Listing of Black Hunting and Fishing Clubs

22 04 2014

I have had many requests for a listing of African American Hunting and Fishing clubs. People of varying skills and experience want to connect with others in the their area to learn “how to”, or to share their experience/knowledge and support the growth and development of outdoor sports. If your organization would like to be included in this first listing on the AAHA website and FaceBook Page please send me the following information by May 31, 2014 to . This is voluntary. I will only share what u list beginning June 15,2014.

Name of Club/Organization and date established (year only):


Type of club (primary activity such as hunting, fishing, archery, hiking, boating, shooting, etc)

website (if any):


mailing adddress:

contact person(s):

telephone contact:





African American Hunting Association LLCBenefit StatementApril 1, 2013 The

8 05 2013

African American Hunting Association LLC

Benefit Statement

April 1, 2013 

The African American Hunting Association (AAHA) has adopted an aggressive plan to increase the number of African American Hunters in the United States by 25 percent (25%) in the next 5 years. The U. S Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are 13.7 million hunters in the US. Of these 400,000 or 2.9 percent are African Americans. According to the 2010 census report more than 42million African Americans are equivalent to 12% of the 308 million total population of the country. This disparity marks an opportunity for manufacturers, retailers, outdoor clubs and service providers to expand their markets.

Yes, we plan to increase the number of African American hunters by 100, 000. We will also increase awareness, interest and participation, in hunting, shooting and other outdoor sports by other people of color and urban residents throughout the country.

AAHA will develop programs to provide hunter education in the inner city to teach safe use of firearms and archery for hunting and recreation. AAHA will also sponsor fishing trips and equipment for youth and adults. We will also recruit women hunters and shooters. 

The African American Hunting Association will broadcast the AAHA Outdoor show on regional and national television to showcase African Americans hunting and fishing all throughout the US and the world. In addition to our website and social media site, we must break the color barrier in outdoor television immediately. This is an opportunity for manufacturers, retailers and outfitters to be the first to benefit from a rapid influx of first time buyers. Companies should take advantage of this chance to reach new audiences first.

We invite individuals and companies to join us by contributing and annual membership of $199. Join now for the introductory price of $100 for the 1st year. If you join, as a member you will broaden your network, sell more products or services, support conservation, and help preserve hunting rights for future generations. You will receive a quarterly newsletter updating you on all of the programs and activities.

For more information contact: 

Donny R. Adair, President, 

African American Hunting Association      (503) 515-9853


28 11 2012


Good day to everyone,

I have been an avid upland bird hunter for almost fifteen years now, and a gun owner ever since I was discharged from the US Army back in 1987. Residing in Colorado, I’ve always been curious to why I don’t see more African Americans enjoying these great outdoors as I have been all these years, hunting just about every game bird from Turkey to Dove.    Surfing the internet one day, I was overjoyed to find the AAHA website solely devoted to getting more African Americans in the field hunting as I do.  I truly enjoy watching the videos and reading the articles and I make sure to hit the site at least once a day to find out what the latest and greatest is.


Here is Colorado, I have found that if you are friendly to people, they will be friendly back. I don’t fear being the only person of color as I am secure in who I am and how I am to be treated. I not only hunt in Colorado, but I have also ventured into Nebraska and Kansas, they are also great places to hunt. In most cases I hunt alone with my GSP, Baxter. If there is a place I would like to hunt, I simply knock on the door of the land owner and introduce myself, if need be, I have also found that if I offer a hand to help them with some work around the farm, they intern allow me to hunt as payment.  Don’t get me wrong, I have heard a few “NOs” in my time, but the “YES” you can hunt is the response have herd the most.  Again, it is great to know that the AAHA is out there and I will do whatever I can to introduce more African Americans to the site here in the great state of Colorado.


