LATEST NEWS | Update from Dave MacFarland, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist

July 24th, 2015

Hello Wisconsin Bear Hunters,

It is hard to believe, but bear season is less than 2 months away. The training season is up and running, I’m hearing good reports from the field. I thought I’d take this time to update you on two important issues.

First, the state budget included a couple important changes for the bear program – elimination of the Class B license and an increase in the application fee for Class A licenses. The following guidance on these issues was prepared in cooperation with our Law Enforcement and Customer Services colleagues:

Class B bear license eliminated
A Class B bear license is no longer required to bait bears, train dogs to track bear, act as a back-up shooter, or assist hunters with pursuing bears provided that a person does not shoot, shoot at, capture, take, or kill the bear (unless acting as a back-up shooter). Any individual may now participate in bear hunting and training activities without a Class B bear license any time those activities are permitted and in compliance with applicable regulations. Feeding bears for non-hunting purposes, such as recreational viewing, remains illegal.

  • All Class B bear license products have been removed from ALIS and online license sales site.
  • Refunds? The Class B bear license was required for part of the baiting and bear dog training season and those who purchased that license had an opportunity to use it. Therefore, there will be no refunds on Class B bear licenses purchased for the 2015 bear season.
  • The 2015 Bear Hunting Regulations are already printed and those cannot be changed. The online regulations will be updated soon.
  • Wildlife is working to update the Wisconsin Bear Baiting and Feeding Regulations publication.

Class A bear license application fee increased
The Class A bear license fee increased $1.50 and is now $4.50.

Electronic Registration

I’d also like to update you on registration procedures for the 2015 season. As you know, bears are included in the Department’s transition to electronic registration. We have been working to implement the registration and sample submission changes we discussed at our last bear committee meeting in December. Our Wildlife Policy Team has approved a final plan for registration and sample submission which includes the following elements:

  • Bears will be registered electronically by phone or computer, all data collected previously will continue to be collected including the Game Management Unit (former DMU’s) of harvest.
  • Business who are willing to provide electronic registration services to hunters may voluntarily do so, those businesses will be listed on the DNR website: http://prodoasext.dnr.wi.gov/inter1/pk_cwd_regpub$.startup
    This list is just now being pulled together, we hope to have more stations listed before the season opens.
  • Successful hunters are required to provide a tooth to the Department. Teeth will no longer be collected at registration stations, all hunters will be required to submit their sample by mail. Hunters will receive a pre-paid business reply mailer with detailed registration and submission instructions in mid-August. They can use this to submit their sample free of charge. In addition, information on where to mail samples will be provided on our website and at the time of registration.
  • To aid hunters in the registration and sample submission process, we are developing a new bear registration website. This site will be easily accessible by searching keyword “bear registration” on the DNR main page. It will include a link to the electronic registration system and detailed instructions on how to register a bear and collect and submit samples. Our plan is to have this site active by mid-August.

While there have been some changes over the last few months, I’m confident we will continue to provide a high quality bear hunting experience and that our hunters will continue to supply us with the data we need to effectively manage the population. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on these or any other issues.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer,

David M. MacFarland
Large Carnivore Specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

LATEST NEWS | Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Classic Looking for 2 Youth Bear Tags

July 13th, 2015

About 10 years ago the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Classic was founded by Gregg Walker of the Lakeland Times. The event is a youth deer hunting banquet/mentored hunt that now has approximately 200 youth deer hunters in attendance each year.

The board would like to extend the opportunities to include bear hunting and is looking for two bear tags that recipients may be willing to transfer to a couple of youth in the Minocqua area. They would like to start out small the first year with two youth if possible, and then expand from there if successful.

If anybody is willing to transfer a license to the cause, please contact Dave Walz at 715.525.1393.

WBHA Donates to the Main Wildlife Conservation Council

June 19th, 2015

In a letter from the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, Campaign Director James Cote thanked the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association for their $5000 contribution. Mr. Cote expressed thanks to the members of the WBHA for their continued support of the sportsmen in Maine.

View the letter here: Maine Wildlife Conservation Council Letter

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp: 2014 Gun Deer Season—The rules have changed, but the tradition remains!

October 14th, 2014

NOTE: To all of our members that deer hunt, here is a reminder of changes to the upcoming deer season from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. You can download a PDF of the 2014 Wisconsin Bonus Antlerless Deer Permit Information for new deer zone details.

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp

You talked, and we listened. Our goal in the months leading up to deer season was to bring hunters and landowners to the table, and we’ve done just that. As a result of these collaborative efforts, the rules have changed as we work to improve the experience for everyone who takes part in Wisconsin’s great hunting tradition!

With these changes, we hope to continue to grow our relationships with Wisconsin’s hunters and landowners. Below, you’ll find a few examples of how changes to deer management in Wisconsin reinforce our commitment to deer management and reflect the desire to get each of you involved.

