University Spotlight - Delta State University, Okra Chapter

The competitive and curious nature of these students brought them to learn more about what Ducks Unlimited is, and how they can be a part of the mission

Delta State University Area Chairman, Luke Zee, understands the importance of time management between school, running his own business, and dedication to the Ducks Unlimited chapter. Zee and the committee have all gained valuable work experience. 

Going to school in a small town in the Mississippi Delta can pose the challenge of recruiting fellow classmates to get involved with DU. However, their ability to set up on campus has allowed them to reach the student body and promote their chapter and the DU brand.

“We set up at the Union building on campus with the DU arcade basketball game and students flocked to us,” Zee says.

The competitive and curious nature of the students brought them to learn more about what Ducks Unlimited is, and how they can be a part of the mission. “Not all of the students who stopped by were hunters, however, they wanted to learn more about the outdoors. They got involved with the chapter by selling tickets and helping at the banquet and they were able to join some of the committee for their first duck hunt, which was a great way to recruit new people to the sport,” he says.

The small-town community rallies around to support the Okra Chapter as they hold two fundraising events throughout the year. A fall banquet and a spring crawfish boil help these students support the organization’s efforts to conserve wetlands and associated habitats.

They will hold their spring crawfish boil this April.