Happy Hunting,

Patrick Jones

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

2 11 2012


Slow Down: Lesson Learned

By Donnell Adair

       I know that I am not the only one who has trouble with being patient when out hunting in the field. At times I get anxious and want to cover more ground as if I’m going to got kick a deer out of the bush try to shoot him on the run.  Don’t get me wrong, drives are a great technique, but in the thick forests of the Pacific Northwest hunting Columbia Blacktail deer with just two hunters, you are at a disadvantage. 


       Deer will be able to hear you before you get to them.  If they don’t hear you, they will smell you.  If they don’t smell you they will see you (hunting at a faster pace). If they don’t see you, you won’t see them (again, while hunting at a faster pace). So often we get caught up in looking over the next hill, getting to that next clearing, or simply turning your hunt into a hike sometimes making harvesting an animal second.

       Two key elements in hunting that can easily fall to the wayside in the fast paced world we live in today are stealth and patients. We will never be stealthier then whatever animal we are hunting, but most of us can think back to our last outing and if we are honest with ourselves we could have snapped less twigs under our feet and rustled less bushes. Patience is very important because that is the one thing we have the capacity to prevail over animals in. I am guilty of giving this one away too easily.

       I was reminded to slow down while revisiting some reading on still-hunting. I made sure that I was thinking to slow down going into the field. I did this and came across a herd of elk. Of course they were out of season at the time but when you are getting close to animals, you are doing something right. So remember to take it easy out there, crank it down a notch and slow down.


“We’ll see you in the field.”

October/November 2012 – Update.

30 10 2012

From the President

Thank you for visiting our website or blog. Please browse our website ( as often and for as long as you can. We are continuing to learn more about the African American hunting community across this great land. We are also sharing our goal to increase the numbers of Black hunters and shooters, as well as encourage urban residents, people of color, particularly youth and women to consider outdoor sports. At this time we are reviewing and updating the website to make it more interesting, informative and easy to use.  Also we will be announcing how you can become a member of AAHA and support our mission, values and goals, which can be accessed by clicking those titles on this home page.

I am happy to announce that my son Donnell Chocolate Adair has increased his duties and role in the African American Hunting Association. Since the inception of AAHA in 2008, Donnell has been a pro staff hunter (14 years of experience), videographer and director (11 years of experience) and co-host of the AAHA Outdoor Show. “Duck” as we call him, started hunting when he was 12 years old. He is an excellent role model for the kids we want to recruit to become hunters and shooters. His bachelors of Science degree from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) will serve him well as he now takes over as our Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

We are definitely moving forward with our vision to bring Black hunters together next spring or summer for a 2-day exposition most likely in New Orleans. If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in such a venture, please email me and I will send you an interest form to complete and return to us. We would like to link up with manufacturers, retailers, outfitters and guides, hunting and shooting clubs and hunter education programs. We want to show that there is a large untapped market of Black hunters, hunters of color, and interested people that are being overlooked by the hunting industry. We also want to provide information seminars, a place to sell products and services, and a forum for Black hunters to network and build relationships with each other and a more diverse hunting community nationwide.

We are also making progress on air the AAHA Outdoor Show to television. You can preview the first episodes on this site. We have been continuing to video our adventures for new shows. Those interested in sponsoring the show or who wish to invite us to come and hunt with and video them please contact me at  I am looking forward to hearing from you.

…”Well see you in the field!”

Donny R. Adair

Firearms and Hearing Loss

30 10 2012

I want to introduce John O’Connor who is doing great work on the topic of protecting your hearing when using firearms. Below is an article which gives some great advice that I want bloggers to consider. Please feel free to offer your insights or responses.

Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.  Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss.  My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss.  I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can.  Check out my new blog at!

Discover How to Maintain Good Hearing When You Go Hunting

Preparing to go hunting is something many people get excited about.  Searching through gun shops and browsing for the latest firearms on the market to enhance your hunting experience may be something you look forward to doing.  While you are shopping for guns or ammunition, take time to check out your hearing protection options.  Most gun supply stores sell a variety of hunting safety aids and accessories that can protect your hearing while hunting.  A lot of people take their hearing ability for granted.  My father who has been hunting since I was a child often did not pay much attention to his hearing protection when he hunted.  Now in his late 70’s he wears hearing aids in order to increase sound levels so he is able to hear better.  In order to limit yourself from hearing loss, make the right choice to protect your hearing today.

