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October 26, 2011

New Protections for America's Duck Factory

By Hal Herring

Part of the wonder of waterfowl hunting is the wild nature of the birds themselves: tough, wary birds that come from so far away, headed south to places unimagined. The flocks of mallards and gadwalls whirling over your decoys in Missouri or Tennessee began their lives on austere prairie potholes, lakes gouged out by glaciers in times when, although we were still duck hunters, we were wearing hides instead of Gore-Tex and toting atlatls instead of Berettas, Brownings and Mossbergs.

That pothole region of North and South Dakota is now called America’s duck factory, producing up to 50% of our waterfowl in the short, beautiful northern summers. And, thanks to the efforts and money of waterfowlers, and the commitment of prairie landowners, a tremendous effort is underway to protect those wetland resources using a new model of land conservation.

This effort underscores the irreplaceable nature of the money from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and other state and federal conservation programs. Most of all, it is Exhibit A in the power that hunters have to protect what they love through collaboration, the tried-and-true dollars from federal and state waterfowl stamps and the hard work put in--year after year--by the folks at Ducks Unlimited. Please read on, and be inspired.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

HAL GOOD READ

Check this out

Alaska Bird Makes Longest Nonstop Flight Ever Measured

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070913-longest-flight.ht...

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

More proof that conservation is a national and even global issue. If some jackass politicians in the Dakotas decide that it's OK the screw the potholes up, the nations duck hunters suffer.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Incredible story- thanks, Clay.

The bar tailed godwit is quite the athlete of the skies.

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from shane wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

More proof that conservation is a national and even global issue. If some jackass politicians in the Dakotas decide that it's OK the screw the potholes up, the nations duck hunters suffer.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Incredible story- thanks, Clay.

The bar tailed godwit is quite the athlete of the skies.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

HAL GOOD READ

Check this out

Alaska Bird Makes Longest Nonstop Flight Ever Measured

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070913-longest-flight.ht...

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