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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. If you desire an absentee ballot, email your request to: johnl@marawood.com.

WBHA Board Candidates

Below you will find your WBHA Board 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.

Jordyn Bruesewitz

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am a Proud and Dedicated hunter. I work at Incredible Bank as a BSA AML Fraud Analyst. I love what I do as I am able to help people going through potential fraud situations and help them find resolutions, which includes helping educate them to better protect themselves in the future. I have been hunting since I was an infant, hunting is a special bond my dad and I have that has instilled in me; Ethics, Respect, Hard work and so much more.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I have an extensive background in leadership roles in which I have gained experience in many key components needed to help a team keep moving forward and making its mark along the way. I feel I can bring my experience to the team along with my passion for the sport that will help drive my motivation to help the team succeed and accomplish the goals set forth by the WBHA.

Questionnaire Section 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?

I would be willing to put in the time needed to helping advocate for the sport along with talking and educating others about the organization and the organization’s mission. I also feel that with my experience in volunteering, I can help organize events to support the WBHA.

Cindy Keskimaki

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

A little about me…. I am a mother, wife, daughter, coach… We all have many hats we hold… I believe if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. Mind over Matter, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter. Adapt Improvise Overcome.

I first started bear hunting when I was 20. I thought Keith was crazy and I said what am I getting myself into?!?? Well yes after my 1st weekend I was hooked… Keith and I have 3 Girls whom their outdoor hobby is hunting and fast pitch.. our middle child made her 1st tree appearance at the age of 2 weeks old. We have dogs the girls help care for them and love them as a part of the family.

We have and always will Hunt as a family! There is nothing better then meeting up after the days hunt and talk about hunts from years ago or even the current day.. nothing better than the kids playing in puddles, smashing rocks, or finding the biggest worm, bug, something new they’ve never knew existed…

Everyone is open to opinions that’s what makes us Americans, we have different dogs, different trucks, different firearms… but we all have the SAME agreement…… we need to keep WBHA going strong!!!

Thank You
Cindy

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Friday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

You may wonder why I would want to be on the board of the WBHA… I believe that I can bring new ideas, update old ways to help grab more members and help already in motion items to more modern ways. Having a family I have great organizational skills, and time management and ethics!!

Questionnaire Section 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?

I would put slides together and work on educating others… money only gets you so far but education is more important. Making up booklets, community speaking, etc.

Rex Nykanen

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

Hi. I am Rex (Bugger) Nykanen. I have a wife, two daughters and a son. I recently just had a granddaughter that I can’t wait to take hunting with me. I have been bear hunting for over 40 years. I am a lifetime WBHA member and have served as a WBHA Board Member for 5 years.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Get more people involved. Take alot more youth out hunting with you and sign more members up to the WBHA

Questionnaire Section 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?

Sign more members up and keep everyone involved in what is happening with the WBHA

Jeff Schultz

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am married and have 4 girls who all enjoy the outdoors. When we are not pursuing game of some kind we are working with the girl’s steers and hogs for the fair. I have been a WBHA board member since 2017.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Number 1 is to get the wolf off the endangered species list and back to where the state can manage the population. We all need to continually call and email our politicians to remind them how important and how big of a problem this topic is.

Questionnaire Section 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?

One of my goals is to educate individuals that do not know how our sport works. I also try and take as many youth along as possible because I believe that getting kids out in the woods is also crucial to the longevity of bear hunting.

Brooke Yindra

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Brooke Yindra. I am a 25 year old female hound hunter from Wisconsin. While growing up, my father raised hounds and he is who taught me the value of hunting and being outdoors. Together, we hunt bear, coyote, and bobcat with the hounds. I did not truly get into bear hunting until I was in high school, which was when I was really able to bond with and understand the dogs. Through hunting, I have met many amazing people and have had the opportunity of experiencing many amazing places. I cannot imagine life without hounds, hunting, or the outdoors.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

50 miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Some of the things I feel I can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA includes attending meetings, banquets, and conventions, communicating with state politicians, spreading the word and advertising WBHA, raise money for WBHA, and become a great addition to the team by including input or ideas to accomplish said goals.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what I would be willing to do to save the sport would include raising money for WBHA, attend meetings, banquets, and conventions, spread the word about hunting with hounds through conversation or social media, communicate the importance with state politicians, and add several great ideas to the club.

