55th WBHA Annual Convention

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center

Website: | Phone: 715-370-4170

Message From WBHA President

After long discussions and input from the WBHA Board of Directors and its members, we decided that starting in 2017, the convention will be open to members only and will remain that way. We will make it 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 pmWBHA Banquet at Holiday Inn with DNR Guests, 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

11:15 amAnnual Meeting begins with Pledge of Allegiance

“Awards and General Business”
11:20 – Iron Clad Bear Hunter Presentations – Two Awards
11:30 – Recognition for Past WBHA President
11:40 – Scholarship Award Presentations
11:50 – Nominations for WBHA Leadership
12:00 – Junior Big Bear Award Winners
12:05 – Big Bear Award Winners
12:10 – Kyle Blawat Scholarship Announcement

“State of Bear Hunting, 2019”
12:15 – DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Scott Walter – Presentation on the New Bear Plan
12:35 – Introduction of Legislators and Guests
12:55 – Announce Veterans’ Gun Raffle Winner
1:00Annual Raffle Drawing Starts
1:05 – Elections Close
1:10 – Field Trial Award Winners
1:15 – Jeremy Fischer Dedication
1:20 – Announce Cash Raffle 50% Pay Out
1:25 – Membership News
1:30 – Membership Raffle Closes
1:30SOS Auction Begins
1:35 – 1st Walk-Around Raffle Rifle – One Every Half Hour
2:15 – Membership Raffle Drawing – Will Announce: Buy a Membership Before We Close
2:35 – New Member Raffle Drawing – Win a .22 Rifle
3:00 – Membership Sales Closes
4:00 – Governor’s Harvest Tag Drawing – Announce as Soon as  Sold Out
Gun Raffle for Auction Buyers – Immediately Following 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
  • Stoney Creek Inn | 715-355-6858
  • The Grand Lodge of Stoney Creek | 800-659-2220

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 the hotel directly or using an online search engine such as ,,,, and etc.

Vendor Information

Deadline March 1st, 2019
Limited Space
First Come, First Served

For contract information please contact:
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 2019 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

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

New for 2019, our Convention Photo Contest has moved online and has been combined with our Photo-of-the-Month and yearbook photo contests. Head over to the Photo Contest page for more information.

Photo Contest

Friday Night Banquet

Friday | March 22, 2019 | 7pm

The 2019 Annual Convention Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

Banquet tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12 (children ages 3 and under are 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).

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 switched to Scheels in 2018.

Direct ticket inquires to:
Jim Hamilton
Ph: 715.460.3033

2019 Annual Raffle Winners

Contact Jim Hamilton to arrange prize collection.

Past Conventions