  • County Deer Advisory Committees: To give each hunter a chance to participate in the management of Wisconsin’s deer herd, we created committees on a county-by-county basis to create plans for deer management based on your feedback. We think this change will provide a better opportunity for our hunters to play a larger role in key decisions made throughout the state. We’re through the first round of meetings and we’ve already heard some great feedback.
  • Deer Management Assistance Program: DMAP is a great tool that provides landowners with the resources they need to improve both their land and local deer herd through a great partnership with our forestry and wildlife staff.
    Simplified Deer Management Units: The old DMU system is out, and new this year is a county-based system. See the new map in the regulations booklet or on our website dnr.wi.gov keyword “deer.”
  • First Time Hunters: We want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors and the excitement of the hunt. This year, first time hunters can purchase a license for just five dollars. First time hunters should also check out the first deer certificate; a great way to commemorate a hunter’s first successful hunt, complete with picture and details of the outing. Search “first deer” on the DNR website.
  • Public Access Lands Atlas: The PAL Atlas is a great way to find public hunting land around the state. At the PAL Atlas website, you can either download the full version or individual maps for free!

With new changes come new opportunities. I look forward to continuing our partnerships with Wisconsin’s hunters and landowners, ensuring a great experience for all.

 

2014

March 30th, 2014


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Convention Winners have been announced. Click to download 2014 Annual Raffle Poster Winners or view the list below.

50th Annual WBHA Convention

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place March 28-29, 2014 at the Patriot Center in Rothschild, WI
“It’s going to be a whole new experience!”

Important Information

2014 WBHA Convention Raffle

Click to view the 2014 Annual Raffle!

The Patriot Center

10101 Market St.
Rothschild, WI 54474

Fri, March 28, 2014 – Sat. March 29, 2014
Registration opens at 12:00PM

Lodging:

The six hotels within walking distance of The Patriot Center easily meet the rooming needs of our visitors. Free and convenient shuttle service is offered between the hotels and The Patriot Center year round. For your convenience The Patriot Center website: www.thepatriotwausau.com has each hotel’s website link. You are just one click away for information pertaining to the hotel of interest—including booking a room.

Hotels
Candlewood Suites – 715-355-8900
Econolodge (formerly Comfort Inn) – 715-355-4449
Holiday Inn & Suites – 715-355-1111
Motel 6 (formerly Rodeway Inn) – 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 hotels directly or using an online search engine such as Priceline.com, Expedia.com, Cheaphotels.com, Travelocity.com, and etc.

Vendor Information:

Dan Treml – 715-762-3087
Email: treml@centurytel.net
Dave Staedtmueller – 920-748-6297

Annual Convention Photo Contest Info:

Amy Visger – 715-558-1595
Email: amyvisger@yahoo.com

Annual Raffle Ticket Inquiries:

WBHA 715-635-9459
Email: wbha.secretary@gmail.com

Donate Items for Membership Raffle or Door Prizes:

Earl Vanderveren 920-737-4765
Dave Klum 608-582-2290

Donate Pups or Other Items to SOS Auction:

Carl Schoettel 414-531-2296
Kendall Durham 715-416-1558
Mark Scheunemann (puppies) 715-897-1417

WBHA Foundation, Governor Raffle or Scholarship Info:

Amy Visger
715-558-1595
Email: amyvisger@yahoo.com

Annual Convention Membership Raffle Info:

WBHA – 715-635-9459
Email: wbha.secretary@gmail.com

We are seeking gun bids for the 2014 Annual Convention. All interested parties can obtain the listed gun bid criteria sheet by either calling or emailing. Parties interested do not have to be WBHA members to request or submit a bid. Closed bids should be received by January 1, 2013

50th Anniversary Special

Come join us at the 2014 WBHA Annual Convention to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our great association. We will be hosting various special deals to commemorate our special event including a 50th Anniversary gun raffle.

WBHA 50th Anniversary Membership Special

WBHA will be offering a special 2 year membership. Buy year 1 for regular price and get year 2 for $15.00. This special only applies to individual adult and family memberships during the 2014 Annual Convention.

Note: If you renewed your membership prior to the 2014 Annual Convention—you may also extend your membership for this great price if you are present at the convention. (This offer does not apply to members signing up or renewing other members that are not at- tending the 2014 Annual Convention.)

50th Anniversary Rifle

50th Anniversary Riffle

Raffle $20/Ticket
All proceeds go to defending the right to hunt bear in Maine.
Raffle Drawing at 2:15 pm

Attention all hunting groups…

Our member raffle committee (Earl Vanderveren& Dave Klum) and our SOS auction committee (Jerry Honeyager, & Carl Schoettel ) are seeking financial donations for the 2014 annual convention raffle and auction.
As you know the cost of everything is going up and this includes items for the auction and raffles. If your hunting group is able to make a donation to the auction and raffle fund, or if you have an item to donate, it would be greatly appreciated if you would contact these committees prior to the Annual Convention.

Member Raffle Committee Contacts:
Earl Vanderveren (920)737-4765, Dave Klum (608)582-2290
SOS Auction Committee Contacts: Jerry Honeyager (262)470-1766, Carl Schoettel (414)531-2296 , Mark Scheunemann (puppies)

2014 Annual Raffle

2014 Polaris Sportsman 850 XP


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Drawing is being held Saturday,
March 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.,
The Patriot Center, 10101 Market St.,
Rothschild, WI 54474

All proceeds will go for protecting hunting privileges.

