Outdoor Traditions Inspire a Conservation Legacy

For Bill and Zoe Hopkins, hunting and fishing go hand in hand with the importance of caring for our natural resources

Lifelong DU members Bill and Zoe Hopkins have included DU as a beneficiary in their estate plan.

Lifelong DU members Bill and Zoe Hopkins have included DU as a beneficiary in their estate plan.

For Bill and Zoe Hopkins, hunting and fishing go hand in hand with the importance of caring for our natural resources. The couple has deep roots in the outdoor sports and conservation communities. When Zoe was just 14 years old, her family sold their Texas ranch acreage to the Nature Conservancy for what eventually became a part of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. This vast expanse of coastal marsh and prairie bordering Galveston Bay is home to countless wildlife species and native flora. Generations of Zoe’s family enjoyed and relied on the land’s bounty while acknowledging the need for conservation.

Bill’s love of the outdoors also came from family. He has enjoyed years of hunting and fishing from Alaska to Argentina. His favorite hunting memories took place in and around the Texas Gulf Coast from Trinity Bay south to San Antonio Bay.

Bill’s grandfather, Charles Geelan, was part of a long family tradition of hunting and fishing and giving back to the resource.

After successful careers, Bill and Zoe now enjoy retirement in Punta Gorda, Florida. Together, they stay busy volunteering, golfing, and fishing in Charlotte Harbor. Additionally, the couple spearheaded an effort to have their golf course certified as a sanctuary through Audubon International, implementing the kind of management practices required to achieve the highest standards of environmental sustainability.

As part of their dedication to conservation and love of the outdoors, Bill and Zoe have included Ducks Unlimited in their estate plan. Lifelong DU members and Diamond Life Sponsors, they felt it was important to name DU as an estate beneficiary, focusing on the habitats and geographic regions they love most. In Bill’s words, “DU does the best job of all conservation organizations by strategic dedication to the mission while maintaining exceptional financial efficiency.”