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DU Announces 'Beards for Conservation' Contest

DU Announces 'Beards for Conservation' Contest

As I see it, there are three key reasons for the current fad that is the "duck hunting beard": It helps hide shiny faces from the ducks' prying eyes; it keeps your cheeks warm in the late season; and, perhaps most of all, it's a source of camaraderie among waterfowlers—no group grows beards like we duck hunters.

However, there's now an all-important fourth reason to grow a duck beard: To support vital conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited's "Beards for Conservation" program. It's a really fun concept. Just download the free app for your iPhone or Android, start a profile (optionally selecting your favorite DU Priority Conservation Area), and then ditch that razor and post photos of your progress.

By encouraging your friends to donate to DU through your personal fundraising page, you also have a shot at some fairly epic prizes. Thanks to contest sponsor Federal Premium Ammunition, first prize is two cases of shotshells plus some other great gear from Federal and DU. Four runners-up will also receive prizes.

My early favorite is this beard grown by Jacob from Arkansas:

Photo Credit: Ducks Unlimited

That work of art is enough to strike fear into the heart of any mallard. And Rebecca from Michigan proves that even women—or beard-challenged individuals such as myself—can take part in this great cause:

Photo Credit: Ducks Unlimited

So, get growing and let's raise some bucks for the ducks.

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