There are many non-profit organizations across the country that are dedicated to the preservation of our wildlife, traditional values and promoting the philosophy that wildlife is a cherished natural resource. Truly a worthy cause, and we must not forget that they have REAL people, who volunteer REAL time, for this very REAL purpose.

These non-profit groups are in addition to government agencies and other companies that make it their business to work toward a brighter, greener future for everyone, namely outdoor activists, hikers, hunters, and sightseers! If you like that “warm and fuzzy” feeling, I can assure you that you will get a big dose of it as you choose one (or several)  groups to support. As a side note, while I encourage you to support these types of organizations, it is very important that you be informed and aware of the agenda of the group that you may consider giving support, I have found some with titles that sound great, but I don’t happen to agree with their goals or objectives.

It is so important to remember that although there are many people doing many things, there can never be enough of them doing what needs to be done. These organizations not only have to work very hard to make things happen, they also strive to obtain the funding needed to meet the minimum expenses for all the activities they can potentially bring to the community, often at no charge for the participants. There are often fundraisers featuring a banquet or a cook out, which allow you to have a little food and fun, letting you reap the rewards of your noble contribution to such a worthy cause!

I have a very good friend, Billy Davault, who is a member of the national organization Whitetails Unlimited. Billy is an active volunteer in the local Southwest Louisiana “Calcasieu” Chapter, so I know first hand just how hard these guys work and also see their steadfast dedication to the National WTU founded in 1982:

Whitetails Unlimited is a national non-profit conservation organization that has remained true to its mission and has made great strides in the field of conservation. We have gained the reputation of being the nation’s premier organization dedicating our resources to the betterment of the white-tailed deer and its environment.

Here are just a few of the many great things that WTU, and their volunteers do for us, our children, and our grandchildren:

HOPE Program (Habitat Options & Planned Enhancement)

Another one of many efforts of WTU to promote the acquisition, restoration, and management of wildlife habitat.

Whitetails Unlimited is an organization committed to managing the white-tailed deer and its habitat for present and future generations. When it comes to habitat, our Hope for Wildlife program ranks second to none. The program’s success is accomplished by voluntary cost-share partnerships between Whitetails Unlimited and landowners, wildlife organizations, and government agencies.

Kids on Target (Including Firearms & Archery)

Whitetails Unlimited would like to get kids away from all the electronics in their lives, and get them outdoors involved in the shooting sports.

You just call to request a free starter kit, including targets, medals, booklets, and information!

Educational Booklets (available online for printing for educational purposes)

For two decades, Whitetails Unlimited, Inc. has been one of the nation’s leaders in promoting public wildlife education and recreation in the great outdoors. Over the years we’ve developed an extensive series of educational booklets and brochures dealing with timely conservation issues such as: artificial wildlife feeding, regulated hunting, forest management, and habitat enhancement, just to name a few.

See their website for more information and projects.

I believe that WTU is a very worthy organization, and along with many others, they are making a difference in our world. Also, it happens that the annual Banquet of Whitetails Unlimited Calcasieu Chapter in Southwest Louisiana is coming up around the bend, on July 21, 2012, smack in the middle of my old stomping grounds of Lake Charles, Louisiana, so I’ll be there! Located in the Lake Charles Civic Center on the lake, it is sure to be another grandiose event, with lots of prizes, and loads of Cajun conversation filling the air! The Calcasieu Chapter works very closely with Southern Boyz Outdoors Productions to help a make activities possible for children and veterans, and also record some memories on film. Here is just one of the hunts for “Wounded Warriors”, this will make you laugh, and warm your heart.

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I am looking forward to meeting all of these wonderful people at the banquet, and just as a friendly reminder, If you have not been to a party in southwest Louisiana then it is about time to get yo’self down and pass a good time! If that isn’t possible this year, I am certain you can find another equally worthy event to support! Below you’ll find the Southwest Louisiana WTU Calcasieu Chapter Banquet program and registration information, which include the list of many of the prizes that will be available.

Banquet invitation – click to enlarge

If you want to, you can stop and think of this world without these organizations, these people and their purpose, but I personally don’t want to!

Whitetails Unlimited Events.

Other links for Non-Profit Conservation Organizations that you can research.

A program that helped me begin my Outdoor Adventures is Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, or B.O.W. They are nationwide, and have made an amazing difference in many lives!

Another excellent program I’d like to highlight is National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day.

Image copyright Becky Lou Lacock

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