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• 10 Tactics for Canada

• Wetlands and the
   Farm Bill

• August Gear Guide

• Facebook: Quack Nasty!

• Member Photos

• Land & Wildlife Expo

• Video: Dog Blinds

• Waterfowling Tip

...and more

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Our favorite selections from the month of July.

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Waterfowling Tip
Submitted on DU's Facebook page

On the duck opener, I use all hens because most birds don't have much color up here in the Wisconsin opener. Use 6-10 decoys, two battery feeders and one robo to give movement to the spread. For geese, I have 20-24 dekes in family groups of three-to-five birds.
-DU Facebook Fan Chris Kozlowski

Land & Wildlife Expo
Aug. 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn.

Ducks Unlimited announces the first-ever Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo, presented by RAM Trucks on August 12-14, 2011, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee! Don't miss it!
Land and Wildlife Expo

DU Member Benefit
VPI Pet Insurance

As a DU member, you'll receive a 5 percent discount. VPI policies cover a multitude of medical problems and conditions related to accidents and illnesses, and policyholders are free to use any licensed veterinarian anywhere, even while away from home. For more information or to enroll, visit VPI Pet Insurance or call 877-PETS-VPI.

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10 Tactics for Canada Geese
Early Canada goose season—Are you ready?

Read moreWhether you're a casual goose gunner or a die-hard veteran, there's a good chance you have experienced days afield that end in frustration. During such outings it seems that no matter what you do, the geese refuse to respond favorably. We asked 10 of the nation's most accomplished goose hunters to share their secrets to success. Some of these tips may serve as reminders. Others may be revelations. All may or may not fit your needs. But keep in mind that sometimes the smallest details pay the biggest dividends.

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Gear Up | August Gear Guide
Waterfowler's Wish List

The DU E-Newsletter Gear Guides have featured long lists of gadgets which can fill up blind bags, but the Guide has yet to focus on the larger tools of the trade. This month features waterfowling gear that fills up driveways and garages. The pre-season ritual of piecing together a wish list can now begin. Enjoy!

August 2011 Gear Guide

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Policy | Wetlands and the Farm Bill
Your support will be needed to save key agricultural conservation programs in upcoming legislation

Read more DU members understand that the number of ducks they see in the fall is to some degree determined by wetland conditions on the breeding grounds the previous spring. Viewed continentally, more wetlands mean more ducks, and fewer wetlands mean fewer ducks. Many of the wetlands that are most important to waterfowl exist on agricultural landscapes. That's why the "Conservation Title" of the Farm Bill is a major focus of Ducks Unlimited's public policy work. The next version of the Farm Bill is anticipated in 2012, and as in years past, this legislation will be of historical significance to wetlands and waterfowl.

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Social Media | Quack Nasty!
DU's "Show Us Your Duck Head" Facebook contest showcased DU in Afghanistan

Read more The Ducks Unlimited logo can be found plastered on a variety of items, from vehicles to waterfowl hunting equipment to household items. 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 just 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."

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Retriever Training | Introduction to Dog Blinds

View video Mike Stewart, Wildrose Kennels, explains how introducing your retriever to a dog blind, like the GHG Ground Force dog blind, early in the season will help avoid confusion during a hunt.

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Partner Spotlight | Bass Pro Shops
August is Ducks Unlimited Conservation Month at Bass Pro Shops

Read more During the entire month of August, Bass Pro shoppers are encouraged to donate $2 to DU at any Bass Pro Shops retail store or online at Your $2 donation will also enter you into the Ducks Unlimited sweepstakes for your chance to win great prizes, including Bass Pro gift cards, a Beretta AL3901 shotgun and an all-expenses-paid duck hunting trip for 2 at Buckshot Duck Lodge (just outside of Stuttgart Arkansas). No purchase or contribution necessary to enter. For more information, please see a Bass Pro Shops representative at your nearest Bass Pro retail store, or visit Bass Pro online at

DU News | Recent Headlines

DU Lauds Senate Effort to Restore Gulf Coast After Spill

Ducks Unlimited commended a group of U.S. Senators from Gulf Coast states as they introduced legislation that supports ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act are directed back to the Gulf Coast region. The legislation, known as the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011, would direct 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act toward the long-term health of the Gulf region's coastal ecosystems and economies.
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Duck Scaloppini with Dried Cranberries

submitted by Lenny Maiorano

  • 4 boneless, skinless duck breasts, cut into 8 pieces (1½ pounds)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt, freshly-ground pepper to taste

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