Last fall, Franck Emond joined Sébastien Rioux in the middle of St. Lawrence River for a duck hunting adventure. Having the importance of conservation and sustainable hunting practices in mind, Franck met with Sebastien to discuss and learn more about Ducks Unlimited Canada, a well-established non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated habitats.
For newcomers, hunting and conservation may seem like conflicting practices at first—but in reality, they are closely linked. Habitat conservation is needed to sustain wildlife populations, including game species, and hunters are among the top supporters of conservation. Millions of hunters in North America contribute every year by donating, volunteering, purchasing licenses that direct funding to habitat conservation, submitting game samples, reporting data, and more.
It's important to emphasize that responsible hunting practices are also essential for wildlife management. Regulations like harvest limits are put in place to ensure that hunting is sustainable and wildlife will be here for future generations.
Visit ducks.ca to learn more about the initiative.