For many years there has been a belief that it’s almost impossible to join the Dee Wildfowlers but this is a myth. There is a waiting list but most people are on the list for only a year or so, indeed, many applicants are now able to join in the same year that they apply to the Club.
After showing interest by contacting the Secretary (see contact details below) you will be invited to attend a committee meeting for an interview. The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to find out how much knowledge and experience of wildfowling you have so we can assign the right full member to mentor your period of probationary membership. The interview also enables you to ask any questions you might have to assure yourself that you have made the right decision.
If both sides are happy, you’ll be offered a place on the waiting list for which we require a deposit of £50; this is to deter time wasters. When you are offered a place as a probationary member there is an entry fee of £125 to pay but the deposit already received comes off that amount.
As a waiting list person you’ll receive circulars and be able to attend all Club events but not shoot.
Subscriptions are due on 1st April and must be paid by 20th April but in practice it’s usually the middle of May before we close off. We then know how many vacancies we have to fill and we then contact the necessary number of persons on the waiting list and invite them to attend an induction night; this is usually held in early June.
At that meeting we will take you through everything that is involved in being a member and we will try to answer any questions you may have. You will be expected to pay the balance of the entrance fee i.e. £125 less the deposit = £75 and the annual membership subscription which is set in March each year at the AGM. Arrangements to pay by instalment are possible if necessary.
As a Probationary member you will be required to take part in a training programme before you can become a full member. Wildfowling on the Dee can be dangerous and it can take many years before you can expect to become a proficient wildfowler and the purpose of the training is to help you through the learning process. The training scheme is divided into the following sections:
When you’ve completed all this, which will take at least a year, you can apply to move to full membership and can then go wildfowling on your own. However, most probationary members, at this stage, say they will continue going out with a full member until they feel more confident – that’s fine by us. If you like wild environments, and want to learn about a beautiful and sometimes savage places, and believe there is more to life than watching television you might consider contacting us to find out more about the marshes, wildfowling and the conservation of this wilderness.
To apply for membership email the secretary
We welcome all enquiries and are happy to provide further information on joining the club. You can contact our secretary through the online form below. We aim to respond to your email within 48 hours.