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 SAMPLEĀ ballot. If you desire an absentee ballot, email your request to: plotthunter81@gmail.com.

2016 WBHA Candidates

Below you will find your 2016 WBHA 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.

Joe Green

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Question #1: About You

I am an elementary school principal in New London, WI. I have three kids, a wife, and three dogs! I love the outdoors and spend as much time in the woods or on the water as I can. I am most interested in passing my love of the outdoors down to my kids. My oldest daughter harvested her first black bear and deer last year and she is hooked!!! I bear hunt with a small group of family and friends in the Weyerhaeuser area and enjoy every minute!

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:

I think I will be able to continue to educate folks on the importance of maintaining our heritage and sport of hunting. We need people that are willing to stand up and advocate for our large group and to rally others to stand with as well. We also need people willing to communicate with legislators about the need to preserve our great sport and the importance in doing so!

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:

This issue is not necessarily all about funding. First, we must continue to educate folks on the heritage and importance of hunting and game management. We also need to continue to educate our own colleagues on the appropriate practices that include working together and respecting each other as individuals passionate about these activities. Until we start showing unconditional support for each other, the HSUS will continue to thrive.

Mark Stumpner

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Question #1: About You

My name is Mark Stumpner and I’m running for re-election to the WBHA Board of Directors. I’ve been hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember. I would like to continue to represent the bear hunting community by helping the WBHA move forward with legislation and programs that have the interest of all hunters in mind.

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: Saturday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer:

It's important to know what hunters are coming up against while in the woods. It's also important to know what the opposition is doing to get in the way of our right to hunt. In addition, it's imperative that we have the funds in place and the relationships to help in our fight. I would continue to contact companies and individuals to help donate to our organization.

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:

It's important to have fundraising activities and awareness throughout the year. One of the most important events we have is the annual convention. This is a great opportunity to fundraise and get awareness out to the hunting community. I am available to assist with any fundraising events to help our cause.

John Lobner

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Question #1: About You

I have been an outdoors man as long as I can remember I have hunted many different species in many different areas. I believe hunting in general is more under attack then ever before and I believe hound hunting is at the front of the line for anti-hunters. I believe all hunters need to unite under one common goal. I have worked in the construction industry for my entire adult life.

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 think what we all need to do as individuals is keep hunting in a positive light is represent ourselves well not just in our physical contact with other people but also represent ourselves well on social media

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 would like to see hunters instead of seemingly being on the defensive against hunting to take a more pro-active approach and help educate non-hunters of the truths about hunting. I would like to see a pro-active approach in lieu of fighting against people that are not informed of the heritage we share

Ted Thums

Question #1: About You

I have been a member of the WBHA right about from the start. Retired supervisor from Zenith Tech, where I worked for 39 years. My wife Dawn and I, brother Dan and his wife Cathy have taken many handicapped hunter to the woods. Thankfully we were able to get them all a bear. Sometimes just the site of their happiness can make you get a little wet eyed. I am very lucky to have a wife that likes to hunt as much as I do.

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:

Try to get our members more involved,we cannot do this with just the board.

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:

Keep on fighting like we have been. Try to get other hunters that don't hunt with dogs more involved.

Joe Trumble

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Question #1: About You

I have been a bear hunter for 43 years and have belonged to WBHA since the early 1970’s. I am a firm believer that without the WBHA we would not have bear hunting with hounds and I will continue to support the efforts of 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: Thursday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer:

I am active in and willing to increase my networking and contact with both government officials and WBHA members.

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 would be willing to do most anything to save my sport.

Megan Dreher

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Question #1: About You

My name is Megan. I am a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse. I grew up in the small town of Kewaskum, however majority of my childhood and free time is still spent at our cabin in Wabeno. I have been a member of the WBHA for as long as I can remember. In my free time I spend all of my time in the woods or on the water. From pike fishing to turkey hunting, there isn’t a month of the year that goes by where I am not on an adventure to kill or catch something! My family and I grew up owning and training plott hounds for bear hunting, and to this day it is still my one true passion. Being an outdoorsman has taught me so much about myself, having respect for wildlife, and important life skills. I forever I am grateful to have that opportunity and thankful my father introduced me into the outdoors as a young child. I love sharing my passion for hound hunting with others!

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:

I think it is important to continue to positively represent the organization. There are MANY things we can do as members to help the WBHA continue to respectfully present itself. This organization has come so far in the last few decades and the hard work of its members is very evident! To keep this brief, below are a few things I believe are things I can do and our organization can continue to do to help us keep our sport in Wisconsin.

I believe it is important to get our youth involved in the outdoors. I was taken along hunting as a young child, and am so grateful someone took the time and had the patience to take a child hunting. There are many children who have an interest in hunting or fishing but do not have a mentor to take them. I will continue to take new hunters and youth hunters along on bear hunt each year, and I would encourage others to do the same.

