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2022 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.

Ammber King

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

As a rural Wisconsin native, being an outdoor enthusiast has always just been a way of life. Growing up on one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the state gave me prime opportunities for hunting and fishing, and I grew up hunting everything from waterfowl and small game, to deer and bear. It also helped me understand the importance of conservation; to allow future generations to enjoy those same outdoor opportunities for years to come. I have since become very involved with various conservation efforts and hunting organizations over the years, specifically the WBHA, and I have been an active member for many years. I have worked behind the scenes at various WBHA events, including the Annual Convention, where I have assisted with the annual raffle for the past 6 years. Aside from hunting, I am coming into my 10th year as President of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 993, and I spearhead the annual Croatian Day Festival in Mukwonago, WI. I also own and operate a small animal 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)

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 believe some of the most important ways we can further accomplish the goals of the WBHA are through education and awareness. So many people have absolutely no idea what hunting in general entails, let alone bear hunting, specifically. Most people also don't understand that hunters are one of the most important aspects to conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats. I believe that we as hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have a responsibility to educate non-hunters, and even the anti groups, not only through our words, but also through our actions. It is up to us to be the example of what hunting, specifically bear hunting with hounds, truly entails. We have enough individuals and organizations working against us as it is, but if we continue to set a positive precedent for our sport, we can hopefully keep our beloved traditions alive for generations to come.

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?

As both a hunter and a veterinary professional, I have a unique perspective as to the importance of hunting, specifically bear hunting with hounds, on both wildlife, and companion animals. I have been involved with various animal and wildlife rescue groups over my 20+ year career, and I have always made it a point to discuss the importance of conservation through hunting with those running these organizations. I have also spoken at various events in an attempt to educate these organizations on the importance of working animals being able to actively pursue what they are passionate about, specifically hunting dogs, and I will continue to be a voice for our sport and our hounds on both a hunting and professional level.

Gerald Honeyager

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

Hello my name is Gerald Honeyager. I live in Waukesha County but have a cabin in Tripoli which is where I hunt. I'm currently a board member and am looking to be re-elected. I have been bear hunting for 40 years and have been a board member for over 25 years. I would like to be involved with keeping the sport of bear hunting open to future generations. Hopefully my grandchildren if they choose to hunt with have the opportunity.

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)

Saturday

Questionnaire Section 3:

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

Educate hunters and non hunters alike how the WBHA promotes the rights of all sportsmen to continue enjoying their sport.

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?

Travel to meetings and help with fund raising so our sport can be preserved.

John F. Trochinski

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I am married to my wife Renee, and have been bear hunting since 1969 in Price County and the U.P. All of my children and grandchildren have been bear hunting since they could walk. I am a retired police officer since 2000 and have been in the dog food, dog supplies and electronics. I have been in and out of the bear bait business for the last 20 years. Besides bear hunting I enjoy, fishing and bow hunting with my wife and family.

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 have been on the WBHA Board of Directors for many years and have served as Finance Chairman, Principal Director and for the last 6 years as the Secretary/Treasurer. During that period I have identified areas within the WBHA where the Association could cut expenses without cutting the quality of service to the WBHA members.

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 proud to continue to serve the WBHA as their Sec/Treas, working daily to secure our finances in an event that our hunting enemies take aim at the WBHA.

Jessie Espeseth

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Jessie Espeseth, mom of two girls, I live in a small town called Clear Lake. I have a thriving self employed business, painting interior and exterior houses .

My grandparents and family starting bear hunting in the 60’s in the North Western part of the state. My daughters are the 4th generation in our family to hunt in that area. Growing up, I was always hunting, fishing, or trapping with my dad, grandparents or uncle. I have always been around and had my own hounds . I currently have 5 hounds that I run on bear, coyotes, and bobcats.

You may or may not remember one of our previous WBHA Preseidents, William(Bill) Klugow. I grew up with him being one of my mentors. I’m very blessed to have had him as family and to learn so much from him. He instilled the importance to me as a young girl to participate in these organizations to preserve our heritage for younger generations.

I feel honored to have been nominated by one of our current board members with a second of our state Senator.

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

Questionnaire Section 3:

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

I am a natural problem solver and work well with others, and I have many years experience in the woods.

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 one of many’s things I was taught as a girl by Bill Klugow is when worst comes to worst , to fight for our sport, we need to combine forces with every single outdoors group… I will push for what I was taught on this .

Lucas A Withrow

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I serve as the current Vice president for the WBHA. I simply believe in the phrase "you follow your dogs and I'll follow mine" I want nothing more than to spend my time following hounds across the landscapes in this country but I realize the importance of dedication to defending the very feedoms to hunt with hounds. Its so important to belong to an organization that not only believes in freedoms but whole heartedly fights for those freedoms. Standing on the sidelines and waiting for someone else to speak for me is no option. I will always, stand beside, behind and when nessecary in front to defend my way of life, that is hunting with hounds.

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 personally show up , stand up , stay well informed and diligent in matters of the association. Those matters range from working with legislators, the DNR, Anti hunters and under informed folks who continue to attempt to erode our rights , while continuing to understand we need to make some of our own members and non member hound hunters more accountable for thier actions.

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 will continue to be mindfull of good ways to raise money to further our own agendas and be diligent in spending that money to maximize the outcones that favor our agendas.

Scott Krenz

Questionnaire Section 1:

Tell us about yourself:

I have been bear hunting for over 30 years and have been on the Board of Directors for almost half of those years. I work closely with the local DNR and wardens during our bear hunting season introducing recruits to our sport as well as assisting with the Hunt of a Lifetime program. I am seeking re-election to continue to help this organization grow and succeed.

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?

Recruit and educate youth, keep members informed of events and changes within our organization and notify members of anti-hunting bills and rule changes that go against our sport.

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?

During the summer months we do raffles with the other NW BOD and donate the money earned to the WBHA.