I sure would hate to see where we would be at for habitat/biology knowledge if it were not for DU over the last 70 years
That being said, I too have seen a shift in who they are targetting to solicite funds from. Basically it used to be all hunters supporting DU, but they are targetting non hunters now. The problem is that the hunters who have been the back bone of DU are ticked as some of the projects DU is doing is off limits to hunting. The hunters are a minority now in the US, and the non hunters the vast majority, and the antihunters a small minority. So DU is targetting the non hunters to substanially raise more $ each year-a good and bad kind of thing. Good because wetland and grasslands are being saved/restored; bad because now the nonhunters have a voice in how the $ should be spent which irratates some of the DU hunters.
Am I a member of DU? Yes and a DU CA member too. And am a MWA member as well as a DW member. I have served on 3 of the 4 orgs banquet committees over the years (not on DU CA-for logistical reasons-like they are 400 miles away... hhehehhee) Seems to me they all are basically good Orgs and that you should be a member too. Basic memberships for the 4 run $125 a year. Some say that is a lot of $, is it? If you make $25,000 a year that is only 1/2 of 1% of your wages, are not these Orgs worth that much to ensure continued duck flights and hunter rights to continue you being able to hunt as well as future generations? I think so, that is why I give them 3 to 4% of my income each year. And I'm a working stiff and drive an old S-10, but I feel it is important to give financially as well give of my time to them. Surely some of you can do the same? Heck many churches say you should give 10% to the church of your choosing, is not the above Orgs worth at least 1% of your income? And they are all nonprofits, so what you give is tax deductable too on your taxes.
BTW, their website addys are listed on the Conservation forum here at DHC.