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Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association

Preserving Tomorrow's Heritage Today

For over 50 years, WBHA has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin as well promoting youth hunting, conservation, and sound wildlife management.

Bear hunting in Wisconsin is the ultimate family sport and the WBHA is nearly 3,000 members strong and is itself family-based. We invite you and your family to join us as we work together to protect Wisconsin’s great outdoor heritage.

Notice: Fallen Hero Memorial Trap Shoot

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Fallen Hero Memorial Trap Shoot, to be held on June 29th in Rice Lake.

The shoot will be held in honor of the ultimate sacrifices made by Chetek Officer Emily Breidenbach and Cameron Officer Hunter Scheels. Entry fees from this event will be donated to the Chetek and Cameron Police Departments.

WBHA members are encourage to participate! More details can be found at the link below.

Annual Raffle Winners

Check the list to find out if you've won!

60th WBHA Annual Convention

March 22-23, 2024

WBHA Does Not Support Changing 3-Year Expiration Term

The WBHA does not support changing the 3 year expiration terms regarding bear hunting due to the fact it would lead to longer wait times and reduce necessary funding that is critical for bear management. The WBHA has serious concerns that changes like this would benefit complacent hunters at the expense of hunters that are diligently applying for points every year.

We fully understand the simplistic desire to "keep" points but we are very aware of the long term effects to the entire system. It is important to remember that points used to expire if a hunter missed one application deadline. We were willing to compromise to extend that to the 3 years that is current law, but we do not support further attempts to allow for no expiration as we will then have people on the list that have either moved out of the state, have passed away, have abandoned their interest in hunting bear, or are just not serious about the sport we all love.

New Shop!

The online shop for the new WBHA clothing vendor is online and ready for your orders. Check it out at the link below!

Join or Renew!

In a time of much uncertainty, please know that the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association is still working and operating to continue protecting sportsmen. Without a strong membership, this can become more difficult. Please JOIN (as a new member, or past expired member), sign up a NEW member, or RENEW your membership at the link below.

With your WBHA membership you will receive a monthly "Bear Hunting" magazine, critical email alerts from the WBHA, access to the WBHA Facebook group (request to join), representation for pro-hunting legislation, free access to the annual convention, and a yearbook at the end of your membership year.

Hunter Harassment Cards

These are worth having on hand as reference in case of a discrepancy or to sway enforcement action when presented as proof of the law.

CNNF Proposed Actions

The latest Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) can be found at the following link.

Featured News

Notice: Hunter Nation Predator Management Forum in Medford on June 18

June 3, 2024

Hunter Nation will be holding a Predator Management Forum in Medford on June 18th. WBHA members are encouraged to attend.

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Bayfield County Conservation Congress Spring Hearing

April 2, 2024

Attention WBHA Members! We need your help in Bayfield County…

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Jan/Feb Bear Hunting Magazine & WBHA Member Raffle Ticket Ordering

January 31, 2024

Due to what appears to be a problem with the Postal Service, we have received a number of reports of undelivered Jan/Feb Bear Hunting magazines.

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Pet Food Safety Alert: Recall of Certain Wayne Feeds and Victor Super Premium Dog Food

January 26, 2024

Due to the products’ potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, some brands of dog food have recently been recalled voluntarily.

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URGENT: We need YOUR voice!

December 1, 2023

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress Bear Advisory Committee will be meeting this Saturday in person at 9:30am (and via Zoom!). If you are willing to speak in favor of hound hunting, please consider joining the meeting!

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Reminder: WBHA Big Bear Contest Entries Due Dec. 1st!

November 21, 2023

If you would like to be entered into this year’s Big Bear Contest and have your story and picture considered for the yearbook, please be sure to fill out the form soon!

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Update: Sportsmen’s Alliance Files Intent to Sue FWS, WBHA Joins as Plaintiff

November 10, 2023

The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (SAF) filed a notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today, Nov. 10, for the agency’s failure to respond to SAF’s two gray wolf petitions. WBHA has joined as a plaintiff and has contributed to the effort.

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President’s Message – Sept 2023

September 30, 2023

The Wisconsin bear season has wrapped up, and of course there are issues that will need a lot of
attention from the WBHA.

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