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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 4, 2024 – Ducks Unlimited recently (DU) elected Robert “Bob” Spoerl as the conservation organization's 47th president. Spoerl, a Waupaca, Wisconsin resident, succeeds Chuck Smith, who now serves as DU board chairman.

Spoerl was elected president at Ducks Unlimited’s 87th National Convention in San Diego, California.

"Born and raised in Wisconsin, I have been a volunteer with Ducks Unlimited for nearly 35 years,” Spoerl said. “I started volunteering in the late 1980s as a committee member, then moved up the event ladder to become area chairman and continued to serve on various committees. I am honored to now serve Ducks Unlimited as president. My number one goal as president is to ensure our volunteers will always be the magic behind Ducks Unlimited and lead them in our vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever."

Spoerl is the retired president of Premium Brands. A DU volunteer for more than 30 years, he continues serving on the Ducks Unlimited de México and Ducks Unlimited Canada Boards and several national committees. He is also a member of Wetlands America Trust, the land trust and foundation arm of Ducks Unlimited.

He is an avid waterfowler, deer and elk hunter, and passionate conservationist who splits his time between Waupaca and Scottdale, Arizona, with his wife, Kim. Spoerl manages his Wisconsin property for maple syrup production and is a member of Wisconsin's Ne Pee Nauk Duck Club.

The Spoerls are Ducks Unlimited John E. Walker President's Society Members, DU Grand Slam Legacy Sponsors and Ducks Unlimited de México Legacy Sponsors.

About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing wetlands, grasslands and other waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has restored or protected more than 18 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science, DU’s projects benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people in all 50 states. DU is growing its mission through a historic $3 billion 
Conservation For A Continent comprehensive campaign. Learn more at