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Reports from Duck Country

Follow the 2014 waterfowl population survey

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, and state and provincial agencies will begin the 59th North American Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. The results of the survey will allow managers to estimate the size of waterfowl populations and the status of key breeding habitats across the United States and Canada. This information will be used to set hunting seasons and daily bag limits for the 2014–2015 waterfowl season. You can follow the pilot-biologists and ground crews on DU's Habitat Map as they cover survey routes across this continent's major waterfowl breeding areas. Reports posted regularly on the map will detail the survey's progress as well as the adventures of the pilots and other survey crew members.

Read more »  |  Pilot-biologist reports »

2014 DU Member Photo Contest

This year's winning images were chosen from another impressive field of entries submitted by photographers across the nation

Photo Contest

View All Category Winners » | View Honorable Mentions »

May Gear Guide

Blind faith

Gear Guide From layouts to boats to chairs, blinds have revolutionized the way waterfowlers approach a day in the field. The constant modifications required to ensure durability, concealment, and other hunter needs make a quality blind a critical tool in any waterfowler's arsenal. Now is the time to select next season's blind, and here's a compilation of new and time-tested waterfowling blinds and accessories.

Find your gear »

Field Reports: 2014 Spring Habitat Conditions

Waterfowl should find good spring wetland conditions on many important breeding areas this year. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot-biologists and ground crews will be submitting reports on the progress of the breeding duck survey!

Read the report »  |  View the habitat map »

DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsDU names top fundraising chapters

Ducks Unlimited recently announced the top volunteer chapters across the nation honored with Top 100 and President's Elite standings.

President's Elite »
Top 100 »


Boreal Birds Need Half

Maintaining "North America's Bird Nursery" and
why it matters

Read more »  

Photo Essay: Mating Games

Courtship flights are an amazing display of color and acrobatic flying

View slideshow »

DU Membership App

Free membership card app for your smartphone, with renewal reminders

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In this issue
  • Duck Country Reports
  • DU Member Photo Contest
  • Gear Guide: Blind Faith
  • DU National Convention
  • Spring Habitat Conditions
  • ... and more

Favorite Member Photos

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

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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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DU National Convention

Gather with your DU family in St. Louis, Missouri, as we celebrate the 77th year of Ducks Unlimited at the 2014 National Convention!

DU National Convention

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DU TV 2014 Season Preview

First episode premieres on Monday, June 30!

The new season of Ducks Unlimited Television begins this summer on the Pursuit Channel with more of the best waterfowling action, tips and tactics, and conservation news.

DU TV 2014 Season Preview

Watch preview »

Retriever Training Tip

Indoor vs. outdoor dogs

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains whether or not an indoor or outdoor retriever makes a difference in regards to retrieving abilities.

Retriever Training Tip

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DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip

Calling multiple duck species

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, demonstrates how varying your calling tactics to target species in your area may improve your hunting success.

Duck Calling Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Deep-Fried Duck, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

Get the full recipe »

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