 How Can Guns Damage Your Hearing

When a gun is fired, extremely loud decibels ripple through the air and can immediately have a negative impact on a person’s ability to hear.  It only takes one shot fired in order for a person to lose a portion of his or her hearing.  Government and university studies have shown that many hunters have lost a portion of their hearing with just one single shot fired from a firearm.  Many hunters take safety precautions with their guns and by staying out of the line of fire of other hunters; yet, these same hunters often forget to protect their ears while they are hunting.

Because the loud noise that is produced from a single gunshot can damage your hearing, it is best if you invest in hearing devices to help you hunt as safely as possible.

Investing in Earmuffs and Ear Plugs Will Help to Maintain Your Hearing Health

Maintaining excellent hearing health while you go hunting can be accomplished by using earmuffs or earplugs to protect your hearing.  Earplugs are available in both rubber and foam materials, and earmuffs are available in standard issue and electronic issue.  In an online article by the University of Iowa it is stated that hunters and target shooters should take safety measures each time they fire a gun.  This also applies to anyone who is in close proximity of someone who is using a firearm.  Prolonged exposure, or a single shot, can lead to permanent hearing damage.  If you do suffer from current hearing problems, consider speaking to your doctor about recommendations for the best type of hearing protection to wear with your hearing aids so you can hunt safely.

Moving fulltime to AAHA January 2012

20 06 2011

Hi Friends! I am energetically stepping up my activities to promote diversity in the great outdoors. There are several important connections that I have made just since retiring from the City of Portland on December 1, 2001.

First, I have accepted an invitation to present a workshop at the International Hunter Education Association’s 40th Annual Conference on June 2nd in Kansas City, Mo. It will be my first opportunity to talk with hunter education managers and staff from throughout the country and around the world about hunter education opportunities for people of color in general, and African Americans specifically. The specifics of the conference, my workshop and profile are on the IHEA website at .

I have also been contacted, spoken with the director of research for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. NSSF is seeking help to survey hunters and African American Hunting Clubs around the country. The research director and I will meet at the aforementioned conference.

I have added a page for African American Hunting on Facebook with lots of pictures. We also created AAHUNTTV on Youtube. We combined several existing videos and new videos. If you take a look at the latest by clicking on the link below you will see how we are reaching our audience with positive information about hunting in Oregon. This video is on the Emergency Hunt Program and features an interview with an ODFW wildlife biologist from the Springfield Office.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Civic Engagement Office has also contacted me. They have an interest in connecting African American community groups interested in conservation and other related outdoor recreation issues. The also wanted to make connections to their Black History Month activities.

I guess I am going to be a very busy retiree. Also during this first 3 months I co-produced and performed as emcee for the broadcast of our 27th annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., conducted management training as a guest lecturer for the City of Portland and I am coordinating the Fifth Annual Youth Day at the City on this coming Thursday.

We are planning to take 6 to 8 youths on a fishing trip to central Oregon on Memorial Day weekend in May. I am looking for sponsorship of equipment for fishing and camping. I will generate a more formal appeal soon. If you have any leads for sponsorship, pleaselet me know at you earliest convenience.


Old Friends Get Together Again – Donny Adair & Larry Anderson

30 10 2009

Is Racism a Factor in the Decline in the number of Hunters?

7 10 2009

A recent article in a national magazine about plummeting participation in duck hunters chronicled a decrease from 2.44 million duck stamps sold to just 1.5 million from 1972 to 2006. Small game hunters have also decrease by 10% in the 10 year period 1996-1006. The studies which were reviewed explored a lot of possible reasons for the decline. Rapid urbanization, difficulties in finding places to hunt, time and distance, aging hunters to name a few. The article points out that there are more ducks and geese than ever before.

