Delta Waterfowl, “The Duck Hunters Organization”, has expanded its efforts to increase the dwindling number of waterfowlers. First, in 2003 DW began “First Hunt”, now the largest hunter recruitment program in the U.S. To date DW chapters have introduced more than 72,000 new people to the ways of duck and goose hunting.
In 2017 DW began the “University Hunting Program”, designed to introduce wildlife management students to waterfowl hunting. DW is building partnerships with universities nationwide, 24 schools to date. Also in 2017 DW began another popular initiative.
The “Mentor Recognition Program” is designed to raise awareness of the critical need to recruit new hunters and reward people who share their love of waterfowl hunting with others. Here’s how the program works (By the way, membership in DW is not required):
Anyone who mentors a new waterfowl hunter is eligible to upload to DW a photo and short story about your hunt. In recognition, DW will send to the mentor a certificate of appreciation, Delta Waterfowl Mentor hat, special DW decal, and an engraved metal band to display on a call lanyard.
The new hunter will get a merit certificate, DW hat, two decals, and if successful at taking a duck or goose, they will earn a Delta Waterfowl First-Duck Pin. Again, you do not have to be a DW member to participate. For more information go to the “What We Do” section of www.deltawaterfowl.org. And join them if you like. Or contact Joel Brice, vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs, at 888-987-3695 ext. 5225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.