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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.

Unimin father, son enjoy Tennessee waterfowl banding project

Jerome Abbott works at Unimin's Camden, Tennessee, facility and is doing his part to pass on his respect for conservation. Like many other Unimin employees, he's also a proud parent and avid hunter who enjoys various outdoor activities.

Ducks Unlimited enters mitigation banking business

MEMPHIS – September 18, 2015 – Public Agencies and private developers looking to make up for unavoidable wetland loss can now turn to the world leader in wetlands restoration, Ducks Unlimited. With the sale of the first credits from the Mt. Tena Creek Mitigation Bank, DU has entered the mitigation banking business.

Harold Cannon elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. – June 24, 2015 – William Harold Cannon, Jr., of Lenoir City, Tenn., was elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Milwaukee.

Ducks Unlimited and Unimin forge four-year conservation partnership

MANKATO, Minn. – May 19, 2015 – Unimin Corporation will continue to partner with Ducks Unlimited on three conservation initiatives in North America through 2018 totaling $230,000.

Public Hunting on DU Projects in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Tennessee that are open to the public for duck hunting.

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: 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.

Nation's top decorative decoy collection on display at DU

We are fortunate to have the country's premiere collection of decorative decoys on display at Ducks Unlimited National headquarters. In addition to the display, Gary Guyette, America's leading expert in decoy appraisals, will be on hand this Friday, November 7th offering free appraisals of your decoys. There is no limit on the number of decoys you may bring in. Doug and Ellen Miller will conduct a lecture and open forum about their collection Friday, November 7th from 12–1:00 pm. This display is free to the public and on display during regular office hours.

Ducks Unlimited announces mitigation bank credits for sale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – August 25, 2014 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Memphis District recently released the first Mount Tena Creek Mitigation Bank wetland credits. The bank, located in southern Fayette County, will help offset unavoidable environmental impacts to wetlands throughout the Memphis area.

More Habitat Improvement Projects Planned in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to plan habitat improvement projects on Tully Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lauderdale County and on Eagle Lake State Refuge in Shelby County.

More Habitat Improvement Projects Planned in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to plan habitat improvement projects on Tully Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lauderdale County and on Eagle Lake State Refuge in Shelby County.

Five Tennessee Ducks Unlimited chapters earn place in President's Elite

MEMPHIS – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, five Tennessee chapters made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

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.

Grochau appointed DU chief administrative and financial officer

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today that Earl Grochau, former vice president and corporate controller for Gaylord Entertainment Company based in Nashville, Tenn., will be joining the organization as DU's new chief administrative and financial officer beginning in December. He will be replacing longtime DU CAO/CFO Randy Graves, who is retiring this November after serving in that capacity for 21 years.

DU CEO Dale Hall on the Federal Duck Stamp

A letter from Ducks Unlimited Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall on the eve of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition in Maumee, Ohio, September 27-28.

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 1, 2013 - This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. Additionally, if the Department of Interior finalizes the waterfowl harvest regulations as initially proposed, the possession limit would increase. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.

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.

Joseph Mazon elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 26, 2013 - Joseph Mazon, of Califon, N.J., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

George Dunklin Jr. elected president of Ducks Unlimited

During Ducks Unlimited's annual convention last week, the organization's leaders proudly welcomed 30-year volunteer, George Dunklin Jr., of Stuttgart, Ark., as DU's 42nd president. Dunklin succeeds John Newman, who now serves as chairman of the board.

Ducks Unlimited to hit 195 mph thanks to Bass Pro Shops partnership

Ducks Unlimited will visit the top two NASCAR superspeedways in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Bass Pro Shops.

America's River Initiative

Rebuilding the glory of the Mississippi River floodplain by conserving key wintering habitat for millions of waterfowl and reinforcing the region’s rich waterfowling legacy.

Project Planned on Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area

DU recently received a $55,000 grant for habitat work on Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in central Tennessee.

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.

Pigs in Flight BBQ Competition moves to Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 14, 2013 - The 4th Annual Ducks Unlimited Pigs in Flight BBQ Competition is coming to Memphis on March 14-16, hosted by Toyota, West Memphis Fence, Midtown Electric, Drake Waterfowl, Adams Grease Service, Budweiser and Discover. This year’s event will be hosted at a new location, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Ducks Unlimited names Top 100, President's Elite chapters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 12, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited recently announced the 175 volunteer chapters across the nation being honored with Top 100 and President's Elite standings this year. The Top 100 designation is reserved for the top 100 chapters raising up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission. Chapters raising more than $100,000 are recognized with the President's Elite award.

American Luxury Coach unveils special-edition DU vehicles

American Luxury Coach (ALC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently introduced a series of customized vehicles designed for the outdoor enthusiast. Using standard 2013 General Motors trucks and sport-utility vehicles, ALC modified and enhanced the vehicles to incorporate the DU signature logo and additional luxury features.

Ducks Unlimited reaches conservation milestone

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to announce it has reached a conservation milestone with more than 13 million acres of habitat conserved in North America. The groundbreaking number is a cumulative accomplishment of the millions of DU members, as well as volunteers and partners, who have been a part of the organization over the past 76 years.

