Joel Brice has always been fascinated by wetland systems.

“In the dead of winter, you’re hard pressed to find anything living in them,” he said. “But come spring, they come alive with more animals and sounds than you thought possible.”

His interest led him to pursue a bachelor of science in wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Master of Science in biology from the University of North Dakota. In early 2001, he was working for the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota, when he received a call from his former graduate advisor.

“He’d received a call from the vice president of Delta Waterfowl, who was looking to hire a young biologist,” Brice said. “I applied, interviewed and the rest is history.”

That history includes an impactful career at Delta Waterfowl, most recently guiding the organization’s duck production and hunter recruitment/retention programs.

“I grew up in a long line of hunters and went to college with hundreds of guys who also hunted,” he said. “Until I came to Delta, I didn’t realize that the future of hunting is at risk. I’m proud to work for an organization that is strongly focused on waterfowl hunting as well as waterfowl. The opportunity to help impact the future of a continental resource is a monumental task that I thrive upon.”

Given Brice’s interest in wetlands, perhaps it’s no surprise he most enjoys hunting ducks with his yellow Lab, Chester, over water.

“To me, the splash of a duck and a swimming Labrador go together like milk and cookies,” he said.

Brice also enjoys fishing, camping, horseback riding and hiking with his wife and children.

“Lately, you’ll most likely find me chauffeuring my kids to sporting events or coaching,” he said.

jbrice@deltawaterfowl.org