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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Waterfowl Season

10 Important Reasons for Season Preparation Here's why you need to be prepared

Most waterfowlers are aware of the need and the process of preparing for the upcoming season. What many don't know is that there are benefits to staying on top of off-season tasks. Here are 10 reasons you should hit the ground running when the 2013 waterfowl season kicks off in your area.

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Opening Day Mistakes

DU Magazine Avoid these common errors and oversights to ensure a successful start to your waterfowl season

Never wait until the last minute to get all your proverbial ducks in a row. Instead, use the off-season wisely to plan things out in advance. That way, when the new season arrives, you can greet it with the confidence that comes from knowing you are well prepared and that everything is in working order in your little corner of duckdom. Here are some common opening-day mistakes committed by waterfowlers, and ways to avoid them.

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Beards for Conservation

Put your razor away this season!

Are you a passionate waterfowl hunter and conservationist? Do you take pride in growing your beard during hunting season? If so, we have a new program just for you. Grow that beard this year and support wetlands conservation at the same time through the Ducks Unlimited Beards for Conservation program! Participation is fun, simple and free.

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October Gear Guide

Gear GuideNew Decoys for 2013

Decoying ducks and geese with success hinges upon the creative tactics of the hunter and the realism provided by the decoys. Waterfowl 360 covers the tactics; now you just need the decoys. The October Gear Guide focuses on new decoys to get you started—or to complete—your best decoy spread ever.

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Track the Fall Flight

Waterfowl migration alerts and resources bring timely, credible information

Follow the ducks this season from your desktop or mobile phone! The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map is back and better than ever for the 2013-14 season. Keep up with the latest reports from DU biologists, field editors and public sources.

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map: Follow the Migration

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsTom Moorman to lead Ducks Unlimited conservation in Southern Region

Tom Moorman, Ph.D., has been selected to replace the retiring Curtis Hopkins, Ph.D., as director of operations for Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region. Moorman will oversee DU's conservation delivery in 13 states.

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More Headlines

Waterfowl Bands

Trophies in the Sky: The importance of waterfowl bands Photo: Bill Buckley

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Tracking the Mallard Migration

Research has provided a wealth of new information about mallard movements and habitat preferences
Photo: Gary Kramer

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Public Policy

Arkansas members of Congress tour conservation projects
Photo: Ducks Unlimited

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In this issue
  • 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Season
  • Opening Day Mistakes
  • Beards for Conservation
  • Gear Guide: New Decoys
  • Shooting, Calling, Retriever Tips
  • Track the Fall Flight
  • Waterfowl Bands
  • DU Month at Bass Pro
  • ... and more

Favorite Member Photos

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

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

October is Ducks Unlimited Month at Bass Pro Shops! Customers will have the opportunity to donate $2 to DU and enter for a chance to win one of 10 Bass Pro Shops $500 gift cards.

DU Partners

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NSSF Shooting Tip

Control your gun speed

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting School demonstrates how controlling your gun speed can help you improve your shooting, no matter the shot.

Shooting Tip

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DU Member Benefit

DU Holiday Cards – perfect time to order!

Over 30 Christmas and general holiday cards are ready for you to view and order – plus holiday puzzles, ornaments and note card sets.

DU Partners

View the entire line of holiday cards and gifts today!

Duck Calling

Fast feed call

Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, demonstrates how to speed up your feeding call. Learn the basic feed call, all the way to a more advanced feeding chuckle.

Duck Calling Tip

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Retriever Training

Using a lead in the blind

Using a lead in the blind may alleviate simple mistakes by a young retriever and steady him for future hunts. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains an effective way to use a lead in the blind.

Retriever Training Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Philly-style Duck Sandwiches, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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