Many on this forum know me personally. I have also had the pleasure of sharing my blind with many of you over this past season. I have visited with many over the phone,PM's, by email or in person and all know my passion is Waterfowling, sharing my knowledge, experience and introducing many to the sport.
Many remember last year while I was sitting in Korea drumming up the idea of starting Alaska Duckhunters Association. Bud Bass and I decided to poll this idea and set up a meeting in Eagle River. The AWA rep showed up and gave you a run down on AWA and what it was involved in, which at the time appeared to be what we all might have considered joining. However, for whatever reasons, whether they were not sure on the direction AWA was going, rumors, uncertainties, skepticism or just didn't want to get involved at that time. Many left and decided it wasn't for them, some joined and many questioned the principles it may have been founded upon.
Everyone that showed up to that meeting and the ones that didn't all share the common interest and desire. To belong to an organization/Club that would allow them the opportunity to share a comradery or brotherhood developed toward their passion..waterfowl hunting!
Many don't want to get their hands dirty with projects, some do. Others might want to help promote the waterfowling heritage and share it with the youth, our future generation and ensure the heritage is passed on. While others might just want to sit in a cold blind with a new buddy and tell duckhunting stories and discuss call tactics. Whatever reason it is, all of us share the same passion. Duckhunting and the waterfowing sport, conservation and management principles in general.
What if you could have it all? The ability to meet others that share the same passion and desire to chase our feathered friends, host youth hunts, organize projects, develop programs, share blinds with new waterfolwers, take road trips to new areas and hunt ducks, combine our efforts and resources to explore other opportunities in the field across Alaska, put on seminars, gain knowledge from experts in the field, obtain gear that will help us in our pursuit of our quarry, or just sit around a camp fire and call it a duck camp with a bunch of diehard waterfowlers and have a grand ol' time. The list could be endless.
How many times have we seen a new post on this forum asking about the sport? Wouldn't it be nice to have a group of duckhunters already established and closely tied together where he or she could walk through the door leaving all the BS behind and be welcomed by others that have the ability and desire to share the same passion and knowledge?
Alaska needs an Association dedicated to the common core duckhunter.
Alaska Waterfowl Association recently conducted a Board meeting to discuss the future of AWA. The outcome of this meeting resulted in new leadership being identified. In doing so, all board members agreed that under future new leadership, AWA's opportunities, potential, and ability to grow toward meeting their vision and missions goals was essential to the future of AWA.
Almost everywhere I have been over the United States there is a local Duck Club or Association that revolves around local Duckhunters wanting to get together and share that common passion. Many on here have been members of these organizations and have allot of knowledge and experience to offer in moving AWA forward. I ask that you think about this and come out and listen to the future of AWA..not the past.
If you are interested in belonging to a group of guys and gals that share the same passion for waterfowling..Please RSVP by contacting Bud Bass via phone, PM or email me at Alaskadh01@gmail.com, Text/call me at (907) 830-0718, PM me or post on here. A simple.."see you there"will do. Bud Bass and I will be there with a few others. We want to hear what you have to say, what you think and desire from a group of individuals just like yourself.
AWA is an Association/Business, it is run by its members. The leaders are put in charge to execute its memberís desires, wants and needs in an orderly fashion, manage, and are held responsible by its members to ensure the future of this business is conducted in the best interest of its members.
I am going to reserve Pizza Man very soon and ask that you share this information with your duckhunting buddies, and please show up to discuss your concerns, interest, opinions and ideas in pulling the waterfowling sport together.
If your voice falls upon deaf ears, it does none of us any good in moving forward.