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New PFSC director Daub proves to be a self-starter

Sentinel photo by DOYLE DIETZ
Working for various conservation organizations in Pennsylvania has been a life-long passion for recently appointed Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists executive Harold Daub, as have Labrador retrievers.

HARRISBURG — With the appointment of Harold Daub as newly appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservations came all the public-relations generated quotes attributed to the 57-year-old Muir native always associated with such press releases.

Then, one simple statement from Daub said it all when he confided to some longtime associates: “I can’t wait to get started.”

Within days of assuming his new position, the former officer in the Pennsylvania State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and most recently director of Hunters United for Sunday Hunting was making a positive impression on all fronts with those attending the April quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of commissioners meeting.

Daub, who is in his 20th year as a Hunter-Trapper Education Course instructor, knew what his game plan would be when applying for the position based on advice he received from the late Don Heckman, who was known nationally for his work with the NWTF.

“I met Don when I became active with the NWTF, and one of many things he taught me and many others was: ‘Tell your story.’

“My plan is to tell our story through that at-a-glance venue of social media. That’s how I have to show the value in investing in a PFSC membership. Social media expertise and strategies must be acquired by the leaders in the Federation and we need to begin recruiting tomorrow’s leaders. Recruitment efforts must be tailored to the mobile device communication experience.”

Daub said the biggest adjustment with his new position compared to his previous one as the leader of HUSH is rather than working to get people to agree with his position is working to promote the policies of the PFSC. That includes policies he may not agree with, but are supported by the organization.

“I will have my same passion, but the message will be that of the organization’s policies,” Daub said. “I will strive to put subject matter experts in contact with our organization’s delegates and board of directors to ensure our members understand scientific wildlife management techniques.

“My first goal is to study and understand the communication within the PFSC. A grassroots organization needs to be able to get information up the chain in a very timely, accurate, verifiable way.

“I am becoming familiar with our process, and where I see opportunity to make suggested improvements I will do that. At the same time, I also need to find a solution to a concern I have had verified by my daughter, and several other Millennial generation friends and acquaintances: That generation has not been effectively made aware of PFSC.”

Daub said this is the same issue that all outdoors activities are experiencing and is also affecting most conservation organizations. With the retirement of the Baby Boomer Generation leaders the replacements need to be found in the Millennials — an even larger demographic than the boomers.

“When one joins their local gun club, fishing club or beagle club, it’s easy to see the tangible benefit of their purchase. I need to be able to talk to those interested in outdoors activities of all kinds, those interested in ensuring our waters are protected from polluters, those who are concerned with anti-gun and anti-hunting agendas and bring them all together by showing them the benefit of having full-time representation in Harrisburg.

“I need to communicate that PFSC is on the front lines in our State Capital halls, in the agencies that set regulations relating to hunting, fishing and natural resources every day. Also, I need to convince enough of them to support this concept of “A Federation of many interests/organizations banded together for the good of all.

“Imagine the overwhelming influence a million-member PFSC would have on Pennsylvania legislation. Today, with the ease of mass communication via social media, I think it’s possible to attract a million Pennsylvanians to join the PFSC and be part of the fight for the protection of our wild resources and our constitutional rights.”

Daub believes the current threats to our wildlife and resources are best reacted to with more regulation and less legislation. He sees the need for nimble, easily adjusted regulations rather than cumbersome legislation that has probably never been more easily recognized.

“It’s concerning to me how few of our representatives and senators have no idea and no experience and no interest in the outdoors,” Daub said. “I enjoy talking with them and enjoy educating them on the issues.

“Now, I can devote so much time to that effort, and that’s the value I can bring for that investment in a PFSC membership. I love our tag line: We are on the front lines in Harrisburg so you can be in the woods, on the water, or at the range.

“I will strive to get the PFSC membership to a level that can’t be ignored by Legislators, Commissioners, Secretaries, or anyone else that sets the rules that relate to the outdoors. I truly feel I’m extremely well prepared to lead this organization, and I’m expecting to see significant recruitment into PFSC this year.”

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Doyle Dietz is a board member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

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