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12/21/2010

CLICK A STATE

Click on a duck or state to see more information about each stop on the 2010 ESPN Outdoors Duck Trek. You can find links to photos, stories and video for each state in the column on the right.

Manitoba

 Manitoba, Canada

Tippecanoe and down go you

The official start of Duck Trek was only a few minutes old and already an argument had broken out. Story

 Minnedosa, Canada

Canada Dry

It was 10 minutes after shooting hours when Richard Bramley looked over his layout blind and blurted out: "I told you this would be mayhem, eh?" Story

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North Dakota

North Dakota

This ending stinks

In one of the more profound ironies of three seasons of the Duck Trek, what was shaping up to be a classic North Dakota duck hunt ended up a stinker.
Story

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Utah

Utah

Great salt hunt

There were thousands of ducks — way too many to get an accurate estimation — and they were everywhere.
Story

Utah

High dollar ducks

A few things go through your head when hear you're going to be hunting on a "million dollar lease."
Story

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Idaho

Idaho

Snake charmed

The Snake River in Idaho offers plenty of views, islands and ducks Story

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Nebraska

Nebraska

Funk a duck

Historic low pressure system puts an early end to Nebraska hunt Story

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Kansas

Kansas

The duck hunter as a young man

Don't worry about the next generation of hunters, they are doing fine Story

Kansas

Hunting behind tomato cages

Quick trip from town leads to former market hunting spot Story

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Arkansas

Arkansas

Feeding his desire

Brad Allen of Judsonia, Ark., bested 68 other competitors to win the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest. Story
Champion Of Champions

Arkansas

The Carter boys

The Carter boys lost their father, but his best friend continues to keep good on his promise that they'll always have some where to hunt. Story

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Colorado

COLORADO

Shooting stereotypes

The hunting and hunting partners were not what you might expect in Colorado. Story

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Texas

Texas

High Plains drifters

The Duck Trek stopped somewhere on the Texas Panhandle to enjoy a strap full of ducks, good friends and gourmet dining in a motel parking lot. Story

Texas

Sandhill wizards

Hunting dinosaurs was a new experience for the Duck Trek, as the crew took a detour while in the Texas Panhandle to shoot some "flying ribeyes." Story

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Oklahoma

IOWA

Oklahoma more than OK

Expectations hadn't been high going into the Duck Trek's Oklahoma stop, but a small pond on the edge of a cattle field was full of surprises. Story

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Louisiana

Louisiana

End of the line

The last stop, not just for the season but "THE" last stop of the Duck Trek took place on Louisiana's Lake Charles, a fitting end for ducks and duck hunters alike. Story

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The start of every duck hunt has similarities. You begin in the dark, traveling to some place with a beacon of light in front of you, washing its way across everything in your path.

The places you are familiar with take on a new look in the dark. Those places you have never seen before, with nothing but harsh light hitting them, are less revealing.

Eventually the light goes out, and in the darkness, it becomes all about the hearing: The noise of waterfowl pretty much sounds the same everywhere.

Sunrises look pretty much the same from one end of the country to the other, but as the sun does its work, that's when a Duck Trek morning really starts to take shape. That's the moment when everything takes on its own personality, its own look and its own feel.

Every morning of the Duck Trek is like that. It begins with its similarities and ultimately shapes the day to create something different.

This year the Duck Trek will be waking up somewhere new. We're moving west from our usual path and hitting the center of the Central Flyway and even pieces of the Pacific Flyway, comparing our new experiences with some from our past.

In Canada, that might be lying on a hillside with wheat stubble scratching the back of your neck as thousands of mallards fill the air, all of them responding to a few short quacks on a duck call.

In Michigan, that could be standing in the marsh, knee deep in muck quacking at gadwalls. In Wisconsin, it's plopping down in a layout boat and growling at divers. Or in Arkansas, that could be hugging up to an oak tree, kicking water and watching mallards crash through the treetops.

That process is what intrigues so many duck hunters. From their standpoint, a duck hunt is pinpointed by their own habits. Knowing it is vastly different in other parts of the world makes the rest of it intriguing.

That is what this year's Duck Trek is all about.

From November through the middle of December, we'll follow the flight of the ducks from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the sights, sounds, culture and stories back to ESPNOutdoors.com.

The sun is rising on this year's trek and we're about to experience everything in a new light.