Dave Hainz

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am married and have three kids. Two girls and a son. I have served three terms on the board of directors. I am in charge of the field trial comity.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

4 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I feel that I can personally attend meetings that are about hunting areas getting closed. I think I can promote the public to also attend by telling them the importance of coming to the meetings.

Questionnaire Section 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?

To save our sport I would continue to get to know our legislators and continue to share good information to the public on what we the WBHA do. Also I think it’s important to get the youth out hunting because they are our next generation.

Jacob Trochinski

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am seeking re-election for board of directors. I have been bear hunting with hounds all of my life. I enjoy being a part of the WBHA because what they do for our sport and the future of it.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Help with WBHA events to raise funds to help the fight to keep bear hunting around.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Do my part to help with the convention and town hall meetings to do what I can to help increase our bank roll.

Mark Scheunemann

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I have been bear hunting for 30+ years and have been a Board of Director for 15+ years. I would like to be able to continue to represent the SW district and WBHA.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Advocate for the organization
Promote the WBHA and bear hunting

Questionnaire Section 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?

Donate to the organization and get donations to raise money to fight when the time should arise.

Ammber King

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in SE Wisconsin, and have been fishing and hunting everything from small game to bear since I was young. I have spent the last 20 years working in the Veterinary field, and currently own and operate Tillie Lake Veterinary Clinic in Jackson, WI.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I try to stay informed on the many issues and potential changes that not only affect bear hunting, but hunting in general, which I feel is extremely important. I also feel that it is important to educate non-hunters on what hunting, specifically hunting with hounds, actually entails. Unfortunately there is a huge misconception about many aspects of hunting and hounding in the general public. Most people have no idea how important hunting is to conservation and the preservation of certain species. Working in the Veterinary field has afforded me unique opportunities to educate the public on the many benefits of hunting, including conservation. It has also allowed me to discuss the importance of hounding, as it allows hunting dogs to do something they absolutely love, and it gives them a purpose. Much like a police dog. In addition to staying informed and educating about the positive benefits of hunting, I will continue to offer my time in helping with and volunteering at various WBHA events such as Town Halls and the Convention, which I have been doing for several years.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Again, I feel that staying informed and educating non-hunters, specifically the antis, on the positive effects of hunting is extremely important. Unfortunately, there are always going to be anti hunters, no matter what we do, but I feel that is is extremely important for us to lead by example. We don’t need to give those that oppose us any more reason to do so. We need to show them that hunting is not just a sport to us. It is a way of life. We further conservation and preservation of species. We give our dogs a purpose. We put food on our tables. We help stimulate the economy. It is something that we are passionate about, and we are not going to give it up without a fight.

Eric Tuckner

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Eric Tuckner. My wife, Abby, and I live in New Richmond, WI with our two daughters, Cheyenne (10) and Kaycie (4). 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 cannot 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 Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

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.

Questionnaire Section 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?

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 lawmakers to save our sport. I have worked on numerous bills to preserve bear hunting. I have also attended meetings where people were trying to block roads and ban the use of hounds while hunting. I was quite involved in the campaigns for Assemblyman Rob Stafsholt, who is now on his second term. I am excited to help him in his Senate race in hopes of keeping one of our own in Madison. 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.

Rance Hilton

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Rance Hilton. I have been a member of the WBHA for 30 years give or take. I have been married to my wife Julie for 41 years. We have two daughters and are all a big part of bear hunting and hunting in general. I live in Clear Lake, WI and do a majority of my hunting in Bayfield County.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I like to help contribute to the success of the WBHA and help make it stronger. I believe without WBHA we would not have our bear hunting with hounds as we know it. I will help promote the sport to youth and all people in general. I will help fight to support our heritage of hunting and hunting with hounds.

Questionnaire Section 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?

We need to support other hunting and outdoor organizations as well as our own. If we can all work together for the greater sportsman, when issues arise, we can help each other out. We can always educate the non hunting public about the positive, family oriented sport of bear hunting. We also need to educate our youth to grow up to be respectful of all aspects of hunting and the outdoors.