Winner need not be present. Ticket purchases are NOT tax-deductible. All State and Federal Regulations apply. Winners are obligated to pay all taxes and fees associated with prizes.
License # R0011342A-13061

Prizes may be listed in random order

  • Grand Prize— $10,000 cash Steve Bornheimer—Roisesburg,OR
  • Ruger GP 100 6” Blued Barrel, .357 MAG Ervin Van Camp Jr—Appleton, WI
  • Browning A-bolt Composite Stalker 30-06 Kath Vacha—Antigo, WI
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 45 acp Trevor Klatt—Clear Lake, WI
  • Savage II Trophy Hunter XP w/scope 7mm Matt Pingol—Antigo, WI
  • Old Town 14.5’ Saranac Canoe Tom Mertens—Eau Claire, WI
  • Browning BPS Hunger 20 ga Steve Cerveny—Shawano, WI
  • Springfield XD 40 ca Gary Stahl—Suamico, WI
  • Carbon Express CX1 Convert Crossbow Kit Nadalie Place—Beldenville, WI
  • Benelli Nova Camo 12 ga Dean Paegelow—Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • Remington 700 ADL Camo w/scope .270 Dick Esselman—Loyal, WI
  • Remington 887 Nitro Mag Camo 12 ga Moonlighting—West Bend, WI
  • Rossi Rio Grande Lever Action .410 Suzy Cannefax—Cushing, WI
  • Stoeger Double Defense side by side Tactical 12 ga Pat Dantoin—Casco, WI
  • Mossberg 500 Tactical Lite 12 ga Jonah Place—Ellsworth, WI
  • TC Venture 308 Win Scott Kuehni—Boyd, WI
  • Henry Golden Boy .22LR Charles Bricko—Aniwa, WI
  • Bear Home Wrecker Bow Pkg Dan Carlson—Amery, WI
  • Wicked Ridge Invader Crossbow Pkg Dale Krause—Edgar, WI
  • 2 Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Max Trail Cams Bruce Peters—Lakin, KS
  • Pescador 10’ Angler sit on Kayak Michelle Redmond—Ray, ND
  • Sound 12.5’ Sit in Kayak Dave Richardson—Milladore, WI
  • Lowrance Elite 5 DSI fishing locator and GPS unit Thomas Poetz—Milwaukee, WI
  • TC Triumph Black Powder Chuck Raykovich—Bloomer, WI
  • Nikon Optics Pkg Scott Brandt—Bevent, WI
  • Cuddeback Trail Cam Pkg Gordy Foust—Oshkosh, WI
  • Smoker / Fryer Pkg Keith Holnbach—Rudolph, WI
  • GSG 525 Tactical .22LR Leah Carr—Pittsville, WI
  • Stack-On Electric Fire Resistant Pistol / Ammo Safe Lynn Sires—Houston, MN
  • Grill Pkg Deanna Senzig—Lyndon Station, WI
  • Camping Pkg Seth Bricko—Bryant, WI
  • Luepold Optics Pkg Shelley Weiler—Milladore, WI
  • Diamond by Bowtech Core Infinity Bow Pkg Chad Schnell—Iron River, WI
  • Duck Hunt Pkg Justin Plowman—Adair, IA
  • Shooters Pkg Gene Fry—Janesville, WI
  • Meat Processing Pkg Gary Wartgow—Butternut, WI
  • St. Croix Musky Rod, Abu Garcia Revo Toro Reel 280 Adam Liegl—Spooner, WI
  • Savage II Hunter XP w/scope .243 Kory Kuerschner—Watertown, WI
  • Luepold BX-3 Mojave Binoculars Heather Winningham—Gordon, WI
  • 2 Person Fishing Pkg Lisa Williamson—Mauston, WI
  • Mossberg 500 Slugger Camo 12 ga Josh Liebzeit—Pembine, WI
  • Ruger American 30-06 Ron Miller—Menomonie, WI
  • Sig Sauer 1911-22 .22LR Michal Ellwanger—Glen Flora, WI
  • Huntington Rebel 440 4 burner Gas Grill Lorna Fischer—Tomahawk, WI
  • Yeti Tundra 65 14 gal cooler Ted Gorgan—Rubicon, WI
  • Nikon Pro Staff 3-9×40 Scope and Prostaff 7 Binoculars Pete Ostrowski—Milan, WI
  • Blind & Stand Pkg Dan Dreher—Cambria, WI
  • Sport Dog Upland G3 electronic training collar Jesse Jones—Holcombe, WI
  • Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS Bundle Lyle Beistle—Brownsville, WI
  • GoPro HERO3 Silver Action cam Casey Pszanka—Sobieski, WI

WBHA S.O.S. Auction Items

It is mandatory that all live puppies/dogs purchased during the SOS Auction are to be picked up no later than 8:30am on Sunday morning of the Annual Convention.All Auction Sales are Final & all items are subject to change.

