When people think about wildlife conservation they normally think about hunting etiquette and preserving habitat. They often do not think about the importance of involving children in the sport of hunting waterfowl. Children today are the future of our sport and one of America’s greatest traditions. Wildlife conservation runs deep in our youth today and will continue to carry on for years to come thanks to organizations like Delta Waterfowl. Delta Waterfowl offers many opportunities for our youth all across America. Thanks to people who spend many hours volunteering their time with fundraisers and events these opportunities are made possible. The Chocolate Paws are proud to be a part of the Delta Waterfowl North Shore Chapter of Southeast Louisiana. A dedicated group making such a big difference!
Thanks to Covey Rise of Husser, Louisiana for allowing us to use their facilities to host an all family event for adults and children of all ages! The day started off on the shooting range with flying skeet and the smell of burnt gun powder. This event gave us an opportunity to teach the importance of gun safety, hearing and eye protection and allowed us to practice and enjoy our Second Amendment! There were some great shooters on the range and competition is always fun no matter how old you are. Duck and goose calling seminars were held each hour and the room was filled with smiles and loud calling from their favorite wood or acrylic piece! Our instructors spoke on the importance of concealment while hunting and what calls to use depending on bird behavior. At the end of the day we had a small calling competition for the kids with both duck and goose divisions. I’m here to tell you, there was some real talent being showcased in front of a large crowd of people!
It’s always great to have the U.S. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries on hand. Children were given information on waterfowl identity and learned the importance of bird limits and what it does for the waterfowl population each year! Our Delta Waterfowl Regional Director Bryan Leach was on hand with his retriever and displayed the importance of having a well seasoned gun dog in the field while hunting. Many hunters do not realize that hunting with a retriever is a form of wildlife conservation, but Bryan expressed it’s importance and how it cuts down on losing injured or crippled birds. A good gun dog is like family and will only make life easier for a hunter when trying to lock down limits of birds while in the blind!
In today’s time, it’s great to see people coming together for such a good cause! Wildlife conservation is not always about the birds, sometimes it’s just as much about the hunter. The smell of pulled pork and jambalaya filled the air and covered the lunch tables. Sharing stories of mornings in the blind and listening to different hunters talk about their favorite retrievers seemed to be the topic of mostly everyones conversation! The Northshore Chapter of Delta Waterfowl would like to thank everyone who attended and The Chocolate Paws are blessed to be a part of such a great organization!