HunteR3 is Delta Waterfowl’s bold new initiative to boost the number of waterfowl hunters in North America.
The name “HunteR3” is derived by combining Delta’s position in the waterfowl world as The Duck Hunters Organization with the wildlife-agency world term “R3.” The abbreviation R3 stands for recruitment, retention, and reactivation. HunteR3 is Delta’s programmatic initiative to recruit, retain and reactivate waterfowl hunters throughout North America.
The key components of HunteR3 are:
Delta Waterfowl’s First Hunt is the largest waterfowl hunter recruitment program in North America. Since its inception, Delta’s volunteer chapter leaders have introduced more than 80,000 people to the ways of duck and goose hunting. Chapters across the United States and Canada hosted 263 First Hunt events with a total of 12,367 participants. Learn more
University Hunting Program
Hunting plays a critical role in conservation–but up to 70 percent of university wildlife management students have never hunted and may never have been given the opportunity. The University Hunting Program provides students who will use hunting licenses and permit revenues to manage waterfowl with a firsthand hunting experience and equips them with a more holistic view of hunting and conservation. Learn more
Defending the Hunt
Delta Waterfowl serves as the “voice of the duck hunter” throughout North America. We continue to vigorously defend threats to duck hunting opportunities anytime, anywhere. Our legion of active members and volunteers alert Delta staff to issues that pose a risk to duck hunting, and we take action – whether at a local, state, provincial or national level – to repel these threats. Learn more
Delta Waterfowl launched a Mentor Recognition Program to raise awareness about the decline in waterfowl hunter numbers and the resulting impact of a diminishing voice. The program celebrates and recognizes the efforts of mentors who take new hunters afield with certificates and prizes. First Duck, a companion program sponsored by Realtree, awards a special certificate to hunters who shoot their first duck or goose. Learn more
R3 Demonstration Facilities
Delta Waterfowl is ramping up R3 programming at the Delta Waterfowl Center in Turkey Point, Ontario and the Delta Waterfowl Research Station in Manitoba. These research stations will become a hub for innovative and experimental programs targeting hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation. Learn more