May - June 2015


2015 DU Member Photo Contest

Take a look at the outstanding images captured by this year's winners

Ten Performance Tips for Retrievers

Here are 10 expert tips that will help your duck dog achieve peak performance during the hunting season.

Field Reports: Spring Habitat Conditions MJ15

Significant precipitation will be needed to maintain or improve wetland habitats in many important waterfowl breeding areas

Status of the Prairies

An inside look at the state of waterfowl habitat in North America's Duck Factory

Conservation: Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes for breeding and migrating waterfowl

Waterfowler's Notebook: Don't Go Deaf in the Duck Blind

Sound advice on how to protect your hearing while waterfowl hunting

Understanding Waterfowl: The Nesting Period

The health of waterfowl populations depends largely on the ability of the birds to successfully nest and hatch broods

Shotgunning: Shot Size Selection

A range of shot sizes will work for any bird. In fact, on the sides of ammo boxes there are little charts that offer different size recommendations. The following advice will help you narrow down those choices to pick the best size for your specific hunting needs.

Five Tips for Grilling Ducks and Geese

When it comes to cooking waterfowl, many folks are partial to grilling. It just seems natural that those of us who choose to spend our free time outdoors would also prefer the simplicity of open-flame cooking. A well-grilled duck that's crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful in the middle is, after all, hard to beat.

Retrievers: The First Six Months

Dog training can be a challenging endeavor, particularly for a novice working with his or her first retriever. If you acquire a puppy, your patience may be tested far more during the first six months of ownership than at any other time. It's important to recognize right from the start that your puppy knows almost nothing at seven or eight weeks of age. Once home, the pup becomes a student. And you are his primary teacher.