WBHA Elections

Voting for the WBHA elections will take place at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors has made the change to allow for more member participation in elections.

Each year, there are significantly more members who attend the annual meeting than who submit a ballot.

Please take the time to vote!

Members who can not attend the annual meeting still have full voting privileges by means of an absentee ballot.

Click here for a downloadable SAMPLE ballot. If you desire an absentee ballot, email your request to: johnl@marawood.com.

WBHA Board Candidates

Below you will find your WBHA Board Candidates. Each candidate has filled out the same questionnaire and these are their answers. Candidates are displayed in a random order on each visit to this page.

Danielle Dreher

Question #1: About You

I am from southeast Wisconsin, and was born and raised in Kewaskum. I have grown up with a family that has a passion for the outdoors. Most of my childhood we spent hunting, camping, or fishing. My dad has raised and trained hounds in northeast Wisconsin for the duration of my life. The greatest joy and memories I have, are those raising and training our dogs with our family and friends. These are memories, that I hope our future generations can continue to have.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 4 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 50 miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: Strategize and implement ways to keep membership strong; to show the value in our membership, and help people recognize that we need to stand united as an organization, and as hound hunters if we want this sport to continue.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: I think there are a lot of situations that could occur given the HSUS' financial status, but ultimately, regardless of what happens, I would do whatever it takes to save the sport of hound hunting. I do believe that as an organization we need to be unified and strong to keep our passion alive, and therefore my role would help enforce that.

Christian Scheunemann

Question #1: About You

I’ve been around all types of hunting since I was in diapers, bear hunting is my favorite. My dad Mark introduced me to it and has served on the board and got me interested in it. I’ve been on the board since I was 18, and I look forward to hopefully many more years on it.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: Be a voice for the members who may not know where or how to get their ideas out. Represent all types of hunting, not just bear hunting. Act ethically as a hunter.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: Gather fellow hunters and put a face to the fight, I would personally represent all hunters to save all types of hunting, not just hound hunting.

Kelly Jochimsen

Question #1: About You

I am a very lucky person. I have the Chequamegon in my back yard, a smart 4 year old son, a hard working husband, and all of my hounds (fur babies). The great outdoors, my hounds, bear hunting, and pretty much any fishing or hunting activity is a huge part of my life. I also take great pride in my garden and canning. The outdoors is something I feel very strongly about and love getting youth involved. My husband and I enjoy taking people along who have never hunted to show and teach them how amazing it is. This past year our group was able to take two disabled young men along and had successful hunts for both of them. That is one experience that I will treasure forever.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 4 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Tuesday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

I am willing to put in the time, energy, and drive it takes. With helping different wounded warrior and disabled hunter groups be able to enjoy outdoor activities, my passion has grown. I want to see this lifestyle be around for a very long time and with that I will and am standing up for our rights to hunt and continue to be houndsmen. Fighting for this is something I am more then capable of and I will do. I will go to meetings, local government meetings, and any other events to have our voices heard.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

I am willing to be the voice, to defend our rights. It is important for me to give the facts, the benefits, and to show how tight our family is. Our hunting family is strong and has a strong voice. I want that to be heard.

Todd Bina

Question #1: About You

I reside in North Bend, near Black River Falls, with my family. I have two sons and a daughter. I have been a career Firefighter for the city of La Crosse going on 17 years.

My family and I have a passion for the outdoors and hunting with our Plott Hounds. We strive to introduce new people into the world of hound hunting whether it be Bear, Raccoon, or Coyote. I believe our hound hunting community is small and consider it a family. The more people we can get involved the stronger and louder our community gets with the hopes of preserving our culture.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: To help further our goals as an association I feel I can help by being an advocate for the association. Accomplishing these goals whether it be town hall meetings, local events, or just out in the community through listening and educating those who have misunderstood bear hunting and hound hunting in general.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: Continuing to grow our sport is vital to our efforts. Enlisting more people into the hounding sport can only strengthen our efforts. We all need to get out and bring more people, especially our youth, into the woods and show the joys of hound hunting.

Lucas Withrow

Question #1: About You

A father , A Houndsman, A husband, I’ve always had hounds since I was old enough to go along, I developed a passionate drive and love for the tradition of bear hunting about 17yrs ago. I’ve been serving the WBHA for around 7 of those yrs. It would be my honor and pleasure to continue to advocate for and protect the the tradition of bear hunting and hound training. It is not a hobby but ,truly, a way of life to be a houndsman. I want all houndsman to stand side by side and find compromise in our differences and strength in our likenesses.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

Continue to advocate for the rights of ethical and legall houndsmen of Wisconsin by being a voice in the face of anti hunters and by being a better example of a leader in the fight against those anti hunters. I will also continue to improve my own actions and attitude and lead by example.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

I am specifically interested in empowering smaller organizations across the state and encouraging them to have a voice in the fight against hsus.

