Ducks Unlimited and the Ohio Division of Wildlife teamed up once again to celebrate the 10th anniversary Ohio Partnership Hunt in Port Clinton, Ohio
. Ducks Unlimited staff, volunteers, Division of Wildlife staff, guests and members of local hunt clubs gathered to hunt and learn more about how conservation
programs benefit waterfowl.
"There's an amazing history of waterfowling in the area," said Roy Kroll, DU manager of conservation programs, who is responsible for DU's Ohio programs and the southwest Lake Erie lands protection program. "Having the clubs annually come together with us and the Division of Wildlife is a celebration of a unique relationship that highlights the clubs' long term commitment to providing waterfowl habitat
and sustaining the heritage of duck hunting
The Ohio Partnership Hunt was established in 2002 to honor the partnership between DU and the Division of Wildlife, and to invite DU supporters to spend time in the Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay marshes. This area is located at the crossroads of the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways
, making it a prime spot to see many types of migratory waterfowl, including teal, mallards and black ducks. It is also part of DU's Lake Erie priority area. Local hunt clubs throughout the area generously host the Partnership Hunt guests for two mornings each year.
In addition to the hunt, attendees gathered for educational programs and took a tour of local conservation sites that are managed by both state and federal partners. "Sportsmen are conservation's strongest allies," DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland said. "It is important that we continue to highlight the strong impact conservation programs have on America's hunting legacy in order to ensure that these practices are passed down to the next generation."