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.

2018 WBHA Candidates

Below you will find your 2018 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.

Aprille Ciriacks

Question #1: About You

I am 25 years old and have been bear hunting my whole life, it’s just something that I was born into. But to me, Bear hunting goes much further than the kill. It’s the time I get to spend with my family, the shared stories, the laughs, the dogs, training, headaches, the early mornings, the cookouts, etc…the list goes on. My family takes a lot of pride into our work, which not a lot of people understand.

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: 1. We need to keep teaching the younger generations in a positive way. 2. We need to utilize all resources, including Social Media. I know there has been talk about "Anti-Hunters" trolling, but we can not be afraid of that. We need to advertise that the WBHA and the sport of hunting is much more than that. We need to advertise our "Highway Clean-Ups", our Scholarship program, and the fun in the sport. I know most people enjoy hunting with friends and family-that's what we need express. 3. I feel we need to start getting a younger generation on the WBHA Board. Hunting is a lot different now, even in the last 10 years, things have changed dramatically and I think it is important we stay up to date. 4. We need to dig into where the donations and money is actually going. I am a member, but not really 100% what I actually get from being a member or the reason why I am a member. I feel that we should have a break down per year of where the money is being spent.

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: We need to Advertise and Market the WBHA to the public and convince people of why they need to be members in order to save our sport. We need to get the attention of the next generation, and social media is exactly where we can do that. We can not be afraid of anti's, they are going to be there, no matter what.

Christian Scheunemann

Question #1: About You

I’m 20 years old, been around hound hunting or doing it personally with my dad, grandpa, and family friends since I was 3 years old. I’ve been going to meetings with Dad since I was 14 and always go to the conventions. I’m currently in school for construction management, but in my free time I like to spend time with family and friends, or my hounds. I’ve been a board member for a few years now, I’d like to continue helping the organization grow and keep fighting for our rights as bear hunters!

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 could use more of my free time to go to the capitol and testify for different hunting related bills, and donate other time and money to the bear hunters and other pro hunting 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: I could provide first hand hunting knowledge and experiences, good or bad, to help fight HSUS and their anti hunting efforts

Jim Hanson

Question #1: About You

I have been bear hunting since it started in the 60’s. I have been on the board numerous times and have done my best to preserve the bear hunting heritage. I am currently on the fur bearer committee and membership committee. Most of you see me when you come renew your membership.

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: Tuesday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer: Continue to promote the WBHA, attend meetings of both the WBHA, Fur Bearer Committee, and stay active running my hounds and bear hunting.

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 continue to promote our organization and inform and educate those that do not understand the importance of the WBHA.

Lyndsey Mutz

Question #1: About You

I am 29 years old and married to my husband Steve for 7 years. Bear hunting has been a family tradition my whole life, one that I hope to pass on to my family in the future. I have enjoyed being part of the Board of Directors for the past 3 years. During my duration thus far it has contained becoming the Facebook chairman and committee member of the Annual Raffle. I have meet a lot of new members from my region as well as being more aware of everything the WBHA has to offer. If re-elected, I look forward to working hard to make sure bear hunting is kept 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: Saturday

Question #3

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

Candidate Answer: Educate our youth and others on our rights as hunters and Americans. Continue with the WBHA by being on the BOD. Informing others on what the WBHA is doing to keep the sport alive.

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 plan on doing anything I can to let people know what the WBHA is doing for all hunters. I am willing to keep the Facebook Group informative for our members and to stick within the criteria that is compliant for all. I'm always willing to lend a helping hand as much as possible.

Marty Kamrowski

Question #1: About You

I have been bear hunting for 30 years. I previously served on the bod. I have served as vice president, and president of my hometown trap club, and sportsmen club. I am a former hunter education instructor. I am married to my wonderful wife Jacci. I enjoy reading, hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities.

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:

In order to achieve an organizations goals requires teamwork. Some of my strengths include critical thinking, good decision making, communication, both oral, and written. Working as part of a team, research, and thinking outside the box.

Another area that I feel that I can contribute towards achieving goals is through P R, and branding. Through positive public relations, we can connect with the non bear hunting community. We can put our organization in a positive light, and hopefully gain members, and change neutral attitudes towards the WBHA into positive ones.
The number one goal has to be keeping the sport of bear hunting with hounds legal.
We do s great job with the legislature, and lobbying, but there is more that we can do. I think that we need to try and win in the court of public opinion. We are constantly being trashed by antis on social media. We need to promote the positive things we do as an organization. P R, and branding can help that.

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 that this needs to be broken down into two separate answers, reactive and proactive.
Reactive: Action is dependent on how the antis choose to attack our sport. Will it be a social media campaign? Maybe it will be trying to shut down the National Forests, or county forests. It might be through legislation, or some other strategy. I think that we can have some contingency plans in place that can be tweaked once we know the path that the antis are pursuing against us.

