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Ducks Unlimited Podcast

English, Sciences, 8 seasons, 562 episodes, 10 hours, 43 minutes
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 waterfowlers and conservationists. Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands conservation.
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Ep. 569 – Wisconsin Decoys with Collector John Fandrey

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 tuned to learn more about John’s journey into decoy collecting and Wisconsin decoy
4/11/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 568 – Discussion Topics for Duck Hunters this Spring

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 must-know
4/9/202438 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 567 – Light Goose Conservation Order Wrap Up

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Region Migration Editor for 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 sent the spring migration into overdrive, but as the geese pushed further north, they have run into the snowline along the US and Canadian
4/4/202422 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 566 – Why are Scientists Banding Scaup, Canvasbacks, and Redheads on Pool 19?

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 role in numerous scientific studies. In this episode, PhD candidate Cheyenne Beach and field assistant extraordinaire Jack Johnson join Dr. Mike Brasher to explain why so many divers show up on Pool 19 each spring; what we hope to learn from long-term banding of scaup, canvasbacks, and redheads; and how an ongoing GPS tracking study is helping understand how the invasive faucet snail may affect scaup health and
4/2/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 565 – Prairie Conditions, the Specter of Restrictive Seasons, and a Commitment to Conservation

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 necessary to identify and adapt to changes across the landscapes, and why at the end of the day personal relationships are what make conservation possible. Lastly, what can be said about the possibility of restrictive seasons in light of declining populations and continuing drought, and what does it mean for our conservation work?
3/28/202436 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 564 – Dedication to a Place – 130 Years of Waterfowl and Wildlife Science in the Illinois River Valley

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 Osborne, and Therin Bradshaw – to celebrate the 130-year anniversary; pay tribute to its pioneering leaders of the name Forbes, Bellrose, Havera, and others; and reflect on the Station’s contributions on topics including wood ducks, migration ecology, aerial surveys, lead poisoning, sanctuary management, wetland management, foraging ecology, and new research on duck foods and the effect of hunting disturbance on bird movements. And hear also what it’s like to flip through the pages of an 84-year-old field notebook of Dr. Frank
3/26/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 563 – Exploring the Illinois River Decoy Legacy with Dave Kneebone

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-room trading experience. The pair also discusses the unique aspect of Illinois River Style decoys and their influence on carving in the area.
3/21/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 562 – Trust In Food and DU Partner to Deliver Sustainable Ag and Ranching Practices

America’s farmers and ranchers feed and clothe our families and steward our lands. More than ever, they are among DU’s strongest partners in accelerating the pace and scale of conservation. In this episode, Dr. Mike Brasher and Billy Gascoigne, DU’s director of agriculture and strategic partnerships, are joined by Amy Skoczlas-Cole and Jimmy Emmons from Trust In Food, a Farm Journal Initiative, to discuss our organizations’ growing partnership. Learn how new initiatives in regenerative agriculture and ranching being developed in collaboration with DU are helping the bottomline of farmers while improving our environment and helping sustain
3/19/202455 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 561 – Field Trails or Hunting Dog… Do you have to choose?

Shawn Stahl, producer for RNT-V and Purina Pro Plan Ambassador, joins host Chris Jennings to talk about Stahl’s Labrador retriever, Karl. Stahl’s retriever travels the country with him during waterfowl season, but competed in field trials throughout the summer, giving him a full year-round experience. While not everyone agrees to having a dog that does both, Stahl explains the reasons why he allowed Karl to compete on a national level throughout the off season. The two also dig deeper into field trials and Stahl shares some tips for getting involved and why he felt it was important for his retriever to live in both
3/14/202435 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 560 – Josh Brewer, Master Decoy Carver

On the episode of the Ducks Unlimited Podcast, Katie Burke interviews decoy carver, Josh Brewer. Brewer describes his unique journey in the profession from carving and competiting as a kid to a career in family medicine and then finally returning back to carving full time. Together they discuss Brewer’s influences in carving and his evoluntion of a carver.
3/12/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 559 – Improve Your Hunting Content on Social Media

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Matt Harrison, communications specialist for Ducks Unlimited, to discuss improving your social media content. Harrison formerly worked as full-time content creator for several brands and social outlets. His insights into creating content and getting started may help improve your approach to posting hunting content on your social media. The two discus everything from equipment to approaching brands to work with on a regular basis. If you want to improve the way you post social content, give this show a
3/7/202449 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 558 – Adventures on the High Seas with Polar Expeditionist and Ornithological Badass, Dr. Sarah Gutowsky

First-time guest and recent DU Canada postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Sarah Gutowsky, joins Dr. Mike Brasher for a trip around the world studying birds, leading polar expeditions, and an immersive life in science and conservation. Having visited some of Earth’s most remote and inaccessible locations, including Midway Atoll in the North Pacific, Wrangel Island in the Chukchi Sea, the Kuril Islands and the Sea of Okhotsk, Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the South Atlantic, Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, and the New Zealand sub-Antarctic Islands, Sarah brings a view of the wonder and expansiveness of our planet that few possess. What advice does she have for others seeking a similar career, what was it like to meet “Wisdom,” the oldest known wild bird on Earth, was being seasick for 2 consecutive weeks worth the payoff, and what did we learn from her recent research on common eiders and harlequin ducks? See for yourself why we’ve dubbed Sarah our “ornithological badass.”
3/5/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 557 – Uncovering Flushing Dogs with National Champion English Cocker Trainer Jordan Horak

On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John Gordon interviews English Cocker Spaniel specialist Jordan Horak. He shares insights into the these dynamic little dogs capabilities, highlighting their skills both as upland bird flushers and waterfowl retrievers. Learn more about the unique traits and hunting abilities of English Cockers, and flushing dogs in general for those more familiar with the retriever
2/29/202455 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 556 – "One of the Worst Hunting Seasons in Memory”—The 2023–24 Season in Review

