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CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER


The second level above the Certified Journeyman Waterfowl Hunter is becoming a Certified Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter. To achieve this certification level a member must successfully harvest and become certified for a minimum of 30 of the 41 Official Certified UWC Species

Once a member successfully certifies a minimum of 30 species, the status of Certified Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter has been achieved. The member will receive a custom 14” x 17” Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter wall plaque with their full certified waterfowl species list included on the plaque, as well as their favorite hunting photo. (see adjacent image for choice of 3 different plaque options).

The member’s upgraded bio will also be added to the Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter page of the UWC website and they will have the ability to add their upgraded bio and three favorite photos added to the page for fellow waterfowl hunters to read.


(All photos and bios can be emailed directly to: entries@waterfowlerschallenege.com)
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Receive this Custom Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter Plaque when you successfully register 30 of the 41 UWC species





Members are updated every Monday by 5 PM CST.

     

 


UWC MEMBERS WHO HIT THE MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL CERTIFICATION LEVEL IN 2018



 

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Danny Allen

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-605
12/4/2018

I began duck hunting as a result of picking poor deer leases! After seeing no deer and jumping ducks on every pond, I finally got smart and picked up my shotgun. Seeing the beauty of my first duck and the variety of species really got me hooked.

A few years ago, my good friend Toby Thomas (also a fellow UWC member) asked me what my dream trip was. Without hesitation, King Eider came from my mouth. Next thing you know we were booked and headed for St Paul. One week before that trip I discovered the UWC and we joined.

The challenge has allowed me to see some of the most beautiful places in the country and hunt every major body of water surrounding the US. I have had the privilege of hunting with some of the best waterfowl guides in the country and do it with great friends. I have been able to create memories that just would not have happened without the challenge of completing the UWC.

Good luck to all who are chasing this quest! Enjoy the quest and cherish every memory.

 

 

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
WOOD DUCK
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE
RING-NECKED DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
COMMON SCOTER
OLD SQUAW
COMMON EIDER
BUFFLEHEAD
GREATER SCAUP
BLACK DUCK
COMMON GOLDENEYE
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
SURF SCOTER
WW SCOTER
HARLEQUIN
BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
 
   




 

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CHAD LARSEN

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-884
11/13/2018

 

     I began my duck hunting career as a child with being taken out by my father. I can truly say that he is the one that started my facination for waterfowl. Not only did he teach me that it wasn’t about killing limits of birds, but more about watching the natural phenomenon of migrating birds and seeing the beauty that comes from everything waterfowl do. I was taught to respect the birds and never take them for granted and I can’t thank him enough for enstilling those ideals and morals in me. I can only hope I can make such an impact on my young children when they enter the wonderful world of waterfowling. I would like to also give my wife a huge thank you for supporting my waterfowling career and pushing me to reach my goals with UWC. She as been nothing but the best and I can’t wait to complete the UWC with her Nikon! 


     As many people do, I met many new faces while waterfowling and one in particular I am eternally grateful for. I have to give many thanks to My good friend Kaden for always being there for me in the blind and out, nasty weather or bluebird skies, ducks or no ducks, and for also introducing me to the UWC. 


   UWC has taught me to see the beauty in every single species and for that I can’t thank you enough. I really respect such a wonderful program that supports the practices of slowing down and focusing on wide waterfowling spectrum. Thanks again for everything you all do. 

 

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

BARROWS GOLDENEYE
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
COMMON SCOTER
HARLEQUIN
MALLARD
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
GADWALL
AMERICAN WIGEON
TUNDRA SWAN
RUDDY DUCK
COMMON MERGANSER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
LESSER SCAUP
BLUE WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
 
   




 

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RJ FREEHLING

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-264 (GOLD MEMBER)
11/4/2018

 

My hunting career began in diapers, as my father Russ Freehling Sr. would take me along with him every chance he got. Before long I was asking for my first BB Gun, and shooting decoys from the blind (when Dad wasn’t looking of course).


