Ducks Unlimited convention opens in Lafayette

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited chapter members across the state will gather this weekend in Lafayette for the LaDU State Convention at the Lafayette Hilton and Towers on West Pinhook Road.

Friday’s highlight is the annual Road Kill Cook-Off, pitting the best cooks from chapters around the state in a competition for a rotating trophy.

Saturday’s 9-11 a.m. general membership meeting is reserved to talk about ducks.

“We’ll cover topics dealing with Ducks Unlimited and ducks in general,” state chairman Stephen Gauthier said. “We have (DU) representatives from Canada and Mexico to talk about what’s going on in their countries, and we’ll get an update on the duck season from the (Louisiana) Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.”

DU-Canada vice-president Pat Kehoe is expected to give an update on the breeding grounds in Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces, the two Canadian provinces that supply the most waterfowl to Louisiana.

Noon Saturday is set aside for the annual awards luncheon, and Saturday evening bring the 2013 Louisiana State Convention Banquet.

“The evening banquet is a time to recognize the volunteers for all they do for conservation and to get the conservation message out in all parts of the state,” Gauthier said.

Weekend registration is $100 for individuals, $150 for couples and $25 for Greenwings, DU’s youth division.

Gauthier said registration is open in the hotel lobby throughout Friday and until banquet time Saturday night.