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Ep. 490: Duck DNA: Are “Wild” Ducks Really Wild?

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Steven Rinella talks with Phil Lavretsky, Janis Putelis, Matt McCormick, Brady Davis, Max Barta, Phil Taylor, and Corinne Schneider.

Topics discussed: The open-faced sandwich; a red stag hunt in Scotland and skull plates; when you have a genetics lab named after you; “field to gene’; Flying V like the Army Corps of Engineers; get tickets for the MeatEater Live Tour; how the New Jersey black bear hunt is back on; the Cal Pouch and the waterfowl system from FHF, DSD’s waterfowl decoys like fine art, and Phelps duck and geese calls; Montana artist Chuck Black wins the Federal Duck Stamp competition for 2024; when all of the extinct species are in the same drawer; be as good or better than everyone else; how genetic analysis plays into management; releasing pen-raised mallards is a thing; so much hybridization; the Ming Dynasty as the first to domesticate ducks; when you send your wife out to track known game farm mallards; game farm duck DNA mixing with wild duck DNA; Oh, Jersey!; back-crossing; physiological and morphological shifts; volunteers are needed for the new waterfowl research project; calling all duck hunters to apply today to be a citizen scientist!; and more.

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