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    Niagara Region Delta Waterfowl Gun Draw!

    This coming Saturday, November 21st, is Delta Waterfowl's Niagara Region chapter's first Delta Dinner! Come on out for a casual evening and interact with fellow waterfowlers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts and help support Delta and our local chapter - 25% of the funds raised will be used for local Delta projects within the Niagara Region! To those who already have your tickets, thank you and I look forward to seeing you there! To those who need to get their tickets, there is a link below (and please feel free to pass this email onto any family / friends you may have in the Niagara Region if you’re too far away to attend)! Niagara Region Delta Dinner Saturday Nov 21 Antipastos - 87 Hannover Drive, St. Catharines - 5:30pm, doors open - games, gun raffles, general raffle items and silent auction items - 7:00pm, buffet dinner - 7:30pm, a presentation and Q & A with Dr. Scott Petrie, Delta's new CEO - 8:00pm, live auction - 8:30pm, gun draws and wrap up Tickets are only $40 per person - a fun, casual evening and a great chance to win some guns, gear, and other great items! You can order tickets online (recommended) by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link at the bottom of this page - http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2015/11/21/niagara-region-chapter-niagara-falls-on/106481
  2. At our first ever Niagara Region Delta Waterfowl dinner on Saturday November 21, we will have gun draws for: Delta's Gun of the Year - Benelli Montefeltro .20ga, engraved with the Delta logo & numbered on the receiver Winchester SXP Field .12ga Browning BPS Micro .20ga Plus gear raffles, live & silent auction items, and a ton of other great prizes - and a fantastic buffet meal - all to help support our new Niagara Region Delta Waterfowl Chapter! Event and ticket information can be found here - http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2015/11/21/niagara-region-chapter-niagara-falls-on/106481 I hope to see you there!
  3. Delta Waterfowl's new Niagara Region chapter is hosting their first Delta Dinner on Saturday, November 21st, in St. Catharines! The Niagara Region dinner will be held at Antipastos di Roma Banquet Hall, 87 Hannover Drive, in St. Catharines. Gun draws, gear raffles (Rig em Right, Heavy Hauler, Tanglefree & Hard Core gear), live & silent auctions (artwork, hand carved decoys, RNT Calls, etc) and a fantastic meal all to help support Delta Waterfowl and our local Niagara Region chapter. Delta's Gun of the Year for 2015/16 is a Benelli Montefeltro .20ga, a limited edition collectors item engraved on the receiver with Delta's logo and individually numbered! Other guns include a Winchester SXP Field, and a Browning BPS .20ga (both also engraved). Event and ticket information can be found here - http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2015/11/21/niagara-region-chapter-niagara-falls-on
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    Delta Waterfowl Dinner - Niagara Region

    We are meeting tonight - Monday August 10th - at 6:30 at the Boston Pizza in St. Catharines! Feel free to drop by to talk Delta and a local Niagara Region Delta Dinner!
  5. I’m Russ Donnelly, the Regional Director for Eastern Canada for Delta Waterfowl. I work from a home office in Mississauga ON and manage the relationships with all of our local chapters in Ontario and Eastern Canada. We have been growing quite a bit lately, with new chapters added in Kingston. Petawawa / Pembroke, and Orangeville ON, as well as Springfield NB and Yarmouth NS. We currently don’t have a chapter in the Niagara Region – and I would certainly like to change that! All I need is a handful of volunteers that are committed to ensuring the future of waterfowl, and waterfowl hunting. Our two most successful chapters in Eastern Canada are in Southwestern Ontario – Kingsville and Norfolk. Both have been with Delta over 11 years, and both do fantastic job in promoting youth programs, nesting structures, and habitat work in their local communities. Local Delta chapters truly are the lifeblood of Delta Waterfowl - their fundraising events help raise funds so Delta can do the work that we do and the chapters help deliver local programs to their community. It is important to note that when a local Delta chapter has a fundraising event, 25% of the net proceeds of any and all events remain with that local chapter, money they can re-invest within their community through Delta initiatives like Youth Hunts, nesting structure projects, habitat work, scholarships, etc. It is also important to note that all money raised in Canada remains in Canada. My role is to work with our local chapters to help them put on / run their events, take as much of the "heavy lifting" away from them as possible, and help with the delivery of their local projects. Chapters are not hugely time consuming, and again my role is to make it as “painless” as possible for your chapter! We handle the printing of tickets & invitations; event supplies like raffle tickets, gooseband tickets, etc; and nothing is “paid for” until after an event – the only out of pocket items might be local items bought for the event, etc. When a new chapter opens, we provide them with $300 to open a bank account with, etc. We also have a very comprehensive Events Catalog of items available to our chapters for their events – guns, gear, artwork, decoys, ancillary items, etc - our event package changes every Aug 1. If you’re interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – I’d love to set up a local meeting to discuss Delta with hunters and conservationists from the Niagara Region. I can be reached at rdonnelly@deltawaterfowl.org I hope to have a meeting in the next two weeks down in the Niagara Region with those interested!
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    Orangeville On Delta Waterfowl

