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  • Clean Water & Hunters
  • May Gear Guide
  • Favorite April Photos

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Favorite April photos
Member photo slideshow

Check out some of our favorite DU member photos from April!
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Test your knowledge!
The Duck Hunter's Quiz

Featured in the May/June 2009 issue of DU Magazine, The Duck Hunter's Quiz is all about waterfowl hunters' attitudes, opinions and activities. See if you line up with your fellow waterfowlers—and find out just how much you know about your passion!

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Member Tip
Stamp Dilemma

If you commonly hunt waterfowl in more than one state, consider signing your Federal Migratory Bird Stamp – the stamp you need to hunt in every state – and having it laminated. Once it's laminated, punch a hole in one end of the plastic and attach the stamp to your waterfowling jacket using a metal ring. Whenever you go waterfowl hunting, you'll have your federal stamp with you.

–Richard F. Kress
Rahway, N.J.

Checkett Out

Get a biologist's perspective on popular issues pertaining to waterfowl and waterfowl hunting from DU media relations biologist and co-host of DUTV, Mike Checkett.

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Chapter Spotlight
Galveston, Texas, Chapter

These dedicated Texas volunteers picked up the pieces after Hurricane Ike and made DU's presence stronger than ever in Galveston.

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Partner Spotlight
Lockton Risk Services: Insurance for guns and gear

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with Lockton Risk Services to provide DU members the most complete and comprehensive firearms and hunting club insurance on the market today. The DU Insurance Program will provide up to $1 million to cover the direct physical loss or damage to firearms and shooting accessories from fire, burglary and theft. The program also offers a competitive insurance package for hunt clubs and recreational property. Learn more.

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Getting coverage is easy. You can download an application at (on the Firearms Insurance page) or call 888.544.2076, and program representatives will be happy to help you.

Feature | CWRA and the Duck Blind

What clean water means to waterfowl hunters
Click to read more about the link between clean water and waterfowl hunters
Waterfowl hunters have bonded into what is now the backbone of modern-day conservation. Their unexplainable passion for chasing quarry through extreme conditions has transformed them into a motivated army of camouflage-clad conservationists. Truly "green," with a little Max-4 and a dab of Shadow Grass mixed in, Ducks Unlimited members—more than 650,000 strong—have taken to the public policy playing fields during the last few farm bills and are prepared to engage in legislative battles to conserve crucial habitat. The next mission, the Clean Water Restoration Act, is an opportunity to resurrect protection for wetlands, marshes...and every little wood duck slough from South Carolina to Washington State.

Read more | Take action now

May Waterfowl Gear Guide

Check out these great new waterfowl-hunting products for May 2009, compiled by the DU E-newsletter editorial staff.

Click here to read the May 2009 Waterfowl Gear Guide

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DU Magazine | Nest Site Selection

Where ducks make their nests is vital to the birds' breeding success

by Johann Walker and Scott Stephens Ph.D.

After a long migration northward from the Gulf Coast, a hen pintail has finally arrived on the prairies of North Dakota in late April. Read more of 'Nest Site Selection' from DU MagazineShe and her mate have established a territory on a shallow wetland in the middle of several square miles of native grassland. She has spent many days feeding and carefully inspecting potential nest locations in the surrounding pasture. Now she is ready to nest. The hen pintail lands at her chosen site, scrapes out a shallow depression in the soil next to a clump of little bluestem grass and lays her first egg. If she has chosen a good nest site and luck is with her, her eggs will hatch, and she will lead a brood of ducklings to a nearby wetland in three to four weeks.

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Featured Video | Condition Your Retriever

DU WaterDog TV's Justin Tackett explains the ideal body condition for your retriever and how to keep him in shape all year long.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

Central Valley wetlands, hunting areas threatened by power lines
DU asks sportsmen, -women to take action against proposed routes

Support conservation, lower your taxes
Contact Congress about the Conservation Easement Incentive Act

Celebrating a dedicated Louisiana conservationist, conserving 1,600 acres
L. J. Mayeux tribute dinner held

Work begins on Texas coast restoration project
Ducks Unlimited, partners to restore more than 6,000 acres

Recipe Spotlight | Quacker Meal
submitted by Dennis Widme of Deer Island, Ore.

  • 8 skinless duck* breasts
  • 1 c. red berry wine
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1 can cream of celery soup (undiluted)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. flour (for dusting)
  • Luhr-Jensen Smokehouse Waterfowl Seasoning (or similar)
Cooking Instructions
  1. Mix wine, soup, onion & celery in bowl.
  2. Place meat on platter and sprinkle seasoning on each side. Let stand 30 minutes.
  3. Dip meat in milk, dust with flour and lightly brown in oil.
  4. In casserole dish, layer ingredients. Start with soup mix, then meat and finish with more soup mix on top.
  5. Cover and bake for 1 hour, 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  6. Serve with boiled red potatoes (skins on), green beans (slow cooked with bacon), reduced sauce for gravy and your favorite red wine (such as Oregon Pinot Noir).

*Recipe can be made using skinless goose, chukar, pheasant or other breasts in place of duck.

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