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duckDNA: Where You Become the Scientist

Ducks Unlimited and the University of Texas at El Paso are partnering with waterfowl hunters to conduct exciting genetics research, and we need your help! Apply today for the 2024-25 hunting season and earn your title as hunter-scientist.

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What is duckDNA?

The duckDNA project is a new citizen science initiative launched by Ducks Unlimited and the University of Texas at El Paso. In this pilot year we are selecting up to 300 hunters to collect a tissue sample from harvested ducks for genetic analysis. Genetic profiles will then be delivered back to hunters in their individualized portals.

Benefits of duckDNA

duckDNA provides hunters with scientifically vetted genetic information about their harvested duck. Harvest a hybrid this season? Ever want to know what that “odd duck” really is? Find out exactly what it is, verified by DNA analysis.

Get Ready for Next Season

Sign up today to be the first to know when we open the gates for next season. 

How Does It Work?

  1. Apply

    Sign up to participate. If selected, you will receive instructions to create a duckDNA account. 

  2. Go Hunting

    Receive duckDNA sample kit and go hunting, collecting tissue sample from harvested ducks.

  3. Log & Collect

    Go to duckdna.com and enter all duck information into your personalized duckDNA portal.

  4. Return Samples

    Send samples back via pre-paid mail for analysis.

  5. Get Results

    Get a genetic profile of YOUR ducks, delivered right to your duckDNA account!

Your Privacy

We ask a lot of you, so we want to make sure you know what we do with that information. Your secrets are safe with us.

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* DuckDNA is subject to the DU Privacy Policy, which governs the collection, use, and sharing of your personal information.