Since we have already lost half or more of all North American wetlands so far,I think DU's emphasis on wetlands conservation-restoration is essential for waterfowl now and long after we(duck hunters of this generation) are all gone.Future duck hunting depends on it.No wetlands=No ducks.
DU has been accused of not "being for the hunter"by some but that is a groundless accusation.Ask any of the wacko animal rights nut jobs out there about DU and they will certainly tell you it as a bunch of duck murderers.
Delta has recently challenged DU to spend more of its energy on predator control.Du has decided to stay on course with habitat issues at its forefront.Delta supporters say this shows that DU is not for the hunter,but that simply doesn't add up.Predator control costs a great deal and has to be done continuosly.Once stopped it allows predators to come back.Habitat preservation is a much more permanent application of resources.And when you consider that predator control was once widely practiced by the USF&W service and state F&G agencies for decades yet had only marginal overall effects on duck numbers while at the same time being at the center of expensive lawsuits filed by a wide variety of opponents,it gets clear that a predator program on a big scale will cost a huge amount while siphoning off resources from other important work.
When it comes to DU and Delta I support both orgs but I think this latest clash of wills hasn't helped anything,particularly the ducks.
11 million acres of wetlands is a great accoplishment and it needs to continue.
If other people have other ideas they believe in thats great,they should act on them and not use it to start a peeing contest.
Bottom line from my perspective is that DU's efforts have given us something that,with out it, would have left us with a lot less duck and goose hunting opportunity.
Anyone wanting info about DU can visit thier website,wwwducks.org,and find out.
They also have volunteer programs where people can help with local projects.
If you can afford to be a member of DU and Delta and any other organization helping ducks then you can't go wrong.The more the better.
My lab is still the best hunting partner there is.