 I have been blessed to have shared the blind with my late Grandfather Fred Freehling, as well as my Father who have taught me so many life lessons that I carry with me everyday. None of which have to do with how many birds I may or may not have harvested on any given hunt, but all of enjoying the intrinsic values of the outdoors and the camaraderie built with fellow hunters. 


The UWC was a gift given to me by my Father, and has led to some of the most memorable hunting adventures we have ever had. Traveling North America together in pursuit of completing the challenge, while harvesting species previously only seen in pictures or online has been surreal. I look forward to completing the challenge with my Father by my side, cheering me on, and one day embarking on the challenge with a son of my own. 

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (34)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON GOLDENEYE
FW DUCK
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
MALLARD
COMMON MERGANSER
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
OLD SQUAW
RB MERGANSER
TUNDRA SWAN
CANADA GOOSE
WF GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
CANVASBACK

BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
BLUE ROSS HYBRID
   




 

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Gina Sadowski

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-898
6/4/2018

 

I would never have imagined how much enjoyment and fun it would be to be a duck hunter and be a part of the North American Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge.  I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and had never hunted before 2012.  My idea of camouflage was wearing hi-heeled Prada boots!  I began hunting when my husband introduced duck hunting to me in 2012. I instantly loved it, because we were able to enjoy the breathtaking mornings and beautiful outdoors, see incredible waterfowl, enjoy the company of family and friends, and learn the art of waterfowl hunting.  Through the UWFC we get to go on many adventures, meet new people, and see amazing places. We have kept in touch with other hunters we have met, establishing new friendships. I feel blessed to be able to experience the memorable times I have had through this challenge!   

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (33)

MALLARD
WOOD DUCK
AMERICAN WIGEON
BUFFLEHEAD
CANVASBACK
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
MOTTLED DUCK
RING NECKED DUCK
COMMON GOLDENEYE
GREATER SCAUP
HOODED MERGANSER
BLUE WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
BRANT GOOSE
 GADWALL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
COMMON MERGANSER
GREEN WINGED TEAL
CINNAMON TEAL
BB WHISTLING DUCK
FW DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
BLUE GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
TUNDRA SWAN
WF GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE

BONUS BIRDS
EURASIAN WIGEON
MEXICAN MALLARD
   




 

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Scott Sprenger

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-289
4/13/2018

Since the early 90’s I have been trophy hunting big game animals typically with a bow.  At the end of 2016 I was introduced to the ultimate waterfowl challenge.  I never thought that hunting trophy drakes of every species could be this much fun, it is truly a blast.  It’s another great way to travel the country and experience different hunts and meet new people.  I plan to finish the challenge soon and then start all over with my two boys

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (37)

MALLARD
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON SCOTER
HOODED MERGANSER
OLD SQUAW
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
RED HEAD
GREEN WINGED TEAL
TUNDRA SWAN
CANVASBACK
 LESSER SCAUP
NORTHERN SHOVELER
GREATER SCAUP
CANADA GOOSE
BLACK DUCK
CINNAMON TEAL
BLUE WINGED TEAL
GADWALL
FW DUCK
BB WHISTLING DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
BLUE GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS GOSE

RING NECKED DUCK
COMMON MERGANSER
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN WIGEON
WF GOOSE
BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
   




 

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Steve Sadowski

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-897
2/18/2018

I have always loved  waterfowl hunting, because it allows me to spend time with my family and friends, as well as experience the great outdoors. As a child, I hunted waterfowl with my father and it was usually a family trip with my mother and siblings.

Now I get to enjoy hunting with my son, my wife, and my friends. I enjoy meeting people and experiencing different places on the hunts. The Ultimate Waterfowl Challenge has been a lot of fun, and it teaches hunters not to just shoot as many as you can, but to be selective for drakes.