Morgan Francis

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in a small town in south central Wisconsin. Dad started taking me hunting around the age of three. Growing up in an area where bears weren’t accessible, I remember vividly my summers spent traveling the four hours to bear country in the old pickup truck. As I got older, even through the involvement of horses and athletics, I still made it up a majority of the weekends to help my father run his hounds and enjoy time with a group of people that I consider to be extended family. Growing up, dad and I shared the pack of hounds and that’s where I truly learned so much about what it takes to make and maintain good dogs. When I turned 18, I decided to put horses and sports aside and focus on creating my own pack of hounds from scratch. It was then I started traveling and gaining knowledge and experience from other houndsman and started utilizing it to better myself and my pack. At the age of 21, I made a move to northeast WI and was closer than ever to hunting grounds where I was able to hunt a lot more, consistently put dogs on good game and had a blast doing so. In 2018, I packed up and moved everything 800 miles south to West Virginia, simply for the experience of moving to a new state and testing my abilities as a houndsman and trainer in new territory and terrain. I moved there with a fresh young pack yearning for new experiences and it was there I learned more than I ever could of imagine. It tested my patience, focus, drive, and showed me how resilient and disciplined I was to my goals. In Charleston, West Virginia was one of my first hands on experience with activism and litigation. A bill was on the table about new guiding regulations and the amount of houndsmen that showed up to fight resulted in the bill being tossed out. This showed me that when you stand for what you believe in and show up with power in numbers anything can be accomplished. Over the course of the year and a half I lived in the mountains I gained so much knowledge and confidence with my hounds and also learned about family and passions that I had neglected before. I moved back home to finish my nursing degree so I can further pursue my passion in the coming years. I look forward to being back home and further my training for myself and my young pack of hounds for the next generation of hounds I pursue.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I think I can be a positive spokesman at all times, exercise good sportsmanship, and remain respectful and considerate of others at all times. I think just by always being considerate to others and treating others how you’d expect to be treated is the best way to keep our sport and ourselves in a positive light.

Questionnaire Section 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?

I think there’s a few things that are important in keeping our tradition in a positive light. I have the drive and passion to be a positive engaging spokesperson and advocate. A lot of people don’t quite understand our tradition and carry a prejudice because of how they are informed via NGO groups seeking to end the use of hounds to pursue game. By speaking to people unfamiliar with our sport with an empathetic and engaging positive attitude, while utilizing inference and knowledge supported by science and sound management practices, I believe we can change perspectives. We need to understand that not everyone is raised in the lifestyle that we are; and people carry different values, ethics and perspectives, so we have to be mindful of others by using an educational approach, while acknowledging the mindset difference. By being a mentor, to not only the youth, but everyone that has interest in our sport – I can can bring more engagement into the tradition I love and want to protect. A huge part I try to play is getting more women involved. I think by being a female houndsman myself that I can be a resource for more women to feel comfortable in our sport, and to join WBHA and hound hunting. This could also result in more youth getting involved. I have the experience and motivational drive in working sanctioned events, both by WBHA and other organizations, and also helping educate, advocate and fundraise. I have also utilized my social media platform to positively influence and educate when need be. I think social media can be an educational platform to positively interact with others, but I remain mindful that social media is and can be a double edged sword. I believe positive interactions with people that are unfamiliar with our sport helps with our reputation as sportsmen and houndsmen.

John Clements

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I’ve been a hunter for as long as I remember, that includes deer, coon, beer, elk, mountain lion, coyote, bob cat and rabbits. I love to be outdoors.

I’ve been retired for 2 years. I worked as a union carpenter for over 30 years. Now that I’m retired I can dedicate more time to bear hunting, which is my favorite. I live with my wife. I have two daughters, and three sons. My sons are also avid hunters.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

4 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I can talk to landowners and explain why bear hunting is important. That actually applies to any kind of hunting. It is important to manage the population. I can attend meetings and keep up on new legislation. I can represent the hunters and express their opinions.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Most hunters that use dogs know the importance of taking care of their animals. We love and appreciate our dogs AND the wild animals that we hunt. It is important for people to know that most of us are not just “killing machines”. We believe in our sport and want to keep it. I’m not afraid to voice my opinion and use facts to back it up, no matter who it involves.