    If you have family or hunting buddies in the Orangeville area, let them know about our upcoming dinner! Since 1911 Delta Waterfowl has worked to ensure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. Our research team carries out extensive science based research projects, primarily in the Prairie Pothole Region (SK, MB, ND, SD), and have developed proven tools to "grow more ducks" - wetland and grassland conservation efforts, the installation and maintenance of nesting structures (hen houses, wood duck boxes) and the use of predator management have helped Delta researchers see the nest success of ducks go from 5-10% up to 45-65%. We are putting more incremental birds into flight every year! Higher nest success in the PPR means more ducks in all the flyways. Delta is also an advocate for the hunting community locally, provincially, and federally. Our advocacy work on behalf of the hunting community on the Long Gun Registry, for example, is cited by the government as a key factor in its abolishment. Delta Waterfowl is a grassroots organization - we are funded by our members and by our local fundraising events, like our Orangeville Dinner. Key to the local events is the fact that the local chapter retains 25% of the net profits to be re-invested locally on projects like nesting structures, youth hunts, habitat conservation, etc. You can see the great work our Chapters in Ontario do on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/DeltaWaterfowlEasternCanada At our upcoming Orangeville Dinner, you will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Frank Rohwer, the President of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, learn about Delta’s research and the future for our organization, and ask him questions about waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. You can learn more about Dr. Rohwer here. The Orangeville event details are: Friday, April 10th, 2015 Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre 247090 5 Sideroad, Mono, ON Doors open at 5:30, buffet dinner at 7, live auction will commence around 8. More detailed event and ticket information can be found on the following link – to purchase tickets online, click on the “Buy Tickets” link near the middle of the following page - http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2015/04/10/orangeville-chapter-orangeville-on We will raffle off a number of hunting guns, including: Winchester SX3 28” 12 ga. – Delta’s Gun of the Year for 2014/15 Remington 870 Sportsman 28” 12 ga. Weatherby Upland 22” 20 ga. Plus others… Hunting and outdoor gear from Rig ‘em Right, TangleFree, Heavy Hauler & HardCore will also be raffled off or auctioned off during both live and silent auctions, along with artwork, decorative decoys and tons of other great prizes! In my signature below is a link to our Eastern Canada Delta Facebook page – you can see plenty of photos of past Delta events, as well as the great work our chapters do in their local communities! Come on our to meet Dr. Rohwer, learn about what the future holds for Delta Waterfowl, and help support Delta so we can continue to ensure the future of waterfowl, and waterfowl hunting. I hope to see you on April 10th!
  7. Sorry for the short notice - on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm we will be meeting at the Boston Pizza on Ontario Street in St. Catharine's to discuss Delta Waterfowl and holding our first ever Delta Fundraising Event in the Niagara area. If you're interested in learning more, please drop by!
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    November 20Th Delta Waterfowl Dinner Gun Raffles

    Some tickets are still available! In addition to the great guns and gear available in the raffles, we'll have items like a Delta Wine Rack Sled (complete with 6 assorted bottles of wine donated by The Brogue Inn in Mississauga), two Oil Skin Jackets donated by our friends at the Run-A-Fowl Hunt Club, framed artwork, hand carved decoys, ZINK calls, etc. Hope to see you there - order tickets ASAP!
  9. On November 20th, in Mississauga, we are having a Delta Waterfowl dinner! You do not have to be a Delta member to attend, there will be gun raffles, general raffle items, and live & silent auction items. More details can be found on the following link - tickets are selling fast, if interested either "Buy Online" or get in touch with me (we are limited to 100 attendees due to the size of the hall) http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2014/11/20/mississauga-on-delta-waterfowl-banquet I have posted images of some of the guns we will be raffling off at the Mississauga dinner on the 20th of November on our Facebook page - the link is below! https://www.facebook.com/DeltaWaterfowlEasternCanada/photos/pcb.720060954755315/720060528088691/?type=1&theater
  10. The Delta Waterfowl Foundation is holding our 1st ever Fundraising Dinner in the GTA in November – to those who have already purchased tickets, thank you – the details of the dinner are: Thursday, November 20 Doors open at 6, buffet dinner at 7 Tickets are $25 pp Royal Canadian Legion 456 Hensall Circle, Mississauga (just off Dundas, east of Hurontario) There will be gun raffles for a Winchester SX3 .12, a Remington 870 Sportsman .12ga, a Weatherby Upland .20ga, and a Remington 770 .308 complete with scope. There will also be other raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction, for tons of hunting gear (Tangle Free, Rig ‘em Right, Heavy Hauler), a dog blind, layout blinds, apparel, working decoys, decorative decoys, artwork, various Delta branded items, plus more! Delta events are fun nights – share you hunting stories with fellow enthusiasts, buy raffle tickets and bid on auction items and help raise funds for Delta so we can continue to ensure the future of Ducks and Duck Hunters, Today & Tomorrow. Please feel free to forward this email to family, fellow hunters, and friends – the more the merrier - Delta events are open to everyone, you do not need to be a member to attend! Since 1911 Delta Waterfowl has worked on hunter’s rights and breeding & conservation issues, all with the goal of ensuring the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. Delta’s research into duck breeding has lead to many fantastic innovations – nesting structures like hen houses and wood duck boxes and intensive predator management initiatives has seen nest success ratios rise from 4-5% to 75-80%. Delta’s advocacy work on behalf of the hunting community is without equal – our biggest “win” in the past few years was lobbying the federal government to abolish the Long Gun Registry, which it did! We have 20 chapters in Ontario / Eastern Canada that hold fundraising dinners like this year round – we have never had one in the GTA, so I hope this sets the bar high! Ticket and event information can be found on this link - http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events...erfowl-banquet I hope to see you there!
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    Mentored Youth Hunts