Well, here it is— a look back on what has been referred to as “one of the worst hunting seasons in memory.” Co-hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Jim Ronquest, Vice President of Development for Drake Waterfowl, to discuss the season from start to finish, north to south, and east to west. Numerous factors conspired to make the 2023-24 season a challenging one for even the most seasoned hunters, including low breeding populations, El Nino, widespread drought, limited snowfall, record low ice cover, and temperature swings from record warmth to record cold. As one season ends another begins, and the group looks ahead to dry conditions on the prairies and what is needed to turn things around.
2/27/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 555 – Eastern Shore Hunting and Decoy Carving with Greyson Chesser

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke visits Grayson Chesser's decoy shop in Virginia. Grayson, a decoy carver and hunting guide, shares his background in hunting and the deep connection his family has with the land. Greyson also describes how the history of the region has influenced his carving and how the relationship with fellow decoy carvers has enriched his life and
2/22/202458 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 554 – Monthly Roundup – Season’s End, Duck Science, Snakes in the Pit, and Upcoming Projects

A hard freeze followed by rapid warm up and widespread rain made for an interesting and somewhat productive end to the 2023-24 hunting season. Chris Jennings, Katie Burke, and Dr. Mike Brasher look back on the closing weeks of the season and discuss other recent happenings around the waterfowl world. Mike reports on a jam-packed but rejuvenating week with science colleagues at the North American Duck Symposium, status of duckDNA, and future podcast episodes. Chris shares stories from his final weeks, including SHOT show and an unwelcome encounter with snakes in a pit blind in late January, while Katie reports on successful hunts in Mississippi and upcoming podcast recordings and new happenings with the Waterfowling Heritage Center.
2/20/202444 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 553 – Exploring the World of Sporting Dogs: Training, Nutrition, and Longevity

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John Gordon sits down with Ray Voigt, former professional retriever trainer and current Purina senior specialist, and Karl Gunzer, Purina Sporting Dog Group Director, discussing all things dogs. They talk about their love for sporting breeds, canine nutrition, training tips, and the Bird Dog Hall of Fame. If you're a dog lover, this episode is a must-listen as they dive into the history and importance of sporting
2/15/202457 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 552 – Young Ducks Team up with an Old Dawg for Ring-necks and Conservation

Dr. Mike Brasher recently joined the crew from Campus Waterfowl for an opportunity to reconnect with his roots, as he shared a soggy morning in the cypress swamp with current and former students of his alma mater, Mississippi State University. This episode, which originally aired on Campus Waterfowl, recaps an exciting ring-neck hunt and shines a spotlight on the passion this group has for waterfowl and wetland conservation through their work on the Mississippi State chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Joining on the podcast were Derek Christians of Campus Waterfowl and Drew Brown and Hunter Yelverton from Mississippi State. The group also discussed duckDNA, the exciting project that is connecting duck hunters with scientists to inform some of today’s most ground-breaking research.
2/13/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 551 – Migration Alert: Light Goose Spring Migration Kicks Into OVERDRIVE

In this episode, host Chris Jennings talks with Jay Anglin about the rapid movement of geese in the Mid-South and Northwest regions. They highlight the unpredictability of the birds' movements and how scouting can sometimes be ineffective due to their fast pace. Jennings and Anglin also mention the presence of juveniles in this year's migration, which is a departure from previous years. Overall, they provide insights into the current state of migration and the excitement it brings for
2/8/202414 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 550 – Interview with Rick Milligan: Call and Decoy Collector

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews guest Rick Milligan, a call and decoy collector. Rick shares his passion for collecting and discusses those who served as mentors to him in the field. They also talk about an upcoming exhibition in the museum and delve into Rick's introduction to the outdoors and hunting. Tune in to hear Rick's journey as an outdoorsman and call
2/6/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 549 – Sydnie Wells and Barstool Take Over the DU Podcast!

Buckle Up for fun and laughter as Sydnie Wells of Barstool Outdoors joins Dr. Mike Brasher on this special episode with first-time duck hunters Wonton Don and Feitelberg of Barstool Sports, along with DU’s own Matt Harrison and Mallori Murphey. Topics include anxious energy amid the morning darkness, mallards backpedaling over decoys, shooting clays among friends, bird migration and the importance of conservation, neckties in the timber, and our love of sharing outdoor experiences with
2/1/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 548 – Species Profile: Brant (re-air)

In this special edition re-air of the brant species profile, Dr. Mark Lindberg shares insights from his 30+ year career as a waterfowl scientist on arguably the most fascinating of all North American geese. The episode begins with a discussion about taxonomy, distribution, epic migrations, changes in wintering distributions, foraging ecology, and different behaviors and productivity observed among individual birds. The episode concludes with discussions about brant breeding ecology, its population status, harvest estimates, and changes in survival and productivity driven by complex interactions between climate and biology. Looking forward, Dr. Lindberg ponders what the future might hold for this species as the regions and habitats it relies on continue to be modified by changing climate, human activities, and other
1/30/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 547 – Pacific Flyway Update and “The Big Four” of DU’s Western Region

Dr. Mike Brasher is joined by Jeff McCreary, director of operations for DU’s Western Region, for a recap of the 2023-24 waterfowl season and the struggles it delivered to Pacific Flyway hunters. Jeff shares observations from California, reflects on low breeding population estimates from Alaska in 2023, and describes the season for many as the worst ever. Also discussed are “The Big Four” priority geographies in the Pacific Flyway and looking forward to breeding conditions for local
1/25/202425 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 546 – Edge of the Bering Sea: Life and Learning at a Brant Research Camp

Dr. Mike Brasher reunites with graduate students Jordan Thompson and Caroline Blommel and research assistants Lydia Martin, Laura Wallace, and Jacob Tepsa to recount their summer experiences at a remote brant research camp on Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. The group reflects on primitive living, the beauty and solitude of an Alaskan landscape, unique bird life, quirky books, scientific understanding, entertaining stories, going months without a shower, and lifelong
1/23/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 545 – Great Lakes Region Habitat and Hunting Update

