Preserve, protect, and promote waterfowl, waterfowl habitat, and waterfowl hunting; particularly in the state of Washington
To that end, we teach folks about waterfowl, waterfowl conservation, sportsmanship, shooting, hunter safety, and waterfowling. We also study, advise, recommend, and secure enactment of legislation in the interest of waterfowl, their habitat, and waterfowl hunting.
The Washington Waterfowl Association (WWA) was founded in 1945 as the “Washington Duck Hunters Incorporated”. The founders were convinced that, “Only through the united efforts of its members would the voice of the waterfowler be heard”. The organization’s goals were: 1. To conserve our waterfowl and preserve and improve our hunting opportunities, and 2. to secure more hunting areas from state and federal agencies. The founders’ declared that these two goals “will be our constant aim and effort”.
The first newsletter of the newly formed Washington Duck Hunters, Inc. stated that the organization had one objective, “To do everything possible to provide more and better duck and goose hunting for hunters of the Northwest”. This newsletter also pledged that the organization would, “Keep in touch with activities of both the State Game Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and try to protect our rights as hunters”. The newsletter noted that, “We are the only group in the state devoting all its efforts to obtaining better waterfowl shooting”. Additionally added was the statement, “We are exerting every effort to establish duck refuges in Washington, and wherever possible, to have public shooting grounds in conjunction therewith”.
This newsletter declared, even in 1945, that more resting and feeding areas were needed to hold birds in our state and to aid them during migration. The newsletter ended with the plea to Washington waterfowl hunters that, “The organization needs you as much as you need them. They’re your ducks and it’s your duck hunting, protect them both!”.
With nearly 70 years of volunteerism to its credit, Washington Waterfowl Association, (WWA) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit corporation dedicated to waterfowl conservation, habitat improvement, and hunting within the State of Washington. With chapters across the state, we focus on putting your ideas and your donations into action, in your area.
We are a hands-on organization whose members "put their money (and backs) where their mouths are" literally donating thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours every year to support waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, including assisting the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) in habitat enhancement projects throughout the state. All of our projects have been on public lands to ensure that our efforts in habitat enhancement benefit all hunters and citizens of the state.
Our current approach to conservation focuses on these 5 pillars:
Habitat - Improve waterfowl habitat through various activities such as providing nesting, planting forage, cleaning garbage, and more. The WWA partners with the WDFW and with other conservation organizations to identify the needs of the birds and where our public waterfowl habitat can be best improved.
Access- Volunteer our time and money to improve public access on public lands. Building blinds, cleared brush, and worked with local and state agencies to push to have projects of waterfowling access prioritized.
Education - Provide education for kids and adults through our mentorship program and mentored hunts. Publish useful information pertinent to the waterfowl world in our newsletter. Local chapters get speakers and provide programs to educate our members on a wide variety of topics.
Advocacy - Act as the voice of the Washington waterfowler. Fight for public lands and hunters rights across the state. From submitting positions in public comment, to attending local government forums, to sitting on state advisory groups. The WWA works on the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that waterfowl and waterfowlers are represented.
Community - Create an inclusive environment where people of similar interest can interact together. There are WWA events regularly all over the state of Washington. Members make life-long friends in our organization. The WWA is an entirely volunteer organization and many members will attest, you get out what you put in.
A few facts about WWA:
Our projects include nest box construction, litter pickup projects, nest counts, Eagle Scout and other youth group programs, monthly chapter meetings, working at federal refuges and state wildlife areas, participation in sportsman's shows, youth gun safety and hunter education classes, hosting shooting events, building blinds (including access for disable persons), working with local Tribes, and planting of food plots for waterfowl, to name a few! And when our hunting heritage is threatened, WWA has stepped to the plate with strong political action, in addition to tailoring legislation and game laws for the benefit of waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.
We don't "contract out" our efforts, our members and their families roll up their sleeves and work together as a team to complete our projects. We have a real sense of community and fellowship as we donate our time to enhance habitat and promote our favorite pastime, waterfowling!
View our Members Page for information on how to join WWA
WWA By-Laws (Download in PDF format)