1 Icom V8 Handheld Camp Believe It Or Not
2 Auto Reset Pistol Target, Any Caliber WBHA
3 5 Person Tent and Sleeping Bag WBHA
4 20 Bird Hunt – Woods and Meadows – Warrens, WI Bluffview Bear Hunters
5 Wildlife Quilt / Home Decor Package Clara Honeyager
6 Mobile Work Station / Tools / Jacket / Bear Bait Certificate Jerry Honeyager / Tony Mindeola
7 Plott Pup – Male – 4 Weeks Old – Double Harley Bred John Carter
8 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
9 Male Walker/Bluetick – 7 Weeks Dwight Olsen
10 Male Blk Tan/Walker Cross – DOB 10-13 Shawn Knudson
11 Plott White Deer Pup Certificate – Buyer is responsible for transport from Mississippi Robin Nolan
12 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
13 Baiting in a Bear Print D Mitchel Interiors
14 Lady’s Package Loopy Bear Hunters
15 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
16 Hunting Package – Knife and Moultrie Trail Cam WBHA
17 Painted Feather Artwork Jamie Thomack / Dan Terotti, Wildlife Artist
18 Plott Certificate Eric Minor
19 Male Bluetick/Walker – 8 Weeks Cedar Rapids Houndsmen
20 Plott Certificate Trentyn Wanta
21 Male Walker/Bluetick – 7 Weeks Dwight Olsen
22 2 Steel Bear Signs Lucas Withrow
23 36″ Fire Ring Lucas Withrow
24 Yaesu FT 270 R Harvey Kline Telementry
25 3 – $100.00 Certificates (Barrel) Bob’s Bear Bait
26 Summer 6 Dog Box Jim Wanta
27 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
28 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
29 WBHA 50th Anniversary Bench Steve Schuller
30 Lithium Ion Coon Light and Bump Cap Moose River Bear Hunters
31 St Croix Spinning Rod St Croix
32 Larry Lewis Fishing Charter – 4 People, 5 Hours Wannabee Field Trialers / Swamp Creek Bear Hunters
33 Queen Size Bear Scene Quilt Keith and Betty Durham
34a Sunrise Dog Food – 1000 Pound Certificate Tony Lumber / WBHA / Mike Verdegan
34b Sunrise Dog Food – 1000 Pound Certificate Tony Lumber / WBHA / Mike Verdegan
35 Female Plott/Walker – 6 Months Corey Brunnell
36 Male Walker/Blutick – 1 Year Old – 3/11/13 Dwight Olsen
37 Male Walker/Bluetick – 7 Weeks Dwight Olsen
38 Booze Basket Jerry Honeyager / Mary Cesar / Rudy Gawlitta
39 Wern Valley 10 Pheasant Hunt Wern Valley
40 Browning Safe SP33 40 Gun E-lock WBHA
41 2 Night Stay for 4 at Sunset Pines Rock Creek Disabled Outdoors
42 Bears with Cubs Print Bob and Jeanne Welch
43 Female Walker Pup – 5-6 Months Old – UKC Registered w/Pedigree Tim Reichling
44 Plott Certificate Logan Nystrom
45 2 Grade Walker Female – 8 Weeks Dale Cole
46 6 Day Maine Bear Hunt – Fall 2014 – $2200 Value – (Can bring your own hounds, includes lodging and transportation to/from hunting area) Stony Brook Outfitters
47 Phlueger Tournament Rod and Reel WBHA
48 Compound Bow and Target (JR Auction) WBHA
49 Joe Vick Print – OL’ Buddies WBHA
50 Joe Vick Print – The Last Stand WBHA
51 Elk Antler Lamp w/Bear William Carpenter
52 20 Bags Hubbard Dog Food General Farm Supply
53 Bear Theme Blanket Andy Schmeckel
54 English/Plott – DOB Oct 2013 DJ Frahm
55 Plott Certificate Cason Smith
56 Walker/Plott Pup Certificate – Double Waeltz Bred Mike Petrie
57 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
58 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
59 Bear Wildlife Blanket – 58″x61″ Mike and Rhonda Gappa
60 Moose Antler Folk Art Jamie Thomack / Dan Terotti, Wildlife Artist
61 WBHA Steel Sign Kickapoo Valley Hunters
62 Turkey Blind & Accessories / Turkey Package Jerry Honeyager / Brian, Eli, and Henry Faust
63 Jewelry Package and Box Mark and Carroll Scheunemann
64 Snap On Tools Bucket Cooler / 12 Pack Cooler / Knife Set / Bear Bait Certificate Jerry Honeyager / Tony Mindeola / Bob’s Bear Bait
65 3 Hidden Bears Print Toni Christian
66 Picture and Plate Joe and Lori Potter
67 Embroidered 50th Anniversary Quilt Ted and Dawn Thums
68 Female Walker/Blutick – 7 Weeks Old Dwight Olsen
69 Male Walker Pup – DOB July 1 Ray and Corey Hermanson
70 Plott Walker Cross Gary Wartgow / Randy Susa
71 Female Walker Pup – 5-6 Months Old – UKC Registered w/ Pedigree Tim Reichling
72 Female Plott – 12 Weeks Old Joe Hudson
73 Knife In A Sheeth (JR Auction) Raven Bows and Knives
74 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER
75 TO BE ANNOUNCED BY AUCTIONEER

Annual Convention Photo Contest

We will again be having a photo contest during the Annual Convention.

WBHA members will be allowed to enter a maximum of 2 photos. All photos must be on display by 10:00 am Saturday. Voting of photos will take place between 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Saturday.

Photos will be displayed for members to view and vote on their favorite photo. The photos with the most votes will be featured on the cover of the 2014 WBHA Yearbook. Places 2nd-5th photos will be featured on the covers of Bear Tracks.