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (39)

BLACK DUCK
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
GREATER SCAUP
MALLARD
MOTTLED DUCK
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
COMMON MERGANSER
HOODED MERGANSER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
CACKLING GOOSE
BLUE WINGED TEAL
AMERICAN WIGEON
GADWALL
GREEN WINGED TEAL
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
CINNAMON TEAL
RUDDY DUCK
BB WHISTLING DUCK
FW DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS GOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
WF GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
TUNDRA SWAN

BONUS BIRDS

HYBRID GW TEAL
MEXICAN MALLARD
   




 

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Scott Starnes

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-819
2/18/2018

The grandson of one of the best skeet and trap shooters in the US during the 60’s led to a lifetime of pursuing anything that had feathers and flew. I’ve waterfowl hunted for over 40 years now and still get as excited as I did on my first hunt. I’ve since retired and excited to see where it will take me in the waterfowling world.

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (33)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
COMMON SCOTER
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWAN
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK DUCK
CANVASBACK
BLUE WINGED TEAL
WOOD DUCK
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
SANDHILL CRANE
HARLEQUIN 
COMMON GOLDENEYE
HOODED MERGANSER
COMMON MERGANSER
NORTHERN PINTAIL
SNOW GOOSE
BLUE GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
WF GOOSE
GREATER SCAUP
   




 


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GREG CARPENTER

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-253 (GOLD MEMBER)
1/31/2018

My name is Greg Carpenter and waterfowl hunting has been my passion for 34 years. When I first heard of the UWC, I thought that would add another twist to my waterfowl hunting but had no idea how much fun it would be. I have hunted places I never would have imagined hunting, hunted in ways I never would have hunted, and met some fantastic people that I never would have met, a lot of which I am good friends with now and friends that share the same love for waterfowling. I would recommend the UWC to everyone that has hunted waterfowl, young or old. It has been and will continue to be a great ride on my quest for 41. THANK YOU DAN!!!!!!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (32)

BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
COMMON EIDER
FW TREE DUCK
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RUDDY DUCK
AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
RB MERGANSER
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WF GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
COMMON GOLDENEYE
HARLEQUIN
KING EIDER
WOOD DUCK
RING NECKED DUCK
ROSS GOOSE
BLACK DUCK
   

 

 

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Ryan Scott

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-265 (Gold Member)
1/23/2018

This challenge has created a whole new fire inside of me when it comes to waterfowl hunting and maybe even a little crazy at time. As of now I am three seasons in on attempting the challenge and have luckily managed to make it to the Master Elite level. Along the way I have hunted and met people in areas I would of never thought of or even attempted to hunt at. The last few left in the challenge will make for some interesting times ahead and definitely memories that will last a lifetime. I hope that it will only take me two more seasons to complete the challenge, but we will see how the birds fly. Good luck to all on their way! 

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BUFFLEHEAD
CINNAMON TEAL
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
ROSS'S GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOW GOSE
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
OLD SQUAW
COMMON EIDER
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
COMMON SCOTER
BLACK DUCK
MALLARD
RING-NECKED DUCK
WOOD DUCK
HOODED MERGANSER
GREATER SCAUP
COMMON GOLDENEYE
CACKLING GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
CANVASBACK
 
   




 

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Bryan Schroeder

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-909
1/22/2018

My name is Bryan Schroeder, I have been waterfowl Hunting for only 3 years now. I grow up in a family of fishermen, so I never got to hunt tell I was older. After high school I joined the Marine Corps for 4 years once I was out I ended up getting involved with The Fallen Outdoors and the founder Eric Bakken got me into duck hunting and I’ve been hooked ever since. Through the unique networking that we do I’ve been able to advance through the challenge rapidly. I’m lucky enough to live in Washington state that has a very diverse amount of waterfowl. I was able to get the majority of them just in my home state. I’m looking forward to the adventures ahead to complete the Ultimate Waterfowlers challenge.


I love being outdoors and experiencing everything about waterfowl hunting has to offer. Weather it’s rain, wind, snow, you out with your friends having the time of your lives and that’s what it’s all about. 

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (31)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
MALLARD
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLUE GOOSE
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON MERGANSER
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
WW SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
GREATER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
BRANT GOOSE
REDHEAD
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
COMMON SCOTER
   




 

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Dan Marschke 

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-274 (Gold Member)
1/19/2018

I started the challenge in 2016 and have enjoyed harvesting ducks in many states. Once i found were the ducks had to be harvested I made a plan and started hunting in those states with different outfitters and some good fellow hunters. I have made many new friends in the duck blinds I have hunted in. Those fellow hunters will be friends forever and will hold alot of memories, for me in my coming years.My favorite two hunts have been in Mexico and Alaska. Alaska was a once in a life time hunt. Go and you will see what i mean.
  