I also strive to get along with all of my fellow hunters. Regardless of the type of dogs you hunt or the type of truck you drive, we all share the same passion. It is important to all stand together as hound hunters and not let the details tear apart what our organization has worked so hard to create. We don't have to like everyone, but we need to be respectful as hunters. The woods is big enough for us all and there is no wrong or right way to hunt. I personally will continue to respect all of my fellow houndsman and hope others will do the same.

Lastly, I think it is important to continue to do highway cleanups and volunteer for other wild life events. There are many opportunities that I can and we can participate in to help spread the word about what the WBHA is about. Additionally, collaborating with other houndsman organizations will help us join with others to save our sport!

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:

Despite the fact that money is no object for the Humane Society, it is important for WBHA members to remember other things besides money play an important role in how our sport and organization are represented to the public eye and to other anti-organizations. In our society today, social media is what our current generations thrive on, therefore it is important our image is positive on the internet. Posting photos of animal cruelty to public sites, for example, is just asking for trouble and giving organizations such as HSUS the opportunity to shut down our sport. As individuals we can take it upon ourselves to make little steps in the right direction. We should be held accountable for our actions and be respectful of others beliefs, we don't have to agree but we should try to understand. Take pride in your sport and your name.

I do not have the finances personally, nor does the WBHA, to try to fight an organization as large as the HSUS, however I am willing to stand up for what I (and we) believe in and would want my fellow WBHA members to join me. I always have been willing to show others what our sport is about and try to educate them on how or why we do what we do. Countless times our hunting crew has taken people along on a bear hunt and have opened their eyes to our sport in a positive light. After coming along they realize that our sport isn't just about the thrill of the kill, its really about training your first hound, the music of the hounds when you dump the truck, getting the youth involved in the outdoors, and the camaraderie amongst your hunting crew "family".

I would be willing to do whatever it takes to help save our sport as much as I am able to. I have an incredible passion for bear hunting and would help to do what it takes for others to be able to enjoy our sport for years to come. I can volunteer my time, would be willing to run or participate in fundraisers, or sit on legislative boards/meetings as needed. Weekends from July to October might get a little tricky :)

Carl Schoettel

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Question #1: About You

My name is Carl Schoettel I am married to my wife Nancy I have three kids Joe, Danny and my hunting buddy Jessica. I have been bear hunting with hounds for about 25 years. I am the current VP of the WBHA and Legislative chairman.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer:

First to get our wolf season back and continue to work with the Governor, Wisconsin State legislators and the DNR and other groups that have a common passion for bear hunting and all hunting in the state of Wisconsin.

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 want to keep working with the states that have Bear Hunting with hounds and help teach those states on how to defeat the anti hunter groups when they come knocking on their door. We will start this this year.

Danielle Dreher

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Question #1: About You

I was born and raised in southeast Wisconsin, and for over 20 years, my family and I have owned plott hounds. As a child, my parents bought a place in northeastern Wisconsin, and we spent summers up there training dogs primarily for bear. In this time, we have also raised coon hounds, coyote hounds and have had beagles for rabbit hunting. It is an understatement to say that dog hunting is a passion of mine, for it means much more to me, and is a significant part of my life. The sport of dog training and hunting is a tradition I would like to see preserved for generations to come.
While hound hunting is the main priority and enjoyment in my life, I keep busy working full time as a Family and Consumer Science teacher for 6th-12th graders, and additionally work two part time jobs; doing payroll for JJ’s Cutting Edge landscaping company, and as a bartender at Honekor Golf Course.
If there is any free time left between training dogs, and working, I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, reading, cooking, gardening, and camping.

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: 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 clearing up misconceptions is one of the major ways to spread awareness of hound hunting. Each year our hunting crew has taken friends as well as interested people from our home communities along on hunts, as well as training game wardens, and "Make a Wish" children. By allowing these people to participate in hunts, they have seen the true process of training dogs, and using them as tools in a hunt. Additionally, we have written and submitted hunting articles and pictures to local papers.
If people or anti hunters see social media or other vague representations of hound hunting, it is easy for them to judge and engage in verbal "wars" but the reality of the situation is that they don't understand or are not willing to understand at all.
While you cannot change some people's minds, you can still welcome those willing to understanding the sport. It is equally important to be united as hound hunters, or other hunters alike, and defend the sport in a professional manner. Working to minimize hunter arguments, especially on social media, is a first step to standing united in promote of preserving hound hunting. If we can't surpass small disagreements as hunters, it will be hard to stand united against bigger and wealthier organizations.

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:

It is hard to pinpoint what I would do to save the sport of hound hunting, but I know that I would not go down without a fight. Depending on where the disagreement will lead, it may be fundraising, or representation, or working to change legislature, but regardless I would represent what I feel so passionately about. The push to eradicate our sport is growing each year, and as an organization we need to stay strong and united to fight these threats.