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Region migration editor for, and the two discuss the impacts of the most recent winter storm which barreled into the Great Lakes last week. As the season’s closed across many Great Lakes states, the region remained very mild, leaving ducks and geese to hold tight. The recent winter storm sent them packing from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, northern Indiana and Illinois. With a quick thaw in the short-term forecast, hunters who hunt in areas where the seasons are still open, may be in for a strong
1/18/202415 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 544 – Monthly Roundup: Questions from Listeners, Arctic Blast, and Family Bonds of Duck Hunting

Dr. Mike Brasher and Katie Burke are on location at a family hunting camp in the Mississippi Delta for the January roundup. Joined by DU Podcast producer, Chris Isaac, and return guest Dr. Ronal Roberson, the group reflects on the morning hunt and tackles recent questions from listeners, including the ethics of water swatting and origins of the term “bull” when referring to studly drakes. Also discussed are the incoming Arctic weather, lingering drought, and family bonds built around duck
1/16/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 543 – Inside the Workshop: A Conversation with Decoy Carver Pete Peterson

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host sits down with renowned decoy carver Mr. Pete Peterson. They discuss Pete's background in the outdoors and hunting, his journey into the world of decoy carving, and his passion for preserving the art of decoy making. Listeners get a glimpse into Pete's workshop and his incredible craftsmanship. Tune in for a fascinating conversation with a true master of his
1/11/202443 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 542 – What’s Up with Low Duck Numbers?

Dr. Scott Stephens joins Dr. Mike Brasher live and in-person to discuss the latest chatter about low duck numbers, drought, and challenging hunting conditions. Most importantly, what factors are at play, and should we be surprised? Dr. Stephens also provides an update on drought conditions on the prairies and discusses a recent career change that brings him back to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Welcome back, Scott!!
1/9/202429 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 541 – ConocoPhillips & Ducks - A Novel Partnership for Wetlands Conservation

In addition to being one of the world’s leading exploration and production companies based on both production and reserves, ConocoPhillips is the largest private wetlands owner in Louisiana. John Harrington, Director of ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands, and Cassidy Lejeune, DU Director of Conservation Programs, share the inspirational story of an innovative partnership that is restoring and protecting vital wetlands and migratory bird habitat in coastal Louisiana and across North
1/4/202452 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 540 – Camo and Story Telling with Logan Webster of Camo Retro

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, Katie  welcomes Logan Webster, founder of Camo Retro. They discuss Logan's background in the outdoors and his love for waterfowl. Logan expresses his gratitude for the mentors who introduced him to the outdoors and shares his experience growing up hunting. Logan speaks on his love of story-telling and how the connection or story and objects led him to create his business. Tune in to hear more about Logan's journey and his passion for the outdoors.
1/2/202459 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 539 – Dropping Ducks and Shooting Snipe with Winchester Ammo

Few activities are better for strengthening partnerships and building memories than bird hunts afield. On this episode, Dr. Mike Brasher is joined by Jake Wallace of Winchester Ammunition, Will Brantley of Field and Stream, and Mallori Murphey of Ducks Unlimited to share stories from a recent weekend featuring new products from Winchester, successful duck hunts, first experiences with snipe hunting, the perils of gumbo mud, ammo manufacturing insights, and a shared commitment to
12/28/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 538 – Late-Season Tactics for Ducks and Geese

Host Chris Jennings is joined by John Pollmann, Ducks Unlimited magazine contributor, to talk about a feature article Pollmann wrote for an upcoming issue. Pollmann discuss multiple tips he gleaned from waterfowl experts across the country. As winter shuffles into your region, ducks and geese begin behavioral shifts due to weather, feeding habits, or available habitat. These tips may offer some useful tactics to target these late-season birds, even when the hunting gets difficult.
12/26/202332 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 537 – Species Profile: Northern Pintail

Known by many names – sprig, pinny, bull – but unmistakable in appearance, the northern pintail is one of North America’s most recognizable, graceful, and well-studied duck species. Unfortunately, much of that attention was garnered because of dramatic population declines and the mystery surrounding it. Dr. Scott Stephens joins Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher to profile this iconic species, discussing its ecology, population status, causes of its decline, and conservation
12/21/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 536 – Monthly Roundup: Easton, Status of the Migration & duckDNA

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, hosts Dr. Mike Brasher, Katie Burke, and Chris Jennings provide updates on recent activities and upcoming events in waterfowl conservation and hunting. They discuss their recent trips, including Katie's visit to Easton for podcast content and museum-related activities. Tune in to get the latest updates in the world of
12/19/202344 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 535 – Managing GTR's: A New Approach in Arkansas

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Trey Reid, Arkansas Game and Fish Commision assistant chief of communications to talk about Arkansas hunting conditions and several key programs they are doing to conserve and promote waterfowl hunting. The two discuss Greentree Reservoir conservation and the WRICE program.
12/14/202353 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 534 – Innovations in Outdoor Gear: A Conversation with DRAKE

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John interviews Justin Carpenter, the senior vice president and director of brand strategy at Drake Waterfowl. They discuss the behind-the-scenes process of product development and the great gift options available for Christmas. Justin also shares his recent hunting experiences and the challenges of duck and pheasant hunting in cold weather. Tune in to learn more about Drake Waterfowl's partnership with Ducks Unlimited and their dedication to creating quality products for waterfowl
12/12/202350 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 534 – Species Profile: The Mallard

Hosts Dr. Mike Brasher and Chris Jennings dive into North America’s most populous waterfowl species in this episode. Brasher and Jennings expand the mallard conversation into its entire life cycle, preferred habitats, and even close relatives. This is the all-things mallard episode you’ve been waiting for.
12/7/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 533 – South Carolina Ducks, Habitat, Hunting, and Research

