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Local hunter Schnabl joins waterfowl conservation group




A local duck hunter is making noise on a national level.

Corinth resident Franz Schnabl was recently named conservation group Delta Waterfowl's new southeast regional events director.

In the position, Schnabl will lead Delta's existing chapters in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He'll also be responsible for starting new chapters in those states.

"This is a great honor and opportunity for me," the 41-year-old told the Daily Corinthian. "I have always loved to duck hunt and this organization has always been dear to my heart. I can't wait to see what the future holds."

He said he most enjoys working with people who are like him - passionate about Delta's programs.

"I'm passionate about the First Hunt program. We need to get new hunters involved because they are the future. I'll work to get chapters on board and have more of them doing hunter recruitment events," he said.

A goal for Schnabl is to "conduct successful fundraising events that support Delta's mission" to produce ducks and ensure the future of duck hunting throughout North America.

This is something not new to Schnabl.

While president of the Alcorn County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Schnabl founded and directed the Heroes Hunt - a dove hunt in honor of 9/11. Active and retired veterans, law enforcement and emergency personnel pay no fees to participate in the hunt.

"The Heroes Hunt has always been about honoring those who serve and protect," said Schnabl. "The hunt was inspired by the self-less actions of law enforcement and was later expanded to include all local heroes in remembrance of 9/11."

Schnabl has also lead successful annual banquets while president of the local chapter.

According to Delta Waterfowl, Schnabl is one of the organizations top fundraisers and was a finalist for Delta Waterfowl's Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.

A life-long waterfowler, who particularly enjoys hunting fields, Schnabl said it was his uncle - Randy Dobbins - who sparked his pursuit of ducks and geese by taking him to a marsh when he was eight-years-old.

"My first duck was a wigeon, and I was pretty much hooked from then on," he said.

(For more information about Delta Waterfowl, visit deltawaterfowl.org.)