Carl Schoettel

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am the current president of the WBHA. I am married with two sons and one daughter. I believe that there are two kinds of people in the hunting with hounds community, the ones that talk about what it takes to keep hound hunting for bears in Wisconsin and then there is the small group that will sacrifice and commit time and effort that actually insures our ability to run hounds in Wisconsin.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

More

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Keep working hard for our great membership, always keep ahead of the constant threats to hunting with hounds and set a good example of what this sport is about. Will continue to be involved with all forms of government that can impact our sport. I am always reminded that what is given to us by the state can be taken away from us by the state.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Help raise money for our SOS auction and make sure that this organization continues to be relevant and an asset to bear management for Wisconsin. Which will do more than our enemies can ever do to make sure bear numbers are sustainable.

Stephanie Hanson

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I have been on the board of directors with the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association for 12 years. Throughout these years, I have learned so much about how an organization is run and what needs to take place to successfully carry out its’ mission. I currently am the committee chair of the Foundation which focuses on youth and education, both of which are very important to me. Preserving Tomorrow’s Heritage Today is the mission statement for the WBHA. Having a 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son, I will do everything I can to preserve the sport of bear hunting for my children to have the opportunities I have been fortunate enough to have. Bear hunting has been in my family for 4 generations and I’ll be damned if I let this be the last.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

Personally, I can continue to educate. Educating our members and even non-members about issues that are or can directly affect us hunters and the sport of bear hunting has been and continues to be a huge goal for the WBHA. I will continue to educate myself with issues and bills arising in Madison and be proactive in eliminating any threat to our sport or those like it. As we continue to be attacked from new and different angles everyday, it’s important to have a strong and educated defense. I will also continue to promote the WBHA as a positive and proud organization as well as promoting youth in the outdoors.

Questionnaire Section 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?

The WBHA needs to continue to recruit membership. We have strength in numbers and if we can educate our members and even nonmembers, we can continue to grow as one of the top and most respected hunting organizations in the country. I believe we will need the help of our friends across the country like Sportsmen’s Alliance to join us in those battles. We also need our friends in the legislature. Having like minded representatives in these elected positions is invaluable. We need to continue our fundraising efforts to be able to provide our partnership with Sportsmen’s Alliance and to be able to financially support the candidates who are going to advocate for us in Madison.

Spenser Rodenkirch

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I reside in Sheboygan County in the Town of Scott. My family and I hunt in the Wabeno area. I own a small cabin near Laona. We are a tried and true Plott family. My family has been bear hunting for 30 plus years keeping the same bloodlines alive! I look forward to passing this family and tradition on to my children!

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

10 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I am always trying to promote people to join the WBHA. We take a few people along during raining season a year and it’s always brought up to them to join. I would like to orgf anize a forest cleanup in the area we hunt before season starts.

Questionnaire Section 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?

Before I married my wife she had never heard of hound hunting big game and having a dog stay outside, so knowing first hand that the percieved thought/sight is cruel to the animal we need to educate more people about the different ways we take care of our hounds. Educating people on our sport or opening up there minds to try to understand the nature of our sport is always a battle to accomplish.

Jesse Jonet

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I’ve been hunting my entire life with my family now I have my own family an continue to keep the tradition going with my daughter an others. I live in the Green Bay Area,I’m a self employed painter at 43 years old.

Questionnaire Section 2:

With road closures severely limiting hunting access to large areas of timber company-owned land and county forest lands, we need BOD members who are willing and able to go to local government meetings and advocate for keeping land open for hunting. WBHA must continue devoting time to assure that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month? (Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, or More)

4 hours

How far are you willing to drive? (Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles)

100 or more miles

What days are the best days? (Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Monday, Friday, Saturday

Questionnaire Section 3:

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish the goals of WBHA?

I became very interested within Wbha honestly just a few years back when I totally understood what Wbha accomplishments are annually. I believe with any group or associations thereallows short staffed. For what our state has to offer I would love to dedicate my time and knowledge to keep traditions going. I don’t have any board experience in the past so everything is new to me but if elected I can learn quickly

Questionnaire Section 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?

My family has been donating an item or pup to the auction the last couple years and continue to do so to help with the funding.