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New Season of DU-TV Begins

July 6, 2010
Ohio Valley Outdoors
MEMPHIS, TN – The wait for the 2010 season premier of Ducks Unlimited Television is over.

On June 29 at 11 a.m. EST, a new season of DU-TV comes to the Outdoor Channel, with 12 all-new episodes covering the rich tradition of waterfowling. Over the course of the season, hosts Wade Bourne, Jared Brown and DU Biologist Mike Checkett will make their way down North America’s flyways pursuing everything from diving ducks in Alaska to blue-winged teal in Louisiana.

“It was a great season,” said Bourne. “We traveled across North America and hunted places any duck or goose hunter can hunt. And along the way, we found inspiring conservation stories about what DU volunteers, staff and others are doing to restore and protect waterfowl habitat.”

Checkett expressed his hope that the season will call attention to DU’s conservation mission. “We hope this new season of DU-TV will not only fuel viewers’ passion for waterfowl hunting, but also strengthen their dedication to conserving North America’s valuable wetland resources,” he said.

The line-up of 2010 shows includes:

1. This is Ducks Unlimited: DU-TV kicks off the new season with a preview of great hunts and conservation work from Canada to Louisiana.

2. British Columbia Geese and Ducks: Wade Bourne reveals a unique look at hunting geese and ducks on the wheat and barley fields that are the first stop on the long migration south from Alaska.

3. Louisiana Teal: An early-season teal hunt reveals the incredible recovery efforts along this stretch of the Mississippi Delta after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.

4. Alberta Geese and Ducks: NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry heads to the Prairie Pothole Region outside Edmonton, Alberta, for an action-packed duck and goose hunt. This area serves as a crucial breeding ground before the long migration south.

5. N.J. Black Ducks: Wade Bourne travels to the historic hunting grounds of the Delaware Bay to reveal the mystique of the black duck and to reflect on some of DU’s most successful conservation efforts in the mid-Atlantic region.

6. Alaska Sea Ducks: Jared Brown travels to Valdez, Alaska, to hunt Barrow’s goldeneyes. This extraordinary venue showcases Prince William Sound’s amazing recovery since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

7. Kansas Mallards: Wade Bourne joins DU Biologist Mike Checkett on a unique hunt for mallards from dry fields to flooded cornfields in southeast Kansas. The site of the hunt, a seventh-generation ranch, has become one of the hottest areas in the country to hunt ducks.

8. Nebraska Geese and Ducks: Host Jared Brown joins local landowners in western Nebraska to hunt geese in open fields and fast-action ducks on the historic Platte River. This episode will profile DU’s work with landowners in its extensive conservation easements program.

9. Texas Gulf Coast: The Texas Gulf Coast marsh attracts an amazing variety of duck species. Host Jared Brown joins Texas DU volunteers on his home hunting grounds one year after the devastation of Hurricane Ike.

10. Missouri Ducks: This episode features a mallard hunt near the Missouri Department of Conservation’s famous “Ten Mile Pond” area. Learn about the state’s vast conservation efforts on the area’s key wetlands projects as well as current waterfowl studies.

11. North Dakota Ducks: Wade Bourne joins DU biologists for a classic North Dakota pothole duck hunt on the Coteau Ranch and learns about advances in crop science thanks to DU’s winter wheat project in the region.

12. Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation: DU - the world’s leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization - discusses the importance of research, restoration and grassroots efforts in protecting the habitat needs of waterfowl.

3rd Quarter air dates and times (Eastern Standard Time)

Tuesdays – 11 a.m.

Saturday - 8:30 a.m.

Sundays - 3:30 p.m.

on the Outdoor Channel

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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DU-TV comes to the Outdoor Channel, with 12 all-new episodes covering the rich tradition of waterfowling.

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