Molly Kneece, waterfowl biologist for South Carolina DNR, makes her podcast debut by discussing ducks, dogs, habitat, and public hunting opportunities in The Palmetto State. Kneece takes us on a virtual tour of her state, sharing her career path, identifying the most harvested ducks in the state, updating on early season hunting and habitat, highlighting new duck research and data collection in the state, and describing how South Carolina was once the rice production capital of the U.S.
12/5/202337 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 532 – Great Plains, Central Flyway Habitat and Hunting Update

Host Chris Jennings is joined by John Pollmann, DU Central Flyway migration editor, and the two discuss the current conditions in much of the Central Flyway. Pollmann, a South Dakota native, offers insight into his season along with an update from throughout the region. He describes quite the lull in migration as temperatures have remained fairly mild, even warmer than normal. Reports he is hearing is that North Dakota, and some parts of the Canadiana Prairie are still holding a significant number of mallards and Canada
12/1/202322 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 531 – Diving Ducks on Kentucky Lake, Kids Afield, and More

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Will Brantley, Field & Stream magazine hunting editor, to discuss Brantley’s feature in Ducks Unlimited magazine, Divers the Hard Way. Brantley and Jennings share stories about adventures the two have been on in the past, and what hunting with the next generations means to them. Both share stories about hunting with their kids, and offer some helpful advice to those taking kids afield.
11/30/202341 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 530 – From Challenger to Champion: Mike Anderson

2009 World Duck Calling Champion Mike Anderson joins the DU Podcast to talk calls, calling and his favorite pastime, chasing river ducks.  Anderson takes us on his journey from childhood to putting in the time and road miles that lead to becoming World Champion. We also discuss his favorite competition and hunting style calls and how Rich-N-Tone founder Butch Richenback mentored him all the way to the top of the contest calling mountain.
11/28/202352 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 529 – Thanksgiving Narrative: "Duck Blind Intervention"

Our Thanksgiving show, plucked from the DU Magazine archives (Nov/Dec 2007), is a humorous story about the idiosyncrasies of waterfowl hunters. "Duck Blind Intervention" written by Doug Larson and narrated by Tom
11/23/202321 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 528 – Texas Habitat and Hunting Update

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Kevin Kraai, waterfowl program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to talk about habitat in across the state of Texas. With Texas covering such a vast area, and featuring so many types of waterfowl habitat, Kraai explains that there is good habitat is some areas, but many of the traditional hunting areas are still waiting on rain. Hear more about a wrap up on teal season, and expectations for improved habitat as the season progresses.
11/21/202330 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 527 – Monthly Roundup: Weather Changes, Avian Flu, duckDNA, and Dogs of Chernobyl

Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher discuss updates from across the world of waterfowl. Reports are emerging of minor avian flu outbreaks across the US. What do you need to know? How have recent weather patterns influenced migration and hunting. What’s behind above average duck counts in Missouri and record lows in Louisiana? Get the latest update on duckDNA, and learn about new science on the dogs of Chernobyl. Lastly, we dispel myths about HIP certification and harvest
11/16/202347 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 526 – Exploring the World of Fine Sporting Arms

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke is joined by Wes Dillon, an independent consultant for the firearms industry, and Josh Loewensteiner, Fine Arms Division Head with Guyette and Deeter. They discuss the G&D Fine Sporting Arms Auction and the enthusiasm in the market for high-quality sporting guns. Wes and Josh share their background growing up in a hunting and outdoor environment and joining the Fire Arms industry. Wes shares the story of when the legendary gun, Bo Whoop was found and auctioned. The trio also discuss some interesting parts of American fire arms history.
11/14/20231 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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Ep. 525 – Great Lakes Hunting and Habitat Update

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin, WF360 Great Lakes migration editor, and the two discuss current conditions across the Great Lakes Region. Anglin, who keeps a keen eye on the migration in the region went into detail about Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin, while touching on other Great Lakes states. Warmer temperatures have the puddle duck migration stalled out, but Anglin has heard of many hunters overcoming this and having success. For more details, download and
11/9/202321 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 524 – OnX and Ducks Unlimited: A New Partnership

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Tim Fehringer, national director of event fundraising for DU, and Lake Pickle, social marketing director for OnX, and the trio discuss the new Ducks Unlimited layer built within the OnX app. Fehringer explains how the relationship between the two companies began and shares what the new layer will offer users. Pickle goes into detail about the benefits of OnX for waterfowl hunters and some of the new features for this year.
11/7/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 523 – Hierarchy of Waterfowl from a Culinary Perspective

Which ducks or geese do you prefer as table fare? Some hunters prefer certain species over others, yet Scott Leysath, Ducks Unlimited magazine cooking columnist explains why hunters should approach every species the same way in the kitchen. Host Chris Jennings and Leysath share some personal experiences with different species of waterfowl as they discuss the best, and worst ways to cook ducks and
11/2/202335 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 522 – Uncovering Haunting Tales: Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins; feat. Expanded Perspectives Podcast

Do strange and spooky things happen while hunting?  In this Halloween special episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Kyle Philson and Cam Hale from the Expanded Perspectives Podcast. This episode explores a few spooky hunting destinations, bizarre stories and some of the folklore associated with them. The hosts talk about these locations, share their reactions, and Dr. Mike takes on the role of debunking and searching for facts. Get ready to have some fun and be spooked by stories of ghosts, ghouls, and more!Make sure you also check out the Expanded Perspectives podcast here…
10/31/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 521 – Iconic Winchester Ammunition Joins DU Podcast

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jake Wallace, marketing brand and content coordinator for Winchester Ammunition, and the two discuss the iconic “Big Red W” and all-things Winchester Ammunition. Wallace shares his interesting background as a competitive shooter before joining Winchester. Wallace goes into detail about several new loads for waterfowlers launched in the last couple of
10/30/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 520 – Winter Strikes Prairie Canada, Ducks and Geese on the Move