President nominates outdoor industry executive for Interior secretary

WASHINGTON - Feb. 6, 2013 - With President Obama's nomination of Sally Jewell, CEO of leading outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), as the new leader of the Interior Department, Ducks Unlimited looks forward to building on its close relationship with the department.

Duck symposium to convene in Memphis next week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 25, 2013 - Waterfowl experts will be flocking to Memphis from Jan. 27-31 for the Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl (ECNAW) international symposium. Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited is among the major contributors to this important conference, which aims to synthesize current knowledge of waterfowl and their habitats and help guide future science and conservation efforts.

Migration Alert: Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake waterfowl numbers improving

Prospects for duck hunting at Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee are improving, thanks to a new influx of birds and a forecast for a strong cold front pushing through by the first of next week.

David Maass wins record-breaking fourth DU Artist of the Year award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dec. 3, 2012 - Wildlife artist David Maass of Long Lake, Minn., is Ducks Unlimited's 2013 Artist of the Year (AOY). His winning painting, "Pitching into Cypress," earned Maass his fourth AOY award, more than any other artist.

Portion of funds from $4.5 billion BP settlement to benefit Gulf Coast fish and wildlife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2012 - BP announced today that it will plead guilty to several criminal charges under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice over its role in the 2010 disaster involving the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in which an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the terms of the settlement, BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion in installments over a five-year period, with nearly $2.4 billion going to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), an independent non-profit conservation group chartered by Congress in 1984.

DU Partners with Tennessee's Wolf River Conservancy

Ducks Unlimited recently entered into an option agreement with the Wolf River Conservancy to purchase 160 acres in Fayette County, Tennessee, just 30 miles upstream from DU’s national headquarters in Memphis.

Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited to host The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum in Memphis

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 - The Big River Thrives brings together leaders and experts from diverse Mississippi River interests to identify critical habitat and ecosystems issues to be discussed within the context of comprehensive river management.

Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 21, 2012 - As the air turns cool and hunting seasons hover on the horizon in many states, it's an ideal time to come together and celebrate America's outdoor traditions. On Saturday, Sept. 22, National Hunting and Fishing Day events commemorating hunters, anglers and conservation will be taking place across the country to bring together sportsmen and honor the heritage they share. Ducks Unlimited is proud to be one of the sponsors of NHF Day 2012.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

DU's John Tomke reappointed as chairman of federal conservation, hunting council

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 17, 2012 - John Tomke, former Ducks Unlimited Inc. president and current president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, has been reappointed chairman of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC) by President Obama. Tomke was first named chairman in July 2010.

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 3, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited supports opening certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to haying and grazing during the current drought affecting livestock feed supplies. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack opened nearly 4 million acres of CRP land this week for livestock producers dealing with shortages of hay and pastureland.

Awards: Tennessee Team DU Doing Great Things

Several chapters and sponsors have good reason to be very proud of their work in the last year.

Tennessee Commissioners Tour DU Canada Projects

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has long recognized the importance of waterfowl production in Canada to its state's waterfowlers, contributing to waterfowl conservation on the Canadian prairies since 1992.

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.

Ducks to invade Music City this week for 75th anniversary celebration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 30, 2012 - If you hear duck calls in the distance this week, look no further than the 75th Ducks Unlimited National Convention, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from May 30 to June 3.

Interior Secretary Salazar to sign waterfowl management plan revision, hold Town Hall meeting during DU National Convention next week

On Thursday, May 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Ducks Unlimited will welcome Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to its 75th National Convention in Nashville for two important events - a signing ceremony for the 2012 revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and a Town Hall meeting to discuss conservation in the current economic climate.

Ducks Unlimited to fire up grill for fun, fundraising

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2012 - The 3rd Annual Ducks Unlimited Pigs In Flight BBQ Competition is coming to DU's national headquarters in Memphis on March 29-31, hosted by Midtown Electric, Cummins Mid South, Drake Waterfowl and Memphis Area Toyota Dealers.

Ducks Unlimited receives Conservation Champion Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada were honored with a Conservation Champion Award on March 21 at the North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Ducks Unlimited conservation leader receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 22, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt received the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's (NAWMP) International Canvasback Award last week for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

Ducks Unlimited presented with 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been chosen to receive the Boone and Crockett Club's (B&C) prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award for 2012.

Germantown-Cordova Chapter recognized nationally

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Germantown-Cordova Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Memphis Chapter recognized nationally

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Memphis Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

TN DU Celebrates With 75th Anniversary Cake

DU’s 75th anniversary was celebrated at the recent Tennessee State Convention in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

Chattanooga Chapter recognized nationally

The Chattanooga Chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide.

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.

DU recognizes Interior Secretary Salazar with achievement award

WASHINGTON - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has awarded one of its highest honors to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Noted Publisher, DU Supporter Dies

A longtime, noted supporter of Tennessee Ducks Unlimited passed away recently.

Senate vote advances historic conservation funding for Gulf Coast, other key waterfowl habitats

WASHINGTON - March 9, 2012 - After months working side by side with legislators, Ducks Unlimited applauded the Senate's passage of an amendment that could impact not only restoration efforts along the oil-spill-stricken Gulf Coast, but also expand funding for land conservation nationwide.

