BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA —Guaranteeing the way forward for waterfowl searching is a precedence of The Duck Hunters Group, and Delta is proud to acknowledge the exemplary contributions of people striving for a similar objective.
Delta Waterfowl’s first-ever Waterfowling Legacy Awards had been introduced to Aaron Mize, Kate Harrigan and Julie Henning of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Travis Thompson of Winter Haven, Florida, throughout the Champions of Delta Luncheon on July 30 on the Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The award acknowledges the essential contributions of Mize, Harrigan and Henning to advance station-specific searching and sport fishing rules. Identified generally because the “Hunt-Fish Rule,” this coverage has opened or expanded searching entry on hundreds of thousands of acres at Nationwide Wildlife Refuges throughout america. Since its inception in 2019, the rule has supplied elevated alternative to waterfowl hunters nationwide.
In an effort to cut back regulation complexity, the rule additionally regularly revises, updates and augments Nationwide Wildlife Refuge searching rules to align with state and native rules extra carefully.
“Offering large-scale, top quality, incremental public entry for sportsmen and girls has been one in every of Delta’s highest organizational focuses over time” mentioned John Devney, Delta’s chief coverage officer. “By way of the arduous work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and extra instantly, Aaron, Kate and Julie, these guidelines present generational alternatives for duck hunters throughout america.”
Thompson is a Delta Waterfowl member, full-time waterfowl information, and host of the profitable podcast, “Forged and Blast Florida.” The fifth-generation Floridian has advocated for geese and duck hunters within the Sunshine State and throughout the nation.
Thompson has been instrumental to Delta’s rising grassroots assist in Florida. He has spearheaded efforts to cease additional restricted searching areas on public waters, opposed misguided laws to dismantle sportsmen-led conservation funding, and supplied written and verbal testimony at key Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee conferences.
“Travis is a wealth of information and has really been a significant asset for not solely Delta Waterfowl in Florida, however all geese and duck hunters within the southeast,” Devney mentioned. “His dedication to participating with lawmakers, commissioners and different determination makers on behalf of geese and duck hunters speaks volumes to his ardour for our neighborhood.”
Delta Waterfowl is The Duck Hunters Group, a number one conservation group working to supply geese and guarantee the way forward for duck searching in North America. Go to deltawaterfowl.org.