Delta Waterfowl’s John Devney Named to Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of John Devney, senior vice president of Delta Waterfowl, to the newly formed Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. Established on Jan. 9, 2018, the Council will advise the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on critical policies affecting public lands, wildlife and habitat conservation.

“We have assembled here some of the best conservationists in America,” Zinke said. “Over a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt established the American conservation ethic — best science, best practices, greatest good, longest term. These sportsmen carry on the American conservation ethic in the modern day. Bringing these experts together will be key to ensuring the American tradition of hunting and shooting, as well as the conservation benefits of these practices, carries on.”

The Council will examine ways to benefit wildlife resources, to encourage partnerships among the public, sporting conservation organizations, and state, tribal, territorial and federal governments, and to benefit hunting and recreational shooting sports.

“On behalf of The Duck Hunters Organization, I am extremely pleased that John Devney will serve on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council,” said Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer of Delta Waterfowl. “Through conservation and hunting policy work, John has represented Delta as the voice of the North American duck hunter for two decades. I’m certain his breadth of ecological and conservation knowledge as well as his passion for waterfowl hunting will prove hugely beneficial to the Council.”

A lifelong duck hunter raised in a small community northeast of St. Paul, Minnesota, Devney has been at the forefront of Delta Waterfowl’s mission since November 1998. As senior vice president, he works to ensure positive outcomes for ducks and duck hunters on the local, state and federal levels. Notably, he’s advocated for expanded waterfowl-hunter access on national wildlife refuges, and partnered with members of the agriculture community to engineer Delta’s Working Wetlands program, an innovative, incentive-based habitat initiative that protects the best duck-producing wetlands.

“I am extremely humbled to accept the appointment on behalf of all Delta members and ensure their voice as duck hunters is amplified to the highest policymakers in the land,” Devney said. “This is an incredible acknowledgement of Delta’s members, volunteers and supporters, and their passion for ducks and duck hunters.”

In addition to duck hunting, Devney enjoys fishing, training his black Lab and running hunt tests. He lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, with his wife, Carmen, and three children.

For more information, contact John Devney at (701) 471-4235 or

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.