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: plotthunter81@gmail.com.

2017 WBHA Candidates

Below you will find your 2017 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.

Rex Nykanen

Question #1: About You

My name is Rex “Bugger” Nykanen. I live in Clayton, WI with my wife Tracy. We have three kids, Cassie 26, Ryanne 8 and Walker 6.
I am running for reelection for the Board of Directors to keep the sport of bear hunting going. I have had hounds and hunted for over forty years and take kids hunting everytime to keep our sport going!

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: I feel I can help raise money for the sport and keep taking our youth hunting to keep them involved.

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 everyone aware of what is going on in our sport. Keep signing up new members. Keep raising money through Town Hall meetings and raffles. Keep the youth involved.

Dave Hainz

Question #1: About You

I live in Chili WI with my wife and two daughters. I have been on the board for a few years now and feel keeping WBHA growing is a top priority. Bear hunting is my passion and favorite way to spend my time.

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: Getting the word out to people about Wisconsin Bear Hunters and educating them about all the things facing hunters and how WBHA is helping.

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 helping WBHA grow is a top priority. I talk to people everyday and encourage everyone who hunts to join WBHA. We are fighting for ALL hunting rights.

Mark Scheunemann

Question #1: About You

I have sat on the BOD for 12+ years, I have been a member since I was 10 years old. With all continuous attempts to stop our hunting heritage I will continue to be fight to keep our 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: 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: Continue being active with the BOD. Continue to promote our sporting heritage. Try to gain new membership

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: What I can.

Stephanie Hanson

Question #1: About You

I live in Amery with my daughter and son. Lehney is a 1st grader and Landon is in 4K. I am a Chiropractic Radioligy Technician and the Office Manager at Amery Chiropractic. I have been on the WBHA board for the last 9 years. In that time, I have become the Landowner Appreciation Drawing chairperson, Photo Contest chairperson and most recently, the WBHA Foundation President which includes Scholarships and the Governor’s Bear Tag. In the past I have also worked at the WBHA traveling booth and coordinated the WBHA kids pizza parties. In my 9 years on the board, I have learned so much about the hard work and dedication it takes to run such an organization. It’s not just going to a couple of board meetings a year and working at the annual convention. In the last few years especially, I’ve witnessed firsthand the work that can get done when we all rally together. The Right To Hunt Act started with a few of us hillbillies in a bar talking to our representative. Adam Jarchow took charge and presented a bill and when it was our turn to act, we filled the capital! Most of us 4 + hours from home in the middle of the day on a Wednesday! I am passionate about keeping the bear hunting tradition around for my kids and future grandkids. I will do what I can to make sure that happens. If it means more parades with representatives, more listening sessions, traveling to meetings and hearings, more Town Hall Fundraisers, I will be there. I have met so many great people during these last 9 years and can’t wait to have the opportunity to meet even more.

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: Tuesday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer: I belive that staying educated and connected are the best tools to productively spend your time. I'm a busy, single mom, but with technology now I am always just a text, email or Facebook Message away to answer or ask a question. I have had Facebook since it came out 13 years ago while I was in college. It is a great tool to stay connected with fellow members, network with those in charge of other groups and a great tool for us (WBHA) to share information with our own members. Communication is a great key to any successful 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: My first thought was FUNDRAISING. And not just our raffles and auction at the annual convention, but at our town hall meetings as well. But really, if we don't have a membership that is educated about their own organization and promoting themselves, the money isn't going to do much good. We need strength in numbers. We as members need to be recruiting new members and educating them why our organization is worth being apart of. Especially at a time when our country needs to pull together as a whole, so does our organization in order to continue the progress we've worked so hard for. We also need to stay connected with other organizations. We'll NEVER have enough money to fight "the fight" on our doorstop ourselves, but with friends like the USSA and other organizations, we can win and we will win. We've seen it with Maine and Michigan. Organization's have to pull together for the better of all. And this starts with a strong WBHA with strong leadership which I look forward to providing! I will also continue to do whatever I can to get representative's into the legislature so we can get done the things we are working towards. Again, parade walking with candidats, attending hearings and promoting the people in which we know will be helpful to our organization in Madison as well as in our neighborhoods. This is how our organization will continue to be successful.

Jeff Schultz

Question #1: About You

Hi, my name is Jeff Schultz and I am running WBHA board of directors position. I am happily married with 4 wonderful daughters. I was born and raised in the Adams-Friendship are where I still reside and work as an insurance agent. I have had the pleasure of hunting with dogs since I was old enough to hunt and want my children to have the same opportunity.

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: Friday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer: I am willing and prepared to attend any meeting or event where our word needs to be heard to protect our rights and our sport. I am also prepared to share some ides and help with any fund raising we can do to help fight against the endless dollars of the groups trying to stop us from exercising our rights to hunt.

