August was a busy month for Ducks Unlimited in Idaho, as members geared up for the start of the hunt season with several events. Idaho Fish and Game held the two-day “HUNT IDAHO: Connecting Mountains to Meals” Festival in which Ducks Unlimited hosted an interactive booth that proved extremely popular, thanks in large part to the free decoy painting offered to children. The DU booth was cleaned out of 58 duck decoys, according to DU Biologist Tina Blewett, in short order.
Volunteer Marc Watson and his family were lauded for their efforts manning the DU spot, impressing attendees with his knowledge, expertise, and family’s passion for waterfowl. The Watsons included their decked-out boat as a backdrop, as well as decoys and other gear, gave duck-calling demos, and even their included their dogs for effect.
A week later, DU members and Greenwings got the opportunity to take part in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s nationwide annual duck banding effort at the Schlepp Easement, undertaken by the Idaho Fish and Game. Thanks to the generosity of Mike and Brenda Schlepp, several new waterfowlers got their first opportunity to see a duck banding up close and personal, including a youngster who banded her first duck at the never-too-young age of 91.