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Discussion in 'Canadian Hunters Forum' started by GooseChaser1, Sep 3, 2017.
DU = habitat. Delta = duck production.
Neither = hunter access as a first priority.
I would tend disagree with that that, generally. Their backing helped us get Sunday hunting legalized in VA a great deal.
No duck hunters = no DU.
No duck hunters = no Delta.
Everything evolves - some just evolve at a slower pace than others.
Trust me social media will eventually ruin your spots.
You are probably right about Delta, probably not so right about DU.
DU would have significantly increased their credibility with hunters had they stepped in and offered support for sportsmen during our current non meandered waters battle here in SD. Too many people do not realize that their focus is primarily private land habitat. Only when they partner with public entities do they tout "access" as a benefit. Right or wrong, a lot of people wanted to see DU step up and support sportsmen during a fight to maintain access to waters held in public trust, but alas, none was given, and Big Ag won. Doesn't bother me all that much, but it did rub a lot of people the wrong way in SD, a state where DU's reputation isn't all that great with land owners, but is a major focus of spending for the organization.
My guess is that DU wold eventually change the name and/or expand their focus.
It began more than two-decades ago - rationing a declining resource - and today it's basically hunt further north earlier or else hope warmer weather near your home doesn't short-stop the remaining migration.
Shoot the younger birds that haven't been conditioned by surviving being shot at up-and-down the Flyway, and you limit your potential for future success further south. And within this specific case - the population trend of the resource, is not your friend - with each successive year on the primary North American Flyway showing us that the good times may actually be over, for good.
The Memphis-based organization has never gone into legal and/or political battle for the waterfowler or the resource. And there is no valid reason to believe that they will ever do so. Just look at all of the open personnel positions within their corporate office today, to be absolutely sure about what they may now know, and you don't.
What we as waterfowlers have long-been lacking, is the true appreciation for our collective-natural resource, that the Europeans have long had.
We lack the collective-mindset that makes one-wild bird; effectively called into our decoy spread; down with a single shot well taken; and quickly retrieved to hand - the most important factor of our hunting experience.
And those who continue to believe that body count is the only thing important about the sport, are a detriment to its survival.
Since at least the late-1980s and generally nationwide, we have been conditioned to accept "mediocre" success after our waterfowling experiences afield - and without question, there is a basic reason - Why?