Upon first hearing about the Trust, many sportsmen ask, "How is the Trust different from the effective pro-hunting and shooting organizations that already exist--groups like the NRA, the NSSF, the National Wild Turkey Federation, DU or the Elk Foundation"?
The answer is simple.
The Trust is the only organization created by many of these existing organizations to generate funding for programs that will have an across the board benefit for all existing organizations.
A recent statement by Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, underscores the need for an organization like the Trust. In a distasteful boast, Mr. Pacelle, proclaimed:
"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to end all hunting in the United States. We will take it species by species . . . state by state. Our opponents say hunting is a tradition. We say traditions can change."
Some might dismiss this threat as so much anti-hunting rhetoric but they should know the threat is a top priority of an organization with a budget of $80 million.
Fortunately, the Board of Directors of the Heritage Trust has an answer to Mr. Pacelle's threat. Recently, the Trust Board approved the Trust's role in the production of a major two-hour documentary on the cultural history of hunting in America for airing on public television with follow-up distribution to some 50,000 schools. The Trust has formed a blue-ribbon panel of conservation and communications experts to guide the production and content of the documentary.
It will be good to see this powerful story on public television and to know that it will also be seen in thousands of schools. But it will be a great feeling knowing that you played a role in making it happen.
Supporting the Trust is one of the most powerful statements any hunter can make to oppose the efforts of the anti-hunting extremists.
You can make your contribution by visiting the contribution section of this website.