Ducks Unlimited has released the first film from the 2018 season of its acclaimed online series: DU Films. The film explores a rich and unique history of waterfowling at the Ne Pee Nauk Duck Club in Wisconsin.
The club has been in continuous operation since 1882 and is the oldest active duck club in Wisconsin. The club’s enormous log book contains entries from nearly 140 years of waterfowling.
“It’s just fascinating sitting down with some of the gentlemen out here that have been members for 30 or 40 years and reading the log book on how it used to be,” said Ne Pee Nauk member and DU volunteer Bob Spoerl.
Today, the members of Ne Pee Nauk enjoy waterfowling traditions in many of the same ways their predecessors did more than a century ago. But they are also heavily focused on conserving their marsh and other habitats across North America.
“I believe our primary mission here is one of conservancy,” said DU volunteer and Ne Pee Nauk member Bill Niemann. “It’s extremely important for other people to have the opportunity to fall in love with the sport that we love so much.”
“Everyone wants to leave a legacy,” said Spoerl. “I see a lot of families gift everything to their kids. I want to gift it back to nature. I want to have areas preserved where my kids can take their kids and their kids can take their kids.”
DU Films is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film features thrilling hunting footage but also tells a story about waterfowl hunters who are passionate about hunting and giving back to the resource. DU Films presents all of this through breathtaking waterfowl footage and intimate conversations with hunters across North America.
The 2018 season includes six films. DU will release one film per month this spring and summer. Watch the second episode of this DU Films series, "Charleston, Mississippi."
DU Films is produced by Rock Road Creative and sponsored by Mossy Oak, Drake Waterfowl, Winchester Repeating Arms, Winchester Ammunition and Yeti.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.