And there's also no easy fix. The trend is disturbing, wildlife officials and conservation groups say, for the future of waterfowl and waterfowl habitat. Because duck hunters, through license and stamp fees and an excise tax on hunting equipment and ammunition, have paid for a large amount of wildlife habitat in the state. Also, waterfowl hunters wield political influence, evidenced by passage in 2008 of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. "Fewer duck hunters means less money for habitat work," said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. "But to me it's the loss of support for wildlife conservation that is more concerning."
Your thoughts? Have you given up duck hunting, and if so, why?