Unlock the Texas Ducks Unlimited Benefits of Unlimited Wisconsin: A Comprehensive Guide

Two years prior to the time that Ducks Unlimited (DU) was founded, More Game Birds laid the foundation for conservation of waterfowl by securing what was at the time, the largest and most extensive survey of waterfowl ever undertaken. The year 1935 was the time More Game Birds funded an aerial survey known as The 1935 International Wild Duck Census. The first air-based census of this type that was conducted in 1935, the International Wild Duck Census helped determine the population of ducks from across the Great Slave Lake in Canada all the way to in the Upper Midwestern United States. The aerial surveys were supported by ground counts that required 1,500 volunteers and the estimates were that there were forty millions ducks in Canada and 2.2 million birds in the United States in the spring of 1935. The aerial surveys would soon be a standard of conservation of waterfowl, and they also showed that any efforts to boost and sustain waterfowl populations should focus on areas like the plains of central Canada, America’s “Duck Factory.”

With this information as a basis, Ducks Unlimited was incorporated on the 29th of January, 1937 in the United States and Ducks Unlimited Canada was founded in Winnipeg on the 10th of March of the same year. The purpose of the two organizations was to raise funds from waterfowl Texas Ducks Unlimited in order to conduct aerial surveys and restore vital habitat, specifically in important Canadian area of nesting that were depleted for agricultural use. More Game Birds provided the initial funds needed to start the research Texas Ducks Unlimited and to market Ducks Unlimited as well as Ducks Unlimited Canada.

The year was 1938 and DU donated $100,000 in money in 1938 to DU Canada to restore habitat and fund aerial surveys. DU Canada hired Thomas Main the chief engineer of surface water of the Canadian National Railways and an avid hunter of waterfowl to supervise the work. Expert in waterfowl Bertram Cartwright of the Natural History Society of Manitoba was appointed as the first DU Canada naturalist the following year.

On the month of April of 1938 Main, Cartwright and other top group members of DU Canada, organized the first restoration effort of DU’s on Big Grass Marsh in Manitoba. It was drained in 1916 to make cultivable land, Big Grass Marsh, like other wetlands that were drained, was not suitable for farming. Local farmers who lost money from agriculture were thrilled to take on the work of restoring of Big Grass Marsh, and a gate dam for control was constructed to safeguard the nearby farmland from flooding. The other Texas Ducks Unlimited were followed in 1938, and by the time of 1938, after just the period of eighteen weeks in being in existence DU Canada had restored and protected more than 150,000 acres of important nesting habitat. In 1940 it was announced that the More Game Birds of America Foundation that had been instrumental in helping in the creation of Ducks Unlimited, ceased to exist. The entire of More Game Birds assets were handed over to DU.

Hunters from across Canada and across the United States began taking note of the accomplishments of DU, and pledges grew. For Texas, California, and Arkansas hunters poured in many thousands of dollars to DU’s cause and made headlines in local papers. Gordon MacQuarrie, famed outdoor columnist for the Milwaukee Journal, praised DU’s efforts and helped increase awareness of the group in Wisconsin. DU started selling “subscriptions” that promised pledges for five years. Likewise, ammunition and shotguns were raffled off at meetings to raise funds. As the funds poured through the organisation, the mission and the vision of DU was expanded. In the 1940s thousands of thousand of extra land in both the United States and Canada was converted to breeding areas for waterfowl through DU. Louisiana oil baron Alfred C. Glassell, was so impressed with the efforts of DU that he went to Canada to observe the restoration in person. When he returned in Louisiana, Glassell called a gathering of Shreveport duck hunter. They contributed $1,000 to the DU Canada’s efforts, requesting that all hunters take the same action (rumor claims that Glassell received a check for $500 on the plate, and then took it down to the ground and then urged the donor to increase the amount (which he did). Glassell was the president of DU in 1944 and 1945.

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