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Dr. Scott Stephens, Director of Conservation Strategy and Support for Ducks Unlimited Canada, to discuss this week’s massive cold front that hit Prairie Canada, potentially kicking off a massive migration out of the region. Stephens explains that some areas received upwards of five to six inches of snow and freezing temperatures that will stick around. While not all ducks and geese will move south by the weekend, Stephens feels that within a week, that may be the
10/27/202327 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 520 – El Nino, Winter Forecast, and FowlWeather with Dr. Mike Schummer

Dr. Mike Schummer, Roosevelt Waterfowl Ecologist at SUNY ESF, joins host Dr. Mike Brasher to discuss an incoming winter storm, how it will influence duck migration, and the implications of Siberian snow cover and a moderate El Nino for winter weather forecasts across eastern North America. Dr. Schummer also shares insights from early-season duck hunts in New York, an exciting update on his new podcast project, The FowlWeather Podcast, and common ground for
10/26/202345 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 519 – Waterfowl Recipes: International Flavors

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Scott Leysath, Ducks Unlimited magazine cooking columnist, to discuss a variety of unique waterfowl recipes. Leysath’s feature from the July/Aug issue – International Flavors – offers some excellent opportunities to expand your culinary expertise. He dives into each of the six recipes and explains why he chose these specific recipes for this
10/24/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 518 – Discovering the Easton Waterfowl Festival

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Lyndee Zeller, the festival director for the Easton Waterfowl Festival. They discuss what makes the Easton Waterfowl Festival unique compared to other festivals of its kind. Zeller highlights the small-town charm and rich heritage of the Eastern Shore, bringing together the traditions of watermen, culture, and sporting. The festival, which has been running for 52 years, stays true to its conservation mission while showcasing Eastern Shore art, food, and sporting activities. Listeners get a taste of the area's delicacies such as oysters and crabs, as well as enjoy calling contests, decoys, antiques, and
10/19/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 517 – Texas to Table: Chef Ric Rosser and Micro-Local Cuisine

10/17/202350 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 516 – Interview with Cooper Rossner: Contemporary Decoys and Carving Mentors

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Cooper Rossner from Guyette and Deeter. Cooper shares his journey from teaching high school to becoming a decoy carver and working with Guyette and Deeter. Cooper shares the impact that decoy carving  mentors like Jamie Hand and George Strunk have had on his career. He also gives us the ins and outs of Guyette and Deeter’s Weekly Online
10/12/202357 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 515 – Pro Tips for Traveling with Your Firearm

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Phil Bourjaily, Ducks Unlimited magazine shotgunning columnist, to discuss traveling with a firearm. Bourjaily, no stranger to traveling around the world with a shotgun, offers some helpful tips to keep you on schedule for your next adventure. The pair talk about cases, extra guns, and several experiences they’ve had when traveling for a shoot or a waterfowl hunt.
10/10/202332 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 514 – Innovative Growth in Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation

Mike Sertle, manager of conservation programs, and Sara Burns, water program specialist, join Dr. Mike Brasher to share the exciting story of how DU is growing conservation through innovative partnerships around the many benefits of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. From water quality to flood water retention and coastal resiliency, DU’s new work in Sustainability and Nature-based Solutions is attracting more partners, funding sources, and ideas to our waterfowl and wetlands conservation
10/5/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 513 – The Art and Science of Making Duck Calls

On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Brian Byers, a callmaker and collector, are at RnT’s Callapalooza in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Byers discusses the evolution of the event, including the call build-offs. The two also discuss Byers' passion for callmaking and the detail and science behind making one of a kind custom calls. He also describes in detail the work that goes into creating a winning call for the NWTF call making
10/3/202354 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 512 – duckDNA: Engaging Hunters in the Study of Waterfowl Genetics and Hybridization

Ducks Unlimited and the University of Texas at El Paso announce the launch of duckDNA, a new project where waterfowl hunters will collect and submit tissue samples from harvested ducks for genetic analysis. Participants will be contributing to cutting-edge science, and in exchange will receive certificates of genetic analysis for their harvested ducks. Join Dr. Phil Lavretsky, Dr. Mike Brasher, and Ashley Tunstall to learn how you can get involved. duckDNA: Where You Become the Scientist!
9/28/202342 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 511 – Inside DU TV with Videographer Austin Brown

In this episode of the DU Podcast, dedicated Arkansas outdoorsman and freelance videographer Austin Brown joins host and DUTV producer John Gordon. Together, they dive into the fascinating world of waterfowl hunting TV, shedding light on the intricate challenges that come with capturing the essence of this beloved outdoor sport on
9/26/202338 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 510 – Bonus: Great Plains States Habitat and Hunting Preview

Host Chris Jennings is joined by John Pollmann, WF360 Central Flyway migration editor, for a quick roundup of Great Plains habitat conditions. Pollmann notes that the Dakotas are looking very good, based on North Dakota Game and Fish Commission reports, and the same goes for South Dakota. Optimism from waterfowl habitat managers and hunters is running high. Meanwhile, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma desperately need precipitation in some areas. It’s time to start keeping a close eye on the weather as waterfowl seasons in the northern portions of the US are kicking
9/22/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 509 – Science of Ducks Unlimited Canada

Dr. Matt Dyson, DU Canada waterfowl research scientist, and Dr. Mike Brasher join forces to discuss the exciting growth and application of science in waterfowl and wetland conservation across Canada. Matt shares insights on the ecology of boreal forests, effects of wildfires on waterfowl, difficulties of studying ducks in this vast landscape, and new science by DUC colleagues. Matt also recalls stories from his upbringing and accepts the challenge of identifying his favorite fish.
9/21/202351 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 508 – Barstool Outdoors Joins the DU Podcast