Please use this form to enter your photos: 2014 Convention Photo Contest Form

For more information on how to enter your photo, contact Amy Visger (715) 558-1595 email amyvisger@yahoo.com

Convention Schedule

FRIDAY

  • 8am—Doors open for Vendor set up
  • 12pm – 6pm Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing, Membership Raffle, and Annual Raffle
  • 12pm — 6pm Vendor Area
  • 7pm – Friday Night Banquet
    (Holiday Inn adjoining the Patriot Center), (includes raffles, door prizes, meet your WBHA BOD candidates, (Speaker to be Announced)
  • 8pm – 12am DJ Dance

SATURDAY

  • 9am — 12pm Annual Raffle (purchasing & drop off )
  • 9am — 1:30pm Membership Raffle (purchasing & drop off )
  • 9am — 3pm Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing Sales, Membership Raffle
  • 9am — 5pm VendorArea
  • 10:30am — 4pm Photo Contest

Annual Meeting 11am to 5pm

  • 11am to 12:00pm
    The “State of Bear Hunting, 2013”
    In our first session of this year’s business meeting we will hear from guest speakers who will update us on the current issues our members care about the most.
    Note: Meeting schedule may change without notice at anytime.
  • 12:00pm to 1:15pm
    Awards, Presentations & General Business
    In our second session we will focus on awards and recognitions. This will include Big Bear, Scholarships, Field Trial awards, and Iron Clad tributes. At the end of this session we will also be seeking nominations for positions on the Board of Directors.
  • 2pm Annual Raffle Drawing
  • 1:30pm to 5:00pm
    Auction and Raffles
    The famous WBHA SOS Auction will begin at 1:45 pm. The auction will be interrupted intermittently to draw annual raffle prizes, and membership raffle prizes.

SATURDAY EVENING

  • 9pm – 1am DJ Dance

Annual Convention Special Events

Friday Night Banquet – 7p

The 2014 Annual Convention Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn.& Suites.

Banquet Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 4-12 (Under 4 free) this includes meal, key note speakers, raffles, door prizes and special visitation time.

Banquet will be a “Country Gathering Buffet” featuring:

  • Fresh Garden Green House Salad with Dressing and Croutons
  • Entrees: Seasoned Baked Chicken & Sliced Honey Ham
  • Vegetable Blend, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, & Stuffing Homestyle Rolls with Sweet Cream Butter
  • Beverage of Coffee, Decaf, Tea, or Milk

Governor Bear Tag Raffle Tickets On Sale: $20

“Two for One special”
At the Annual Convention only!

For this raffle, only a total of 500 tickets will be sold!

Membership Promotion

Bring a Friend – Win a Gun

For every new person you bring to the annual convention and sign up as a new member, your name will be entered into a raffle for a gun.

It’s simple folks: times are tough. The economy is hurting our association too. We can’t continue to depend just on our existing members to fund all the important things the WBHA does. WE NEED NEW MEMBERS and we need to boost attendance at the annual meeting. Thank you for your support!

Membership Raffle Info

Over 40 prizes Including 20 guns!

Early Bird Drawing is back! Ticket Packages purchased by March 21st will be automatically entered. Use form on next page or – **Credit Card purchases are also available by calling WBHA Sec / Treas: (715) 635-9459

Pre-purchased ticket packages come pre-labeled with members ID# on each ticket. Ticket package increments include 75 for $100, 25 for $50, & 10 for $25 (Single tickets will be available at the Annual Convention.)

Annual Raffle Info – Please Read

Please note: You must be a WBHA member in order to purchase Annual Raffle tickets.

Pre-purchased raffle ticket packages will be available for pick-up during regular membership hours. All pre-purchased packages must be picked up no later than 10 am on Saturday, March 29th, 2014. All general raffles will close at 1:30 pm.

You must be present for the membership raffle in order to claim prize.

Membership Raffle drawings will be held and announced intermittently during the SOS Auction beginning at 1:45 pm.

Prize winners will have 10 minutes from the time that the winners are announced to claim prize. If you are not able to claim prize within 10 minutes—you will forfeit your prize and an alternate will be awarded the prize.


For information on our previous conventions, choose a year below.

Past Conventions

DNR Hires New Chief Warden

November 11th, 2013

In an email sent today on behalf of DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, it was announced that the DNR has hired a new chief warden.

Good morning, DNR Partners,

I am writing to you today to tell you of a very important hiring decision we just made at the Department of Natural Resources. It gives me great pleasure to tell you the next DNR chief warden is Todd Schaller. This decision was not easy as we had excellent candidates. However, I have great confidence in the abilities and talents Todd possesses to take over this important leadership role for the DNR.

Many of you already know firsthand of Todd’s expertise and record of outstanding service to the DNR. I would like to highlight Todd’s impressive history as a conservation warden. A native of Bangor in the La Crosse area, Todd was raised by his parents to enjoy and to appreciate Wisconsin’s natural resources. He treasured hunting and fishing outings with his family. Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was hired by the DNR in 1989 and spent his first dozen years as a field warden in Racine, Trempealeau and Fond du Lac counties. It was during these years that his people skills and managerial talents became more apparent. He then served 8 years as a team supervisor for the Oshkosh Team. Four years ago, he was promoted to the position he holds today as the chief of the Recreation Enforcement and Education Section.

In the coming weeks, Todd will be working to make his transition into the chief warden position that will become effective December 17. He will be working closely with Chief Warden Randy Stark to make this a seamless transition to the bureau’s staff, to our partners and to the public. Please join me in congratulating Todd. This is a great day for the Bureau of Law Enforcement, the DNR and the state which depends upon the wardens, who truly are the DNR ambassadors in every community.

