JohnPollmann

John Pollmann

WF360 Central Flyway Migration Editor

John Pollmann is a freelance writer from Dell Rapids, South Dakota, who is an avid waterfowler and conservationist.

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Training Days

Training Days

Tips to maintain your dog’s health and fitness in summer

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A Look Beyond Labs: Alternative Waterfowl Hunting Dog Breeds

A Look Beyond Labs: Alternative Waterfowl Hunting Dog Breeds

Labrador retrievers are wonderful duck dogs, yet there are several other breeds that also fit the bill for waterfowlers

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Migration Alert: Snowstorm Forces About-Face for Migrating Light Geese

Migration Alert: Snowstorm Forces About-Face for Migrating Light Geese

March 26, 2024 – Central Flyway

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Migration Alert: Door Remains Open for Light Goose Migration in Central Flyway

Migration Alert: Door Remains Open for Light Goose Migration in Central Flyway

March 1, 2024 – Central Flyway

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Early-Season Destinations: Four Prairie Waterfowling Hotspots

Early-Season Destinations: Four Prairie Waterfowling Hotspots

Plan your next waterfowling adventure

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Exploring the Duck Factory

Exploring the Duck Factory

A closer look at the Prairie Pothole Region, North America's most important waterfowl breeding area

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Backyard Basics

Backyard Basics

How to maintain a solid retriever training regimen in small spaces

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Goose Calling 101

Goose Calling 101

Five tips for beginning callers

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Practice Like You Play

Practice Like You Play

Five tips to making an off-season plan

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Snow Season

Snow Season

Five tips for hunting light geese this spring

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Camouflaging Portable Blinds

Camouflaging Portable Blinds

Here’s how to conceal mobile blinds so you’ll stay hidden from the watchful eyes of waterfowl in a variety of habitats

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Migration Alert: Central Flyway Hunters Brace for Speedy Spring Migration

Migration Alert: Central Flyway Hunters Brace for Speedy Spring Migration

Feb. 13, 2024 – Central Flyway – Light Goose Conservation Order

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Stay Safe Out There!

Stay Safe Out There!

When late-season weather turns dangerous, pay heed to this life-saving advice

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Migration Alert: Late-Season Cold Hits Central Flyway

Migration Alert: Late-Season Cold Hits Central Flyway

Jan. 12, 2024 – Central Flyway – Central Flyway Update

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Migration Alert: Winter Weather in the New Year Sparks Hope in Central Flyway

Migration Alert: Winter Weather in the New Year Sparks Hope in Central Flyway

Jan. 5, 2024 – Central Flyway Update

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5 Late-Season Waterfowling Secrets

5 Late-Season Waterfowling Secrets

Ducks and geese act differently in January than they do in October. These expert tips will help you improve your hunting success by adapting to changes in waterfowl behavior and habitat conditions

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Migration Alert: Kansas Waterfowl Hunters Await Winter’s Arrival

Migration Alert: Kansas Waterfowl Hunters Await Winter’s Arrival

Dec. 20, 2023 – Central Flyway – Kansas

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Migration Alert: Northwest Missouri Duck Numbers Remain Strong

Migration Alert: Northwest Missouri Duck Numbers Remain Strong

Dec. 8, 2023 – Mississippi Flyway – Northwest Missouri

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Youth Movement

Youth Movement

Special hunts for kids can help kick-start a love of waterfowling

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Dollars for Ducks

Dollars for Ducks

At DU events, members just like you come together to have fun and raise money for conservation

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Migration Alert: Hunting Heats up in Nebraska as the Temperatures Drop

Migration Alert: Hunting Heats up in Nebraska as the Temperatures Drop

Nov. 29, 2023 – Central Flyway – Nebraska

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Migration Alert: Colorado Waterfowl Hunters Waiting For Weather

Migration Alert: Colorado Waterfowl Hunters Waiting For Weather

Nov. 13, 2023 – Central Flyway – Colorado

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Migration Alert: First Major Blast of Winter Weather Set to Strike Northern Plains

Migration Alert: First Major Blast of Winter Weather Set to Strike Northern Plains

Oct. 24, 2023 – Central Flyway and Mississippi Flyway

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Migration Alert: Early-October Cold Front Brings New Waterfowl to North Dakota

Migration Alert: Early-October Cold Front Brings New Waterfowl to North Dakota

Oct. 13, 2023 – Central Flyway – North Dakota

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Migration Alert: Prairie Canada Hunting Heats Up as Weather Cools

Migration Alert: Prairie Canada Hunting Heats Up as Weather Cools

Oct. 6, 2023 – Prairie Canada

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10 Ways to Improve Your Terrible Hunting Content

10 Ways to Improve Your Terrible Hunting Content

In an age where everyone is a content creator, learn how to make yours stand out

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Migration Alert: Waterfowl Managers and Hunters Optimistic Across the Great Plains States

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Managers and Hunters Optimistic Across the Great Plains States

Sept. 21, 2023 – Central Flyway Preview – Great Plains

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Migration Alert: Bluewings Are on the Move in the Central Flyway

Migration Alert: Bluewings Are on the Move in the Central Flyway

Sept. 8, 2023 – Central Flyway

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The Future of CRP

The Future of CRP

Building support for this important agricultural conservation program is a top DU priority in the next Farm Bill

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Geese Over Water

Geese Over Water

Expand your goose-hunting opportunities with these special-specific decoy strategies for lakes, flooded fields, marshes, and ponds

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California Dreaming

California Dreaming

A trip to California’s Sacramento Valley delivers a bucket-list hunt for pintails, specklebellies, and mallards in a waterfowler’s paradise

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Five Public Land Hotspots in the Central Flyway for 2021

Five Public Land Hotspots in the Central Flyway for 2021

Among the public hunting opportunities found throughout the Central Flyway are those that bear the mark of Ducks Unlimited volunteers and fellow supporters of wetlands conservation.

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Five Central Flyway Public Land Hotspots for 2020

Five Central Flyway Public Land Hotspots for 2020

Find ducks and geese on public land in the Central Flyway

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Five Tips for Shooting Bluewings

Five Tips for Shooting Bluewings

Bag more bluewings this September

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Going Mobile

Going Mobile

Today's lightweight, portable blinds offer concealment and mobility in the field and on the water

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Five 2019 Public Hunting Hotspots in the Central Flyway

Five 2019 Public Hunting Hotspots in the Central Flyway

Your public-land waterfowling adventure begins here

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Behind the Numbers

Behind the Numbers

Here’s what you need to know about the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

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5 Things to Consider When Deciding How to Hunt Spring Snows

5 Things to Consider When Deciding How to Hunt Spring Snows

Two experts weigh in on how to decide between freelancing or hiring a guide for spring snows

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5 Shooting Tips for Spring Snows

5 Shooting Tips for Spring Snows

Follow this expert advice to bag more light geese this season

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Strategies for Spring Snows

Strategies for Spring Snows

Helpful tips for hunting light geese on their northward migration

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