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The goal of the UWC is for each member to legally and ethically harvest all 41 certified species of waterfowl that inhabit the lands and waters of North America, while hitting 3 benchmark certifications along the way and making memories that will last a lifetime!
There are 3 specific benchmark certifications for each member to attain along the way:
MASTER WATERFOWL HUNTER CERTIFICATION
Legally and ethically harvest 15 different waterfowl species
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MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER CERTIFICATION
Legally and ethically harvest 30 different waterfowl species
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GRAND MASTER WATERFOWL HUNTER CERTIFICATION
Legally and ethically harvest all 41 different waterfowl species in North America!
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WHAT THE UWC CHALLENGE HAS MEANT TO OUR MEMBERS:
In the world of hunting you have The Super Slam of North American Big Game, The Wild Turkey Grand Slam, The Super Ten, and even The Washington State Mini Slam and Hawaiian Grand Slam as well as a few others. As waterfowl hunters we use to just have the hopes of bagging a beautiful banded bird or chasing after a specific one that’s been on our bucket list for years. So when I first heard a friend of mine mention the Ultimate Waterfowl Challenge it made me think to myself, finally a challenge for duck and goose hunters that is definitely an extraordinary achievement.
I began my membership late into the 15-16 season with around 4 weeks left of the regular season, each new species that I have been blessed to harvest has been such and excitement to be able to register it and check it off my list. The challenge has also pushed me to open my horizons to all types of waterfowl hunting and I’m more than anxious to try my luck on sea ducks at the UWC Destination 7: New England Sea Ducks in December of 2016. I can also say after spending a week at Destination 5: Nebraska Spring Snows, that Dan knows how to pick world class guide services, I am already planning on this trip again.
Overall, if you’re looking for a little extra excitement to your hunting season I highly recommend joining in on the challenge and start your way on to all 41!
Member # WF-000-265
I am sixty one years old now and by the grace of the Lord I have been fortunate to hunt and fish all over our great nation and several parts of the world. I recently went on a hunt in January 2016 to St. Paul Island, Alaska for the Hunt of a lifetime. Before I left for the hunt my friend introduced me to The Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge. I immediately became a Gold Member of the Challenge. All the other hunting groups have the Deer- Turkey- Sheep Slam, now we have the Ultimate Waterfowl Slam. I am very excited about the fact we have a goal to reach in waterfowl hunting. The St. Paul hunt was the most extreme waterfowl hunting I have experienced to date. With forty mile and hour winds and eight foot seas it was very difficult to shoot at passing birds but we got our limit of Kings.
Now I know why they call them the King. I am so excited about completing the Slam of the forty one waterfowl species, I have booked two hunts from The UWC Adventures “Great 8” for the 2016 season and booking two more hunts for the 2017 season. I think if you are a true and dedicated waterfowler you should join The Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge. I look forward to meeting some of my UWC colleges in a blind, in the future.
James Faulk Jr
Member # WF-000-267
When I first noticed the Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge, I thought immediately what a great idea! It should help spur more young people into the sport, which seems to be declining in numbers annually, according to duck stamp sales. My first thought was how I wished this had come about years ago, since I had already taken all but three of the 41 in many years of chasing these wonderful birds. In my 77th year, I thought how much fun it would have been to have an organization to record these accomplishments and even keep score for me, as I traveled the world chasing waterfowl, particularly ducks. But after reading through the site, and identifying how thoughtful and well organized the idea had become, I said to myself, “Why not give it a try?” At my age, it will certainly be interesting, and it might just be the motivation I have always needed to add the harlequin, Barrow’s goldeneye and King Eider to my personal list. In fact, why not start all over again and see if I can do it in the time I have left, before the body begins to react to the unkindness’s I have put it though. Many friends have asked me when am I going to grow up and hang my waders up for good. I just grin and tell them that as long as I have great young friends who are willing to help drag me out there and drag me back, I’m going to follow my passion and continue to endure the cold and discomfort. Nothing puts a bigger grin on this old mug than the thought of going duck hunting, so I joined the Challenge, and look forward to every new adventure it opens for me. Although, I am, and have been for more than 25 years, an outdoor travel booking agent, I’m looking forward to signing up for several of the Great Eight adventures this coming season! Since I entered the challenge, I have added the Barrow’s goldeneye, and started my planning to pass phase two of the challenge, on the way to full accomplishment. I am an enthusiast for the program, and have already started recruiting many of my young friends and hunting pals to follow suit. I congratulate Dan and his team for implementing a wonderful idea, and for adding a new enthusiasm to this old geezer!
Member # WF-000-504