MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ducks Unlimited has released the latest film in its online series. In “Ruby Valley,” Jim and Jean Prough take viewers along to the Ruby Valley of southwest Montana. Longtime DU sponsors, the Proughs are dedicated conservationists with a love of dogs, ducks and the outdoors. People are Ducks Unlimited’s greatest resource, and DU relies on volunteers and donors like Jim and Jean Prough to carry out its mission.
Watch the film at www.ducks.org/dufilms.
This film combines gorgeous scenery around Sheridan, Montana, with insights into conservation efforts in the Ruby Valley and the great waterfowl hunting there. Jim Prough explained why he and his wife Jean call this area home. “Sheridan is a very interesting community. If you want to have good people with their hearts in the right place, the Ruby Valley is a great place to be.”
Featured in the film is Jim and Jean’s yellow Labrador retriever. Dogs are vital to the waterfowling tradition in North America. “Our dogs are a big part of our family,” Jim explained. “They are important to the experience.” Jean Prough concurred with her husband. “There is nothing better than seeing your dog work to flush a bird or retrieve a bird,” she said.
Montana is a very important waterfowl habitat state, it ranks third in duck production in the lower 48 states. Ducks Unlimited is very involved here, restoring and enhancing over 75,000 acres of wetlands in the state. Most of Montana’s waterfowl production areas, wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas have benefited from DU projects.
Another benefit to wetlands conservation is water conservation, an important part of DU’s work as Jim Prough clarified. “The U.S. is very lucky because we don’t have to worry about turning on a tap and no water coming out. We’ve got to have water for the future. That leads to what DU is all about. They are really about future generations and access to water.”
DU Films is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film features thrilling hunting footage but also tells a story about waterfowl hunters who are passionate about hunting and giving back to the resource. DU Films presents all of this through breathtaking waterfowl footage and intimate conversations with hunters across North America.
The 2019 season includes six films. DU will release one film per month this spring and summer.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.