54th WBHA Annual Convention

March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Website: | Phone: 715-370-4170

10101 Market Street, Rothschild, WI 54474, United States

Message From WBHA President

After long discussions and input from the WBHA Board of Directors and its members, we decided that this year’s convention will be open to members only. We will make this as quick and convenient as possible to simply sign you up in the membership and membership raffle areas of the convention.

The reason for this is that the WBHA convention is our main fundraising opportunity and our primary way to get new members. The best way that we can get new and renewed members is to close the convention to non-members. We as an organization need to create a bigger army of bear hunters so that we can have the financial means and political clout just to maintain what we have and possibly expand more hound opportunities in this political climate that we live in.

It gets tougher and more expensive every year to just keep what we have in the hound world. We have always been a hunting organization that strongly believes that if you are not on offense you are on defense, and then you let our enemies decide our fate. And last, if anybody that comes to our convention does not think that this organization is worth buying a membership, they need to wake up and not take for granted all the hard work and energy that goes into being the most powerful hunting organization in the state.

Thank you,

Carl Schoettel
WBHA President

Convention Schedule

Noon to 6:00 pm – Doors open for Vendors, Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing, and Raffles

7:00 pm – WBHA Banquet at Holiday Inn with DNR Sec. Dan Meyer, Raffles and Door Prizes
8:00 pm to Midnight – Entertainment: The Brian West Show

9:00 am – Doors Open for Vendors, Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing, and Raffles
9:00 am to Noon – Drop Off Annual Raffle Tickets
10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Photo Contest

11:15 am – Annual Meeting begins with Pledge of Allegiance

“Awards and General Business”
11:20 – Iron Clad Bear Hunter Presentations – Two Awards
11:30 – Opinion Survey Question and Answer
11:40 – Scholarship Award Presentations
11:50 – Nominations for WBHA Leadership
12:00 – Junior Big Bear Award Winners
12:10 – Big Bear Award Winners

“State of Bear Hunting, 2018”
12:15 – DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Scott Walter – Presentation on Bears and Wolves
12:35 – Introduction of Legislators and Guests

12:55 – Announce Veterans’ Gun Raffle Winner
1:00Annual Raffle Drawing
1:05 – Voting Booth Closes
1:10 – Field Trial Award Winners
1:20 – Announce 50/50 Raffle Winner
1:25 – Membership News
1:30SOS Auction Begins
1:30 – Membership Raffle Closes
2:15 – Membership Raffle Drawing
2:20 – Elections Announcements
2:30 – New Member Raffle Drawing
2:35 – First Walk-Around Item (one every half hour)
3:00 – Membership Sales Close
4:00 – Governor’s Harvest Tag Drawing
Gun Raffle for Auction Buyers (immediately after conclusion of auction)

5:00 pm – Social Hour
9:00 pm to 1:00 am – Entertainment: The Brian West Show

8:00 am Final Deadline for picking up puppies!


The six hotels within walking distance of Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center easily meet the rooming needs of our visitors.


  • Candlewood Suites 715-355-8900
  • Econolodge 715-355-4449
  • Holiday Inn & Suites 715-355-1111
  • Motel 6 715-355-3030
  • Best Western Midway (about 3 miles from convention center) 715-842-1616

Due to unpredictable hotel charges we will not be posting hotel room pricing information at this time. For the best hotel price WBHA recommends calling hotel directly or using an online search engine such as ,,,, and etc.

Vendor Information

Thank you to all vendors who participated in the 2017 convention. Hope to see you all in 2018.

Contracts will be sent out after the Christmas Holiday to all current vendors. Any business or organization wishing to attend as a vendor can contact me by e-mail or phone and I will get you on the contract list.

Dan Treml
Ph: 715-762-3087
Cell: 715-661-1105

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

Annual Convention Photo Contest

For the second year, our contest is all digital! The board of directors will be voting on the best photos and displaying them on a large digital photo frame at the convention. Some submissions might also be featured in the yearbook and/or on our website.

Please submit your digital photos to Stephanie at Please remember to include your name and member number in your email.

Friday Night Banquet

Friday | March 23, 2018 | 7pm

The 2018 Annual Convention Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

Banquet tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12 (under 4 free). This includes meal, speakers, raffles, door prizes, and special visitation time.


WBHA Member Raffle Info

You MUST BE a WBHA member in order to purchase Member raffle tickets. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR THIS RAFFLE IN ORDER TO CLAIM PRIZE.

Pre-purchased raffle ticket packages will be available for pick-up during regular convention hours. WBHA Member Raffle drawings will be held and announced intermittently during the SOS Auction. Winners will have 10 minutes from drawing to claim prize. If you are not able to claim prize withing 10 minutes, you will forfeit your prize and an alternate will be awarded the prize.

Pre-purchased tickets packages come pre-labeled with members WBHA ID# on each ticket. Ticket package increments include 200 for $200, 75 for $100, 25 for $50, & 10 for $25 (Single tickets will be available at the Annual Convention).


Membership Promotion

Sign Up a Friend – Win a Gun

For every new person that signs up at the annual convention, your name will be entered into a raffle for a gun.

It’s simple folks: times are tough. The economy is hurting our association too. We can’t continue to depend just on our existing members to fund all the important things the WBHA does. WE NEED NEW MEMBERS and we need to boost attendance at the annual meeting. Thank you for your support!

WBHA Annual Raffle

You NEED NOT BE a WBHA member in order to purchase Annual Raffle tickets and you NEED NOT be present to win.

Prizes to be announced soon. Note that our the prize vendor is switching to Scheels for 2018.

Direct ticket inquires to:
Jim Hamilton
Ph: 715.460.3033

2018 Annual Raffle Winners

Contact Jim Hamilton to arrange prize collection.

Past Conventions