Lastly, I want to thank representatives from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Wardens, State Capitol Police, Wisconsin ATV Association, Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Bear Hunters and the Hmong American Sportsmen Club for participating in the selection process.

DNR Investigates Possible Wolf Attack In Minnesota

August 28th, 2013

The WBHA has learned of a possible wolf attack that is being investigated by the DNR. The attack took place near the shore of the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in north-central Minnesota.

From the article:

The teenager survived what the DNR called an “extremely rare” attack, but a wolf with a jaw deformity was trapped and killed in the area early Monday, said Tom Provost, regional manager for the DNR’s enforcement division in Grand Rapids. Rabies test results on the animal are expected Tuesday or Wednesday, he told reporters.

For more details, please read the article here.

Catch a Dream

July 15th, 2013

Catch A Dream

Do you have a Zone B Bear Harvest tag?
Do you want to make a dream come true?

Consider donating your Zone B Bear Harvest tag to the Catch A Dream Foundation.

About Catch a Dream

The Catch a Dream Foundation was established to enable children with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to enjoy the the outdoor sports when the Make-a-Wish Foundation made a national policy to preclude the outdoor sports.

For more information or to make your donation,
please contact Dave Walz at 715-525-1393.

2013

June 27th, 2013

2013 WBHA Convention - 49th Annual

49th Annual WBHA Convention

The 2013 Annual Meeting will take place April 5-6, 2013 at The Patriot Center in Rothschild, WI.

“It’s going to be a whole new experience!”

Important Information

Click to download the poster in PDF format.

The Patriot Center

10101 Market St.
Rothschild, WI 54474

Fri, April 5, 2013 – Sat, April 6, 2013
Registration opens at 12:00PM

Lodging:

The six hotels within walking distance of The Patriot Center easily meet the rooming needs of our visitors. Free and convenient shuttle service is offered between the hotels and The Patriot Center year round. For your convenience The Patriot Center website: www.thepatriotwausau.com has each hotel’s website link. You are just one click away for information pertaining to the hotel of interest—including booking a room.

Hotels
Candlewood Suites – 715-355-8900
Econolodge (formerly Comfort Inn) – 715-355-4449
Holiday Inn & Suites – 715-355-1111
Motel 6 (formerly Rodeway Inn) – 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 hotel directly or using an online search engine such as Priceline.com, Expedia.com, Cheap-hotels.com, Travelocity.com, and etc.

Vendor Information:

Dan Treml – 715-762-3087
Email: treml@centurytel.net

Annual Convention Photo Contest Info:

Amy Visger – 715-558-1595
Email: amyvisger@yahoo.com

Raffle Ticket Inquiries:

WBHA 715-635-9459
Email: wbha.secretary@gmail.com

Donate Items for Raffle or Door Prizes:

Earl Vanderveren 920-737-4765
Dave Klum 608-582-2290

Donate Pups or Other Items to SOS Auction:

Carl Schoettel 414-531-2296
Kendall Durham 715-416-1558
Mark Scheunemann 715-897-1417

WBHA Foundation, Governor Raffle or Scholarship Info:

Amy Visger
715-558-1595
Email: amyvisger@yahoo.com

2013 Annual Convention Gun Bid Info:

WBHA – 715-635-9459
Email: wbha.secretary@gmail.com

We are seeking gun bids for the 2013 Annual Convention. All interested parties can obtain the listed gun bid criteria sheet by either calling or emailing. Parties interested do not have to be WBHA members to request or submit a bid. Closed bids should be received by January 1, 2013

2013 Raffle Prize List

Click to see raffle winners!

Click to see raffle winners!

2013 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Quad Cab
Grand Prize Purchased From:
Klein Auto

All guns and prize packages purchased from
gander-mountain

Drawing is being held
Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 12:00 p.m.,
The Patriot Center, 10101 Market St.,
Rothschild, WI 54474

All proceeds will go for protecting hunting privileges.
Winner need not be present.

Ticket purchases are NOT tax-deductible.
All State and Federal Regulations apply.
Winners are obligated to pay all taxes and fees associated with prizes.

License # R0011342A-14261
For more information and / or tickets,
call the WBHA at (715)635-9459 or
e-mail: wbha.secretary@gmail.com

(Prizes listed in random order)

  • Grand Prize: 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 Quad Cab Express (2 yr lease/24,000 miles) or $10,000 cash
  • Liberty Timber Ridge 25 gun vault
  • Honda EU200 Generator
  • Shadow Hunter Blind 4 x 6
  • Remington 700 BDL .270
  • Browning X-Bolt Hunter 30/06
  • Browning X-Bolt Hunter .270
  • Remington 700 SPS Syn/SS .300 wsm
  • Old Town Saranac Canoe
  • Titan X Treme w/accu draw crossbow
  • Liberty Centurium 22
  • Ruger HKM Syn/SS .300 win
  • Tikka T3 Lite Syn/SS 7mm
  • Remington 700 ADL w/scope .223
  • Browning Lever .22 LR
  • Remington 700 ADL Camo w/scope 7mm
  • Weatherby Vanguard .300 wsm
  • T/C Venture 7 mm
  • T/C Venture 30/06
  • Guide Series Meat Grinder
  • Bradley Digital Smoker
  • Remington 700 ADL w/scope .308
  • Henry Golden Boy .22 LR
  • $400 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $400 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $400 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • Savage Axis Camo w/scope .243
  • Lone Wolf Treestand
  • Leupold Mojave Binoculars
  • Ruger American Rifle .243
  • Ruger American Rifle 30/06
  • Leupold R-1000 Range Finder
  • Garmin GPS 78S
  • White Wing Automatic Trap Thrower
  • Remington 770 7mm-08
  • Leupold Ventana Spotting Scope
  • Nikon Rifle Hunter 1000 Range Finder
  • Smoke Hollow Deluxe Smoker
  • $300 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $300 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $300 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • Nikon Monarch Camo 10 x 42
  • Savage Axis Syn. 7mm-08
  • Savage Axis Syn. 243
  • Gun Pistol Vault Biometric
  • Primos Dark Horse Blind
  • Cuddeback Attack IR
  • $200 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $200 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards
  • $200 Gander Mtn Shopping Spree Cards

