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Information for DU Members, Volunteers and Supporters
June 15, 2002






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Online Poll Archive
DU Online Poll
Will your summer vacation involve the outdoors?

Yes, I love the
    outdoors.
No, but I’d like to
    be outdoors.
No, I don’t like
     the outdoors.
I wish I had a
    vacation.


Current Results



***2002 Memphis DUGOF***

Thousands Flock to 8th Annual DU Great Outdoors Festival
More than 70,000 people attended the 8th Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. The festival, presented by Suzuki, took place May 31-June 2 on the grounds of the Agricenter International.

The DU Great Outdoors Festival is a collaboration between Ducks Unlimited and Primedia Outdoor Events. The concept is modeled on the European game fairs which are centuries old. Skilled professionals at numerous "sporting villages" guide both novice and experienced enthusiasts in a variety of activities, including archery, clay target shooting, fishing conservation, art, dog training, ATV testing, and camping. ==> Full Story & Photo Gallery



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WATERFOWLING TIPS

Rubber Bands
A special thank you to DU member Todd Lawson of Franklin, TN, for this tip featured in 161 Waterfowling Secrets.

Stray, rattling decoy weights used to drive me crazy before I figured out a way to secure them during transport. First, go to your tire repair shop and ask for an old tire inner tube. Usually, they are glad to give them away. Next, cut the inner tube into 3/8-inch strips, resembling large rubber bands. Then, tie the rubber bands to your decoy weights. This will enable you to firmly secure weights around the heads, keels, or tails, thus reducing paint scratching and noise caused by loose weights.



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BUDWEISER OUTDOORSMAN
OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sandi Beitzel Nominated
Budweiser, the official beer of Ducks Unlimited, has selected its top four candidates for the prestigious 2003 Outdoorsman of the Year Award. Sandi Beitzel, a long-time DU volunteer and a board members since 1998, is one of the four finalists. Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will distribute a $50,000 grant among the winner's conservation groups of choice. ==> Full Story

IN THIS EDITION:

-Latest News: Join the 10 Million Acre Club Today!
-Kids & Education: DU Launches Online Conservation Education Site
-4th of July Special: DU American Flag Poster Special
-2002 Memphis DUGOF: Thousands Flock to 8th Annual DU GOF
-DU Online Auction: 1988 Federal Duck Stamp Medallion Set
-Retriever Tips: Marking Enhancement Part V (Lining)
-Waterfowling Tips: Secure your weights with rubber bands
-Budweiser Outdoorsman of the Year: Sandi Beitzel Nominated
-Wild Game & Fish Recipes: Trent's Famous Creole Duck
-DU Partnerships: Marshall’s Outdoor Products>
-Online Poll: Summer Vacation


***LATEST NEWS***

Join the 10 Million Acre Club Today!
Ducks Unlimited recently conserved its 10 millionth acre of waterfowl habitat in North America. Today, you can help celebrate this conservation milestone and help build the foundation for the next 10 million acres by joining DU's new 10 Million Acre Club. "By joining this distinctive group, you not only honor the achievements of those who came before you, but you will also demonstrate your leadership in helping DU secure the future for North American's waterfowl,"-John Tomke, President of Ducks Unlimited. ==> Find out more.



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***KIDS & EDUCATION***

DU Launches Online Conservation Education Site

Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, has developed a new education section for its web site at http://www.ducks.org. The online resource includes teaching materials for parents and educators, plus educational fun for kids to enjoy.

These new educational resources are available on DU's national website at http://www.ducks.org. "We've divided the education section into two sites - one for kids, and one for educators," says DU's webmaster, Jason Thompson. "You can access both sites from DU's home page." ==> Full Story



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Fourth of July Sale
A great deal from the DU Store just in time for July 4th! For a limited time June 17th to June 28 the Flying Together poster, showcasing an American flag and Pintail, will be offered at a special 2 for 1 price.

For only $14.95 plus $5 shipping and handling, you will be able to have two copies of the most popular poster that Ducks Unlimited has ever featured.

This offer is only available through June 28 so order your posters today!



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***DU AUCTION SPOTLIGHT***

You won't want to miss a week of the DU Online Auction! Over the next several months we will be featuring special First of State, Federal, and State Duck Stamp Print sets. Here is this week's exclusive!

1988 Federal Duck Stamp Medallion Set
This 1988 Federal Duck Stamp print is accompanied by a numbered 24K gold plated medallion with sterling silver snow goose. Created by Daniel Smith, this unique medallion is truly a collector's prize. Also included are a mint stamp and artist-signed stamp. The exclusive print is remarked with a painted sketch of the lesser snow goose, signed by the artist and numbered 5,129/ 6,500. Bidding for this item closes on Wednesday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m. CDT.
==> To bid or for more on DU’s Online Auction




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***RETRIEVER TIPS***

Marking Enhancement Part V (Lining) - By Mike Stewart
A retriever with talent for marking fallen game must master two very important core skills. One is an astute vision of the precise location of the fall. The other is the ability to take and hold an accurate line to the fall area by the most direct, logical route. The dog's ability to arrive at the fall area rapidly and accurately encompasses three elements:
1.memory - the locations of marks
2.taking an accurate initial line
3.holding the line despite influences

==> Full Story



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***GAME/FISH RECIPES***

Duck ala Orange

Check out the updated recipe section, which includes this recipe for duck jambalaya! Recipe sent us by Mick Alfonso Rome, GA

2 large ducks or 4 small ducks Garlic, salt, and pepper to taste 2 oranges 1 to 3 cups of orange juice Toothpicks 1 whole onion per duck

Remove skin from all ducks to be used then place into pan. Season ducks inside and out with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Place one chopped onion in each duck. Fill bottom of pan about one quarter to one half inch deep with orange juice. Cut oranges into slices and place them on the breasts of the ducks and use the tooth picks to hold them in place. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and place in the oven at 350 degrees. Baste ducks with the orange juice in the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes until ducks are done.

==> More recipes


DU PARTNERSHIPS
Marshall’s Outdoor Products


Natural Attraction!
Have you ever thought about bringing the outdoors indoors? Well, with the new Ducks Unlimited ceiling fan line by Marshall’s Outdoor Products, you can do just that! You can pick from a variety of woods, stains, and camo patterns. All fans feature the DU logo on every fan blade and a duck head pull chain.

Marshall’s Outdoor Products launched the new DU line at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas this year, and it was the buzz of the show! Marshall’s also recently exhibited at the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Memphis, TN, and you can visit them at the upcoming Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh, WI, Aug. 16 – 18. For more information, please call Marshall’s Outdoor Products at 225-612-3100 or visit their website, http://www.marshalls-op.com.




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