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Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association

Preserving Tomorrow's Heritage Today

For over 50 years, WBHA has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin as well promoting youth hunting, conservation, and sound wildlife management.

Bear hunting in Wisconsin is the ultimate family sport and the WBHA is nearly 3,000 members strong and is itself family-based. We invite you and your family to join us as we work together to protect Wisconsin’s great outdoor heritage.

ALERT: Convention Rescheduled Due to Coronavirus

Wisconsin Bear Hunters,

Earlier today Governor Evers announced a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We were then informed by our venue that they would indeed be closed during our originally scheduled convention date.

After much discussion, it became clear that our best course of action was to reschedule the convention for May 29-30. The convention will still be at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, WI.

We have been informed that hotel rooms will be available for the new date, but the hotel needs until Wednesday morning before they can begin accepting new reservations. Please be sure to call on Wednesday or after to move your accommodations to the new date.

We also already have confirmation from the vast majority of our vendors that they will make the transition to the new dates with us.

Annual Raffle and Governor's Tag drawing will now be held on May 30th. Tickets will remain available for sale until March 28th, at which point sales will need to be put on hold until the day of the drawing.

Thank you for your dedication and understanding at this time.


Carl Schoettel
President, WBHA

56th WBHA Annual Convention

Rescheduled Dates: May 29-30, 2020

Rescheduled for Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, WI.
Don't forget to book your rooms in advance!

Hunter Harassment Reference Cards


Hopefully you won’t need them, but WBHA has produced some Hunter Harassment Reference Cards. These are worth having on hand as reference in case of a discrepancy or to sway enforcement action when presented as proof of the law. Stay safe!

2019 Annual Raffle Winners

Check the list below to find out if you've won!

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions

The latest Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) can be found at the following link.

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WI DNR: Bear Application Period Delayed

February 27, 2020

The opening of the bear permit application period for the 2021 bear hunting season will be delayed this year while the new 2021 zone structure works its way through legislative review. The application period, which normally opens in March, will open shortly after the review process is completed in late spring/early summer.

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