Wildlife Habitat Canada Grant Promotes Hunter Recruitment

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — A $90,000 grant from Wildlife Habitat Canada is helping Delta Waterfowl boost hunter recruitment and promote duck and goose hunting across Canada.

The grant supports Delta’s First Hunt, the largest waterfowl-specific hunter recruitment program in North America. First Hunt has educated more than 50,000 people about waterfowl conservation and hunting. The grant is also being used for outreach efforts aimed at awareness about hunter opportunities and access in all Canadian provinces. One example is to promote the hunter apprentice licensing that’s already in place in British Columbia and Quebec to every province in Canada.

“The goal of the grant is to recruit more waterfowl hunters in Canada,” said Jim Fisher, director of conservation policy for Delta Waterfowl. “Hunter numbers are down, so we’re working to ensure the future viability of waterfowl hunting in Canada.”

The WHC grant supports a pair of week-long summer hunter education courses in Ontario at Delta’s Hunting Heritage and Conservation Center, as well as a pair of workshops in Alberta and another on Prince Edward Island.

In addition, funding will help support local First Hunt events throughout Delta’s volunteer chapter network in Canada. Chapters host a variety of education events, including duck and goose hunts for first-time hunters. While many of the events are aimed at youth participants, Delta also hosts special recruitment events for women and college-aged men and women interested in learning how to hunt waterfowl.

WHC funding comes from sales of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print, a.k.a. Canada’s “duck stamp.” WHC offers grants to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat, foster conservation leadership, and to promote the conservation contributions of waterfowl hunters and encourage waterfowl hunting participation.

“We’re certainly appreciative of WHC providing this important funding to promote waterfowl hunting in Canada,” Fisher said.

For more information about purchasing the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print, visit whc.org.

For more information about Delta’s First Hunt or hunter training workshops in Canada, contact Joel Brice at (888) 987-3695 ext. 225 or jbrice@deltawaterfowl.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.