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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 2017




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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 (32)

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
WW SCOTER
WOOD DUCK
   




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DUNTELL CARTER

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

BIO COMING SOON...

UWC CERTIFIED SPECIES LIST (32)

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 GOOS
CACKLING GOOSE
   




UWC MEMBERS WHO HIT THE MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL CERTIFICATION LEVEL IN 2016




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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 (34)

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
MALLARD/BWT HYBRID
MOTTLED DUCK
NORTHERN SHOVELER
OLD SQUAW
NORTHERN PINTAIL
REDHEAD
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS'S GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOW GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWAN
WF GOOSE
WW SCOTER
WOOD DUCK

   




UWC MEMBERS WHO HIT THE MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL CERTIFICATION LEVEL IN 2015




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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 (38)

AMERICAN WIGEON
BLUE GOOSE
BUFFLEHEAD
CACKLING GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
MAL/BD HYBRID
MALLARD
PINTAIL
REDHEAD
ROSS GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
WHITE-FRONTED 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
BRANT GOOSE
COM MERGANSER
HARLEQUIN
HOODED MERGANSER
KING EIDER
MOTTLED DUCK
RING-NECKED DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE

   




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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 (35)

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
   




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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
BWT/CT HYBRID
CANVASBACK
EURASIAN WIGEON
GREATER SCAUP
LESSER SCAUP
OLD SQUAW
REDHEAD
RB MERGANSER
RING-NECKED DUCK
ROSS GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WW SCOTER
 
   



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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 (37)

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
BLONDE MALLARD
RUDDY DUCK
SNOW GOOSE
WW SCOTER
   








   

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CINNAMON TEAL BRANT GOOSE