WHC’s Executive Director says ‘Take a hunter hunting’
Take a Hunter Hunting
Waterfowl hunters have a long and proud history of waterfowl population and habitat conservation, including purchasing their Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp). All of the proceeds from the Stamp go to Wildlife Habitat Canada to conserve waterfowl, wetlands and the future of waterfowl hunting in Canada.
But, there is a problem…
There are fewer hunters hunting waterfowl in Canada these days. Nationally, the number of waterfowl hunters has declined precipitously, from over half a million in the 1980’s to about 200,000 today.
The downward trend in waterfowl hunting cannot be explained by a general decline in hunting activity. For example, in Ontario the number of Migratory Game Bird Hunting permits reduced from over 130,000 in 1985 to just 60,000 in 2015 (Environment Canada website), whereas resident hunting licenses for deer, moose and bear all increased during that period (Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry). Also, only about 15% of Ontario hunters hunt waterfowl.
Waterfowl hunting contributes about $327 million annually to the Canadian economy, or about 18% of the $1.8 billion figure for hunting and trapping. That economic contribution is not easily replaced by other nature-related activities. For example, the average waterfowl hunter spends nearly 7 times the daily expenditure of a birder. Most importantly for the future of conservation, hunters and trappers participate in nature conservation activities at a significantly higher rate than the general population (Source: 2012 Canadian Nature Survey).
Don’t take the future of waterfowl conservation and hunting for granted. As a waterfowl hunter, you can help. Introduce (or re-introduce) your hunting friends to waterfowl hunting.
So … take a hunter hunting.