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Cheat Sheet for Early Birds

Tips for a successful early season

While the weather remains hot and humid, August is a breath of fresh air for waterfowlers as it signals the coming fall. Many states offer August resident Canada goose seasons, and teal seasons are right around the corner. Find early-season success with this compilation of tips and tactics for chasing the early birds.

Early-Season Canadas »  Tips for Teal »
Tactics for Early Ducks »  10 Simple Tasks to Prepare for the Season »

August Gear Guide

New waterfowling ammo for 2016

There are multiple ammunition options for waterfowlers these days and as manufacturing processes evolve, nontoxic ammunition continues to improve. Finding the right load for your gun and hunting style is a matter of trial and error. Here's a rundown of the most recent additions to the waterfowling ammunition lineup for 2016.

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Show Us Your Duck Head

Submit your photo to the contest!

If you're a fan of Ducks Unlimited, you've seen the DU logo on trucks, cars, boats, people, and any number of other places. We want to see the creative places where you display YOUR duck head logo and DU pride!

Upload one or more photos of your DU logo (or crest) with a brief explanation in the caption to our Facebook event by Aug. 8, 2016, and encourage your friends to "like" it. DU staff (editorial, creative, and digital teams) will select 5 finalists and voting will begin on Aug. 8, with the winner being announced Aug. 12. Winners will receive prizes; the grand prize is a frog gigging/marsh tour with Gator-Tail Outboards.

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Shotgunning for Women

Female waterfowlers should consider these factors when purchasing a new duck gun

Years ago a gun maker took a sporting clays over/under, painted it teal blue, shortened the stock, and called it a women's gun. Fortunately, the firearms industry is starting to take the needs of female shooters seriously. That's a welcome change at a time when more and more women are taking up hunting and shooting. Here are a few things that female duck hunters should look for in a shotgun.

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Chapter Spotlight

Richmond Collegiate School Varsity chapter finds success with new members

It's not often that Mary Ottley isn't thinking about her school's Ducks Unlimited Varsity chapter. As the DU area chairman for the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, Ottley takes advantage of every opportunity she has to spread the word about the group's fundraising efforts. After years of lower-than-expected attendance and interest, Ottley and a group of more than a dozen students rallied and made their next banquet a success.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

In this issue
  • Cheat Sheet for Early Birds
  • Gear Guide: New Ammo for 2016
  • Show Us Your Duck Head Contest
  • Shotgunning for Women
  • Chapter Spotlight
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

Duck Dog

Warming up your retriever

Duck Dog

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Duck Gun

Wood duck shot

Duck Gun

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Corporate Partner Spotlight

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Waterfowl Recipe

5 Delicious Duck Camp Recipes

Waterfowl Recipe

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