I want to thank UWC for having a duck hunting program for duck hunters.At 70 years of age I hope to reach the Slam one day soon. I have some more trips planned, one to Alaska for the King and some more to reach the slam. God bless and wish me luck in my journey.

 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (35)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON SCOTER
FW TREE DUCK
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
COMMON MERGANSER
NORTHERN SHOVELER
RUDDY DUCK
RING NECKED DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE
CACKLING GOOSE
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
RB MERGANSER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
OLD SQUAW
HARLEQUIN
WOOD DUCK
GREATER SCAUP
REDHEAD
HOODED MERGANSER
CANVASBACK
SNOW GOOSE
BLUE GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE

WF GOOSE

BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
   





UWC MEMBERS WHO HIT THE MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL CERTIFICATION LEVEL IN 2017



 


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CLARENCE CUSHING

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-255 (Gold Member)
11/23/2017

 

My name is Clarence Cushing I am fifty two years old and from the state of Illinois. I started hunting waterfowl about ten years ago, it was a way for me to get back into the outdoors after four combat tours and serving in the military for 30 years(marines,army,airforce). I was introduced to waterfowl hunt by two good friends, Pat Dempsey and Kevin Hickerson. Pat took me on a late Canadian goose hunt in central Illinois and with beginners luck, I shot my first Canadian goose with a band, and I was hooked on waterfowl hunting, And thanks to Kevin for taking me out everyday during duck season since 2010 and allowing me to hunt with him in his blind on Litchfield Lake. I joined the UWC and have had the opportunity to travel and meet a lot of good people from Maine(bold coast outfitters),to North Carolina (Teddy Gibbs),Alaska( Charles Summerville) ,Oklahoma(Crane Wreckers) and now I'm off to Mexico to get my cinnamon teal. My goal is to finish the challenge in 2018.

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (34)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE WINGED TEAL
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
GADWALL
GREEN WINGED TEAL
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
RING NECKED DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
BLACK DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
NORTHERN PINTAIL
OLD SQUAW
ROSS GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
WW SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
SURF SCOTER
BB WHISTLING DUCK
CINNAMON TEAL
MOTTLED DUCK
CACKLING GOOSE

 

 



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Robert Brewer

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-635
12/10/2017

My name is Robert Brewer. I’ve been hunting since my youth and the outdoors has been engrained in me by my grandfather since my early childhood. I have always had a passion for waterfowl hunting and all that comes with it. Being the East Coast Regional Director for The Fallen Outdoors and having worked with this organization for years, I have had the opportunity to be a part of many special moments but by far the greatest is seeing Veterans harvest their first ducks. I am proud of my journey with the Ultimate Waterfowler’s Challenge and I am excited to continue the quest to 41!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (42)

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northern shoveler
rb merganser
ring necked duck
sandhill crane
snow goose
ww scoter
blue winged teal
wood duck
tundra swan
ruddy duck
redhead
mottled duck
surf scoter
canvasback
AMIERCAN WIGEON
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
BLACK DUCK
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON SOCTER
gadwall
green winged teal
harlequin
hooded merganser
lesser scaup
mallard
ROSS GOOSE
BLUE GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
KING EIDER
COMMON MERGANSER
GREATER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
WF GOOSE
FW DUCK
BB WHISTLING DUCK
CINNAMON TEAL

BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
   

 

 




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Nicholas Radke

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-178
12/5/2017

I have been duck hunting since before I could carry a gun, but it was my military assignments around the United States that allowed me to expand my duck hunting horizons from coast to coast. Since leaving active duty, my love for the diversity that comes with waterfowl hunting has only grown. Partly because of UWC, I have traveled to Kodiak, Saskatchewan, the Outer Banks and the Jersey Shore in pursuit of the North American 41. A special thanks needs to go out to Scott Radke (my Dad) for introducing me this amazing sport and for joining me on parts of my journey. 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

