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Flip the Script on Late-Season Ducks

Tactics for late-season success

Uncooperative ducks and tough hunting conditions can make the last few weeks of the season difficult. Finish strong by implementing these creative winter hunting tactics.

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January Gear Guide

Best of 2015

A whole new crop of fantastic waterfowling gear is on the horizon in 2016. But before we jump ahead, let's take a look back at some of our favorite gear items from 2015.

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Buckingham Trail

Follow in the footsteps of this famous author with a DIY driving tour

Theophilus Nash Buckingham is revered in the world of outdoor literature. His tales of gun dogs, waterfowling adventures, and characters that defined turn-of-the-century sportsmen enlightened literary communities and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Buckingham completed nine books, many of which were compilations of his hundreds of printed articles for publications such as Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. His vivid memory and ability to translate the southern vernacular into print made his writings all the more unique and believable. Buckingham called Tennessee his home, and many of his stories took place around Memphis, where Ducks Unlimited is headquartered today.

This special daylong tour of Buckingham's old haunts is perfect for avid waterfowlers passing through this area or hunting locally, highlighting the culture, landscape, characters, history, and waterfowling traditions of the Mid-South region. So, grab your GPS device and take a trip down the Nash Buckingham Trail.

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Migration HQ

Winter weather making its way across North America

Winter weather is working its way across the northern reaches of each flyway. Notably, the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi Flyways are seeing a decent push of ducks and geese, while the Atlantic Flyway is getting a migration kick start. The DU Migration Headquarters is buzzing with real-time information, offering local, regional, and continental perspectives on hunting and habitat that are valuable to waterfowlers.

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Understanding Waterfowl

Fat is Fit: Gaining weight is a good thing for waterfowl during fall and winter

It seems that we are constantly bombarded with messages about improving our fitness. Just pick up a magazine or turn on the TV and you are sure to encounter an ad or infomercial touting the latest fat-burning product. By now all of us are keenly aware of the health risks associated with carrying a few extra pounds in the wrong places, but for waterfowl, at certain times of year, fat is fit.

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DU News: Recent Headlines

In this issue
  • Flip the Script on Late-Season Ducks
  • Gear Guide: Best of 2015
  • Buckingham Trail
  • All-New DU App
  • Savory Duck Stew
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

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Field Notes

Cooking: Skin on or off

Scott Leysath discusses different cooking techniques for waterfowl breasts with the skin on or off.

DU TV Cooking with Scott Leysath

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Duck Dog

Marking by sound

Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to train your retriever to mark a down bird by sound.

DU TV Duck Dog with Mike Stewart

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Purina Pro Plan: Keeping retrievers at a healthy weight helps prevent joint disease

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Savory Duck Stew with Black-Eyed Peas

Waterfowl Recipe

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