowl. You can pay to lease a spot. You can hire a guide for the day. Or you can freelance on either public or private land (with permission). Which is better?

Retriever Training Tip: Inside, off-season with Deke

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels shows how and why you need to reinforce retrieving, even indoors this spring and summer. Deke the DU dog retrieves hats, gloves and a cooler in this segment.

Waterfowler's Notebook: Off-Season Scouting

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

Cooking: The Perfect Duck Sandwich

Sourdough bread, thinly sliced duck, lots of grilled onions and tangy horseradish sauce are an unbeatable combination. By Scott Leysath.

April 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Preparation for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season begins now!

Favorite DU Photos: March 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of March

Rep. Rob Wittman

Rep. Rob Wittman (VA) wishes Ducks Unlimited a Happy 75th anniversary. For more 75th videos, visit www.ducks.org/75th.

Exmark proudly announces its official promotional partnership with DU

Exmark is proud to announce its official promotional partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the world's leader in wetlands conservation.

Chapter Spotlight: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Chapter

Fort Lauderdale—home of pristine beaches, mega yachts, and some of the most exquisite resorts in Florida. Once a spring break mecca for college students, this popular tourist destination is now host to Florida's largest Ducks Unlimited Greenwing event.

Whiting Petroleum Gives Back to North Dakota Prairies

Whiting Petroleum Corporation recently contributed $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited to restore wetlands on the western edge of North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

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.

Photo Essay: Sunrise from the Duck Blind

Witnessing the sunrise from the duck blind is something waterfowlers enjoy on a regular basis. For some, it's why they head to the blind on rain-soaked or frigid mornings.

Favorite DU Photos: February 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of February.

Duck Calling Video: Listen to the Caller

John Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains why you should listen to the caller, rather than looking for the ducks.

Cooking: Grilled Duck Bites

Prosciutto, mango and jalapeño give this traditional appetizer a tangy, spicy twist. Submitted by Scott Leysath.

February 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Winchester presents DU with Partners in Conservation Award

To honor DU's 75th anniversary, Winchester Ammunition, a long-time partner of Ducks Unlimited, presented DU with its "Partners in Conservation Award" at Winchester's SHOT Show booth on Jan. 18.

Favorite DU Photos: January 2012

Member photos of the day from the month of January

Chapter Spotlight: Fort Bragg, California Chapter

Great things sometimes come in small packages. The Fort Bragg, California, DU chapter is a case in point.

January 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Conservation for Generations: The Ducks Unlimited Story

The Ducks Unlimited Story is the video compilation of DU's 75 years of conservation. Learn about DU from its birth to present day and the trials and tribulations of modern-day wetlands conservation.

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky wish Ducks Unlimited a Happy 75th Anniversary.

Chapter Spotlight: Pentagon Chapter

All DU volunteers are remarkable. But even within DU's exceptional volunteer community there are individuals who have taken the volunteer spirit a step further.

Favorite DU Photos: December 2011

Member photos of the day from the month of December

Rivers of Opportunity

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

Five Tactics for Late-Season Ducks

It's late season, when the sport's true diehards are like NFL linemen in the playoffs. Veteran waterfowlers share 5 expert tactics to help successfully end the season.

DU Project Dedications

A compilation of several DU project dedications to honor the commitments of major DU sponsors.

December 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: November 2011

Member photos of the day from the month of November

Duck Calling Video: Purchasing a Duck Call

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, provides insights on how he would select a duck call.

Retriever Training: Working an Elevated Stand

Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, uses Deke the DU Dog, to explain how to train your retriever on an elevated stand.

Duck Calling Video: Call to a Duck's Reaction

Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, describes how varying your calling techniques based on the ducks' body language will improve your calling success.

Wild Duck Andouille Gumbo

Submitted by Tom Balk. Serves 6.

Cold, Hard Facts: Cold Weather Duck Hunting Tips

The month of December can offer spectacular waterfowling.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Slow

Butch Richenback, RNT Calls founder, takes you step-by-step on learning to call ducks. Learning slow, and piecing individual segments together, will allow you to learn to be a better caller.