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BARROWS GOLDENEYE
BUFFLEHEAD
COMMON MERGANSER
COMMON SCOTER
GADWALL
HARLEQUIN
MALLARD
OLD SQUAW
RB MERGANSER
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
SURF SCOTER
WW SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
AMERICAN WIGEON
CANADA GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN 
BLUE WINGED TEAL
SANDHILL CRANE
BLUE GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE
HOODED MERGANSER
GREEN WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BLACK DUCK
 
   

 

 





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Don Terrell

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-286 (Gold Member)
11/23/2017

Don joined The UWC at age 75, after seeing one of our ads in Wildfowl Magazine. At the time Don was heading up on a trip to Alberta and received his UWC Member Kit within days of leaving for Canada. On that trip Don harvested 3 species of geese and 3 species of ducks- including the elusive Barrows Goldeneye. He was off and running. By the end of his first season as a UWC Member Don had 13 different species under his belt and became one of our fastest growing members.


Oddly enough Don did not grow up as an active duck hunter. In fact his first experience in the marsh came at age 23 when he joined a couple friends from college out on the Santee Cooper marsh in South Carolina. Don recalled that trip being one of THE WORST duck hunting experiences of his life, as it was freezing cold that day and he fell through the ice and nearly froze to death. By the end of the hunt Don said he sailed one duck out in the middle of the lake and was never even able to retrieve it. It is a wonder he became the duck hunter he is today after that experience. Fast forward 52 years later and Don is closing in on successfully completing The UWC North American Waterfowl Grand Slam. He is an inspiration to us all!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (34)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
BLUE GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
GADWALL
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN PINTAIL
REDHEAD
SNOW GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
RUDDY DUCK
OLD SQUAW
GREATER SCAUP
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
MOTTLED DUCK
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWAN
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
BUFFLEHEAD
WF WHISTLING DUCK
NORTHERN SHOVELER
BLUE WINGED TEAL
GREEN WINGED TEAL
BB WHISTLING DUCK
ROSS GOOSE
BRANT GOOSE
BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
WHITE CHEEKED PINTAIL


INTERNATIONAL BIRDS

RED SHOVELER
CHILEAN WIGEON
SPECKLED-TEAL
RINGED TEAL
ROSY-BILLED POCHARD
SILVER TEAL
BROWN PINTAIL

 

 


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Dennis Ackmann

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-038
11/21/2017

I grew up in the Midwest and have always had the passion for hunting waterfowl.  My dad hunted deer and I followed in his footsteps until I was old enough to chase my own passions. The dream of harvesting the canvasback was my first challenge. Then having a son that wanted to hunt with you fueled the passion.

I’ve hunted with Dan Wennerlind back when he was guiding Snow Goose hunts in Missouri, we kept in touch and he indicated he was starting the Ultimate Waterfowl Challenge, this sounded like such a fun idea I signed up #000-038.  I’ve hunted with Dan in Colorado, Nebraska, Mexico, California and recently in Alaska.

Not only have I harvested different birds but seen different places along the way and made many new friends!  My goal was never to achieve all 41 species but it still could happen!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
FW TREE DUCK
MEXICAN MALLARD
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
HARLEQUIN
WHITE WINGED SCOTER
AMERICAN WIGEON
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANVASBACK
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
PINTAIL
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
 
   

 

 


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DR. CARY SIMONDS

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-269 (GOLD MEMBER)
10/9/2017

I began collecting waterfowl species just recently and have found that I LOVE this sport. I have collected big game species my entire adult life, all with a bow and arrow. After 25 trips to Africa and many other travels, I decided that I would stop that sport, except on our ranch, where we hunt deer, elk, moose, cougar, bear and turkeys!  I began sea duck hunting and that type of hunting is still my favorite! I consider myself a conservationist and I believe we sportsmen have the responsibility to care for our wildlife and wild lands. I’ve found that most of the waterfowl hunters I’ve met feel the same about conservation. I feel privileged to be a small part of UWC. 

