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The world is so much more than what we know, and only through understanding it better can we make informed decisions. This podcast aims to bring impactful, entertaining and insightful conversations from a global array of guests. Some famous, some you won’t have heard of. From famous explorers, to renowned scientists and just good people, all have a story to tell which we can take something from. Topics are wide ranging, with a backbone centred on conservation, including hunting, fishing, exp ...
 
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Eddie Nickens, contributing editor of Ducks Unlimited magazine, and his son Jack, join host Chris Jennings in studio to discuss their travels over the years. The two were visiting National Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee on their way to an Arkansas duck hunt. Eddie and Jack explained how they built bonds through the outdoors and how things have …
 
As eastern mallards declined in the early 2000s, waterfowl managers developed a new approach for setting duck harvest frameworks in the Atlantic Flyway. Termed “multi-stock management,” this approach steps away from mallards and relies on 4 species that better capture harvest opportunities for eastern hunters. Dr. Min Huang and Dr. Pat Devers rejoi…
 
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 Byron Pace gives a brief run-down of his projects from last year before getting into the first in a new series presented by Swarovski Optik: Living with Nature. Once a month you get to hear from a spectrum of guests from around the globe, from biologists to explorers, answering five questions on how they connect with nature. 1/How do you conne…
 
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…
 
Intro - 00:00 What Are We Talking About Today? - 00:30 Hunting Clothes - 01:06 Swatting Mosquitos in DECEMBER? - 04:04 Go-To Camouflage Patterns - 06:40 Is Scent Block a Myth? - 07:54 Malcom’s Golf Cart ALWAYS Needs Gas - 13:20 Socks Are MORE Important Than Boots - 15:25 Go-To Luxury Hunting Equipment - 18:50 A Good Frost is GREAT for Deer - 20:50 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
(00:00) Intro(00:14) Why Frito’s may one day save your life (02:20) This Mississippi weather has NOT been kind to Hunting(04:14) What and when is The Rut?(09:14) Tactics for hunting The Rut(17:45) What are the stages of The Rut?(26:00) Who is gettin’ The Big Buck this weekend?(29:02) The Secondary Rut(31:50) That Doe that’s never left Waylon’s stan…
 
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…
 
(1:37) Best Food at Deer Camp(3:13) Camo in Como(6:40) Opening Morning(8:05) The 'Doe' Quota(10:51) Mikey's Golf Cart Deer(12:28) Mark LOVES his Golf Cart(14:44) Waylon's Golf Cart trouble(17:03) What does Deer Camp mean to you?(20:53) Jamie’s Deer Camp Memories(22:15) Mark & Mikey's Deer Camp Memories(25:16) Mark & Jamie's Dad NEEDED a bathroom (2…
 
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…
 
(00:00) Intro (0:45) The guys are starting a new tradition for opening weekend(1:56) Everyone has a favorite type of stand (9:12) Malcom’s Fancy Pants Sportsman’s Condo(12:34) Choosing a spot to hole out in(18:39) That time Malcom got lost in Coldwater(21:16) Everyone’s favorite childhood stands(24:00) Mikey once killed 5 does in one evening (26:58…
 
Chief Curator of the Shelburne Museum in Burlington, Vermont, Kory Rogers, joins Katie Burke to discuss the Joel Barber decoy collection. The two chat about Barber’s unique influence on the collecting community as the father of decoy collecting. They also briefly discuss the Shelburne’s new online exhibit, In Plain Sight: Rediscovering Charles Sumn…
 
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