MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sept. 14, 2021 – This week Ducks Unlimited Television (DU TV) takes you to the Texas coastal prairie. There the DU TV cameras capture great hunting action and we learn more about the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project.
In this episode, co-host Ashley Horobetz hunts with Thunderbird Hunting Club’s Travis Peterson and Forrest and Hunter Steele, sons of Todd Steele, DU Magazine contributing photographer and the club manager. Also sharing the blind is DU biologist and area native Taylor Abshier.
Thunderbird headquarters is south of El Campo, Texas, in the heart of the central flyway’s wintering grounds. Most of the land here is privately held, so DU has worked with landowners for decades, restoring and improving wetlands habitat.
“With Texas being 95% privately owned, it’s key to work with landowners on this landscape,” Abshier said. “This year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project. Over 90,000 acres of habitat restoration has been delivered in that time and DU has worked with over 700 landowners in 28 counties. Through the program we provide survey, design and engineering services to ensure what we build has a minimum lifespan of 10 to 15 years.”
In that 30-year time span, lands utilized by the Thunderbird Hunting Club have benefitted from the program with over 40 projects completed. Club members hunt many of those areas, so DU has substantial impact.
“Thunderbird is what got me involved in Ducks Unlimited,” said Peterson. “Before then I wasn’t really sure what DU did. Then I came to Thunderbird and I could see how beneficial their (DU’s) help is on the landscape. We have learned a lot about waterfowl and wetlands management through DU. Our continued partnership in the future will grow that knowledge, benefitting not only the ducks and geese, but multiple area wildlife species.”
Also included on this episode of DU TV, Phil Bourjaily talks instinctive shooting techniques on “Guns and Gear,” DU CEO Adam Putnam provides more information on the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project on “Insights,” and DU TV co-host Fred Zink instructs the audience on the benefits of soft versus loud calling on “Duck Talk.”
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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.