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (43)

BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLE HEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON SCOTER
HARLEQUIN
KING EIDER
MALLARD
NORTHERN PINTAIL
OLD SQUAW
RED HEAD
ROSS'S GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
BB WHISTLING DUCK
AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE WINGED TEAL
GREATER SCAUP
LESSER SCAUP
MOTTLED DUCK
RING-NECKED DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
CINNAMON TEAL
GADWALL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
RB MERGANSER
WOOD DUCK
FW DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
HOODED MERGANSER

WW SCOTER
CANVASBACK
BLACK DUCK
COMMON MERGANSER
BARROW GOLDENEYE


BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
BARNACLE GOOSE
   

 

 

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BRECK DICKINSON

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-200
2/21/2017

I began waterfowl hunting at age 12 on my own, nobody in my family hunted. Also that same year I began taxidermy from a book, and at age 54 I'm still at it.

Even at 12 years old it was a fantasy of mine to travel the world waterfowling and collecting new species. It wasn't until 2011 that I seriously began to apply myself to this goal, beginning with a DIY trip to New Zealand. North American waterfowl is my main focus but I'm open to hunt anywhere in the world. I'm collecting these species with the same A5 that I've been using since I was a teenager. We've grown old and ugly together.

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (40)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON MERGANSER
FW DUCK
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
SURF SCOTER
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
RB MERGANSER
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
WOOD DUCK
BRANT GOOSE
WF GOOSE
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
HOODED MERGANSER
BLUE GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE

BONUS BIRDS
EURASIAN WIGEON
ALUETIAN TEAL
MEXICAN MALLARD
MM HYBRID
   

 

 

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RUSS FREEHLING

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-261 (GOLD MEMBER)
2/20/2017

Like many, I was introduced to bird hunting by my father. That started a consecutive Opening Day streak for dove hunting beginning in 1973. A tradition that I passed along to my son when he was eight years old. We were fortunate to have three generations hunting together for several years, until my Dad's passing in 2010.

Now the two of us start our season with dove, then turn to waterfowl in the Fall. My wife calls herself a "Duck Widow" for the three and a half months of our season while we chase the ducks and geese.

Joining the UWC in November 2015 has given my son and I a new slant on our waterfowl hunting. It has given us way to collect many of the species with that "first time" feeling all over again. We have hunted three of the Great Eight UWC Hunting Adventures, and have had great success in harvesting the birds we were after, plus met new lifelong friends.

I'm often asked why I am so passionate about waterfowl hunting. (There are two seasons during the year - hunting and preparing to go hunting).

It's about:

Respecting the resource, watching the world wake up at sunrise, getting snuck from behind by a screaming teal when you're looking the wrong way, seeing the excitement of your retriever as she hastily swims toward a floating bird in the water, then getting a shower as your dog shakes water all over you and your gear, teaching your young son how to hunt, watching him with pride as he drops his first bird, leaky waders, dropping your sandwich in the mud when you reach for your gun, not being able to hit your ass with both hands all morning, then stoning a banded trophy bird at the end of the hunt, shooting six consecutive birds without missing, then missing three in a row because you got cocky, and the ultimate joy of watching that bird fold up at the same time you hear the report from your 12 gauge.

The UWC is a great way to chronicle your hunting career. I'm looking forward to continuing the "Challenge" and to the hunting journey that lay ahead as I pursue collecting more "first time" trophies.

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (34)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING  GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
FW DUCK
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
WW SCOTER
 COMMON MERGANSER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
TUNDRA SWAN
BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
   

 

 

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SEAN TOMLIN

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-272 (GOLD MEMBER)
2/9/2017

I have been duck hunting for 20 years, all across the country and several others, to say that duck hunting is a passion of mine would be a vast understatement! I have made many friends over a duck blind and met many great people that I will always cherish. It's an honor to be among the UWC and the hunters who share the same passion in the pursuit of various waterfowl species and the places they inhabit. I've always found serenity in the waters they frequent and all the sunrises and sunsets I've been blessed to see. Good luck in your pursuit!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (43)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON EIDER
COMMON MERGANSER
COMMON SCOTER
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
KING EIDER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
GREATER SCAUP
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
FW DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE TUNDRA SWAN
RB MERGANSER
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
SURF SCOTER
HOODED MERGANSER
MOTTLED DUCK
BLACK DUCK
COMMON GOLDENEYE

BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
BLACK DUCK/MALLARD

INTERNATIONAL BIRDS
BRAZILLIAN TEAL
WHITE-FACED WHISTLING
ROSYBILLED POCHARD
   

 

 

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JASON VAN DYKE

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-149
1/19/2017

I am a first generation hunter in my family and was unable to enjoy any type of hunting until well after my college years. I was originally only interested in deer hunting because I had easy access to private land owned by clients and knew nothing about duck hunting except that it was cold, wet, and early. Much to the chagrin of many who have been duck hunting for years, it was the A&E series “Duck Dynasty” that peeked my interest in waterfowl hunting. My first season was only a few guided hunts where I was able to shoot some bird and learn whatever I could from the guides. The second season was the first time I had access to private land and joined UWC so I could chronicle my newfound passion for waterfowl hunting. During my third season I became a very aggressive species-oriented hunter. By then I had my own calls, my own decoys, and even my own boat. It was also the first year that “Duck Season Eve” became an official holiday in my home (with my friends and I camping out to get the most coveted public land spots on opening day). I never would have guessed that I would achieve “Master” status by the end of my third season and “Master Elite” status by the end of my fourth. I have to credit the Duck Commander crew for getting me interested in the sport, but it was the UWC that gave me the passion for waterfowl hunting I might not otherwise have. My goal is to complete the challenge before I turn 40, retire from law practice, and become a waterfowl hunting guide. It’s good to dream!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (41)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLACK DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON SCOTER
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
FW DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
WW SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
COMMON MERGANSER
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
HARLEQUIN
RB MERGANSER
TUNDRA SWAN

BONUS BIRDS
MEXICAN MALLARD
   

 

 

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DUNTELL CARTER

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-177
1/19/2017

BIO COMING SOON...

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (36)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
BLACK DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
BUFFLEHEAD
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON MERGANSER
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WW SCOTER
BRANT GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
BLUE GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
   





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BRANDON CROWLEY

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-003 (GOLD MEMBER)
10/1/2016

I was fortunate to be introduced to the sport of hunting at a very young age. My family raised my brother and I on deer hunting and today it’s still a pastime we look forward to each season. Waterfowling was a sport that I would discover through some friends in high school and I still remember my first hunt to this day; a late season Minnesota mallard hunt in which we had to chip and break ice just to set our spread. The hunt was filled with hundreds of migrating birds; I was quickly addicted! Since this date, I’ve been fortunate to hunt all across North America including decoying Tundra Swans in North Dakota, Eiders in the layout boat in New England and Brant Geese on the sunny beaches of California. It’s been a true blessing where the challenge has taken me and the relationships I’ve built. I look forward to finishing the journey of a lifetime and harvesting all 41 species to earn the title of Grand Master Waterfowl Hunter

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (42)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLACK DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
COMMON EIDER
COMMON SCOTER
GADWALL
COMMON GOLDENEYE
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL

HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
WOOD DUCK
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
NORTHERN PINTAIL
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
BAR GOLDENEYE
BB WHISTLING DUCK
FW DUCK
CINNAMON TEAL
COM MERGANSER
KING EIDER
RUDDY DUCK
TUNDRA SWAN
WF GOOSE
WW SCOTER

BONUS
BIRDS

MEXICAN MALLARD
MALLARD/BWT HYBRID

   





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DAN WENNERLIND

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-001 (GOLD MEMBER)
12/22/2015