Nashville DU 75th Anniversary Event

Information about the Nashville DU 75th Anniversary event in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ducks Unlimited mourns loss of longtime leader Dale Whitesell

It is with great sorrow that the Ducks Unlimited family marks the passing of former DU Executive Vice President Dale Whitesell on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the age of 86.

World Wetlands Day memorandum of cooperation kicks off DU's 75th anniversary celebration in NYC

NEW YORK - Feb. 2, 2012 - Every Feb. 2, people all over the globe celebrate World Wetlands Day, commemorating the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, an intergovernmental treaty signed by 161 countries that recognizes the value and splendor of our wetland resources. This year's celebration was made all the more momentous earlier today as Ducks Unlimited and Ramsar signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in New York City.

Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to sign memorandum of cooperation

A press event is to be held Thursday, Feb. 2, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Waldorf Astoria Basildon Room in New York City. DU CEO Dale Hall and Secretary General Anada Tiega of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will sign a memorandum of cooperation between the organizations to commemorate their partnership, celebrate World Wetlands Day and mark the coinciding anniversaries of the organizations.

President Obama recognizes 75th anniversary milestone for Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 30, 2012 - Just in time for Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary on Sunday, President Barack Obama issued a special message to DU and its supporters.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates 75 years of conservation success

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 26, 2012 - This Sunday, Jan. 29, marks Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary. Started by four sportsmen on a mission to save North America's waterfowl populations - and the continent's strong waterfowling traditions - DU's humble beginnings came during the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts in history, far from ideal circumstances.

U.S. House passes legislation to make federal duck stamps easier to obtain

WASHINGTON - Jan. 26, 2012 - The U.S. House of Representatives' Jan. 23 vote on bill H.R. 3117 could mean permanent easy access for hunters looking to buy their federal duck stamps online. The e-Duck Stamp program, started four years ago on a trial basis, allows hunters 16 and older to purchase temporary duck stamps online until their physical stamps arrive in the mail.

Tennessee: Bogota Wildlife Management Area Wetlands Enhancement

Bogota Wildlife Management Area lies near the Obion River, a major wintering area in the Tennessee portion of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Bill D'Alonzo wins 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year award; DU to receive $50k prize

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 19, 2012 - Bill D'Alonzo, Ducks Unlimited volunteer and member of DU's board of directors, was named the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year yesterday at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.

DU's 75th celebration coming to SHOT Show

To honor DU's 75th anniversary, Winchester Ammunition, a long-time partner of Ducks Unlimited, will present DU with its "Partners in Conservation Award" at Winchester's SHOT Show booth (#13329) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 a.m.

DU's 19th Annual Wolf River Sponsor Dinner welcomes Memphis luminaries, celebrates 75 years of conservation success

Special events are scheduled nationwide to mark Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary, and DU's hometown of Memphis, Tenn., is no exception. On Friday, Feb. 10, DU will welcome many of the city's most influential figures and local corporate sponsors to its 19th Annual Wolf River Sponsor Dinner at the organization's headquarters.

Migration Alert: Tennessee hunting success sporadic

Dec. 27, 2011: Hunter success in Tennessee has been sporadic. In many areas ducks have been here-today-and-gone-tomorrow.

Ducks Unlimited board member, volunteer Bill D’Alonzo nominated for 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

Bill D’Alonzo of Greenville, Del., has been named a finalist for the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year. The annual Budweiser Conservationist of the Year program recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the outdoors and conservation.

Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot announced in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Dec. 15, 2011 - Competitive sporting clay shooters are encouraged to register now for the 2012 Ducks Unlimited Las Vegas Continental Shoot. The annual event will take place Feb. 23-26, 2012, at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nev., formerly known as Desert Hills Shooting Club.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.

Tennessee commissioners see benefits of international conservation efforts during tour

Since 1992, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has been contributing to waterfowl conservation on the Canadian prairies. Ducks Unlimited is committed to conserving North American waterfowl habitat, regardless of the flyway or country, and TWRA's partnership with DU emphasizes how important Canadian waterfowl production is to the Tennessee hunter.

Huntley Ritter is New DU-TV Host

Huntley Ritter joins that list of avid waterfowlers and passionate conservationists as the show’s host when the new season of DU-TV premiers in July.

DU Recognizes Top Tennessee Outdoor Writers

A number of Tennessee outdoor writers went above and beyond in 2010 to cover the most current and critical issues affecting conservation, hunting, fishing and other outdoor topics, and their efforts did not go unnoticed.

Chattanooga Sporting Clays (Video)

The Chattanooga Ducks Unlimited Chapter, one of the Top 100 chapters in the United States, sponsored a sporting clays shoot May 7, 2011 at Montlake Classic Clays on Mowbray Mountain to raise money for waterfowl conservation.

Nashville Chapter Among Presidents Elite

The Nashville Chapter of Ducks Unlimited was named a President’s Elite chapter today, a designation reserved for chapters that raise $100,000 or more annually for DU’s habitat conservation work. This is the first time the Nashville Chapter has attained this honor.

Chattanooga Chapter Makes Top 100

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited was recently named one of DU’s 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. Chapters raising more than $100,000 are recognized by the President’s Elite award.

