DU was founded by a group of waterfowl hunters in 1937, and today 90 percent of DU members are hunters. Through the support of these sportsmen, DU has been able to conserve more than 12.5 million acres of habitat across North America in the areas that are most important to ducks and geese. DU's operations are governed by a volunteer board of directors, many of whom are ardent waterfowlers. This board has publicly acknowledged DU's support of hunting through a formal resolution
Today's conservation battles are many times fought in capitol buildings and wetlands conservation can hinge on a legislative decision. DU's public policy efforts are geared toward conservation and and preseving hunting traditions.
Court Rules in Favor of Ducks Unlimited's Efforts to Protect Hunting on Public Lands
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2011 − Ducks Unlimited and waterfowl hunters across the nation are celebrating today's federal district court ruling that supports the opening of waterfowl hunting on a number of public lands. Today's ruling from the Northern Federal Court District of Ohio will help ensure that our country's waterfowl hunting heritage will be protected. DU joined with Safari Club International and others to intervene in this action on behalf of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they attempted to open waterfowl hunting on almost 70 national wildlife refuges around the country. The action was opposed by anti-hunting interests in a lawsuit. Read More