Favorite DU Photos: October 2011

Member photos of the day from the month of October

November 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Mid-Season Magic

The middle of the season is possibly the most challenging time for waterfowl hunters. During this period, ducks and geese are notorious for skirting decoy spreads, ignoring calls, and in some cases, simply disappearing.

Retriever Training: Facing Distractions

Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains how to keep your retriever's focus when facing distractions in the field. This training techinque is something that can be done any time of year and in any situation.

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.

Close-Range Canadas

Over time, a goose hunter learns to take care of the little things. So we contacted four pros, all well schooled in the ways of the Canada goose, and asked them to share their expertise.

Southwestern Duck with Chipotle-Apricot Glaze

Submitted by Joshua Sasser. Serves 4.

October 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: September 2011

Member photos of the day from the month of September

Retriever Training: Working a Lower Stand

Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains how to get your retriever ready to hunt a dog stand, beginning with a lower-level stand.

Duck Calling Video: Learn Single Quacks

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, explains how duck callers can begin by learning the single quack. Starting with the basics will lead into more advanced duck calling.

Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

Due to favorable habitat conditions throughout Canada, fall flight expectations remain high. Overall migration still depends heavily on timely weather patterns.

Wild Rice Soup

Submitted by Dudley Friskopp. Serves 6-8.

September 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Retriever Training: Steadiness

Mike Stewart with Deke, the DU Dog explains an enjoyable way to teach steadiness.

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.

Favorite DU Photos: August 2011

Member Photos of the Day from the month of August

Tips for Hunting Early Teal

While weather and local habitat conditions will affect where and when bluewings will be available, the following teal-hunting tips will help you make the most of your hunting opportunities when these fast-flying little ducks blow into your area.

Duck Tostaditas

Submitted by DU Member. Serves 4.

August 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Favorite DU Photos: July 2011

Member Photos of the Day from the month of July

DU in Afghanistan: Quack Nasty!

The recent "Show Us Your Duck Head" contest, hosted on DU's Facebook page, proved that the DU logo is painted, tattooed and stuck to more than trucks and boats. One submission stood out above all the rest, and not only dominated the final voting, but aroused curiosity throughout both the organization and on Facebook—An AH-64 Apache helicopter dubbed "Quack Nasty."

Duck Scaloppini with Dried Cranberries

Submitted by Lenny Maiorano. Serves 4.

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.

July 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

Gear Bag Accessories: Must-have blind bag items

Favorite DU Photos: June 2011

Member Photos of the Day from the month of June

Yamaha's 2012 Grizzly 700 and Grizzly 550 ATVs now Assembled in U.S.A.

Yamaha's top selling all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), the Grizzly 700 FI 4x4 and Grizzly 550 FI 4x4, feature design and performance upgrades for 2012 further solidifying their place as the most off-road capable and durable machines in their respective classes.

Shotgunner's Guide to Waterfowling

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

Waterfowl Feeding Adaptations

Ducks and geese are well equipped to find food in a variety of habitats

South Dakota Spectacular

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

Wetlands and the Farm Bill

Your support will be needed to save key agricultural conservation programs in upcoming legislation

Private Marsh Management

Duck clubs and other private landowners provide vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife

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

Tropical Duck with Wild Rice

Submitted by Kathleen Knapp. Serves 4.

June 2011 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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

Goose Enchilada Roll-ups

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

Whooping cranes benefit from NAWCA and NET funded DU restorations in Nebraska

While elected officials were determining the fate of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, whooping cranes were spotted enjoying two Ducks Unlimited properties in Nebraska.

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

Chapter Spotlight: Northwest Suburban, Illinois Chapter

Illinois DU chapter sends a "taste of home" to troops overseas

Favorite DU Photos: April 2011

Our favorite Photos of the Day from the month of March 2011. Featured in the April 2011 Ducks Unlimited E-newsletter.