Natchez Shooters Supplies Becomes Sponsor in Perpetuity

Ducks Unlimited supporters demonstrate many outstanding qualities, the greatest of which is their passion for wetlands and waterfowl conservation. For Natchez Shooters Supplies of Chattanooga, Tennessee, that passion inspired a recent major donor pledge upgrade to the level of Sponsor in Perpetuity.

Chattanooga DU Members Enjoy "Conservation" Hunt

Several Chattanooga-area Ducks Unlimited members just returned from a "conservation" snow goose hunt in Arkansas. Conservation hunts are special late seasons established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specifically designed to try and reduce the over-population of snow geese. Chattanooga-area DU Chairman Chris Sanders shares about his experience.

DU salutes USDA's support, commitment to conservation on 25th anniversary of CRP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dec. 23, 2010 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program. The Food Security Act of 1985 established the CRP, arguably the greatest landscape-level conservation program ever.

2011 Federal Duck Stamp Competition winner Jim Hautman visits Ducks Unlimited headquarters

Waterfowl artist and Minnesota native Jim Hautman paid a visit on Dec. 18 to DU national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., to view DU's complete collection of federal duck stamp prints.

Hail the Champions

Hughes, Allen, Rickman capture calling titles

Former DU TV host among finalists for Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 26, 2010 - Jared Brown of Clearwater, Fla., host of Ducks Unlimited Television from 2002 to 2009, has been named a finalist for the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.

Ducks Unlimited supports "100 Miles, 1,000 Acres" Restore Coastal Alabama initiative

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 16, 2010 - To combat the decades-long downward trend in the amount of coastal marsh habitat and oyster reefs in Alabama's Mobile Bay, the nonprofit Restore Coastal Alabama project based out of Mobile, Ala., will rely on a "100 Miles, 1,000 Acres" initiative to restore and enhance these lost habitats on the northern Gulf Coast.

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.

Ducks Unlimited supports South Carolina right to hunt and fish amendment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2010 – On Nov. 2, South Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make the 12th state to protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

Ducks Unlimited teams with USFWS to present 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Oct. 18, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited, along with staff from a host of partnering organizations, served on the steering committee of the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest held this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif. The prestigious event was held in the David Brower Center near the University of California-Berkeley campus.

Ducks Unlimited CEO named "Conservationist of the Year" by America's Wetland Foundation

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall was honored today as "Conservationist of the Year" by the America's Wetland Foundation at the Inaugural World Delta Dialogues conference; a major international conference of more than 350 representatives from at least 15 countries who join to tackle the challenges and opportunities associated with sustaining deltaic regions worldwide, using the Mississippi River Delta as the focus.

DU CEO named to governor's coastal advisory board

Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed Ducks Unlimited CEO H. Dale Hall to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Hall will serve as one of two representatives from the conservation community.

Ducks Unlimited supports Tennessee right to hunt and fish amendment

On Nov. 2, Tennessee voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make Tennessee the 11th state to protect both hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights.

U.S. Rep. Cohen says "DU mission easy to support" during visit to group's national headquarters

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee's 9th Congressional District paid a visit to DU headquarters yesterday to better acquaint himself with the world's leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation. Before taking a tour of DU headquarters, Rep. Cohen spent time discussing his support of DU's conservation mission with top DU officials, including CEO Dale Hall.

Interior Secretary unveils special-edition Duck Stamp cachet at DU National Headquarters

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 27, 2010 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp cachet during a press conference held at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters here today. Proceeds from the voluntary purchase of the cachet will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel & Ducks Unlimited announce 2010 "Dog of the Year"

Owners to receive original painting of Innis by famed wildlife artist Jim Killen LYNCHBURG, Tenn. - Innis, a yellow Labrador retriever from Holland, Mich., has been selected as the 2010 Jack Daniel's Single Barrel-Ducks Unlimited "Dog of the Year." As part of the winning package, Innis will be featured in the Single Barrel gift tin package available this fall.

Duck numbers hold steady across North America

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 2, 2010 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. The total duck population is nearly 41 million, which is similar to last year’s estimate and 21 percent above the long-term average.

DU staff member testifies before congressional committee regarding successes of 2008 Farm Bill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 1, 2010 - Dr. Scott Manley, director of conservation programs in Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region, testified today before the Conservation Subcommittee of the House Agricultural Committee regarding the conservation successes of the 2008 Farm Bill. Dr. Manley leads the delivery of DU's conservation programs in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 24, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited was notified today it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year.

Joey Wright named Area Chairman of the Year

The Area Chairman of the Year Award is presented each year under a mandate from DU's national headquarters. This year's winner is Joey Wright, area chairman for Tennessee's Clarksville Chapter.

Ducks Unlimited - Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response

First and foremost, Ducks Unlimited's thoughts and prayers go out to the oil rig workers and their families who have been affected by this accident. As oil from the Louisiana spill moves ashore and into the wetland ecosystems along the Gulf Coast, DU wants to remind volunteers, members and supporters of the region's fragility and its importance to North America's waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited named 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - April 29, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is being recognized as the 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year by the "Legends of the Outdoors" National Hall of Fame. The announcement is a tribute to DU volunteers, members and supporters who have earned this award by making wetlands conservation a priority since 1937.

