Bill Dougan was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He and his wife Paula moved to Cochrane, Alberta, in 2014 to be closer to their four daughters and grandchildren. He began hunting waterfowl at age 10 when he first ventured out with his father, grandfather and brothers on the fields, marshes and coastlines of PEI.
Even before officially joining the Delta team, Bill had a substantial history with The Duck Hunters Organization. Along with his friend Kevin Arsenault, he was instrumental, in 2003, in forming the second-ever Delta chapter in Canada. He designed and created the Delta Waterfowl mentorship program on Prince Edward Island in 2007. Bill has also been involved with the youth waterfowl workshop on PEI as the target shooting coordinator and goose and duck calling instructor. That event is among the largest one-day youth waterfowl workshops in North America with more than 120 kids taking part every year.
His professional career began as a sports department manager for “Hometown Hardware” in Charlottetown. He went on to work as a distribution manager for Retail Gas in PEI and then material coordinator for Internal Energy Services in northern Alberta. Most recently, prior to joining Delta, he was manager of volunteer and corporate fundraising with Ducks Unlimited Canada. He was also an officer in the Charlottetown Trap and Skeet Club and chairman of “Gun for the Cure,” which raised thousands for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Bill is also a recognized name in the contest duck and goose calling world as a competitor, promoter and judge. His accomplishments include:
- Eastern Canadian Open goose calling champion (2005)
- Runner-up in 2-man goose team championship (2005)
- Championship team 2-man goose for Ducks Unlimited Canada
- First chairman and organizer for Eastern Canadian calling championship (2005)
- Decades of calling contest judging, including Canadian calling championship for goose and duck (2013) and Atlantic calling championship for goose and duck (2014)
He believes deeply in the pillars and the cause of Delta Waterfowl. “I believe Delta Waterfowl is the future of our waterfowl heritage,” he said. “The landscape of waterfowling as we know it would be a lot different than it is today if it were not for Delta. I love that I have been given the opportunity to be able to give back to my waterfowl heritage and help make a difference in my community.”