BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Delta Waterfowl is pleased to announce the addition of veteran waterfowl hunter and conservationist Bill Dougan as its new regional director for western Canada. He’ll spearhead the growth of Delta membership, events fundraising and volunteer participation in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Dougan is looking forward to his new role as an opportunity to repay some of what his lifelong waterfowling experience has meant to him.
“I am very excited to be joining Delta Waterfowl and being able to give back to my waterfowl heritage,” Dougan said. “As a duck and goose hunter for 52 years and with 10 grandchildren who will be following in my footsteps, it is important to me to help enhance Delta’s footprint in western Canada. The Duck Hunters Organization is the future of waterfowling.”
His appointment as western Canada’s regional director is a continuation of Dougan’s belief in the pillars and the mission of The Duck Hunters Organization. He takes pride in having played a major role in 2003, along with his friend Kevin Arsenault, in forming the second-ever Delta Waterfowl chapter in Canada. He designed and created the Delta Waterfowl mentorship program on Prince Edward Island, which through the years has introduced thousands of newcomers to Maritime Canada’s unique waterfowl hunting heritage.
“I believe the future of waterfowl hunting is our youth and that’s why I created the program,” Dougan said. “I have also been involved with the Youth Waterfowl Workshop in Prince Edward Island as the target shooting coordinator and goose and duck calling instructor. It is among the largest one-day youth waterfowl workshops in North America, with more than 120 kids taking part every year.”
Dougan was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He and his wife Paula moved to Cochrane, Alberta, in 2014 to be closer to their four daughters and grandchildren. He has been hunting waterfowl since age 10 when he first ventured out with his father, grandfather and brothers on the fields, marshes and coastlines of PEI.
His professional career began as a sports department manager for “Hometown Hardware” in Charlottetown. He went on to work as a distribution manager for Retail Gas in PEI and then material coordinator for Internal Energy Services in northern Alberta. Most recently he was manager of volunteer and corporate fundraising with Ducks Unlimited Canada. He was also an officer in the Charlottetown Trap and Skeet Club and chairman of “Gun for the Cure,” which raised thousands for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Dougan is also a recognized name in the contest duck and goose calling world as a competitor, promoter and judge. His accomplishments include:
Eastern Canadian Open goose calling champion (2005)
Runner-up in 2-man goose team championship (2005)
Championship team 2-man goose for Ducks Unlimited Canada
First chairman and organizer for Eastern Canadian calling championship (2005)
Decades of calling contest judging, including Canadian calling championship for goose and duck (2013) and Atlantic calling championship for goose and duck (2014)
“We are incredibly excited to have a recognized figure of Bill Dougan’s stature joining the Delta team,” said Scott Terning, regional manager of event fundraising. “His professional experience and decades of volunteer support of The Duck Hunters Organization are the perfect combination to drive huge success on every level in this vital region of Canada. Canadian duck hunters, you can look for great things to come from Delta through his hard work.”
Contact Dougan at (403) 302-7259 or email@example.com.
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and secure the future of duck hunting in North America. Visit deltawaterfowl.org.