Famous Buckingham gun to reside permanently at Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 30, 2010 - No longer will "Bo Whoop Two," once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham, rest by itself on display at Ducks Unlimited's national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. Its original counterpart, "Bo Whoop," Buckingham's prized 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun, will be donated to DU by Hal B. Howard Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., at DU's 73rd national convention in May in Dallas.

Enhancement bill signifies milestone

Canadian funding to go toward wetlands conservation projects MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 30, 2010 - For the first time since its inception more than 20 years ago, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) can allow Canadian funding sources to count toward the dollar-for-dollar match required by the U.S. government.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley waterfowl hunters search for answers

Waterfowl seasons throughout the country are now officially closed. Die-hard waterfowl hunters are starting to feel the first symptoms of post-season regret. "Could I have hunted more? Could I have hunted in better places? Were my decoys wrong? Do I need a new gun?" Most importantly, this season many hunters are asking, "Where were the ducks?" Here are a few answers that might help solve the puzzling riddle many hunters faced in the Mid-South.

Ducks Unlimited Applauds ''White House Hunting Heritage Conservation Council''

Ducks Unlimited Applauds ''White House Hunting Heritage Conservation Council''

Ducks Unlimited celebrates World Wetlands Day

DU encourages members and supporters to acknowledge wetlands conservation issues today MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 2, 2010 - Conservationists across the globe are celebrating World Wetlands Day, recognizing the importance of these valuable ecosystems for humans and wildlife alike. DU strives to raise public awareness about the benefits of wetlands as waterfowl habitat and a key to water quality, and World Wetlands Day focuses on conservation solutions worldwide.

Conservation leaders seek to clear up Clean Water Act

Conservation movers and shakers from across the country say U.S. Supreme Court rulings have muddied the Clean Water Act, threatening 787,000 acres of wetlands in Tennessee that SHOULD be protected under federal law.

New District Chairman in East Tennessee

Tennessee Regional Director Charlie Lowery says that Doug Phillips has stepped up to be Tennessee' newest District Chairman in East Tennessee.

Ducks Unlimited mourns death of World Champion Duck Caller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 22, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is sad to acknowledge the death of Bernie Boyle of Danville, Iowa. Boyle was a two-time World Champion Duck Caller and winner of the 2005 Champion of Champions Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Boyle owned Mallard Mauler Duck Calls and was a member of the Drake Waterfowl Elite Team.

President Obama nominates Ducks Unlimited board member for ambassador post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 21, 2010 - Tod Sedgwick has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Sedgwick is a board trustee for Wetlands America Trust (WAT), Ducks Unlimited's supporting foundation that raises significant philanthropic gifts and manages DU's endowments and land holdings.

Ducks Unlimited Canada unveils tribute to North American conservation leadership

First inductee is "true friend of the ducks" OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Manitoba - Sept. 30, 2009 - With waterfowl migration at Oak Hammock Marsh as the picture-perfect backdrop, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) officially unveiled the North American Waterfowl Conservation Honour Roll and recognized Gary Myers, former Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, as the first inductee.

DU offers new magazine options for Greenwings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 19, 2009 - Printed copies of Puddler magazine will be arriving in the mail soon to the homes of DU Greenwings age 11 and under. A new enhanced, interactive issue of Puddler with embedded video clips, audio files and other features will be available on the DU Web site at www.ducks.org/puddler.

Chapter Spotlight: Clarksville, Tennessee

Chapter Spotlight: Clarksville, Tenn.

DU's Wentz recognized by outdoor writer organization

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 28, 2009 - The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers awarded Dr. Alan Wentz, Ducks Unlimited group manager of conservation, communications and marketing, with the group's Golden Glow Individual Award at the association's annual conference this past week.

DU Hosting World Calling Competition Qualifier

DU Hosting World Calling Competition Qualifier

TWRC Approves 60-Day Duck Season

TWRC Approves 60-Day Duck Season

Duck Stamp receives conservation boost from House

Ducks Unlimited supports increasing value of stamp Waterfowl habitat conservation is moving closer to keeping pace with the skyrocketing land values of the past several years today, as the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act, sending the bill to the House floor.

Liberal Waterfowl Season Proposed by USFWS

Liberal Waterfowl Season Proposed by USFWS

DU Executive Vice President Don Young resigns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 10, 2009 - After 10 years as Ducks Unlimited's top-ranking official, Don Young said today he is resigning as executive vice president. The resignation is effective Aug. 1, 2009.

Ducks Unlimited and Sen. Alexander Discuss Conservation on Earth Day

Washington – April 22, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice-President Don Young and senior Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander met on Earth Day to discuss conservation issues facing wetlands, waterfowl, and people in the Volunteer State.

Ducks Unlimited Southern Region April Newsletter

Ducks Unlimited Southeast Region April Newsletter

Win the Hunt of a Lifetime

Win the Hunt of a Lifetime at the Tennessee State Ducks Unlimited Convention, April 3-5

East Tennessee Volunteer Celebration, Great Success

Well over a hundred hardcore Ducks Unlimited Volunteers from across East Tennessee showed up for a celebration aboard the Volunteer Princess in Knoxville.

