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ESPN Outdoors Duck Trek 2009

Duck Trek

CLICK A STATE

Click on a state to see more information about each stop on the 2009 ESPN Outdoors Duck Trek. You can find links to photos, stories and video for each state in the column on the right.

Louisiana

 Louisiana

Touchdown Louisiana

It's the end of the flyway rainbow for ducks and duck hunters, which makes Louisiana the perfect place for the Duck Trek. Story

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 Mississippi (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Mississippi

 Mississippi

Learning lessons the live way

The pressure was on in Mississippi as the Duck Trek crew hunted live where every shot, good or bad, could be heard 'round the world. Story

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 Mississippi (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Arkansas

Arkansas

The World's Is His

A new call gave Mike Anderson of Mankato, Minn., the confidence he needed to win the 2009 World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. Story

Cache Money

Ducks flock to the Cache River banks in Arkansas thanks to the efforts of Rex Hancock, who wouldn't let the Black Swamp turn into a black hole. Story

Ol' Wily Meachum

Lawn furniture, grills and "liquor trees," in the middle of a flooded forest … It's all part of a memorable experience with a man you'll never forget. Story

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Arkansas (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Kansas

Kansas

Bad luck Bottoms

It's rarely good news when you answer the telephone and hear the words, "You ain't gonna believe this." Story

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Kansas (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Missouri

MISSOURI

Piece of paradise

Waves of ducks flew overhead at the next Duck Trek stop on a little piece of paradise in west-central Missouri known as "The Swamp." Story

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MISSOURI (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Illinois

ILLINOIS

A wing and a prayer

Turn down Mallard Lane in Goofy Ridge, Ill., and you'll find decoy carver Pat Gregory, The Wing and Feather Club, Clear Lake and a history of duck hunting. Story

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ILLINOIS (click the photo to see the galleries)

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North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA

This Is North Dakota

Few places are as dark as the North Dakota countryside on a cloudy morning. There are no city lights in the distance, no vehicles passing — just you and the dark. Story

Traveling With Guns

The Duck Trek may seem glamorous, but the reality is we spend the majority of our time in hotel rooms, on the road, and flying. That's right, flying with guns — here's how. Story

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NORTH DAKOTA(click the photo to see the galleries)

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Iowa

IOWA

One of those days

One thing leads to another, and another and another. You won't believe what all went wrong with the Duck Trek on the Mississippi River in Iowa. Story

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IOWA (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Minnesota

Minnesota

Point Man

Meet Jeremy Eickhoff: "I have perfect attendance at work until October and November. Then I go enough to keep my job." Story

Marsh Madness

A cold, crystalline morning in western Minnesota greeted hunters on the second Duck Trek stop of 2009, but the action was fast and furious. Story

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Minnesota (click the photo to see the galleries)

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Arkansas

The Duck Trek touched down at Big Lake, a wetlands area in Arkansas' northeast corner, on the second day of the state's duck season. Read more

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How do you top a duck hunting adventure of a lifetime? If confronted with the opportunity you load up the truck and do it all over again.

The logistics and route are set for the 2009 version of the ESPN Outdoors Duck Trek.

Duck hunting itself is typically a simple endeavor. You throw in mud and water; mix it with shotguns, dogs and camo-clad hunters, and hopefully, a sky full of ducks, but 5,000 miles of duck hunting on our Duck Trek becomes a series of potential complications.

You might remember our 2008 Duck Trek down the Mississippi Flyway, which had 12 stops in a month and a half from Minnesota to the bottom of Louisiana.

This year's expanded version includes a few stops further west, including a few stops in Kansas and Texas.
We'll again have James Overstreet and Steve Bowman, two of the best waterfowl photographers in the nation (see their work here), along with a stable of five to six writers moving in and out from location to location. We're also adding video to this year's trek to help us share the stories of duck hunters to their duck hunting brothers who they will probably never otherwise have a chance to meet.

So trek with us for the next month and a half as we take another snapshot of what it means to be a duck hunter in the center of the United States.