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jrbert
 December 06 2017 01:15PM (Read 657 times)  


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I'm looking to join a hunting/sportsman organization, but not sure which one(s).

Any thoughts? Whitetails Unlimited? NRA? Boone and Crockett Club? Pheasants Forever?

Thanks,
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 December 06 2017 01:25PM  
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What are you most passionate about and want to support with your dollars? I am very high on Pheasants Forever, partially because I enjoy pheasant hunting and also because a very large percentage of the money that they receive goes towards habitat improvements rather than overhead costs.


Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem (I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery). -- Thomas Jefferson
 
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 December 06 2017 01:26PM  
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Why not join them all?

I would put your money where you feel it would benefit the most. Since I enjoy turkey hunting the majority of my funds and time are spent with the NWTF. I have done whitetails unlimited and pheasants forever in the past also.

All good organizations.


 
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 December 06 2017 03:28PM  
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Quote by: jrbert

I'm looking to join a hunting/sportsman organization, but not sure which one(s).

Any thoughts? Whitetails Unlimited? NRA? Boone and Crockett Club? Pheasants Forever?

Thanks,
Jerry



NRA and IFC for sure to protect your gun rights so you have the tools you want to use to go hunting.
Any of the other organizations that coincide with your hunting passions.


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Wapsi Willy
 December 06 2017 05:42PM  
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I would suggest you check the organization's track record regarding where their money goes. You may find that some organizations' dues and funds end up in executive salaries and not where you might expect?

Regardless, there are countless clubs and organizations with numerous special interests available.


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 December 06 2017 08:34PM  
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I was a big fan of Pheasants Forever....but the last couple of years it seemed their focus had moved from what the members could do for habitat to lobbying the government. I understand CRP is huge etc.... just seems to me we should be focusing more on private.


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jrbert
 December 06 2017 08:55PM  


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Yeah, that's part of my concern is too much lobbying. I'm leaning toward Whitetails Unlimited and Boone and Crockett.


 
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 December 06 2017 09:14PM  
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I was a big fan of Pheasants Forever....but the last couple of years it seemed their focus had moved from what the members could do for habitat to lobbying the government. I understand CRP is huge etc.... just seems to me we should be focusing more on private.



This is one of the major complaints against PF and DU...to much funding and energy goes to help private entities when it's funded mostly by people that hunt public. It goes along with the same thing as the trout thread, when people support things that benefit us all there is a lot of support and a lot of funding, when it becomes focused on special interests it loses support and funding which benefits no one except those running the group.

That said, RMEF, NWTF, SCI and the Ruffed Grouse Society all have a solid reputation.


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 December 06 2017 09:30PM  
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I was a big fan of Pheasants Forever....but the last couple of years it seemed their focus had moved from what the members could do for habitat to lobbying the government. I understand CRP is huge etc.... just seems to me we should be focusing more on private.



This is one of the major complaints against PF and DU...to much funding and energy goes to help private entities when it's funded mostly by people that hunt public. It goes along with the same thing as the trout thread, when people support things that benefit us all there is a lot of support and a lot of funding, when it becomes focused on special interests it loses support and funding which benefits no one except those running the group.

That said, RMEF, NWTF, SCI and the Ruffed Grouse Society all have a solid reputation.



I’m generally pleased with the way NWTF operates.


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 December 07 2017 03:47PM  
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Yeah, that's part of my concern is too much lobbying. I'm leaning toward Whitetails Unlimited and Boone and Crockett.



Where are you located? Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young are great organizations for hunting. Reason I ask you location is I am a measurer for both organizations, and I can talk with you a bit about them, and possibly measure any animals you may have and have an interest in scoring!


 
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 December 07 2017 05:47PM  
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Sometimes the nation wide associations have local chapters, which I believe offer more noticeable benefits.
As an example, I was told by a local chapter president,That you may join the Izaak Walton League either locally or the national organization. If you join the national, you don't necessarily have any rights to local chapter benefits such as ranges or fishing.

I am just passing on what I have been told.


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 December 07 2017 06:37PM  
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Consider Ducks Unlimited; there are many local chapters in Iowa. Feel free to reach out to me and I can track down an area chair for a chapter that would be local to you. Beyond monetary donations Volunteers are essential to the success of not only the chapter but the state and national levels as well. 83% of DU expenditures are in conservation work last year, 14% in fundraising and development and only 3% towards administrative (aka salaries) and that number holds pretty steady at that for all the years I have been involved. Yes they do participate in lobby efforts; I feel lobbying is essential especially in Iowa where the water quality is an issue.

Grassroots dollars raised last year in Iowa (through events held by DU Chapters): $1,352,038 that is money raised in events planned and executed completely by volunteers. I do not recall the number that DU actually spent on projects last year; I do know it is more than what was raised. The second page of this document will show you the public lands that DU has worked in Iowa. http://www.ducks.org/media/_global/_documents/stateFactSheets/Iowa.pdf?r=85284

Nice thing about working with an organization that national is they can cultivate and partner with big donors like Wells Fargo http://www.ducks.org/conservation/glar/iowa/wells-fargo-du-to-improve-iowa-water-quality?poe=iowaHome

Iowa DU page: http://www.ducks.org/iowa[/url}<br /> <br /> For DU's financial accountability information: [url]http://www.ducks.org/About-Ducks-Unlimited/Ducks-Unlimited-Financial-Information/DUs-Financial-Accountability


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