First Hunt

Delta Waterfowl runs the largest waterfowl hunter recruitment program in North America!

In 2001, Delta Waterfowl conducted its first mentored hunt on the famed Delta Marsh in celebration of the creation of Canada’s Waterfowler Heritage days (the Canadian equivalent to Youth Waterfowl Days in the U.S. of which Delta played a central and integral role in creating). That inaugural hunt spawned what today is North America’s largest waterfowl specific hunter recruitment program, First Hunt.

First Hunt events offer a comprehensive immersion into our rich waterfowl-hunting heritage.  Day one includes a broad range of skill training which includes waterfowling specific gun safety and wing-shooting, introduction to duck and goose calling, decoy placement, retriever training, duck identification, etc. Day two finds a new hunter paired with an experienced mentor for a trip to the blind. After a successful hunt the new hunters are taught to handle, clean and cook their harvest. This experience, from skills development, to the shooting of a new hunter’s first duck, culminating in a duck dinner, provides a rich and powerful baptism into the waterfowl hunting fraternity.

To ensure the rich traditions of duck hunting endure, Delta expanded its First Hunt Program in 2016 by introducing comprehensive youth hunting and conservation education camps in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

In 2015
126 events
5,666 participants

Since inception:
804 events
36,610 participants

Download the Mentor Handbook

Download the Participant Handbook

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