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2014 Waterfowling Preview

DU Flyway Migration Editors break down each flyway

To begin the 2014–2015 waterfowl season, Waterfowl 360 Migration Editors—Wade Bourne (Mississippi Flyway), Kyle Wintersteen (Atlantic Flyway), John Pollmann (Central Flyway), and Bill Monroe (Pacific Flyway)—have provided an in-depth hunting and habitat preview in their designated flyway. These flyway breakdowns offer a glimpse of habitat conditions, hunting, and potential weather forecasts that may determine this year's fall flight.

Atlantic »  |  Central »  |  Mississippi »  |  Pacific »

October Gear Guide

Decoys, Decoys, Decoys

Technological advancements in waterfowl decoys continue to change the way waterfowlers approach the field or marsh. The October Gear Guide highlights some of the most recent duck and goose decoys from multiple manufacturers. As an added bonus, browse the accessories section for great items to round out your spread this year.

Ducks »  |  Geese »  |  Accessories »

State of the Ducks

A closer look at the remarkable diversity of North America's ducks and the status of their populations

Generally speaking, we live in an era of abundant waterfowl populations. Most goose populations are currently healthy, and duck populations have reached the highest levels recorded since breeding ground surveys were standardized in 1955. In the traditional survey area, which encompasses the prairies, parklands, and much of the Western Boreal Forest and Alaska, total breeding duck numbers have averaged 41.8 million birds during the past decade, peaking at 49.2 million in 2014.

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Waterfowl Migration Map

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map: Follow the Migration Waterfowl migration alerts and resources bring timely, credible information

October finds the Migration Map buzzing with excitement. Northern states are beginning their seasons, and every cold front is pushing ducks farther south. Migration reports are piling up and the DU Waterfowl Migration App is the top-ranked migration app on the market. Follow the ducks this year!

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsOctober is DU Month at Bass Pro Shops

While most people are prepping for Halloween during October, many of us will also be gearing up for this fall's waterfowling season. During the month of October, Bass Pro Shops will offer customers the opportunity to donate $2 to Ducks Unlimited and enter for a chance to win one of 10 Bass Pro Shops $500 gift cards.

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Heartland Heritage Habitat Initiative

A DU conservation initiative that focuses on a major staging area for waterfowl during spring and fall migrations
Photo: Jim Ringelman

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Photo Essay: Spectacular Wood Duck

A photographic tribute to one of the world's most colorful ducks
Photo: Tom Reichner

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Fueling the Engines

The intricacies of survival and reproduction in waterfowl birds are nothing short of amazing
Photo: Tom Reichner

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In this issue
  • 2014 Waterfowling Preview
  • Waterfowl 360
  • Gear Guide: Decoys, Decoys, Decoys
  • State of the Ducks
  • DU Migration Map: Follow the ducks!
  • DU Conservation Month at Bass Pro
  • ... 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 September.

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Waterfowl 360

The ultimate waterfowling resource!

DU TV Field Notes

Calling on Public Land

DU TV host Field Hudnall explains strategies for calling ducks on public land when the competition increases and the ducks are wary.

DU TV Field Notes

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Retriever Training: Nutrition Essentials

Early versus late feedings

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains whether it's best to feed your retriever before or after hunt.

Retriever Training Tip

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DU Member Benefit

2014 Holiday Cards & Gift Collections

Enjoy a wide selection of new full-color and deluxe designs, ornaments, puzzles, note cards and much more!

DU Partners

View the entire line of holiday cards and gifts today!

Corporate Partner Spotlight

Bass Pro's DU Month and Winchester's Blind Side Dream Hunt Sweepstakes

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Duck Extravaganza

Waterfowl Recipe

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Mission: Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Our vision is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.


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