After a re-read, my post was a bit harsh.
I agree that DU has and continues to do great things in the way of habitat rescue, management and acquisition.
They are a great voice in Washington for wetlands protection, etc.
There are a lot of things about DU that I don't understand.
They are "classified" as a "Non-profit" but I don't know what that means. Certainly the DU execs profit. Hall, CEO made $432K in 2014. They have retirement plans, employee investment programs, etc.
DU holds "Conservation Easements" to over 375K acres. At the time of the donations (spanning back to the incorporation of DU) these easements were valued in excess of $500 million! What does "easement" mean in this case? Do they own the land or just the usage rights? For how long? Since I haven't seen land or lease prices come down lately, one can only guess at the value today . . over $1B ?? How is that not profit? Like I said, a lot of stuff I don't understand.
As a "non-profit", DU receives ALOT of our tax dollars (Duck stamp money, etc.) to use as they see fit.
If you want, check out these: 2014 DU Audit
(It's very interesting to see where their lands are . . and are not!! Very little holding in Texas. Can you say: Short Stopping?) Charity Rating
(Note where they rate in comparison to other outdoor "charities".)
We should remember that DU is not a government agency. It is a private corporation. While public opinion and image is very important, they are free to do as they see fit. They may regret it later, but they can still do it.