Megan Dreher

Question #1: About You

I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin; however most of my free time is spent at our family cabin in Forest County. My entire life has been centered on raising and training bear hounds, spending every weekend in the summer running dogs. Owning hounds has given me much fulfillment and has taught me about working hard and staying focused. I was fortunate to grow up in a family who has such a passion for the outdoors. Whether it’s fishing or hunting, and no matter the season, you can always find me in the woods or on the water. Nothing beats those memories made in the outdoors with family and friends!

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 50 miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: I think that it is important to lead by example. Since I was a young girl, my parents would take my siblings and I to the convention where we would renew our memberships and get our yearbooks. We were taught the value of joining an organization that supports something you’re passionate about. We learned about ways to get involved in the organization as kids, helping with membership and carrying puppies for the auction. Now as adults, still demonstrating the same passion by serving on the board, paying annual membership dues, and upholding the WBHAs code of ethics when in the woods. You always hear how the houndsman is a dying breed, which is why I am very careful to promote what we do in a positive light when talking with others and sharing photos. I also helped to work on creating the WBHA group facebook page and allowing this to be a way to positively share our accomplishments and events with the WBHA members. I always promote the WBHA membership when talking to new houndsman, and help to share all of our organizations successes when people ask what we are about and what we have done as a group. Together houndsman can continue to make positive changes and truly make a difference.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: I think the organization has already done their share of things to help save the sport of bear hunting in Wisconsin, as well as in other states. For example, the WBHA has donated money to other hunting organizations trying to help hound seasons open in their state. Although we have made big strides, there is always work to be done such as focusing on keeping roads open, managing the wolf population, and promoting our sport to the youth to help continue the heritage of bear hunting with hounds in Wisconsin. I think that one person alone cannot save the sport of bear hunting, or hound hunting in general, which is why we as houndsman need to gather together to support and fight for our passion. I would personally do whatever it takes to help save the sport I love, but I know that this cannot be done alone. It starts with unity and respect of other houndsman. We need to united and strong, and supportive of others. As a board member, I can continue to help work to accomplish the goals of our organization.

John F Trochinski

Question #1: About You

I am running for the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the WBHA and have held that position for the past 4 years. Prior to that I served on the WBHA Board of Directors. Before being elected as Sec/Treas, I was the Finance Committee Chairman and the Principal Director of the Board. I am married to my wife Renee, and we are both Lifetime Members of the WBHA. I have been bear hunting since 1973 with my family and friends at our cabin in Price County. Bear hunting for my family has been a lifestyle more than a sport. The subjects of bears, bait, dogs, and equipment are included in daily conversations around the house. I would be proud to continue to serve as your Sec/Treas for the WBHA

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

When I was first elected as Sec/Treas my goal was to apply a saying that my Grandpa used to always say, "any damn fool can make money it takes a helluva smart person to save a little." With that theory in mind I was now in a position to put it to work, by making sure that every dollar made was spent in a way that benefited the WBHA. Since I have been Sec/Treas, with the cooperation of the rest of the board and it's officers and with transparent accountability of the finances, the net worth of the WBHA has increased dramatically over the past 4 years.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

The strength of any organization is in the form of dollars. The amount of dollars comes from the number of members an organization has. So the key to the strength of the WBHA is in keeping the membership growing. Educating the public on the accomplishments of the WBHA and the benefits of being a WBHA member will help to continue a steady growth in our membership. Over the past 4 years the membership of the WBHA has grown to record numbers.

John Lobner

Question #1: About You

Hi My name is John Lobner I am running for my second term for a position on the WBHA Board of Directors. I have been an avid hunter my whole life. I am looking to not only expand hound hunting opportunities but all hunting activities in Wisconsin. I feel the threat from anti hunters is only going to get worse. I am committed to taking more of a proactive approach to anti-hunters then a reactive approach. I hope to have your support in the WBHA election

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: I would like to be more proactive in the fight to maintain our hunting heritage

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: Anything I can do

Joe Trumble

Question #1: About You

I am from Cushing and have been bear hunting since the early 70’s. I am a lifetime member of the WBHA. I firmly believe that hound hunting wouldn’t exist in Wisconsin without the WBHA and all the incredible people involved in the sport.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer: I will continue to advocate for the rights of hunters in Wisconsin at the local and state levels.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer: I already and will continue to raise funds for the WBHA every year.