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 first step to saving our sport is to get the wolves de-listed and keep them that way. After that the keys to continue doing what we love is to have a constant "boots on the ground" approach to fighting the HSUS and making the general public better educated about how our sport really works, instead of what others tell them.

John F Trochinski

Question #1: About You

I am 63 years old and was a police office in Berlin for 28 years. I have been retired for over 15 years. I am married to my lovely wife Renee who is truly an outdoors wife. I have been bear hunting for over 45 years. My entire family has been raised around the sport of bear hunting and our bear camp is basically a family get together. I have been a member of the WBHA Board of Directors for several years and for 2 years I served as the chairman of the Finance Committee and as the Principal Director. In the past 45 years I have seen many changes to our sport and mostly for the good, thanks to the WBHA. In recent years the fight for the right to keep our sport alive has become more difficult and even more costly. Without the support of the members of the WBHA this fight would be harder and harder. I am running for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. This would be the perfect opportunity for our family to work in an effort to keep the WBHA a strong and solvent organization in an effort to keep the fight alive to preserve out sport for generations to come.

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: I think that I have the knowledge and experience in the sport of bear hunting to promote and expand the membership of the WBHA. Without numbers we are nothing.

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 power from any organization comes from numbers. I will do my best to educate and recruit non-members to join our fight to preserve our sport

Mike Sogge

Question #1: About You

I have Been involved in hounding for nearly 20 years. This sport brings me a joy that no other activity is able to. With that said, I feel the obligation to not only preserve the freedoms we currently have, but fight to continue to share our heritage for future generations to come. The WBHA has had many successes recently, however, much more is left to do. As anyone whom has heard me speak in public groups I preach the hounding is “pay to play”. This is not only a reference to financial responsibility, but a moral obligation to promote our sport And ensure we are able to continue for many years to come.

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 believe I can be a positive steward to promote, educate and defend this sport we enjoy.

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:

Each member has an obligation to promote a positive image the public can embrace. I will continue to help educate our members on maintaining a positive image as individuals and as a group to a public whom may not understand what it is we do. Dedication to this organization and being the boots on the ground will combat fat bank rolls from groups and individuals who oppose what it is we do.

Eric Tuckner

Question #1: About You

My name is Eric Tuckner. My wife, Abby, and I live in New Richmond, WI with our two daughters, Cheyenne – 7 and Kaycie – 18 months. I am running for re-election for the Board of Directors to do what I can to preserve the sport of bear hunting in our state for years to come. I have hunted over baits and hunted with hounds for years and can’t imagine what life would be like without bear hunting. Bear hunting is a family sport, not only for the four of us and our three hounds, but for all of your families as well.

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: I will continue to raise awareness of our sport through town hall meetings, youth day events, and staying involved with our legislators. I believe it is extremely important to pass our heritage and way of life to our youth.

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 feel the WBHA can raise more awareness about our sport and all of hunting, as well as, continue to recruit new members and renew old members. We also need to stay involved with law makers to save our sport. I was one of the original five people that met with Adam Jarchow on the hunter harassment bill. I also was quite involved with campaigning for Rob Stafsholt last spring, summer, and fall in hopes of sending one of our own to Madison, which we accomplished. I invite others to join me in volunteering, donating, and supporting our friends in Madison, so they can stop the anti-hunters that we are fighting every day.

Lucas Withrow

Question #1: About You

I’ve been involved with the WBHA for several years and have really enjoyed defending and honoring our hunting heritages. I’ve been a hound hunter my entire life, starting with coon hunting and coyote hunting, then about 14yrs ago bear hunting. I like many others, have immersed myself into bear hunting with Hounds and will always do whatever is necessary, within my personal powere, to help keep it legal, expand wisconsin hunting activities and rights for future hunters to enjoy.

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: Stand firm and speak firm to defend our right as hunters and Houndsmen. Stay informed and tenacious in the activities of the wbha

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 commit to spending time and money to ensure I do whatever I can to fight HSUS however and wherever possible.

Jacob Trochinski

Question #1: About You

My name is Jacob Trochinski I live in Berlin, Wi. with my fiancé Allison. I am 36 years old, I graduated from Berlin High School. I joined the Marine Corp after high school. I am currently a heavy equipment operator. I am a lifetime member of the WBHA. My brother and I own a cabin near Phillips Wi. where I have been bear hunting since before I can remember. I enjoy hunting and fishing all year round. I have years of experience bear hunting and know what this sport means to me, my family and to all of us in the WBHA and want to do my part to keep this sport alive for years to come.

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: As with any fight against the Anti hunters our strength is in the number of members that we fight with and the dollars that we raise to fight with. I would do my part to try to gain members and do what I can do at the annual convention to raise the funds that we need to keep this organization alive and fighting for our sport as well as the other organizations that we help with the funds that are raised.

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 educate people on what our organization does for all hunters and our organization. I would help out and do my part during the annual convention to make it successful and raise the funds that are desperately needed to continue to fight for our sport.