This is typical of many writings published in hunting and outdoor industry media. They fail to even consider one of the most significant changes in the population. That is the change in the racial/ethnic demographics. According to the US Census statistics for 2007 thirty four percent (34%) of the population the United States (301 million) are people of color. There are over 82 million African Americans and Latinos. In that same year only 7% of the 12.5 million hunters were African American, Latino or Asian.

It’s obvious to some that the issue of diversity and inclusion needs to come to light. Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service sponsored a conference in Atlanta entitled Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors. I have not read about this or other opportunities to begin reach out to all of our diverse citizens in any of the outdoors sports industry media or discuss barriers which may exist.

Advertisers may be the first to woo ethnically diverse hunters. Leupold and Stevens, makers of riflescopes and other optics, has a new television commercial depicting an African American Hunter. It is possibly this is the first such ad. If you search all of the major outdoor magazines you would be hard pressed to find a picture of any person who appears to be African American, Latino, Asian or Native American. What a shame. What needs to change for the outdoor industry to reverse the trend of shrinking numbers of participants is to begin to at least recognize where the real potential for growth is. The industry is notoriously myopic and cannot see the forest for the trees.

Donny R. Adair, President

African American Hunting Association, LLC

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Why don’t African Americans Hunt?

6 10 2009

By Donny Adair, President

African American Hunting Association, LLC


Dre and I walked for 4 hours soaking in many of the exhibits at the annual sportsman’s exhibition this past February. One constant was that we didn’t see any other Black people among the thousands who were talking to outfitters from all over the world, attending workshops and seminars and visiting with vendors. Dre, a wonderful thirteen year old boy whom I was fortunate to get matched up with by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, asked me the question I have been asking for years. “Why don’t African Americans participate very much in outdoor sports, especially hunting?

According to the most recent U.S Census estimates on the distribution of the U.S. population by race/ethnicity (2007) there are 37 million African Americans or about 12 percent of the total population. According to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife data for the same year, only 1 percent of those who hunt are African Americans.

In the spring of 2008, in response to what I perceived as an opportunity and a need, I created the African American Hunting Association (AAHA) Website The response from people all over the world has been exciting. The mission the African American Hunting Association LLC (AAHA) is to increase the number of African Americans and urban residents living in the United States involved in hunting, game management, shooting sports, and conservation. The values AAHA is founded on include the rights of all Americans to hunt for food and for sport, the rights of individuals to own and use firearms and other weapons in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Also, last summer Greg Gordon owner of, NLE Media, who built the website, introduced the idea that we should co-produce an outdoor television show aimed at African Americans, who represent a vast untapped consumer market. Well, one thing led to another, and now we have completed the first season of 13 shows, which can be viewed on the website and DVD’s of the show can be purchased. The shows feature host Donny Adair, my 23-year old son Donnell, and other young African American hunters and fisherman. Donnell has been shooting since he was 6 years old and began hunting at age twelve .The hunts and fishing adventures were videotaped in Oregon (our home state), Idaho and Mississippi, which I call my adopted home state. The game harvested includes Chukar, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese, Blacktailed Deer, Whitetail Deer, Salmon, Sturgeon and other warm water fish. AAHA and NLE Media are now seeking sponsors to take their 30-minute show to the television airwaves.

The AAHA invites everyone who supports the mission, goals and objectives of our organization to participate with us regardless of their individual race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. It is a multi-cultural organization. All are welcome to join AAHA. The goals and objectives are work to promote better understanding and acceptance of the sport of hunting at the local, regional and national level; and to increase involvement of African American individuals and families in hunting and associated outdoor sports such as camping, hiking, fishing biking, photography, etc. The AAHA will increase the opportunity for African American hunters to obtain state of the art or the best hunting equipment each hunter can afford. The AAHA will provide increased opportunities for African Americans to enjoy the great outdoors, regionally, nationally and internationally.

For more information contact Donny Adair at