Attention all hunting groups…

We hope you all had a good season! Now it’s time for us to start gearing up for next year’s convention. Our membership raffle and SOS auction committees are seeking donations for the 2018 annual convention raffle and auction.

If your hunting group is able to make donation to the auction and raffle fund, or if you have an item to donate, please contact these committees prior to the Annual Convention!

Membership Raffle

The membership raffle is one of the main fundraising sources for WBHA. Donations to the raffle help our association continue to operate at a level we can all be proud of.

Membership Raffle Contacts:
Mark Stumpner – (715) 571-3527
Jeremy Fischer – (715) 489-3579

SOS Donations

As most of you know, the SOS Auction is a big part of our convention, but more important is what the money is raised for – supporting our sport and the people who participate in it, part of which is supporting our friends in Madison. We all know that the anti-hunters attack us every day. We try to be everywhere all of the time, but we can’t. We need friends in Madison who can stop the bills that negatively affect our sport. We have learned what it takes first hand to win an election by helping our friend, former WBHA board of director and now Representative Rob Stafsholt, run a campaign. That said, we are looking for donations for this year’s SOS Auction, whether it’s a puppy, store bought items, handmade items, monetary donations, etc. Personal, business, hunting organizations, or groups – all donations are greatly appreciated. If you have a donation, contact one of us and let us know.

Thank you!

Eric Tuckner

SOS Items Contacts:
Eric Tuckner – (651) 775-7296
Carl Schoettel – (414) 531-2296

SOS Puppies Contact:
Mark Scheunemann – (715) 897-1417

DNR’s Wolf Population Monitoring

WBHA Members,

If any of you are interested in getting more involved with the DNR’s wolf population monitoring program, consider attending one of their track training courses. The link below has been updated with classes occurring in the coming months.

DNR Track Training Courses

DNR Website Clarification From Rep. Rob Stafsholt

Dear WBHA,

My office has been contacted by several of your members with concerns on some language that appears on the DNR website pertaining to bear hunting. The current language does not state that the use of bait on our opening week of bear season with the use of dogs is permitted. I requested clarification from DNR staff and this is what I received back on this:

Thank you for the email message and the phone call!

I was able to reach Dave MacFarland, DNR Carnivore Specialist with the Bureau of Wildlife Management, to get some clarification on the use of bait and dogs during the upcoming bear season.

There have not been any changes regarding the use of bait to run dogs in the first week of the bear season. It is legal to use bait throughout the season in all zones.

In the northern zones A, B and D: From Sept. 6th – Sept. 12th hunters must use the aid of dogs, and bait may be used to locate bears on which to run dogs. From Sept 12th – Oct. 3rd all methods are legal. From Oct. 4th – Oct. 10th all methods that do not involve the use of dogs are legal. In short, the first week you have to use dogs, the last week you cannot use dogs. You can use bait throughout, but you can only use it to start your dogs the first week.

In zone C, which is the southern 2/3 of the state: The use of dogs is not permitted at any time during the season. Hunters can hunt with any method not using dogs from Sept 6 – Oct 10.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if there is anything else you need.

Thanks again!

Hopefully this information helps to clarify any questions that you may have or will receive. Please feel free to share this with your members and put it on your Facebook posts. Have a great hunting season!

Your Friend,
Representative Rob Stafsholt


Wisconsin Bear Hunters Donate To Chetek Tornado Damage Clean-Up Effort

On June 6th, members of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association (WBHA) presented the Chetek area Salvation Army with a $5000 check to help with tornado damage clean-up in the area.

“This is an area of the state that our members are very familiar with. We were extremely saddened to hear of the damage and loss of life caused by last month’s tornado in Barron County,” said WBHA Foundation President Stephanie Hanson.

The funds, raised through WBHA’s Foundation, were presented to the Salvation Army’s Duana Bremer at a small ceremony held at Prairie Lake Estates. “Thank you for the support from the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association,” stated Bremer. “These funds will go directly to help victims of the tornado who were residing in the trailer park. We thank you very very much.”

“We have heard nothing but the best regarding the Salvation Army’s response,” said WBHA Board Member Eric Tuckner. “We are proud to present them with this modest donation to help with efforts in this region.”

In attendance was Representative Romaine Quinn, adding, “Wisconsin Bear Hunters are not only dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, but are also a group of men and women who care deeply for their communities. We are extremely thankful for their generosity during this great time of need.”


Hunter Harassment Update

July 21, 2017


Unfortunately, the Wolf Patrol saga is far from over. As some of you have seen in the past few weeks, they have been carefully harassing hunters again. We have recently been told that the hunter harassment bill is being interpreted to only affect Wolf Patrol in cases of direct impediment into a training or hunting exercise.

Our only course of action at this time is to continue to tolerate this behavior and carefully document and collect evidence of their actions. I encourage all of you to use the Wisconsin DNR tip hotline: 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367). This number is a direct line to an operator that will help you correctly file a complaint. It also ensures evidence of filing a complaint with a guaranteed follow-up with a warden.

I assure you all we fully understand the frustration with this situation, but we know professional behavior is the only coarse of interaction with wolf patrol.

Remember you have just as much right to train and hunt as they do to document without interference. We hope to gain some ground with clarification of the current laws but it will require some patience, tolerance, and time.

I wish you all a better training season to come.

Lucas Withrow
WBHA Vice President

2017 Annual Raffle Winners

Click the button below to see if you won anything in this year’s annual raffle! Contact Jim Hamilton to arrange prize collection: Jim Hamilton | 715-460-3033 | jimhamilton@zimdarshardware.com

2017 Annual Raffle Winners

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!

Hunter Harassment Reference Cards

Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association

“Preserving tomorrow’s heritage today”

Wisconsin Bear Hunters' AssociationWelcome to the website of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association. For over 40 years the 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 itself is family based. We would like to invite you and your family to join us as we work together to protect Wisconsin’s great outdoor heritage.

Learn More

Convention Info

54th WBHA Annual Convention

March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, WI. Don’t forget to book your rooms in advance!

View Convention Details

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (Updated July 1, 2017)

MVU Update

The latest Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) can be found at the following link. https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110913.

Download PDF: https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/components/reports/sopa-110913-2017-07.pdf

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