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In the late 1990s, waterfowl harvest managers in the Atlantic Flyway began exploring new approaches to tie harvest regulations for their states to eastern mallards and other duck populations that were the primary source of Atlantic Flyway harvest. Dr. Min Huang, Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Dr. Pat Devers, USFWS, jo…
 
In this inaugural episode of our Fact or Fiction series, hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher give the straight talk on three questions brought to us by our listeners. How much of DU's work occurs on public vs. private land, do you have to register for HIP separately in each state in which you hunt, and does DU provide corn for managed impound…
 
In this concluding episode, Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, explains neck collars, web tags, nasal saddles, geolocators, transmitters, GPS units, and more. How are they used, how have they evolved, and how are scientists using them to learn more than ever about movements, migrations, and behaviors of waterfowl across Nor…
 
Host Katie Burke is joined by wildlife artist, Adam Grimm. Adam is a two-time Federal Duck Stamp winner and two-time DU Artist-of-the-Year. In this conversation, Adam goes into detail discussing his journey to become a professional wildlife artist, particularly, how his love of art and the outdoors came together to in his professional career. The t…
 
Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, rejoins Dr. Mike Brasher for a “bird nerd” discussion about waterfowl banding. This episode covers everything from the basics of what it is and when it happens to more detailed coverage of reward bands, survival estimation, calculating population size using the “Lincoln-Petersen” method, a…
 
An alternative recipe for your harvested ‘fowl, the DU Podcast and Dr. J.-M. DeVink bring you a French-inspired dish that pairs well with red wine and a blustery winter day – Acadian duck pie. Perfect for any species of waterfowl or wild game, including those considered less than stellar table fare, J.-M. steps through the recipe and provides educa…
 
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by several members of the Stanfield Hunting Outfitter's team, including; Blake Poppe, Josh Stoner, and photographer Lexie Burdick. Lexie tells how she ended up taking a job with Stanfield Hunting Outfitters, then Blake and Josh get on and the guys talk tough hunting, the coming cold weather, and life around T…
 
Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Migration Editor, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss the incoming cold front happening New Year’s Day. This influx of cold weather throughout much of the Central and Mississippi Flyway could have major impacts on waterfowl wintering in mid-latitude states. Anglin shares local and regional updates across Illinois, Ohio, Ind…
 
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver look at the extremely warm weather in most of the United States and the impact on duck and goose hunting at the bottom of the flyway. Andy shares every waterfowl guides pet peeve, they look at the current playoff picture in the NFL and a crazy Karen on an airplane.By Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver
 
Dr. Chris Nicolai, waterfowl scientist for Delta Waterfowl, joins Dr. Mike Brasher for an extended, in-depth discussion about the science and application of marking individual birds. In the first of 3 episodes, we discuss the early days of marking, the type of data and information gathered from it, its advantages over other methods of study, and ho…
 
Join Chris, Mike, & Katie as they take a walk down memory lane discussing Christmas presents from their youth, reflecting on Christmas traditions, and considering why Dec 25th might be the safest day for the ducks. You'll also hear songs recorded by local Ducks Unlimited staff and a Christmas letter reading from all of us to all of you! We hope you…
 
Past Editor-in-Chief of Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Stan Van Etten, joins host, Katie Burke, to chat about the magazine’s 20-year run. The duo reminisces about some of the magazine’s great articles over years of its publication. Stan discusses what led him to start the publication of the magazine, as well as his reason for retiring i…
 
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by the owner of Blind Grass Camouflage system, Jay Thomas. Blind Grass specializes in manufacturing synthetic grass for waterfowl blinds. The guys discuss the difficulty of managing inventory with the pandemic, duck hunting in southern Louisiana, and what future products to expect from Blind Grass.…
 
Dr. Jean Michel DeVink, DU Canada’s National Manager of Conservation Planning, joins the DU Podcast to share bits of scientific expertise and culinary insights from his journey to becoming a better cook of wild game. We discuss an introductory fajita recipe, slow cooking goose legs, wild game during the holiday season, and other elements that even …
 
Fresh off a November elk harvest, Dr. Ray Alisauskas of Environment and Climate Change Canada joins the podcast to discuss early data on productivity of Mid-continent light geese in 2021. Evidence continues to indicate a “nose-diving” population trajectory for snow and Ross’s geese in the mid-continent. Earlier spring thaw and phenological mismatch…
 
Dr. Heath Hagy rejoins the podcast to continue a discussion about how plants differ in their value to waterfowl. From smartweed and millet to oaks and corn, this episode covers a plethora of plants commonly mentioned in waterfowl management and discusses the good, bad, and ugly. Are all exotic plants bad for waterfowl, are all grasses and sedges of…
 
Dr. Heath Hagy, waterfowl ecologist for the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System, joins host Dr. Mike Brasher to discuss the diversity of wetland plants and how they differ in their value to waterfowl. Beginning with a reflection on the history of waterfowl food habits and its importance to effective management, this episode launches our explorati…
 
Most get their first introduction to the world’s leader in wetlands conservation by attending a local banquet or other style of event. David Schuessler, DU national director of event fundraising and R3 programs, joins Chris Jennings to talk about DU’s successful event system. Schuessler shares some of the history and the current successes of today.…
 
Luke Naylor, AGFC waterfowl program coordinator, joins the DU Podcast to talk about hunting and habitat in Arkansas as the state prepares reopen the season after the first split. Naylor explains that water is a major problem throughout the Natural State and landscape-level water is what attracts and holds ducks. Some success was reported during the…
 
For the fourth installment of the History series, Dan Thiel returns to discuss with host, Katie Burke, the impact of Thomas C. Main on the newly founded Ducks Unlimited. Main was DU’s first General Manager in Canada and had a significant impact on the early conservation work done in the organization. Dan and Katie walk through those early years of …
 
John Pollmann, freelance contributor for DU Magazine and ducks.org, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss running traffic for ducks and geese. This common reference is used by hunters who can’t quite be on the ‘X’, but can get in the flight line to try and divert birds into their decoys. The two share some personal experiences, along with tactics fr…
 
Jeff Stanfield & Andy Shaver are joined by Split Reed columnist, Ryan Barnes. Ryan has been waterfowl hunting with Stanfield Hunting Outfitters the past few days and the guys discuss the last few days of goose hunting, everything going on at Split Reed, editing Jeff's Split Reed article 'Cleatus & Ollie', and the state of the waterfowl migration.…
 
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