DU Praises Record Expansion to Wetland Conservation Program

DU Praises Record Expansion to Wetland Conservation Program

Ed Carter Named Executive Director of TWRA

Ed Carter Named Executive Director of TWRA

Sportsmen Have Stake in the Stimulus Bill

Sportsmen Have Stake in the Stimulus Bill

Tennessee Convention Opening Event Finalized

Tennessee Convention Opening Event Finalized

Happy Birthday Ducks Unlimited!

After 72 years, DU remains world's leader in wetlands conservationMemphis, Tenn. – Jan. 29, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited hatched from the minds of waterfowl hunters 72 years ago today and continues to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Tennessee Elk Hunt Officially Set

Tennessee Elk Hunt Officially Set

Cold Water Boot Camp Could Save Your Life

Cold Water Boot Camp Could Save Your Life

Kids Get Special Duck Hunt After Grown Ups

Kids Get Special Duck Hunt After Grown Ups

Waterfowl Report (Dec. 23)

Waterfowl Report (Dec. 23)

Waterfowling Report

Professional guide Steve McCadams provides a waterfowling outlook for Middle and West Tennessee.

USDA Sweetens Pot for Wetlands

USDA Sweetens Pot for Wetlands

TWRA Director Announces Retirement

Gary Myers is one of the longest serving leaders of a state conservation agency in United State history.

A ''Bourne'' Natural Hails from Tennessee

When he gets off the road from his ''work'' as a co-host of Ducks Unlimited Television, Wade Bourne comes home to Tennessee.

DU Launches New Migration Map

Follow the migration like never before!

Chattanooga DU Teams With TWRA on North Chickamauga WMA

The Chattanooga Chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently held a dedication celebrating their partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).


Partial funding restored to waterfowl program MEMPHIS, Tenn. Sept. 22, 2008 – During yesterday’s meeting, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission voted unanimously to partially reinstate funding for Ducks Unlimited’s habitat conservation activities on the Canadian breeding grounds. The program was cut from the budget in June, but the final decision came at yesterday’s meeting.

Tennessee Sets 2008-2009 Waterfowl Seasons

Tennessee's 2008-09 waterfowl hunting seasons were established by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission during its August meeting at Pickwick Landing State Park on Thursday.

2008-2009 Waterfowl Season Proposal

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has proposed its duck and goose hunting dates and limits for the 2008-09 hunting season. While there are not many changes from the previous year, a major note of good news for hunters is the addition of a third wood duck to the daily limit during the later waterfowl season.

Title Sponsor - Chattanooga Fall Flight Banquet

Chattanooga Ducks Unlimited is proud to announce for the second year, the addition of Mountain View Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, and Mountain View Chevrolet as title sponsor of the Annual Fall Flight Banquet.

Tennessee Waterfowl Programs Under Siege

TWRA cuts $250,000 from waterfowl programs.

District Chair-what’s it really mean?

District Chair-what’s it really mean?

Daniel Boone Students Give Back

A group of students in Washington County made a special effort recently to improve wood duck habitat in their increasing urbanized area.

Tennessee DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – February 25, 2008 - Germantown, Tenn. resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Don McCrory traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. McCrory met individually with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Rep Marsha Blackburn as well as staff from the offices of Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Stephen Cohen.

What It's All About

Brook Dunn shares a special waterfowling story, a reminder for all to remember what it's all about.

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 targets west Tennessee for conservation easements

MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 20, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are encouraging enrollment in conservation easements to protect critical habitat in west Tennessee. These easements will focus on bottomland hardwood and other flood-prone habitats within the Mississippi River floodplain. A supporting grant comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sevierville Bass Pro Duck Call Winners

Sevierville Bass Pro Duck Call Winners

Cumberland River Barbeque Fun

These are from the Cumberland River Committee’s (TN-101) Barbeque on the Lake held at Drakes Creek Marina in Hendersonville, TN on September 29th.

Big Orange Ducks Unlimited Shows Support

UT Knoxville Graduates show their support for Ducks Unlimited in a big way.

Tennessee Duck Blind Drawing Information

Tennessee Duck Blind Drawing Information

13th Annual Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival

Coincides with Duck Blind Drawings - Selling Show with big deals for waterfowlers

Wetlands restoration underway in Lick Creek Bottoms

MIDWAY, Tenn., July 16, 2007 - Wetland restoration along Lick Creek in Green County began this summer. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is repairing levees, removing drainage tiles and installing water control structures all of which will enable efficient water management on over 900 acres of wetlands. Ducks Unlimited designed and engineered the development plans for this project.

Title Sponsor Signs on Chattanooga DU Fall Flight Banquet


Doug Muench Wins Hoot® ETV™ at DU Convention

Doug Muench Wins Hoot® ETV™ at DU Convention

Tennessee Convention Fun

State Council Chairman Don McCrory shares a few photos from the recent Tennessee State Convention at Paris Landing State Park.

DU and MidSouth Fly Fishing EXPO

The Mid-South Fly Fishers, of Germantown, Tennessee, will host a fly-fishing Expo on the weekend of June 22-24.

