In This Issue

• Early Teal

• 2011 Waterfowl Forecast

• Featured Video:
   Waterfowl 360 Preview

• Gear Guide

• RNT Tips of the Trade

• Retriever Training

• Member Photos

• New DU Waterfowl
   Migration Apps

• DU Holiday Cards

...and more

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Waterfowl 360 - Ultimate Waterfowling

Favorite Member Photos
Our favorite selections from the month of August.
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New DU Waterfowl Migration Apps
Follow the ducks from your mobile device this season!

Ducks Unlimited has launched apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms to give waterfowlers real-time integrated access to migration and hunting reports. Get more details about each version of these migration apps.

Download the official DU Waterfowl Migration Apps now!

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Waterfowling Tip
Early Canada Geese

The most important part of early goose season is location. You have to be somewhere they want to be, and or where they have been recently. Scouting comes in big time. In Ohio, sometimes the geese will be hitting a particular wheat field, hay field, or cow pasture, and then without any warning they'll jump fields. So the fields in which you watched them feed in early August, usually have no appeal in September, and the resident birds already know that the field you are in is fed out. It can make for a difficult early goose season if you don't have multiple places they want to be. It's not like January where you can run traffic, and pull birds in just by them seeing and hearing you. You actually have to be somewhere they have been going to, or want to go to.
-DU Facebook Fan David Meter

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DU Holiday Cards

A DU licensee for 26 years, Barton Cotton, has designed another collection of Christmas and general holiday cards for you.
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Early Teal
8 strategies for September bluewings

Read moreAs the first cool winds of the season begin to stir from the north, blue-winged teal start moving south from their prairie breeding grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveyed a record 8.9 million bluewings this spring—41 percent higher than the 2010 estimate—and these birds will soon fill the flyways just in time for September teal seasons in many states. While weather and local habitat conditions will affect where and when bluewings will be available, the following teal-hunting tips will help you make the most of your hunting opportunities when these fast-flying little ducks blow into your area.

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DU Magazine | 2011 Waterfowl Forecast
Duck populations soared to record highs this spring in response to excellent wetland conditions on the prairies

Read more If you are a waterfowler, it's a fact of life that duck populations seldom remain at high levels for more than a few years at a time. Instead, waterfowl numbers fluctuate in concert with highly variable weather and habitat conditions on the breeding grounds, especially in the Prairie Pothole Region, where more than half of North America's ducks are raised. In recent years, waterfowl numbers have once again been on the upswing, and in 2011 duck populations soared to record highs, thanks to exceptional wetland conditions across the prairies.

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Gear Up | September Gear Guide
Document your hunts

Waterfowler's cherish moments spent afield, and every season we reflect on the good times spent with family and friends. The DU E-newsletter Editorial Team knows capturing these experiences is important, and has selected several items that can help you document your hunts. Whether through a journal, photos or videos—this month's Gear Guide offers the equipment to share your waterfowling memories.

September 2011 Gear Guide

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Video | Introducing
Ultimate Waterfowling from Ducks Unlimited

We've been anticipating this year's waterfowl season since—well, last season's final day! Many of us are sorting through piles of gear, knocking a summer's worth of dust off our decoys and preparing for opening day. This season, DU is excited to bring you—the ultimate resource for waterfowl hunters. Built by waterfowlers for waterfowlers, this site is packed with brand new content and features, redesigned migration maps and mobile apps. Let the season begin!

Watch this month's featured video

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RNT Tips of the Trade | Using Back Pressure

View video John Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains how a duck call's bore size can change the sound of each call. Using more back pressure, created with a smaller bore, callers can create different sounds needed in different hunting situations.

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Retriever Training | Steadiness

View video Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels uses a frisbee to teach Deke steadiness. This fun, and easy way to enforce steadiness in the field offers retrievers an opportunity to learn while enjoying the training.

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Partner Spotlight | Whitetail Whiskey
Whitetail, Bird Dog Whiskey excited to be DU partner

As a strategic partner of Ducks Unlimited, we are proud to support the efforts to preserve and protect wetlands and upland habitats. Whitetail & Bird Dog Blackberry-Flavored Whiskey strive to produce, market and sell the finest of distilled spirits that meet our customers discerning tastes.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) meeting in Bloomington, Minn. to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives. As a portion of the meeting, DU invited CPC members, along with local members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and their staff, to attend breakfast meetings last Friday. U.S. Representative Betty McCollum attended the meetings and praised DU's conservation efforts.
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Recipe Spotlight | Duck Tostaditas

submitted by DU Member

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 ounces ground duck/goose
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ½ teaspoon (canned) chopped jalapeno chile
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 6 (5- to 6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

For more recipes like these, check out The Hunter's Table, the all-new cookbook from Ducks Unlimited. Order your copy of The Hunter's Table at or by calling 1-800-358-056.

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