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Hitting the Shots You Missed

Overcome last year's embarrassing misses

Waterfowlers come up with a myriad of excuses why they miss birds. Shells are frequently blamed for these failures, and shotguns take some of the heat, but the fact remains that most misses are caused by the shooter, not the equipment. The good news is, with a little off-season practice at the trap, skeet, or sporting clays range, you can see your percentages improve quickly. Here are some of the most common mistakes hunters make and the remedy for each.

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Ducks Nesting 101

What to do when you find nests in your backyard

After the courtship flights and mating rituals are complete, the end result of course is nesting hens. Soon, people all over the country will begin finding nesting birds. There are many laws and treaties that protect migratory birds. It is illegal to take or possess eggs of nesting migratory birds without the proper permits. Knowing what to do, and most importantly what not to do, with and around the nest is very important.

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April Gear Guide

Your next duck boat

Duck boats have come a long way in the last couple of decades. The faded paint, patched-hole jon boats of the past have given way to innovative fabrication techniques, unlimited customizations, and durability that doesn't compromise performance. The following boats are only a handful of what's on the market today, but this selection should cover the needs of duck and goose hunters who want to spend their season on the water.

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Understanding Waterfowl

The health of waterfowl populations depends largely on the ability of the birds to successfully nest and hatch broods

The nesting period encompasses only a fraction of the annual cycle of waterfowl, but it is perhaps the most influential time of the year for waterfowl populations. During the nesting period, waterfowl are faced with exhausting physical demands and constant danger while attempting to propagate their species. The number of ducks and geese that ultimately join the fall flight hinges on the ability of nesting birds to overcome a host of challenges and threats.

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Watch "Black River" Online

Newest DU Film Explores the Arkansas Timber

"Black River" visits a group of friends who have spent decades exploring the flooded river bottoms of northeast Arkansas, one of the most fabled destinations for waterfowl hunters everywhere. The group's combined experiences in this duck hunting mecca have involved many early morning boat rides, jaw-dropping sunrises and plenty of greenheads dropping through the tree tops. And, through their involvement with Ducks Unlimited and its conservation mission, these longtime friends are building an outdoor legacy for future generations.

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In this issue
  • Hitting the Shots You Missed
  • Gear Guide: Your Next Duck Boat
  • Understanding Waterfowl
  • DU Films
  • Ducks Nesting 101
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

NSSF Shooting Tip

Instinctive shooting

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting School teaches you how to become a better instinctive shooter. Waterfowling situations sometimes lead to nontraditional shooting opportunities, and becoming a better instinctive shooter will improve your success.

DU TV Duck Dog with Mike Stewart

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Purina Pro Plan

Top 5 duck dog breeds to consider when buying a puppy

DU TV Duck Dog with Mike Stewart

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Waterfowl Recipe

Cool & Spicy Duck Salad

Waterfowl Recipe

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