    Delta Waterfowl has a fantastic youth hunt program - the average age of a waterfowler in Canada is 56 - we need as many youth engaged in our sport as we can get! Our youth hunt programs are put on by our local chapters, on the link below you'll be able to see the Participant Handbook and the Mentor Manual - if you're interested in the youth hunt program, drop me a private message! http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/hunting/first_hunt/
  12. The report is linked through our Eastern Canada Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DeltaWaterfowlEasternCanada?ref=hl
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    Delta Waterfowl

    Have a read of our latest Hunting Report https://www.facebook.com/DeltaWaterfowlEasternCanada?ref=hl
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    Duck Hunting

    I'm Russ Donnelly, the Regional Director for Eastern Canada for Delta Waterfowl - I would like to give you a little background on Delta, and what makes us different. Delta Waterfowl is a membership funded organization established in 1911 and headquartered in Winnipeg, that has a simple mandate – to preserve our hunting heritage and to ensure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. There are three things that sets Delta apart, A) we are a hunting and conservation / research organization the money raised in Canada stays in Canada and C) our local chapters retain 25% of the net proceeds raised through their fundraisers to re-invest locally. We have an extensive research and conservation arm, we promote first hunt / youth hunt programs and the installation of nesting structures, and we advocate on behalf of the hunting community on issues that will impact us. The recent abolishment of the Long Gun Registry was a Delta “win” – the Federal Government credits the lobby work of Delta Waterfowl as a key reason for the scrapping of the registry. We don’t only lobby on waterfowl issues, either – we recently were part of a group that got a dove season for Ontario, a crane season in Alberta, and we’re currently working on a crane season for Ontario, for example. We also get involved in local issues, as brought forth by our chapters. When our local chapters hold local fundraising events, they retain 25% of the net proceeds raised to do local projects – youth / first hunt programs, installing nesting structures, maintaining habitat, offering scholarships, etc. This 25% retention is key to our chapters – we need the local grassroots support, and what better way to show that than by reinvesting a portion of the funds raised back into the local community. We have an extensive event system, with fantastic event items such as guns, decorative decoys, gear, artwork, novelty items, etc., and our packages change yearly. Our local chapter network is the lifeblood of Delta - they host events, help raise funds, and help promote the work of Delta in the local community. If you're interested in being involved with our starting a local chapter, I'd love to talk with you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out – I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in the near future! Cheers, Russ Russ Donnelly Regional Director, Eastern Canada Delta Waterfowl Foundation 647 228 6852 rdonnelly@deltawaterfowl.org
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    Delta Waterfowl

    I’m Russ Donnelly, the Regional Director for Ontario & Eastern Canada for Delta Waterfowl – I am based in Mississauga. We have 15 chapters in Ontario, but none down in the Niagara area (the closest would be over in Norfolk / Long Point). Delta Waterfowl is a membership funded organization (we do receive small research grants for our biological work, but majority of our operating budget comes from our memberships and fundraising events), established in 1911, that has a simple mandate – to ensure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. We have an extensive research and conservation arm, we heavily promote first hunt / youth hunt programs, and we advocate on behalf of the hunting community on issues that will impact us. Our biggest “win” was the abolishment of the Long Gun Registry – the Federal Government credits the lobby work of Delta Waterfowl as a key reason for the scrapping of the registry. We don’t only lobby on waterfowl issues, either – we recently were part of a group that got a dove season for Ontario, a crane season in Alberta, and we’re currently working on a crane season for Ontario, for example. Our local chapters hold local fundraising events retain 25% of the net proceeds raised to do local projects – youth / first hunt programs, installing nesting structures, maintaining habitat, offering scholarships, etc. This 25% retention is a key to the Delta methodology – we need the local support, and what better way to show our thanks than be allowing some of the funds to be reinvested locally. We have an extensive event system, with fantastic event items, guns, gear, that changes yearly. If you’re group is active in waterfowling and you’d like to know more about Delta and how we operate, I’d love to come and speak with you. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Cheers, Russ Russ Donnelly Regional Director, Eastern Canada Delta Waterfowl Foundation 647 228 6852 rdonnelly@deltawaterfowl.org
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