The official Ducks Unlimited LabradorDrake
In 2000, Wildrose was selected by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, to provide the organization's membership with the first official retriever mascot. Drake, a black male, 72 lb. Labrador retriever was born August 1, 2000. Since 2001, Drake has appeared on DU's World of Ducks tv show providing weekly training tips. The segment now stands as the longest running program of its type to air on television, 2001 to present.
He has made public appearances at DU festivals, banquets, and fund raisers, enhancing the mission of Ducks Unlimited. He accompanied DU tv's hosts, Marc Pierce, and later Wade Bourne annually on numerous hunting excursions across the U. S. and Canada.
In 2004, he served on the first U. S. Gundog Team in history to compete in the United Kingdom. The team won the P & O Irish Sea International Championship.
In 2008, Deke became DU's newest selection from Wildrose to serve as the organization's next mascot after Drake's retirement.
Subscribe to our newsletter and visit DU's website, www.ducks.org, for updates on Deke's training progress as Drake continues his retriever ambassadorship for Ducks Unlimited.
Wildrose Video Section:
Train along with Deke and Drake. Watch all the Drake and Deke videos here in our video section.
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