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Sydnie Wells, host of Barstool Outdoors. Wells explains how she became a part of Barstool, and discusses what her experiences have been hosting the show. Wells, an avid deer hunter also shares some of her best days afield, including hunting with her father, Tim Wells. As a strong advocate for conservation, Wells explains how others can create compelling content to engage with a broad audience from a hunter’s
9/19/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 507 – Ducks, Farmers, and Partners in the Farm Bill

For nearly 4 decades, the U.S. Farm Bill has stood as the most influential piece of legislation for improving waterfowl habitat on private land across America. With it now up for renewal, Julia Peebles and Zach Hartman join Dr. Mike Brasher to share how DU is working with ag and conservation groups to advocate for a Farm Bill that prioritizes the needs of American farmers and ranchers while delivering robust funding for voluntary, incentive-based conservation to benefit ducks, wildlife, and
9/14/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 506 – Hiking for Ducks: The Stamp It Forward Journey & Fundraiser

On this special bonus episode of the Ducks Unlimited Podcast, host Katie Burke checks in with Sam Soholt as he hikes 100 miles in the Prairie Pothole region to raise money to buy Federal Ducks Stamps. Sam is the co-owner of Public Land Tees and created this fundraiser, Stamp It Forward, 5 years ago. In an effort to, reach 100,000 dollars to buy 4,000 duck stamps he decided to hike 100 miles in 3 days. The DU Podcast catches up with Sam on Day 1 at mile 23 of his adventure. You can help support Sam and the Stamp It Forward team by donating
9/13/202321 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 505 – Exploring the World of Duck Stamps: A Conversation with Artists Kira Sabin and Adam Grimm

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke introduces two special guests, artists Kira Sabin and Adam Grimm, who discuss the upcoming federal Duck Stamp competition. Adam, a two-time Duck Stamp winner, and Kira, an enthusiastic artist who shares her duck stamp journey with her social media followers. Both discuss their different paths toward the same goal -- winning the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Tune in to learn more about their experiences and insights into the world of Duck Stamps.
9/12/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 504 – The Green Way Outdoors: From Car Salesman to Conservationist

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John Gordon interviews Kyle Green, the host and executive producer of The Green Way Outdoors podcast. Kyle shares his excitement about an upcoming one-minute conservation segment about Ducks Unlimited that will be airing on A&E and History Channel, showcasing how DU is making a difference in his hometown. He also discusses his journey in the outdoor industry and his goal of reaching new
9/7/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 503 – Bonus: Great Lakes Region Teal and Early-Goose Update

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin, Great Lakes Region Migration Editor for, to discuss habitat conditions in and around the Great Lakes Region. Anglin describes dry, hot conditions throughout much of the area, but notes that there are some highlights in quality habitat and a cool front pushing through later this week. An early cool front, combined with last week’s full moon may have hurt some teal hunters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, but the next front could bring additional bluewings to traditional migration corridors. Anglin also notes that the early Canada goose seasons in the region should be a highlight as some fields are being cut and there appears to be a strong molt migration returning to areas of Michigan, northern Indiana, and parts of
9/6/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 502 – Exploring the World of Duck Calls and Decoys w/ Len Guldman

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Len Guldman, a call collector, firearm specialist, and decoy collector, at the RnT Callapalooza event in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Len tells the story of his unusual introduction to waterfowling. The conversation touches on Len’s gun collection and what was uniques about early waterfowling shotguns. Len also shares some of his best stories of finding duck calls. He also speaks on the emergence on duck calls on the larger auction
9/5/202359 minutes
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Ep. 501 – Life is Short, You Better Hunt

Dr. Scott Stephens joins Dr. Mike Brasher and Chris Jennings to reflect on the recently released BPOP Survey Results. After revisiting earlier predictions for the spring BPOP estimate, which were quite wrong, the discussion turns to habitat conditions, population trends, favorable results from the Eastern Survey Area, and the North Dakota brood survey. In closing, Dr. Stephens leaves us with sage advice given the low BPOP results..."Life is Short, You Better Hunt!"
8/31/202349 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 500 – Curveball: Former Pro Baseball Player Zack Shannon finds new calling on the Texas Coast

In this DU Podcast episode, we delve into the remarkable journey of Zack Shannon, a former collegiate and professional baseball player. Discover how resilience, determination, and adaptability can not only overcome the challenges life throws at us but also inspire others along the way. Shannon's story is a testament to the power of embracing change and seizing new
8/29/202347 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 499 – Host of Her Wild Outdoors, Amy Hall, Joins the DU Podcast

Amy Hall, host of Her Wild Outdoors Podcast and Brand Manager of Operations for Tetra Hearing, joins Chris Jennings to talk about female waterfowl hunters and how she became a hunter. The two discuss empowering female hunters within the hunting community, from introducing new hunters to the ranks to mentoring young hunters. Hall explains how she began hunting and talks about how she became comfortable around other hunters through different programs and her mentors.
8/24/202346 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 498 – Hunting Big-Water Divers Jay Anglin

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jay Anglin and Jeremy Ullmann, owner and operator of Mi Guide Service, which offers big-water diving duck hunts in Michigan. Ullmann explains what a day hunting with his outfit looks like and how hunters should prepare to hunt divers. Anglin offers his experience growing up hunting divers on Lake Michigan and surrounding lakes, including shotshell recommendations and shooting techniques. Often overlooked by hunters, diving duck hunting can offer spectacular decoying shots and an abundance of divers on Lake St. Clair, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron make this Upper Midwest hunting style as unique as it is
8/22/202342 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 497 - Breaking News – USFWS Report Indicates 2023 Breeding Duck Numbers Down 7% from 2022

Today, the USFWS released its annual report on breeding waterfowl in North America. Highlights from the traditional survey area indicated a 7% decline in total ducks, 18% decline in mallards, 19% decline in blue-winged teal, 24% increase in pintails, and much more. Join hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher as they take an early dive into the results and discuss reactions from DU scientists and colleagues.Make sure to join us for our live stream as we discuss the number more in depth, this Monday, August 21st at 7PM. Sign up here...
8/18/202338 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 496 - Duck Math and Adventures in Alaska

