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Ready on Opening Day

Six tips to prepare for a successful waterfowl opener

It's safe to say that most waterfowlers spend the better part of the off-season looking forward to opening day. We envision a sky black with ducks, imagine them dropping into our decoy spread, and feel ourselves firing the first shot. That anticipation can quickly turn into frustration, however, when we blow that shot.

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September Gear Guide

New guns & gear 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. Take a look at this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and gear for waterfowlers.

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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!

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Duck Numbers Hold Steady

Most species remain well above long-term averages

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations in early August, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Overall duck numbers in the survey area are statistically similar to last year and remain steady. Total populations were estimated at 48.4 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 38 percent above the 1955-2015 long-term average. Last year's estimate was 49.5 million birds. The projected mallard fall flight index is 13.5 million birds, similar to the 2015 estimate of 13.8 million.

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Waterfowler's Notebook: Teal Time

Here's how to bag more bluewings during the early teal season

Most bluewings migrate well before the regular duck season opens. Because of this, the USFWS offers a special early teal season in many states, and it's a real bonus for waterfowl hunters. It provides extra days afield and a chance to tune up skills and equipment before the regular duck season opens. Following are a few tips to help you make the most of teal hunting opportunities in your area.

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DU Films

Watch DU's newest film, Home Grown, online

Ducks Unlimited's newest online film is live on the DU website at The film visits Eric Warren and Steven Gaines, both students at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. Though their days are filled with classes, tests, studies and other commitments, the friends still find time to pursue their passion for waterfowling. Part of that passion includes running the Ducks Unlimited chapter at the university.

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DU Migration Map

Follow the ducks!

The DU Migration Map received a few off-season updates, including a fresh, easy-to-use look and feel and a new Outfitter's Layer, featuring waterfowl hunting outfitter's icons. The early migration is in full swing, as blue-winged teal are being reported up and down the flyways.

Find and submit reports in your area »

DU News: Recent Headlines

In this issue
  • Ready on Opening Day
  • Gear Guide: New Guns & Gear for 2016
  • Duck Numbers 2016
  • DU TV & DU Films
  • Waterfowl 360 & Migration Map
  • ... and more

Rescue Our Wetlands

Duck Tactics

Plucking a duck

Duck Dog

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Duck Calling

Learn the feed call

Duck Gun

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Purina Pro Plan

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Purina Pro Plan

Corporate Partner Spotlight

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Ducks Unlimited TV is back

The 2016 season of DU TV is back for its 20th season on the air. You can watch this season's shows, plus classic episodes, tips, tactics, recipes and more at

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Waterfowl Recipe

Crispy Confit of Duck

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