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. So, 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 72,000 people to the ways of duck and goose hunting. In 2018, chapters across the United States and Canada hosted 263 First Hunt events with a total of 12,367 participants. Learn More
University Hunting Program
The Delta Waterfowl University Hunting Program arose in 2017 in recognition that increasingly, many wildlife management students come from non-hunting backgrounds. These future wildlife professionals, who will use hunting license and permit revenues to manage waterfowl, need to understand the critical role hunting plays in conserving ducks and geese. Learn More
Defend the Hunt
Delta Waterfowl serves as the “voice of the duck hunter” throughout North America. We continue to vigorously defend threats to duck hunting opportunity 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 in 2017 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 pins, a companion program sponsored by Realtree, awards a special pin and certificate to hunters who shoot their first duck or goose. Learn More
R3 Demonstration Facilities
Delta Waterfowl is ramping up R3 programming at the Hunting Heritage and Conservation 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
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