Maddie Lohman, a PhD student from University of Nevada-Reno and 2-time DU research fellow, joins host Mike Brasher to discuss her research on mallards, pintails, and blue-wings in the Prairie Pothole Region. She shares how an initial dislike of math turned into a fascination with quantitative ecology and how she hopes her research will inform conservation. The two also reminisce about their trip to Alaska with friends and colleagues to study black brant on the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
8/17/202349 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 495 - New Product Drop from Gunner Kennels

Addison Edmonds, founder of Gunner Kennels, hops on the DU Podcast with host Chris Jennings to discuss several new and exciting products from Gunner. Edmonds walks Jennings through the innovative new design of the Gunner Bumper, including a necked-down center for proper holds, hollow center with end cap for adding feathers, and he explains the durable, yet soft material these new bumpers are made with. The two discuss the why and how Edmonds and his team created these new bumpers and he also teases some new products launching later this August. Be sure to listen for your chance to be first in line to receive new Gunner
8/15/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 494 - Triggering Conservation: How Hunting and Shooting Sports Make a Difference

Taniya Bethke and Swanny Evans from the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports join DU’s Mike Brasher and Mark Horobetz in an entertaining discussion of the integral role of hunters and gun owners in conservation. Learn about the R3 initiative (Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation) and the significance of the Pittman-Robertson Act to wildlife management. The group also explores the effectiveness of new hunter recruitment programs and societal attitudes toward
8/10/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 493 - Exploring the World of Call Collecting with Mark Warmath

On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited Podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Mark Warmath, a Tennessee call collector and outdoor enthusiast. They discuss Callapalooza and the vintage call competition. Mark also tells the story of his personal evolution as a call collector. He describes early days attending the Reelfoot Call Collectors Show and hunting Reelfoot Lake with the Cochrane family. Marks lastly tells us how the Wild Turkey Federation Call Competition came to be and its evolution to what it is
8/8/202347 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 492 - Ducks, Stamps, Art, and Conservation — Behind the Scenes

With over $1.1 Billion raised and 6 Million acres conserved, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is the most successful and efficient wetlands conservation program on the planet. Katie Burke and Mike Brasher go behind the scenes with Jerome Ford, assistant director of USFWSMigratory Bird Program, and Suzanne Fellows, manager of USFWS Duck Stamp Program, to learn about its history, conservation successes, art competitions, and new efforts underway to grow interest and investments in this iconic
8/3/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 491 - Early Season Arkansas Speck Hunt with DU TV

Join host Dr. Mike Brasher and guest Cason Short, owner/operator of the Bill Byers Hunter Club, for a recap of an early season white-fronted goose hunt recently featured on DU TV. Hear in-depth accounts of how the hunts unfolded, adaptations made to ensure quality footage, and perspectives on how shifting distributions of specks are creating both new opportunities and challenges. The two also discuss the connection between landowners and the birds and their desire to do what’s best for the
8/1/202352 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 490 – Global Insights on Avian Flu: Are Waterfowl Hunters at Higher Risk?

Dr. Richard Webby, faculty member at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and global expert on influenza viruses, joins Drs. Mike Brasher, Karen Waldrop, and DU staff for a look back on the 2022 Avian Flu outbreak. In this science-heavy episode we ask where it came from, is it here to stay, and what can we expect going forward? We also learn why it is showing up in mammals and what this means for our pets. Also, will mutations increase the human health risk and are waterfowl hunters at higher risk?
7/27/202355 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 489 – Farming for Ducks with Rusty Creasey

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Rusty Creasey, manager of the Coca Cola Club in northeast Arkansas. Creasey has been managing the Coca Cola Club for 20 years and brings a wealth of habitat management knowledge to the discussion. From beaver dams to snakes, planting rice crops in the woods is a challenging undertaking and Creasey explains his process and how it has changed over time. The two discuss moist-soil management, along with how they are able to manage hunting pressure throughout the
7/25/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 488 – Bonus: Wildfires, Ducks, and Habitat Conditions in the East

Sarah Fleming, DU’s Director of Conservation Programs for the Northeastern U.S., gives an update on habitats in eastern North America, including the Great Lakes, eastern Canada, and northeastern U.S. Conditions were mostly fair to good as the breeding season got underway, but drought has since developed in some locations. Sarah also updates on wildfire conditions across Canada and provides scientific insight on whether we should expect fires to have noticeable impacts on breeding ducks this
7/20/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 487 – Texas Waterfowl Habitat 101 with Thunderbird Hunting Club’s Todd Steele

Effective waterfowl habitat is often made, not born. On this DU Podcast, Texas’ Thunderbird Hunting Club manager Todd Steele takes you inside the world of moist soil wetlands management. He tells his secrets for attracting ducks and keeping them happy throughout the season.
7/18/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 486 – Insights from a Six-Time Federal Duck Stamp Winner

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke is joined by wildlife artist Joe Hautman. They discuss Joe's impressive six-time winning streak at the federal duck stamp competition. They also delve into Joe's love for the outdoors and how his upbringing in Minnesota, influenced by his parents, shaped his passion for art and wildlife. Tune in to hear more about Joe's journey and his unique perspective as a wildlife artist.
7/13/202353 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 485 – Celebrating the Art of Call Making: Callapalooza w/ John Stephens

On this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, repeat guest John Stevens discusses Callapalooza, an event that celebrates the art of duck and goose calling. Stevens, a three-time world duck-calling champion, talks about the hard work that goes into organizing the event and making it a first-class experience for all attendees. Listeners who enjoy duck hunting or the world of duck and goose calling will find this episode to be informative and entertaining.
7/11/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 484 – Exciting New Products from Mossberg, Meet their Director of Media Relations

