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Duck Calling for Dummies

The reality is that the majority of waterfowl hunters are limited by their own skills with a duck call. The summer months are the perfect time to change that by tweaking techniques and learning the subtleties, variations, and species-specific vocalizations required to be a top caller. The following articles contain a variety of tips to help you understand the different elements of calling, from selecting a call to knowing when to use it.

Choose the Right Call »  Calling All Ducks »
Mastering the Comeback Call »  8 Calls to Master »
10 Tips for Better Duck Calling »  7 Costly Calling Mistakes »

Gear Guide

Summer gear

Duck season is a distant memory, replaced by summer bonfires and warm-weather outdoor activities. But fantastic gear for duck season is available year-round, and many of these items are multipurpose. Here's a collection of versatile summer gear that may also come in handy this fall.

Find your gear »

Performance Tips for Retrievers

Follow this expert advice to help your duck dog reach its full potential in the field

World-class athletes need top-flight conditioning, training, and nutrition in order to compete at the highest levels. The same is true of sporting dogs. This was the message heard last July by many of the nation's top breeders, trainers, and dog writers who attended Purina's Sporting Dog Summit at Purina Farms near St. Louis, Missouri.

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Experience DU Films

For those of us who have fallen in love with wetlands and waterfowl, duck calls and retrievers, decoys and shotguns, Ducks Unlimited has created a new film series that captures the essence of what it means to be a waterfowler.

"Ducks Unlimited has put together a series of online films that take unique looks at the culture of waterfowl hunting... it'll make you want to pull your shotgun out of the case and fly to anywhere with an open season." —Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

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Reports from Duck Country

Follow the 2015 waterfowl population survey

The 60th annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is under way. Find the planes on the Ducks Unlimited Habitat Map and follow along. Updated information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot-biologists, ground crews, and partners continues to be posted.

View the map »  Follow the survey »
Prairie Visuals Snapshot »  Survey Complete in Montana »

DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsDucks Unlimited's Rescue Our Wetlands campaign launched

Continental campaign aims to raise $2 billion for habitat conservation

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More Headlines

UGA's Bulldogs for DU

University of Georgia's student chapter of Ducks Unlimited

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Twitter for Waterfowlers

Must-follow DU Twitter accounts for waterfowlers

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Research on the Prairies

In the field with DU researchers

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In this issue
  • Duck Calling for Dummies
  • Gear Guide: Summer Gear
  • USFWS Pilot-Biologist Reports
  • Performance Tips for Retrievers
  • ... 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 May.

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DU TV Duck Gun Tip

Why we miss

Phil Bourjaily, shotgun columnist for DU magazine, counts down the top five reasons duck hunters miss the shot.

DU TV Duck Gun Tip with Phil Bourjaily

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Retriever Training

Introduction to dog blinds

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how introducing your retriever to a dog blind, like the GHG Ground Force dog blind, early in the season will help avoid confusion during a hunt.

Retriever Training Tip

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DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip

Pattern your waterfowl gun

Wade Bourne, DU magazine editor-at-large, provides some tips on how to prepare for waterfowl season by patterning your duck or goose gun.

DU TV Better Waterfowling Tip

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Goose Enchiladas Roll-ups

Waterfowl Recipe

Get the full recipe »

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