Dallas Safari Club Grant Will Support Delta Waterfowl’s Predator Management Program

Dallas Safari Club Grant Will Support Delta Waterfowl’s Predator Management Program

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — A $10,000 grant from the DSC Foundation, a charitable arm of the Dallas Safari Club, will advance Delta Waterfowl’s Predator Management program, a hugely effective and efficient approach to increasing duck production.

The grant will help fund Delta Waterfowl Predator Management sites in eastern North Dakota — a critical region for breeding ducks — sending more birds to Texas and other southern states in the fall. DSC Foundation has consistently given to Delta’s Predator Management program, and has more recently donated to the organization’s innovative drone research.

“DSC Foundation and Dallas Safari Club have long supported Delta Waterfowl’s Predator Management program,” said Richard Cheatham, president of the DSC Foundation. “The program represents an innovative and forward-thinking mindset that will benefit waterfowl and waterfowl enthusiasts for generations to come. We are happy to be able to assist with this important endeavor.”

The Duck Hunters Organization employs professional trappers to apply Predator Management across intensely farmed habitats with sparse cover and high densities of nesting ducks. Given ongoing losses of nesting cover combined with an unnatural abundance of predators — which eat the majority of duck eggs laid — future duck populations may increasingly depend on Predator Management.

“Clearly the Dallas Safari Club cares deeply about duck production, understands the pressures on breeding ducks and acknowledges where Texas waterfowlers’ ducks come from,” said Joel Brice, Delta’s vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs. “The majority of ducks produced in North Dakota winter in the southern U.S., including Texas, so this is a thoughtful contribution with tangible benefits for Dallas Safari Club members.”

The DSC Foundation was formed by the Dallas Safari Club in 2015, with a mission to ensure the conservation of wildlife through youth-hunter recruitment, public education and advocating for hunting-based policy initiatives. Additionally, the DSC Foundation funds doctoral and graduate research studies that sustain the North American Model of Conservation. Its grants are made possible by convention revenues, fundraising events and private donations to the Dallas Safari Club.

To learn more about the DSC Foundation, visit dscf.org. For more information on Delta Waterfowl, contact Joel Brice at (888) 987-3695 or jbrice@deltawaterfowl.org.

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. 

2018-10-05T15:58:51+00:00

2 Comments

  1. P Terry October 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Why not focus this money and effort on actual habitat preservation and restoration, to ensure that ducks have the adequate amount of natural cover that their nesting success depends upon? Predator management is a short sighted band aid. Long term future success of these populations depends on preserving intact habitat and purchasing and restoring habitat that is currently under intense farming production.

    • bruce December 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      P Terry
      Glad you are looking at Delta’s website. Your viewpoint on habitat is valid indeed, however, if you want ducks today, you must manage the habitat to ensure production. One of those management techniques that has been proven very effective is predator management. Much of the habitat preserved by our long term efforts in the nesting grounds is so run over by predators as to not be productive. Ideally we could just set aside Grass (habitat) and the ducks could nest successfully. But alas, nothing on the prairies is in its natural state, so we must manage predators that occur in areas and in populations that are enabled only by our heavy agricultural impact on the landscape.
      In fact much of that “habitat” is a “duck sink” rather than productive of ducks, hens are attracted to the habitat to be overwhelmed in their attempts to re-nest continually due to nest depredation. Nesting success is minimal and hens are killed on the nest. That “habitat” serves nothing to enhance waterfowl populations without management.

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