Conservation programs remain a critical tool for Tenn. farmers

DYERSBURG, Tenn., May 30, 2007 - Dyer County landowner, Greg Ford traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers about reauthorizing Farm Bill conservation programs, among them the Wetlands Reserve Program. Ford met individually with Tennessee Reps. John Tanner, Marsha Blackburn, Zach Wamp, and Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and/or their staff.

Ralph McDonald Benefit A Success

Ralph McDonald Benefit A Success

Dyersburg going to the dogs

DYERSBURG, Tennessee, May 10, 2007 - See how far and how high dogs can jump during the Ducks Unlimited Super Fly and Super V events as some of the best sporting dogs in the country compete in this week’s Super Retriever Series in Dyersburg, Tennessee, at the Dyer County Fairgrounds.

Register for the 2007 Tennessee Ducks Unlimited Convention

Register for the 2007 Tennessee Ducks Unlimited Convention

South Gibson Event Goes Like Clockwork

South Gibson County Area Chairman Jonathan Roland has developed a reputation for being a dyed-in-the-wool waterfowl hunter, a fired-up DU volunteer and one of the most upbeat people you can ever hope to meet. He and his great South Gibson County committee proved their mettle on Saturday night, April 14, when they hosted a local record-setting DU event at the Medina Elementary School.

Pictures from DU Leadership Convention

Pictures from DU Leadership Convention

Chattanooga DU Hosts Mississippi Flyway Biologists

The Chattanooga Ducks Unlimited Chapter recently hosted a cookout for members of the Mississippi Flyway Council Technical Section who were meeting in Chattanooga.

Germantown/Cordova Holds Successful Event

Tennessee Volunteer Chairman Don McCrory reports an excellent 27th annual Germantown/Cordova Ducks Unlimited Banquet held recently at Woodland Hill Country Club.

Ducks Deluxe on Reelfoot

A chilling torrent of rain driven by a powerful and never-ending Northwest wind, slammed into Steve Worley's face.

Season Ends on Good Note

Most Duck Hunters Across Region Say It Was Warmest and Toughest One They Can Recall

Good Duck Weather Arrives As Season Ends


Germantown/Cordova Holds Recruitment Event

Last night the Germantown/Cordova Chapter held a recruiting event that attracted 30 people.

Collierville Hosts Successful Banquet

The two high points of the evening were ATT’s continued support at a $5000 level of the committee as well as purchasing and filling a corporate table and being aggressive bidders on the live auction. Secondly, the White Dove/Mexico hunt went for $1000 and the losing (second place) bidder was given the opportunity to get the same hunt for $1000.

Record Number of Sandhills at Hiwassee Refuge

Wildlife Managers at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge have recorded a new high for midwinter population survey counts.

McMinn/Meigs/Monroe Recruitment Effort

Volunteer- “as referenced from Dictionary.com” a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. Volunteers are the heart of Ducks Unlimited.

Jan. 15 Waterfowl Update


Dec. 23rd Waterfowl Update

December 23rd Waterfowl Update

Waterfowl Surveys Show Increase

Waterfowl have increased in the Kentucky Lake area lately but an extended spell of mild weather has curtailed activity for most duck hunters this week.


Please e-mail us your digital duck hunting photographs for the Tennessee Ducks Unlimited Photo Gallery.

Cindy Lynch - New Area Chairperson

After two highly successful years as Area Chair of the Germantown/Cordova Committee in the Memphis area, David Clark has handed the G/CDU reins to the new Area Chairman, Ms. Cindy Lynch.

See Recent Tennessee Waterfowl Migration Reports

Check out the link below to see recent Tennessee Waterfowl Migration Reports.

2006 Northern Waterfowl Surveys

2006 Northern Waterfowl Surveys

Chattanooga Ducks Unlimited Volunteers Aid TWRA

Several members of the Chattanooga, Tenn. Ducks Unlimited members recently volunteered a day to help on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency North Chickamauga Wildlife Management Area. 2006 Committee Chairman Cameron Mitchell said "we all went in and cleared some areas for waterfowl and cut away some of the undergrowth. We would like to thank TWRA Matt Majors and Greg Atchley for their efforts to restore the area and conserve the habitat in this impoundment."

Tennessee Ducks Unlimited Long Range Planning Meeting

On August 25th the Tennessee Ducks Unlimited Long Range Planning committee met in Brentwood to continue their planning efforts for TN DU in the outlying years.

Humphreys County Success Story

Thanks to the efforts of Tennessee Valley Committee Chairman Bobby Allison, District Chairman Will Gurton and the great group of DU volunteers in and around New Johnsonville, Tennessee, that community enjoyed a very successful DU event on Saturday, August 19. That’s the first DU event there in nearly 11 years.

2007 TN Convention Site Set

Tennessee State Chairman Don McCrory announced that the weekend of June 8-10th, 2007 has been confirmed for the Tennessee State Convention at Paris Landing State Park.

Don Young Visits Chattanooga DU Committee

The Chattanooga-area Ducks Unlimited Committee played host to DU Executive Vice President Don Young.

12th Annual Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival

The 12th Annual Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival returns to Big Sandy, TN City Park on Saturday, August 5th.