Photo Essay: Spring on the Prairies

A look at what breeding waterfowl will find as they return to the Duck Factory (by Chris Jennings)

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.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel & Ducks Unlimited Announce 2011 "Dog of the Year"

Bud, a chocolate Labrador Retriever from Huffman, Texas, has been selected as the 2011 Jack Daniel's Single Barrel-Ducks Unlimited "Dog of the Year." As part of the winning package, Bud will be featured in the Single Barrel gift tin package available this fall and his owner, Roger Randall, will receive an original painting of his dog by famed wildlife artist Jim Killen.

Favorite DU Photos: March 2011

Our favorite Photos of the Day from the month of March 2011. Featured in the April 2011 Ducks Unlimited E-newsletter.

Cliff's Asian Duck Breast

Submitted by Cliff Russell. Serves 4.

Chapter Spotlight: Northern Minnesota Chapters

The sum success of 30 northern Minnesota DU chapters is greater than the whole

Photo Essay: Nesting Habitat

Experience the images waterfowl face when they arrive on the prairies this year

Photo Essay: The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum

From vintage guns and boats to calls and decoys, one of the largest collections of classic waterfowling gear and one of the best places to learn about waterfowling history is the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel "Dog of the Year" Contest

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is looking for the Chocolate Lab that best qualifies as the "2011 Single Barrel Dog of the Year." If you think your dog deserves the honor, then write and tell us why in 150 words or less. Official Contest rules are here.

Duck Kabobs

Submitted by Adam Olson. Serves 8.

Chapter Spotlight: Columbia, Missouri Chapter

Ask anyone on the Columbia, Mo., DU Chapter committee and they all say the same thing: this chapter knows how to have fun.

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.

Favorite DU Photos: February 2011

Our favorite Photos of the Day from the month of February 2011. Featured in the March 2011 Ducks Unlimited E-newsletter.

10 Great Cities for Waterfowlers

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

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.

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.

Remington/DU Partnership Announced at SHOT

Remington announced a new partnership with Ducks Unlimited at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Favorite DU Photos: January 2011

Our favorite Photos of the Day from the month of January 2011. Featured in the February 2011 DU E-newsletter.

Favorite DU Photos: December 2010

Our favorite Photos of the Day from the month of December 2010. Featured in the January 2011 DU E-newsletter.

Photo Essay: Green is Golden

The mallard is North America's most widely-distributed and popular waterfowl species, highly coveted by waterfowlers.

Favorite DU Photos: November 2010

Ducks Unlimited member photos of the day from the month of November 2010

Favorite DU Photos: October 2010

Ducks Unlimited member photos of the day from the month of October 2010. Featured in the November 2010 DU E-Newsletter.

Kennel Training a Retriever

Conditioning a retriever to use a crate is essential for its comfort and safety

Wild Game Recipes

Each month, a new recipe is featured in the Ducks Unlimited E-newsletter. These recipes have been submitted by DU members and supporters all over the country. Try one at home tonight or spice up your next dinner party!

Waterfowl Migration Headquarters: Follow the Ducks

Ducks Unlimited is your waterfowl migration headquarters each hunting season! Be sure to check out the resources below each day to follow the ducks and better prepare yourself for your next trip to the field. Good luck!

Ducks Unlimited Email Newsletter

Read past issues of the monthly DU e-newsletter.

Orange-Rosemary Grilled Duck

This quick and easy recipe is sure to be a hit at neighborhood cookouts.

Cooking: Duck Scaloppine

This classic Italian dish tastes great with duck and takes only 20 minutes to prepare.

Waterfowl Hybrids

Crossbreeding produces rare and interesting birds but also threatens the survival of some species.

Waterfowl Hunting Gear

Waterfowlers are infamous for wanting to buy new gear each season, but shopping around for the latest, greatest products can be tedious. Ducks Unlimited's Gear and Gadgets section is here to help you find the perfect products to add to your list of "must haves."

Waterfowl Mating Systems

Some species pair for life, whereas others invest a lot of time forming new pair bonds each year—an activity that at first glance would seem too costly and time consuming.
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