KO wrote:AMEN DU HAS SINGLE HANDEDLY DONE MORE FOR DUCKS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP.....
You are right, "HAS" is correct. What about the future? Some think though thatin recent years they have turned their backs on the hunters who are the back bone of the Org traditionally. They are now going after big Corp donors who want to disassocitate themselves from "Hunting/hunters" for PR reasons. And that is a big slap in the face to many members-me included.
And some members are very uncomfortable in DU obtaining land where "No tresspassing" is the norm. The little guys are looking at it as the millions going to enhamce the rich members lands/leases where the average Joe will not even be able to hunt it.
I do want to make it clear though--I see both sides of it-thus I'm on the fence to a degree. 90% of all wetlands/grasslands are in private ownership. So yes the vast majority of $ will be spent on private lands. But when the average Joe DU member is locked out of ever even seeing much less using these restorations/enhancements. Maybe a more concerted effort should me made to try to direct $ where the public can hunt it too.
And before anybody says I'm anti-DU, I am not. I used to be on the local comm for a couple of years. But I'm an average working class Joe, and they kinda looked down on me as many were "suits". Hmmm I guess $200 in blue collar $ must somehow have less value
Yup it took me a half weeks wages to gather it up, VS their 4 hrs wages I guess. That was 12 years back. What is that $200 now-about $325-350 in todays wages? I now give it to other Conservation Orgs who appreciate that I do give it and that do not look down thier noses at me. But I am still a DU member, just not actively supporting them. If you want to help and be on their comm--go for it by all means. Maybe my experience was an anomally with that particular comm. If you have a few extra bucks to give--do so.
There are very few conservation Orgs out there actaully DOING something, and DU is one of them. Nature Conservancy is another that I have seen pull together temporary funded to get another National Waterfowl native grasslands Refuge in NW MN. 2 other good grassroot Orgs is the MWA and Delta Waterfowl. For my tastes, Delta is more like what DU used to be like of yesteryear-a duck hunters conservation Org. And I'm a member of 4 of the 5 of them and been on 3 of their comms too. Heck about $150 will cover all 5 for a basic membership each year. I know people who give more that that each Sunday at Church, so I guess it is priorities of where your charitable contributions go. I remember talking to a guy that worked a part time for a few months each summer in addition to his FT job. 1/4 of the $ he made went to conservation Orgs, the other 3/4 was for his hunting stuff and trip $ in the fall.
If there is a will, there is a way to help IMHO.