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Ducks Unlimited Podcast is a constant discussion of all things waterfowl; from in-depth hunting tips and tactics, to waterfowl biology, research, science, and habitat updates. The DU Podcast is the go-to resource for waterfowl hunters and conservationists. Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands conservation.
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Reports of recent rain in the Dakotas and Canadian Prairies have stirred optimism among duck hunters already looking forward to the fall. How much rain fell, was it enough to fill wetlands, and did it arrive in time to benefit breeding ducks? Long-time guest Dr. Scott Stephens joins Dr. Mike Brasher and Katie Burke for a mid-May update on habitat c…
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by Kelley Powers and Brook Richard with Higdon Outdoors, MOMarsh, and Power Calls and the trio talk Canada goose calling. Powers, three-time World Goose Calling Champion, among other titles, brings a whole new level of calling capabilities to the DU Podcast. He provides an easy step-by-step guide to improve your capabi…
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This episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast features Mike Valley, a decoy carver, hunter, and commercial fisherman. Host Katie Burke delves into Mike's family history of carving, with his grandfather carving decoys during the Depression and his father continuing the tradition in the 50s until his recent passing. Mike shares insights into the rich c…
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by Kelley Powers and Brook Richard with Higdon Outdoors, MOMarsh, and Power Calls to discuss calling whitefronts. Richard grew up hunting and guiding “specklebellies” in south Louisiana and has followed them north as their main wintering landscapes have shifted. He has called in competitions and is eager to teach other…
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“Sky carp” and “Saving the Tundra” are phrases that have become commonplace in the vernacular of light goose hunters across North America. Although born from well-intentioned conversations around once-hyperabundant light geese and the Light Goose Conservation Order, waterfowl managers consider these derogatory phrases undeserved and unfortunate. On…
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Beginning in spring 2025, for the first time in over 25 years, light geese wintering in Texas will find it a quieter and more welcoming place. That is because in April 2024, Texas became the first state to officially end their use of the Federally allowed Light Goose Conservation Order. On this episode, Kevin Kraai, Texas Parks and Wildlife Departm…
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Spring is a time for waterfowl nesting, and it’s also a time when our feathered friends venture into our neighborhoods and back yards looking for a safe place to lay eggs and raise their brood. On this episode, Dr. Mike Brasher and guest host Dr. Jerad Henson are joined by Tim Jasinski of the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to share expert advi…
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by Kelley Powers and Brook Richard with Higdon Outdoors, MOMarsh, and Power Calls to break the ice on how to become a better duck caller. This step-by-step instruction is designed to help you improve your calling techniques this off season. Richard and Powers offer a simple approach to improvement and they provide real…
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On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, former NFL player and Super Bowl champion, Derek Wolf, shares his background growing up in Northeast Ohio and his introduction to the outdoors through hunting. Despite the challenges, Derek's stepdad introduced him to hunting and football, shaping his passion for both activities. Tune in to hear more …
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by Rusty Creasey, manager of the Coca Cola Woods in Arkansas, for a discussion about the off season. First, the two discuss the highs and lows of the 2023-2024 season and Creasey provides information on a few oddities he saw throughout the duck season. With water off the property, Creasey is preparing to clean up boat …
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On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews John Fandrey, a Wisconsin decoy collector. John shares his introduction to the outdoors as a child, following his father’s passion for duck hunting. John and Katie discuss the many types of decoys in Wisconsin and how the carvers’ styles change throughout the state. Stay tu…
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Host Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher sit down and discuss the hot topics of discussion for duck and goose hunters this spring. It may be turkey season, but avid duck and goose hunters still want to talk about waterfowl. Brasher provides an in-depth overview of avian flu, Season in Review document, habitat conditions, and a few other bits of mus…
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Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Region Migration Editor for ducks.org to talk about the pace of the light goose migration in 2024. Anglin brings insight into the spring migration across the Mississippi and Central Flyways and offers information he has gathered throughout the entire season. Late January’s mild temperatures s…
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Lesser scaup are one of several duck species in North America that have experienced long-term population declines, and despite decades of research, the exact cause of this decline remains unclear. Because of its profound importance as a spring stopover site for migrating scaup and other divers, Pool 19 on the Mississippi River has played a crucial …
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Dr. Johann Walker, DU’s director of operations for the Great Plains region, joins Dr. Mike Brasher for a mid-March update on the status of drought in the prairies and why we should not expect a rapid turnaround. We also learn about the important conservation that continues, why your support is vital, how sustained investments in science are necessa…
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The Forbes Biological Station in Havanna, Illinois, is North American’s oldest inland wildlife research station. Over its 130-year history, it has become one of our greatest sources of scientific information for waterfowl ecology and management. In this episode, Dr. Mike Brasher visits with current staff of the Station – Dr. Auriel Fournier, Josh O…
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On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke continues a series in collaboration with the North American Decoy Collectors Association. The guest, Dave Kneebone, owner of Muddy Water Decoys and a collector, discusses the uniqueness of the association's annual show, highlighting the diverse attendees and the one-of-a-kind room-to-…
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