WBHA S.O.S. Auction Items

The following have generously donated financial support for the 2013 WBHA SOS Auction:
South Central Full Hound Field Trial Assn. – $150
Mid State Houndsmen – $200
Zimdars Plumbing and Heating – $250.00
Bob & Jeanne Welch – $1000
It is mandatory that all live puppies/dogs purchased during the SOS Auction are to be picked up no later than 8:30am on Sunday morning of the Annual Convention.All Auction Sales are Final

1 Bear Decor Package Jerry Honeyager/Mary Cesar
2 Hunting Knife set SCI
3 Larry Lewis fishing charter/4 people-5 hours Larry Lewis
4 “Camo Fleece Lap Quilt with Deer, Bear, elk and Turkey on one side and brown fleece on the other side 58″”x58″” Mike/ Rhonda Gappa
5 Large 39 gun Calvary safe Digital keypad, 1hr at 1400 deg fire rating WBHA/SOS
6 Ice Fishing Pkg/Ice Auger, Tip up and jigging rod with holder WBHA/SOS
7 CVA Wolf camo Black Powder Gun 50 cal SCI
8 Jim Wanta pup Certificate Jim Wanta
9 10 Bird [Pheasant] Hunt – Fall 2013 Wern Valley
10 Hunters Surprise Jerry Honeyager/Mary Cesar
11 $250.00 Taxidermy certificate Dan Trawicki /Trawicky Taxidermy
12 2 night stay for 4 at Sunset Pines Dale’s North Mound
13 Waterproof Gun case and Collar bag WBHA/SOS
14 “25””x21″” Bear with cubs Print “ Joe and Lori Potter
15 Ammeristep ATV camo cargo pack and coolers WBHA/SOS
16 ZOMBIE Apocolyps youth archery set WBHA/SOS
17 Tree stand with safety harness and Moutrie Trail Camera WBHA/SOS
18 1 Klien 16000 hr collar/Crystal LED light Harvey Klien
19 1 Large blaze orange Mink hat USA FOXX and FURS
20 Buckhorn Amish Wood Burn WBHA/SOS Buckhorn Amish
21 1 Wildlife Quilt Clara Honeyager
22 “2013 20″”x30″” WBHA Steel Sign “ Kickapoo Bearhunters
23 1 plott pup certificate Josh Liebziet
24 Dave Prodens Bear bait certificates / 3 barrels Dave Prodens
25 1 Plott pup certificate Jim Wanta
26 1 Male Walker pup, Regestered.BOD 12/6/12 Finley River top and Finley River/Spring Creek Rock on the Bottom. Al Lobner
27 1 Plott pup , Registered. Travis Markiewicz
28 1 heavy wood WBHA logo bench Doug Rodencal
29 1 Walker pup, Magestic cross Larry Murphy
30 Hubbard High Energy Dog Food-20-50# bags General Farm Supply/WBHA
31 Hubbard High Energy Dog Food-20-50# bags General Farm Supply/WBHA
32 Hubbard High Energy Dog Food-20-50# bags General Farm Supply
33 Hubbard High Energy Dog Food-20-50# bags General Farm Supply
34 1 F Plott pup Weem’s/Bear Pen cross Double Barth’s Rock Carl Schoettel
35 1 Walker pup, Magestic cross Larry Murphy
36 Hunting Knife set SCI
37 “Diamond Infinite Edge Bow 5# to 70# 14″” to 30″” draw length” Buck Rub Archery/Greg Kazmerski
38 1 Plott pup certificate Joe Hudson Joe Hudson
39 Large 39 gun Calvary safe Digital keypad, 1hr at 1400 deg fire rating with hand painted WBHA bear LOGO WBHA/SOS
40 12 gun custom oak gun cabinat Wild Cat Bear Hunters
41 $50.00 donation Paws and Claws
42 Amish made starage bench with WBHA logo Keith and Betty Durham
43 6 WBHA etched wine glass set
44 Aluminum Diamond plate tool box Dog Pound Bear Hunters/Bob Wood
45 1 female Walker BOD Oct 1 2012 Bob Wood
46 Stihl Farm Boss Chain Saw Rawson Pub/Camp Bagsides
47 Apple Tree food Plott
48 Washington Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann autographed Mizuno baseball glove Jordan Zimmermann
49 5- $50.00 Bob’s Bear bait certificates Bob’s Bear bait
50 1- 4 month old female Walker /Sire Creek Bottom Twisted Turbo Dam Keikhofer’s Mountian Daisy. Bam Bam breeding. Cory Mermanson

Annual Convention Photo Contest

We will again be having a photo contest during the Annual Convention.