Proactive : I think that we need to try and win in the court of public opinion. We need to work to promote bear hunting and the WBHA. As elected officials come and go, we may find a time when we do not have many friends in Madison. If legislation is proposed, and the phone calls, or emails are 500 against bear hunting for every 1 call or email for bear hunting, we will lose. We need to put our sport in a positive light, and get the support of the neutral non hunting community behind us. It will not be easy, but we can make progress. There are a number of things that can be done, but are more detailed than space allows now.

Other things that I can do is help campaigns of our friends, attend meetings in Madison. Also continue to try and promote, bear hunting and the WBHA.

Kelly Jochimsen

Question #1: About You

I live in northern Taylor county, with the national forest all around me. It’s great, peaceful, and could not think of a better place to raise my son and hounds. Being a houndsman and teaching individuals the lifestyle and the awareness of bear hunting are topics I enjoy doing.

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 Will put in the time and effort to help the wbha, I feel very strongly about getting youth involved and bringing awareness. Also, I am willing to push and stand up for the right of the fellow 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 love my sport, hounds, and the time I spend with my family and friends. I would go at any converstion, argument, with cold hard facts. There is no fear or lack of passion that would come from me on standing up for something i love amd enjoy.

Carl Schoettel

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 President 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 have made a lot of progress here.

Gerald Honeyager

Question #1: About You

Hello again! I spent 20+ years on the board but decided 3 years ago to take a break but I missed being a part of a great organization. I reside in Waukesha but bear hunt in the Tripoli area. I believe I would do a great job representing all bear hunters in helping to keep the sport open for generations to come. Please take the time to vote at the annual meeting and show your support of the board of directors. Thank You! Gerald Honeyager

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: Help raise money to elect officials that will promote the hunting rights of everyone. Promote the sport to other sporting organizations. Donate my time to raise awareness of hunting.

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: Help raise money to elect officials that will keep all hunting legal and available to current and future generations.

Andy Schmeckel

Question #1: About You

I’ve been a bear hunter for 45 yrs and a member of WBHA for 15 serving on the BOD the last 3 yrs I retired 2 yrs ago and have time to dedicate to our organization

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:

Promote the involvement of our youth to retain them as future members and leaders

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:

Work to educate the public about the true value of hunting and to unite other sporting groups

Jim Hamilton

Question #1: About You

I am a lifetime member of the WBHA and have been a board member for over six years. I am currently the annual raffle chairman and am dedicated to preserving bear hunting in Wisconsin.

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: continue to attend meetings and make decisions that benefit the WBHA. Continue to educate about what it is we do as an organization to preserve all hunting opportunities in 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: Continue to raise money to help be better prepared when the attack comes to our door. Make allies with organizations that will help when the fight comes. And continue to get more kids involved in bear hunting because the fight will always be there and if we don't continue to get kids involved nobody will be there in the future to keep fighting the anti's

Scott Krenz

Question #1: About You

I have previously served on the BOD for nine years and have been bear hunting for about 30 years. I am married to my wife Kari and together we have three children. In the past 25 years I have been actively involved with the DNR through mentorship programs, game wardon training programs and several different handicapped hunts. Hunting is a big part of my life; in addition to hunting in Wisconsin, I also bear hunt in Maine and have mountain lion hunted in Wyoming and Colorado several years.

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: Listen to the BOD to get caught up on what's new with the organization and help in coming up with new ideas to raise money, continue to get younger generations involved and anything else to keep trying 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: While hunting in Maine, I witnessed the Guides Association of Maine defeat the Bill the first time around. The State of Maine had very little money to fight this Bill; after hunting each night we saw the commercials that were supported by the HSUS on television and I felt nothing but disgust. The WBHA has alot more members and I feel that we're a lot more organized and if we are smart about how we go about this, we can continue to fight this battle and win.

Ammber King

Question #1: About You

I grew up in a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin. I come from a large family that is heavily involved in outdoor activities, and I have been hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember. I have been an active member of the WBHA for several years, and am an avid bear hunter. I have worked in Veterinary Medicine and wildlife rehab for nearly 20 years, and am a current Certified Veterinary Technician and Practice Owner at Tillie Lake Veterinary Clinic in Jackson, WI. I am also the President of the Croatian Lodge 993, and I currently reside in Southeastern WI with my husband.

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 believe that educating the general public on the benefits of hunting is greatly beneficial to the preservation of our sport, especially for the hound hunters. Unfortunately, there sometimes seems to be a stigma against hunters in general, let alone those that hunt with hounds. As a Veterinary Professional, I believe I can offer a unique perspective on the ethics of hunting, as well as the rights of the hunter vs. the rights of the animals, both hounds and prey.

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: As someone that wants to preserve the rights of hunters for generations to come, I would be willing to do whatever it takes to represent the WBHA in promoting those rights. This includes educating the public, working with lawmakers and legislators as well as the DNR, and being a voice for our organization.

Brad Luther

Question #1: About You

I have been hunting with hounds for 16 years. I’m interested in becoming a board member to help preserve the right to hunt with hounds.

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: 1. Attend board meetings 2. Continue promoting the values of the WBHA 3. Become more involved with preserving the right to hunt with hounds

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: Help raise money at the WBHA convention and it's other fundraisers