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Spring Training for Your Gun Dog

March offers ideal conditions for fine tuning your retriever's skills. Before the summer heat puts all-day training sessions on hold, focus on crucial commands, steadiness, and health. The following articles will help guide you through successful off-season training.

Kennel Training »  Retriever Rehab »
6 Essential Commands »  Top Performance Tips »

March Gear Guide

Retriever Gear

Training a gun dog is a year-round process, and familiarizing a retriever to the right equipment is paramount. The March Gear Guide focuses on several key training tools and supplemental gear to get the most out of every training session this spring, and in turn, this fall.

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Beaver Ponds and Breeding Ducks

Growing beaver populations have created an abundance of high-quality habitat for waterfowl

"We have mined the northland, not for wheat, not for gold—but for fur. Now the fur seed is gone." Those words were spoken in 1938 by Ducks Unlimited Canada's first general manager, Tom Main. He was relating his ideas about how to resolve the challenges facing waterfowl as DU began its first year of operation. Main and many others believed that beaver ponds were an integral component of the original habitat that once produced sky-darkening flocks of waterfowl. By the time DU started its conservation work, however, nearly all the beavers and the millions of ponds they had created along the continent's rivers and streams were gone.

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LGCO Migration HQ

Follow the geese

This year's fast-paced light goose migration has hunters scrambling to catch up. Fortunately, a late-winter snow storm has stalled a good portion of the migration. Currently, light geese are spread from southern Missouri and Oklahoma all the way to South Dakota in the Mississippi and Central Flyways. Greater snow geese are also moving up the Atlantic Flyway as snow melts and spring-like weather moves into the flyway's northern reaches. Stay up-to-date with all light goose migration news.

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Recent alerts: Atlantic Flyway »  |  Central Flyway »

DU Launches New Season of Online Films

DU Films 2016 to premiere in March

Ducks Unlimited is launching the second season of its online film series this month. DU will launch a new film each month, March-August.

Watch this year's films, as well films from last season, at

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DU News: Recent Headlines

In this issue
  • Spring Training for Your Gun Dog
  • Gear Guide: Retriever Gear
  • Beaver Ponds and Breeding Ducks
  • DU Films
  • LGCO Migration HQ
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

Duck Dog

Decoy spreads and retrievers

Dog trainer Mike Stewart explains how to train your dog to deal with distractions like decoy spreads, motion decoys, and jerk strings.

DU TV Duck Dog with Mike Stewart

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

DU Partners

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Waterfowl Recipe

Authentic Duck or Goose "Street" Tacos

Waterfowl Recipe

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