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Last-Chance Waterfowling

Six articles to improve late-season hunts

The clock is ticking on the 2012-2013 waterfowl season and a successful hunt is the best way to finish. Unfortunately, this time of year is known for frigid temperatures combined with decoy- and call-shy birds, which creates difficult hunting conditions. This compilation of tips and tactics articles may help you improve the last few hunts of the season.

Late-Season Honkers » | Decoy Spreads » |  Boat Maintenance »
Game Plan for Ducks » | 7 Tips for Ducks » | 5 New Tactics for Ducks »

WF360 Photo Contest Winner

Sponsored by Winchester Ammunition

The Waterfowl 360 Hunting Photo Contest, sponsored by Winchester Ammunition, was another rousing success! DU members submitted some incredible photos, and the public voted on the 5 finalists. Congratulations to Steven Ikeguchi! He won the Winchester Grand Prize package with his stunning photo (pictured right). Thanks to everyone who participated!

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January Gear Guide

New Year, New Gear

January is the perfect month to reflect on the waterfowl season—good days and bad—and pick out gear items that would have been handy during 2012-2013 hunting trips. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several items based on their experiences this fall to help you start planning for the 2013-2014 season. Gear Guide

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DU Magazine: Wetlands and Watersheds

Conserving healthy landscapes and clean water is vital to waterfowl and people

The 19th-century explorer and geographer John Wesley Powell defined a watershed as "a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community." Powell wisely recognized that all living things in a watershed, including waterfowl and people, are united by and dependent on its central element—water.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsSportsmen's legislative priorities in 2013

Editors from The Waterfowl Advocate, DU's public policy newsletter, interviewed Ducks Unlimited Director of Government Affairs Gary Taylor about legislative priorities affecting sportsmen in the coming year.

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Waterfowl Feathers

Enjoy the vibrance and beauty of waterfowl feathers. Photo by Denver Bryan

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Story of the Giants

A closer look at the remarkable comeback of the giant Canada goose. Photo: Mike Khansa

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Policy News

Newly elected lawmakers talk sportsmen’s issues in a candid interview with Ducks Unlimited. Photo: Ryan Askren

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In this issue
  • Last-Chance Waterfowling
  • DU ConnectionPlus Toolbar
  • WF360 Photo Contest Winner
  • Gear Guide: New Year, New Gear
  • Migration Update
  • Wetlands and Watersheds
  • ... and more

DU ConnectionPlus Toolbar

Support DU while you shop!

ConnectionPlus Toolbar

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a DU Life Sponsor and ConnectionPlus user, explains how to shop online and help DU at the same time.

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DU Reports by Flyway

Do you know where the ducks are in your flyway?

DU Flyway Reports

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Waterfowl 360 2012 Sponsors

Favorite Member Photos

Member Photos Check out our editors' favorite selections from DU's Member Photos of the Day for the month of December.

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Leading companies, corporations and brands recognize Ducks Unlimited as the leader in wetlands conservation and one of the largest and best membership organizations in the world.

DU Partners

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Duck Calling Tip

Letting off the call

Duck Calling Tip Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, provides insight on how to finish ducks by letting off the call. Backing off your calling as ducks approach offers them the opportunity to come into your decoys.

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Retriever Training

Facing distractions

Retriever Training Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to keep your retriever's focus when facing distractions in the field. This training technique is something that can be done any time of year and in any situation.

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Waterfowl Recipe

Chile Colorado, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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