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Linda Powell, director of media relations for Mossberg. The pair talk about Powell’s 27-year career in media relations in the outdoor industry. Powell offers guidance for anyone wanting to work in the outdoor/gun industry and how she prioritizes relationships to improve her business. They also discuss several exciting new offerings for waterfowl hunters in 2023 from Mossberg.
7/6/202339 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 483 – Master Carver Jerry Talton on the Art and Tradition of Decoy Making

On this episode of Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews Master Carver Jerry Talton. In this interview, Talton talks about how he got interested in carving decoys and shares his experience of growing up in the outdoors and his introduction to hunting and fishing. Growing up in North Carolina, he was initially interested in surfing and  even carved his own surfboards. He explains how after coming across a decoy he eventually gifted to his brother, he began to become increasingly interested in how decoys were carved and began to carve them himself. Talton further explains the story of his first duck hunt, where he shot a green-winged teal, which he claims to be God's favorite duck to shoot and eat, as it tastes the best.Instagram:
7/4/202346 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 482 – 38 Years with Migratory Birds: Career Advice and Memorable Stories

Brad Bortner, retired Chief of the Division of Migratory Bird Management for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, joins the podcast to discuss his 38-year career in wildlife conservation and provide advice to those interested in pursuing a similar path. Bortner shares his experiences and career path, while also discussing challenging issues and favorite memories. Listeners interested in wildlife conservation and related fields can gain valuable insights from Brad's wealth of knowledge and expertise.
6/29/202345 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 481 – The Snow Goose Hunting Grind: A Discussion with Chase Gartner and Kristian Lilley

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John Gordon welcomes guests Chase Gartner, the owner-operator of Nomad Outfitters and Kristian Lilley, of Aberdeen Wild Wings from Scotland. The conversation centers around snow goose hunting in the Arkansas Delta, with the guests sharing their past experiences, what they love about the snow goose hunting challenge and this season’s completely unpredictable
6/27/202341 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 480 – Exploring the History of Minnesota Duck Camps

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host Katie Burke interviews author Steve Knutson about his book "Minnesota Duck Camps: 160 Years of History and Tradition". Knutson shares his background in duck hunting and how he got into the outdoors and waterfowl as a child growing up in West Central Minnesota. The conversation dives deeper into the history and significance of duck camps in Minnesota, including their unique culture and traditions. If you're interested in hunting or the history of Minnesota's duck camps, this episode is definitely worth a
6/22/20231 hour, 52 seconds
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Ep. 479 – The Art of Bid Calling: Tips from a Pro Auctioneer

Host Dr. Mike Brasher discusses the important role of auctioneers for Ducks Unlimited. They are joined by Junior Staggs, an auctioneer and instructor at Auctioneer University, who shares his story of overcoming stage fright to become an auctioneer. DU's Director of Event Marketing and Field Support Jimbo Robinson also joins the conversation and explains the significance of fundraising events for DU's mission. The hosts and guests discuss the auctioneer's chant, its history, and its importance in generating excitement and raising funds. Overall, the episode highlights auctioneers's crucial contribution to helping conserve wetlands and associated
6/20/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 478 – Bonus: Breeding Habitat Conditions Update – Prairie Canada, Boreal, Pacific Flyway

Host Dr. Mike Brasher is joined by Brian Hepworth, Director of Operations for the Prairie and Boreal, Ducks Unlimited Canada, as well Dr. Fritz Reid (retired), to discuss breeding habitat conditions in Prairie Canada, Boreal, California, and other duck-producing regions in the Pacific Flyway. Overall, both provide a positive report on the majority of habitats. Reid offers insight into California’s Central Valley habitats which produce a large number of mallards and other ducks for the Pacific Flyway.  Listen in to stay in tune with current habitat conditions this summer.
6/15/202348 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 477 – Discoveries from Duck DNA Causing Scientists to Rethink Everything

The DU Podcast visits with Dr. Brian Davis, Mississippi State University, and Dr. Phil Lavretsky, University of Texas El Paso, to discuss the latest discoveries in duck genetics and how these are changing our traditional view of mallard populations. New research shows westward expansion of game-farm mallard genes and reveals potential impacts on behavior, morphology, and potentially migration. So what’s the big deal and how might this impact the future of waterfowl management? Listen in and find out!
6/13/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 476 – Jim Ronquest Joins to Talk New Drake Waterfowl Products

Host Chris Jennings is joined by Jim Ronquest, vice president of development for Drake Waterfowl, to chat about exciting new gear for duck and goose hunters from Drake. Ronquest touches on his duck season last year, the rumor mill of duck production, and the two chat about some changes in product design and launch from Drake Waterfowl and
6/8/202346 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 475 – Art and Nature: A Conversation with Gigi Hopkins

Gigi Hopkins is the author of Massachusetts Masterpieces: The Decoy as Art and a guest on the Ducks Unlimited podcast. She grew up in a family of birders and hunters in Dover, Massachusetts. Through Philip de Normandy, she was introduced to the world of decoys. Gigi is now a respected restorer, historian, and
6/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Ep. 474 – Houston Waterfowling: East vs. West with Doug Pike

In this episode of the Ducks Unlimited podcast, host John Gordon interviews Doug Pike about the Houston waterfowling culture. Throughout the podcast, Doug shares stories of hunting the East and West sides of Houston, dives into the people and places of the region, and tells the story of his father’s inadvertent hunting in a game reserve. Doug also recounts his own journey of becoming a professional writer with the Houston Chronicle, and explains why hunting geese was always special to
6/1/202356 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep. 473 – Prairie Habitat Conditions: An Early Read

Dr. Scott Stephens, DU Canada, makes his return to the DU Podcast as he and host Dr. Mike Brasher discuss habitat conditions and duck observations across the Prairies. After a late spring, ducks are breeding, surveys are underway, and habitat conditions are trending in the right direction. Also revealed is a new schedule for the DU Podcast, and Mike shares the story of how cleaning out a woodshed led to the discovery of 30-year old fox urine!
5/30/202336 minutes, 27 seconds