Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs
The Who’s Who of Conservation Organizationsby R. Michael DiLullo
Wildlife Conservation groups are looking for your contributions, but are their policies concerning hunting the same as yours?
Every week I receive several solicitations in the mail and via email to join or contribute to a conservation group. And I am not alone, I am sure many of you are on some of the same mailing list as I am. Wildlife and conservation has become a business and raising funds, be it through contributions or memberships, has become very competitive among the countless number of groups out there. However, many of these groups are not clear on their agendas or stances concerning hunting. Also, local affiliates sometimes differ drastically from their national’s policies concerning hunting, firearm ownership and the shooting sports.
So, who do you support and whom do you send your hard-earned money to with confidence that the funds will be used appropriately? Supporting a group or groups whose views and opinions closely match your own is a responsible and noble thing to do. As hunters/conservationists, it is our duty to support the organizations that support our rights and our sport. But, do your homework and find out whose goals you are really going to be supporting!
Below is a partial listing of some of the more well-known conservation organization, this is by no means a complete listing! Remember to always check for policy differences between your local chapter and the organization’s national (official) positions before making a contribution or becoming a member.
Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU)
International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
The Izaac Walton League of America
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
The National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA)
Quail Unlimited/The Dove Sportsman’s Society (QU)
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA)
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS)
The Wilderness Society
The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America
The Wildlife Management Institute
The Wildlife Society
Defenders of Wildlife
National Audubon Society
The National Wildlife Federation
The Sierra Club
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
American Humane Association
Friends of Animals, Inc.
The Fund for Animals
The Human Society of the United States (HSUS)
People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
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