I grew up hunting waterfowl in western Minnesota with my Dad. My passion for the sport became an obsession as I grew older and I became a waterfowl guide after college. Years later my passion drove me to start the Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge and now I have been able to hunt the entire continent doing what I love and meeting fellow die hard waterfowlers like myself across the country. Nothing tops watching my chessy make a long retrieve, returning with her prize. This past year I have was fortunate enough to hunt a day with my 81 yr old Father. I harvested a delicious trophy Tundra swan that my chessy retrieved. And I topped of my season with a trip to New England, layout boat hunting with my good friend on the ocean for Eiders. God is Great!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (43)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
MALLARD
PINTAIL
REDHEAD
ROSS GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BRANT GOOSE
BB WHISTLING DUCK
BLACK DUCK
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
CANVASBACK
COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE
FW TREE DUCK
LESSER SCAUP
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
RB MERGANSER
SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWAN
WOOD DUCK
WW SCOTER
COM MERGANSER
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
MOTTLED DUCK
RING-NECKED DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP COMMON SCOTER BARROWS GOLDENEYE

BONUS BIRDS
MALLARD/BD HYRBID
MEXICAN MALLARD
   

 

 

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CHRIS DECKELMANN

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-136
3/30/2015

I have been hunting waterfowl for the better part of 8 years. It was a way for me to get back into the outdoors after multiple deployments. Since having been stationed in WA and being part of The Fallen Outdoors going on tree years I have enjoyed many trips across the country, from taking old friends out hunting in Rhode Island to broadening my hunting experiences to taking fellow soldiers sea duck hunting at the Canadian border which I have found a great joy in the better part of last season. Duck hunting for me is as much giving back to the resource as the resource is therapy for me as well as being able to share the outdoors with others and I am grateful for every chance I get to be in it especially in the great northwest.

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (41)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BAR  GOLDENEYE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING CAN GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CANVASBACK
CINNAMON TEAL
COM EIDER
COM GOLDENEYE
COM MERGANSER
GADWALL
GREATER SCAUP
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
PINTAIL
R-B MERGANSER
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWAN
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
 WOOD DUCK
BLACK DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
KING EIDER
FW DUCK
BB WHISTLING DUCK
MOTTLED DUCK
COMMON SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
   




 

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DERRICK TACKETT

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-141
2/9/2015

The 2014/15 season marked my 30th waterfowl season where I started hunting the refuge system of California. As the seasons past I started exploring more of the pacific flyway and in the mid-nineties I started building my first mud motor.

Fast forward to today and I hunt almost exclusively on the Columbia River. I am a member of the Mossy Oak Pro Staff, Board of the Oregon Waterfowl Festival and Vice President of Pacific NW Outdoor Adventure. I have been lucky to spend a lot of time hunting with the Military Group, The Fallen Outdoors, over the last several seasons. Now I start the next thirty seasons by continuing my quest for the North America 41!

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (30)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BRANT GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
COMMON GOLDENEYE
COMMON MERGANSER
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HOODED MERGANSER
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
PINTAIL
WOOD DUCK
BARR. GOLDENEYE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
CANVASBACK
GREATER SCAUP
LESSER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WW SCOTER
 BONUS BIRDS
EURASIAN WIGEON
BWT/CT HYBRID
   



 

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ERIC BAKKEN

CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
WF-000-130
2/4/2015

My name is Eric Bakken; I’m 28 from Minnesota where I’ve hunted waterfowl for 14 years. I’ve hunted all over the world due to the fact of my military background over the past 7 years. I currently live in Washington. This being my last duty station in the Army and it offers some world class waterfowl hunting so this alone persuaded me to stay. I hunt all classifications of waterfowl, including puddle, diver and sea ducks. I also target big, little and light geese. I run a military hunting and fishing organization that takes members of the military on hunting and fishing trips. The name of my organization is called The Fallen Outdoors, it’s comprised

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (36)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
BRANT
BUFFLEHEAD

CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL

COMMON MERGANSER
GADWALL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
LESSER SCAUP
MALLARD
NORTHERN SHOVELER
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
BLUE GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL COMMON EIDER
COMMON GOLDENEYE

CACKLING CAN GOOSE
CANVASBACK
GREATER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
PINTAIL
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
REDHEAD
ROSS GOOSE

TUNDRA SWAN
BLACK DUCK
COMMON SCOTER
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
WW SCOTER

   









   

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