Spring Issue Examines Looming Crisis: Declining Waterfowl Hunter Numbers

We need more waterfowl hunters — and so do the ducks. A Special Report in the Spring Issue of Delta Waterfowl magazine explores why we’ve lost hundreds of thousands of waterfowl hunters since 1970, the threat this poses for the future of hunting and conservation, and what we can do about it.

One way Delta Waterfowl is combatting the crisis is through First Hunt — the largest waterfowl-hunter recruitment program in North America. In the Spring Issue, the lens of Delta photographer Fred Greenslade will allow you to experience a unique First Hunt event in which college students bagged not only geese, but course credit.

You’ll also enjoy four tales of seemingly impossible retrieves completed by duck dogs with skill, sound training and perhaps a dash of luck.

With the height of snow goose season upon us, the Spring Issue delves into whether sunny and warm, or overcast and cold days are best for targeting light geese. You might be surprised by writer David Draper’s opinion.

For duck hunters, spring means reflecting on the season gone by and looking to the future. In “Duck Decisions Revisited,” Brian Lovett considers his successes and missteps, and how each has made him a better waterfowler.

Finally, you’ll join editor and publisher Paul Wait in eastern Ontario, where the greenhead-drawing golden stubble provided plenty of work for shotguns and black Labs.

As always, the Spring Issue carries a full slate of informative and entertaining columns such as Duck Dogs, Shotgunning, Strategies and Traditions to help you get the most from your waterfowl season.

The only way to receive Delta Waterfowl magazine is to join The Duck Hunters Organization. If you are a member, thank you for your support. The Spring Issue will arrive soon!

To join Delta Waterfowl, call (888) 987-3695 or visit deltawaterfowl.org.