WBHA members will be allowed to enter a maximum of 2 photos. All photos must be on display by 10:00 am Saturday. Voting of photos will take place between 10:30 am—4:00 pm Saturday.
Photos will be displayed for members to view and vote on their favorite photo. The photos with the most votes will be featured on the cover of the 2013 WBHA Yearbook. Places 2nd—5th photos will be featured on the covers of 2013/14 Bear Tracks.

Please use this form to enter your photos: 2013 Convention Photo Contest Form

For more information on how to enter your photo – contact: Amy Visger (715)558-1595 email: amyvisger@yahoo.com


Convention Schedule

FRIDAY

  • 8am – Doors open for Vendor set up
  • 12pm – 6pm Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing, WBHA Member Raffle, and Annual Raffle
  • 12pm – 6pm Vendor Area
  • 7pm – Friday Night Banquet
    (Holiday Inn adjoining the Patriot Center, includes raffles, door prizes, meet your WBHA BOD candi- dates, speaker to be Announced)
  • 8 pm– 12 am DJ Dance

SATURDAY

  • 9am – 11am Annual Raffle (purchasing & drop off)
  • 9am – 1:30pm WBHA Member Raffle (purchasing & drop off)
  • 9am – 3pm Membership, Voting Booth, Clothing Sales, WBHA Member Raffle
  • 9am – 5pm VendorArea
  • 10:30am 4pm Photo Contest

Annual Meeting 11am to 5pm

  • 11am to 12:00pm
    The “State of Bear Hunting, 2013”
    In our first session of this year’s business meeting we will hear from guest speakers who will update us on the current issues our members care about the most.
  • 12pm Annual Raffle Drawing
  • 12:30pm TO 1:15pm
    Awards, Presentations & General Business
    In our second session we will focus on awards and recognitions. This will include Big Bear, Scholarships, Field Trial awards, and Iron Clad tributes. At the end of this session we will also be seeking nominations for positions on the Board of Directors.
  • 1:30pm to 5:00pm
    Auction and Raffles
    The famous WBHA SOS Auction will begin at 1:45pm. The auction will be interrupted intermittently to draw WBHA Member Raffle prizes.

    SATURDAY EVENING

    • 9pm – 1am DJ Dance

    Annual Convention Special Events

    Friday Night Banquet – 7pm

    The 2013 Annual Convention Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn.& Suites.

    Banquet Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 4-12 (Under 4 free) this includes meal, key note speakers, raffles, door prizes and special visitation time.

    Banquet will be a “Country Gathering Buffet” featuring:

    • Fresh Garden Green House Salad with Dressing and Croutons
    • Entrees: Seasoned Baked Chicken & Sliced Honey Ham
    • Vegetable Blend, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, & Stuffing
    • Homestyle Rolls with Sweet Cream Butter

    Governor Bear Tag Raffle Tickets on sale $20

    “Two for One special” At the Annual Convention only! For this raffle, only a total of 500 tickets will be sold!


    Membership Promotion
    Bring a Friend – Win A Gun!

    For every new person you bring to the annual convention and sign up as a new member, your name will be entered into a raffle for a gun.

    It’s simple folks: times are tough. The economy is hurting our association too. We can’t continue to depend just on our existing members to fund all the important things the WBHA does. WE NEED NEW MEMBERS and we need to boost attendance at the annual meeting. Thank you for your support!


    WBHA Member Raffle Info

    Over 40 prizes Including 20 guns!
    Early Bird Drawing is back! Ticket Packages purchased by April 1st will be automatically entered.

    ** Credit Card purchases are also available by calling WBHA Sec/Treas: (715) 635-9459

    Raffle tickets are NOT available for online ordering. Please call the WBHA Secretary/Treasurer at 715-635-9459.

    PLEASE READ:

    You MUST BE a WBHA member in order to purchase Annual Convention raffle tickets.

    Pre-purchased raffle ticket packages will be available for pick-up during regular membership hours. All pre-purchased packages must be picked up no later than 10am on Saturday, April 6th, 2013. WBHA Member Raffle will close at 1:30pm.

    WBHA Member Raffle drawings will be held and announced intermittently during the SOS Auction beginning at 1:45pm.

    YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR THIS RAFFLE IN ORDER TO CLAIM PRIZE.

    Prize winners will have first choice per raffle in the order as drawn to choose prize. Winners will have 10 minutes from drawing to claim prize. If you are not able to claim prize within 10 minutes, you will forfeit your prize and an alternate will be awarded the prize.

    Pre-purchased ticket packages come pre-labeled with members ID# on each ticket. Ticket package increments include 75 for $100, 25 for $50, & 10 for $25 (Single tickets will be available at the Annual Convention). All pre-purchased packages must be picked up no later than 12pm on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

    Past Conventions

WBHA and DNR Educate Bear Hunters on Baiting

December 3rd, 2012

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association and the DNR are working together to educate the bear hunting public and our members on bear baiting.

Note:  Please avoid using semi-sweet, dark, or bakers chocolate it can be toxic or lethal to bears and other wildlife, especially to cubs. While it is legal to use chocolate as bait, hunters are encouraged to avoid its use. Solid blocks of dark or bakers chocolate should not be used.