Chattanooga Banquet Garners First Corporate Sponsor

Henkels and McCoy, Inc. signs on for Corporate Sponsorship in Chattanooga

Tennessee Named One of Top States at Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Convention

Tennessee receives DU Bronze Award

Bottomland Hardwood Restoration in Dyer County, Tenn. Complete

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 16, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners completed restoration of 312 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in Dyer County, Tenn. The project area, known as Thorny Cypress Wetlands, will be incorporated into the Ernest Rice Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Tyson Foods, Inc. Donates $65,000 to Wetlands Restoration Project - TN

Tyson Foods, Inc. recently donated $65,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to support the Lower Obion River Project in western Tennessee. The gift will be used to offset costs associated with restoring 312 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands.

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.

Memphis Chapter

The Memphis, Tenn., Ducks Unlimited chapter earns its way into the chapter spotlight this month with its most recent event, the Pigs in Flight BBQ Competition, held in March.

Clarksville TN

"A new committee in 2008 re-energized the event and the committee worked hard on underwriting and donations to bring the events success back," said Joey Wright, chairman of the Clarksville Chapter. "After the event, attendees left excited that the 2008 event in Clarksville had regained its status of an event like the good old days."

Lick Creek Wildlife Management Area

To enhance water management on 900 acres of wetlands on Lick Creek WMA through the repair and enhancement of levees and the addition of new water control structure and re-lift pumps. During the last 8-10 years the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has acquired approximately 1,600 acres of land in the Lick Creek floodplain.

Where Tennessee's Ducks Come From

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

Ernest Rice WMA - Thorny Cypress Wetlands

To convert land formerly used for production agriculture to bottomland hardwood forest and to expand public use. This restoration project was supported by a generous gift of $65,000 from Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tennessee Conservation Projects

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

Tennessee Partners Project

The Tennessee Partners Project is a private lands program designed to establish or improve waterfowl and wetland habitat in Tennessee.

Chickasaw NWR - Waterfowl Impoundments

To restore 900 acres of waterfowl habitat on Chickasaw NWR through construction of levees, installation of 5 water control structures, and installation of well and water distribution system. Phase II will create sub-impoundments through construction of 25,000 linear feet of levee and improvement of water distribution system.

White Lake Refuge - Wetlands Restoration

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency acquired White Lake Refuge in 1991. In 1992, Ducks Unlimited completed construction of Phase I, which involved terrace levees, water control structures, and a well that will flood 245 acres of moist-soil habitat. Phase II will create similar habitat on an additional 370 acres.

Lower Hatchie NWR - Moist-Soil Wetlands

To enhance 524 acres of moist-soil habitat and flooded agricultural crops on Lower Hatchie NWR through construction of 2.1 miles of levees and installation of 21 water control structures. The area previously consisted of bottomland hardwood forests, but was cleared for agricultural production.

Eagle Lake Refuge - Mustin Bottoms

This project involves restoration and enhancement of wetlands in the floodplain of the Mississippi River. Low levees and water control structures were installed to restore hydrology on the site. In addition, two wells were constructed to provide a reliable source of water that will permit flooding in a timely manner.

Kyker Bottoms Refuge - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 126 acres of moist-soil habitat on Kyker Bottoms through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures, thus creating 6 independent management units. In addition, a pump was installed to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration. The objective was to create moist-soil impoundments near Tellico Lake, because shallow wetlands are rare in this region.

Cheatham County WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 300 acres of waterfowl habitat on Cheatham County WMA through construction of levees, installation and/or replacement of water control structures, and construction of a water distribution system, thus increasing wetland area and improving water management capabilities on the area. Cheatham County WMA is a very popular public waterfowl hunting area and attracts numerous waterfowl species including mallards, gadwall, black ducks, and Canada geese.

Camden WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 3,700 acres of waterfowl habitat on Camden WMA by raising an existing external levee to its original grade of 364 feet and raising the spillway elevation to 363 feet, thus improving management capabilities on the area for waterfowl and wetland species. Camden WMA is one of Tennessee’s premier public waterfowl hunting areas and attracts over 200,000 waterfowl annually.

Tellico Lake WMA - Chota Refuge Unit

To enhance 35 acres of flooded agricultural crops on the Chota Unit through construction of an exterior levee and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a pump and power unit was purchased to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration.

Whites Mill Refuge - Wetlands Restoration

To restore 52 acres of waterfowl habitat on Whites Mill Refuge. The area was acquired by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1992. Whites Mill was a converted wetland that had been in agricultural production for many years prior to its acquisition.


To restore 225 acres of green-timber habitat on AEDC WMA through construction of an interior cross levee and installation of several water control structures. The objective was to divide the green-timber area into 2 impoundments, thus reducing stress on trees and maximizing waterfowl use of the area.

Henderson Island WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 18 acres of moist-soil habitat on Henderson Island WMA through construction of an exterior levee and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a 6” well was installed to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration.

Yuchi WMA - Smith Bend Acquisition

To acquire and protect 2,364 acres of wildlife habitat along the Chickamauga Reservoir in eastern Tennessee. Future project activities will include developing a dependable source of water for wintering waterfowl.

Horns Bluff Refuge - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 200 acres of waterfowl habitat on Horns Bluff Refuge. The area was acquired by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1991 and 1992.

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