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DU, NWTF, PF and QF Sign Agreement

Four of our largest wild bird conservation organizations—Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever—have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU).

March 14, 2014

Ducks Unlimited Canada: Initial Habitat Report Good to Excellent

Ducks Unlimited Canada has announced that it's initial habitat report suggests a strong breeding season for waterfowl.

February 26, 2014

U.S. Senate Passes 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 on Feb. 4 to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which will decide the fate of nearly $1 trillion and how it will be distributed between agriculture, conservation and food aid programs over the next five years.

February 05, 2014

Fur Prices at 30-Year High—Good for Ducks?

Driven by rising demand in China, Korea, and Russia, fur prices are at a 30-year high.

January 12, 2014

Bird Haven Ranch Duck Hunt

Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum recently spent some time with Ducks Unlimited and Winchester in Butte City, Calif., duck hunting at the breathtaking Bird Haven Ranch. Here's a first-hand look at what she saw.

January 07, 2014

Oil Spill Silver Lining: Money for Duck Habitat

Things are looking up for the waterfowl impacted by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Find out how the settlement money from Deepwater Horizon will benefit duck habitats.

November 20, 2013

Ducks Unlimited Studying Sea Duck Decline

The curious thing about sea ducks is that there are 15 different kinds—constituting 42-percent of all North American species—and yet we know so little about them. Their habitat, in particular their breeding areas, do not lend themselves to study. And, for similar reasons, their population estimates are not considered as accurate, nor are they available across as large a breadth of years as those of divers and dabblers. Perhaps the limited opportunities to hunt them also plays a role in the lack of research. Far more hunters have access to good mallard hunting, for instance, and hunters' dollars drive a vast amount (if not the majority) of waterfowl research.

June 07, 2012

Five Drakes, Five Different Species

Delta Waterfowl posted a must-see photo to its Facebook page this morning:

February 01, 2012

Delta's Senior VP: Pray for Cold & Snow "Up North"

We at Dogs, Shotguns and Other Vices have been praying for a cold front to save our duck season since Thanksgiving, and yet here we are: January 13 and it's still 10-15 degrees above normal without a snowflake in sight across much of the country. This wacky weather cycle has persisted for so long that, according to Delta Waterfowl Senior Vice President John Devney, it has even become a conservation concern. Ducks reaped the benefits of last spring's flooding across the Prairie Pothole Region, but, Devney says, "Mother Nature has flipped the switch."

January 13, 2012

DU Asks Congress for Electronic Duck Stamp

Last week Ducks Unlimited testified in favor of H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. DU says the bill would make the stamp more accessible by providing for its online purchase. Instead of having to run to the post office, hunters would simply purchase a stamp online, print a special receipt and carry the receipt while hunting until the actual stamp arrives by mail. DU also voiced its continued support for raising the cost of the stamp from $15 to $25.

November 01, 2011

Waterfowl Populations: Will This Last?

Many believe we are on the cusp of the best waterfowl season in generations, but do we owe it more to luck than conservation? 

September 27, 2011

Future of Waterfowl Remains Uncertain

As U.S. budget talks continue, the future of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act hangs in the balance.

June 28, 2011

My Opinion on Predator Control: Trap, Baby, Trap!

What's the major determining factor as to whether waterfowl populations go boom or bust? It isn't food resources on the wintering grounds, it isn't disease and it certainly isn't hunting mortality. By a wide margin, it is actually nest success—the more eggs that hatch, the more ducks we can expect in a given population. Other important factors include the survival of ducklings and nesting hens.

June 06, 2011