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Black Wolf Hunting Club goes far and wide to recruit black hunters

Eric Morris, the founder and leader of the Black Wolf Hunting Club, is on a mission to get more blacks involved in hunting.
Eric Morris, the founder and leader of the Black Wolf Hunting Club, is on a mission to get more blacks involved in hunting. The Kansas City Star

Eric Morris visited an unlikely place recently when he set out to recruit black hunters.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Obviously, it’s an urban area, but there are African-Americans there who show an interest in hunting,” said Morris, who lives in Platte City. “You don’t have to go too far out of the city to find deer and other wildlife.”

That gives you an idea of how far Morris will travel to spread the word about hunting and his Black Wolf Hunting Club.

He formed the paid-membership club in 2011, with a simple, yet daunting, goal: to get more blacks involved in hunting. He and other avid hunters are alarmed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveys that indicate that less than 5 percent of all hunters are African-American.

Morris wanted to do something to change that. So he formed the national club designed to introduce blacks to hunting.

Today, Morris and others across the nation lead trips including everything from bow hunts for deer in Texas to rabbit hunts in Alabama to waterfowl hunts in Kansas.

Membership has built slowly, but Morris is confident the concept will work. He sees great potential for the African-American market in hunting.

For more information about the Black Wolf Hunting Club go to the website blackwolfhuntingclub.org or call 800-399-9554.

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