BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Ensuring the future of waterfowl hunting is a key part of The Duck Hunters Organization’s mission.
In effort to bolster declining waterfowl hunter numbers, Delta Waterfowl is launching a Mentor Recognition Program. The new initiative will raise awareness about the critical need to recruit new hunters and reward people who share their love of waterfowl hunting with others.
“We’re trying to incentivize existing waterfowl hunters to take someone new hunting,” said Joel Brice, vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs for Delta Waterfowl. “It’s very rewarding to introduce new people to waterfowl hunting. We want to recognize and celebrate mentors.”
Here’s how the program works: Anyone who mentors a new waterfowl hunter is eligible to upload a photo and short story about the hunt at deltawaterfowl.org/mentor. In recognition, Delta Waterfowl will send a certificate of appreciation, special Delta waterfowl decal and an engraved metal band to display on a call lanyard. The new hunter will get a merit certificate, Delta hat, decal, and if successful at taking a duck or goose, they will earn a Delta Waterfowl First-Duck Pin (See deltawaterfowl.org/first-duck-pin).
The Mentor Recognition Program is supported by a generous $25,000 grant from Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, monies from Cabela’s customers who round up their purchases to support habitat conservation, hunter advocacy and hunter recruitment programs.
“As an outdoor community, we have to think differently about how we attract new hunters and anglers,” said Scott Wanetka, vice president of Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. “Programs like Delta’s new Mentor Recognition Program are a positive step forward to try something new and measure the impact. We are proud to partner with Delta on this new venture and excited about the potential to help create the next generation of conservationists.”
The Mentor Recognition Program is a natural extension of Delta’s First Hunt, the largest waterfowl-specific hunter recruitment program in North America. In 2016, more than 8,500 Delta program participants were introduced to waterfowl hunting and conservation. First Hunt is delivered by Delta’s legion of volunteer chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information, contact Joel Brice at (888) 987-3695 ext. 225, or firstname.lastname@example.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.