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Degrees of Preparation

Preparing for waterfowl season starts now

Late summer will quickly fade into fall, and if you aren't ready for waterfowl season, you'd better get to work! There's no sense in going it alone. The following articles contain everything you need to know about preparing for the 2015–2016 duck and goose season.

Recommendations for Duck Season »  10 Ways to Prepare »
Is Your Retriever Ready? »  Opening Day Ducks »
Wingshooter's Checklist »  More Tips & Tactics »

Gear Guide

Cache of extras

There are a number of reasons for keeping a supply of miscellaneous items in your blind or hunting vehicle. Equipment breaks. Batteries run low. Hunters get scratches. And some guests invariably show up without a duck stamp. You never know when an unforeseen need might arise. Assemble your cache of "extras" before the season and keep them handy.

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Waterfowl Migration Map

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map DU Migration Map roars back to life

Currently, reports of blue-winged teal migration and early Canada goose movements are monopolizing the migration map. Submit habitat and hunting reports, or subscribe to reports in your area this fall. The 2015 DU Migration Map is brought to you by Remington Arms.

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Super Scouting Tips

Follow this expert advice to find productive new waterfowl hunting this season

For many veteran waterfowlers, the thrill of scouting ducks and geese is second only to the exhilaration of hunting them. Like detectives, these waterfowlers enjoy the work involved in putting together the pieces of the duck and goose hunting puzzle. They understand that the end justifies the means, and their extraordinary efforts are often rewarded with phenomenal waterfowl hunting. Tips from these experts will help you scout more efficiently and effectively for better waterfowl hunting this fall.

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Waterfowl 360

The ultimate resource for waterfowlers

Waterfowl 360, the ultimate resource for duck hunters, is back! Running from September 1 – January 31, WF360 is the go-to website for all things waterfowl hunting. Find tips, tactics, migration information, videos, and more.

Keep up with and participate in all the latest action this season at!

See what's in store this season »

DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsAxalta Coating Systems and DU paint a bright future for wetlands

Partnership announcement marks start of five-year, $10 million wetlands conservation program

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California Drought Legislation

Senate bill introduced to aid California drought
Photo: Jim Ringelman

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DU in D.C.

Land and Water Conservation Fund included in Senate Energy Bill

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Chapter Spotlight

Iowa State University shoots for record-breaking year

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In this issue
  • Degrees of Preparation
  • Super Scouting Tips
  • Gear: Cache of Extras
  • Waterfowl 360 is back!
  • Iowa State University
  • ... and more

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Field Notes

Teal gear

DU TV host Zach Pederson and Jared Mophett of Honey Brake Lodge talk about the gear you need for early-season teal hunting.

Field Notes

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DU TV: Duck Tactics

Noises a duck can't make

Buck Gardner, champion duck caller, explains why you need to learn and utilize several sounds ducks can't actually make. Hail calls and certain comebacks are for garnering attention.

DU TV Duck Dog Tip

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Waterfowl Recipe

Java-Rubbed Duck Breasts

Waterfowl Recipe

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