Horny Buck Seed Company Donates to WWA’s Learn to Hunt Waterfowl Program

Doug Kostreva, owner of Horny Buck Seed Co. in Pound Wisconsin has a passion for youth and their involvement in the outdoors. Each year Doug sponsors a golf outing fundraiser and uses the proceeds to support youth hunting opportunities.

Doug has continually supported Wisconsin Waterfowl Association ‘s Learn to Hunt Waterfowl program and this year Doug’s Horny Buck Seed Co. provided equipment for the Association’s upcoming Learn to Hunt in October. Full body Avian XF full body goose decoys, several youth shotguns with cases, custom made Arkansas duck calls, spectra shotshells and deluxe layout blind were presented to us in August.

Doug’s support allows us to continue to expand our Youth Learn to Hunt opportunities for Waterfowl in Wisconsin and he is an expert in the wildlife plot preparation and planting business. He has customers throughout the US and specializes in Deer plots to Duck plots using his fresh, quality and tested seed blends and minerals. Doug is a regular at sport shows and events providing food plot seminars and other presentations.

WWA President Bruce Urben, center, accepting the donations from Doug Kostreva of Horny Buck Seed Co.

You can contact Doug at HB Seed Co. at 920-539-1259, at his Farm on Kostreva Lane in Marinette County or at doug@hornybuckseed.com. Thank you Doug and HB seed for your generous support of WWA!

1st Annual Decoy Carving Contest Winners Announced/Duck Skiff Class A Raffle Winner Drawn!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 1st Annual WWA Decoy Carving Contest and Exhibition! The 2018 date of the 2nd Annual Contest will be announced soon.  Congratulations to all who entered decoys, our winners are announced in our  WWA Decoy Carving Contest Results 2017.

In conjunction with our contest, WWA held a Class A raffle, drawn at at 4:30pm on Saturday, September 16th at the Dreyfus Center’s Laird Room for the Grand Prize of: (1) Muddy Water Boats “Bluebill” model duck skiff, (2) paddles, (2) WWA padded seat cushions, (2) FA small field bags, (12) Higdon foam-filled “Early Season” puddler pack duck decoys. The lucky winner was Eric Urben of Green Bay, WI!

2017 Shoot Series Shotgun Raffle Drawn

Browning CitoriCongratulations go out to David Propson of Whitelaw, WI, who was the very lucky winner drawn for the Browning Citori Feather Lightning 12 gauge, 3” O/U!  This raffle, which was sold at multiple events over the summer, was drawn at last night’s Hunter’s Eve Bash held at Wern Valley Sportsmans Club in Waukesha, WI.

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for this Class A raffle which was a very successful fundraiser to support the mission of WWA.

2017 Shoot Series Grand Door Prize Winner Drawn

2017 Shoot Series Grand Prize (items shown within vault not included)

Congratulations go out to Mike Fusek of Kewaskum, WI, who was the lucky winner drawn for the Cabela’s Woodsman Gun Safe Series by Liberty Model 25 Dial.  Mike’s name was drawn at last night’s Hunter’s Eve Bash held at Wern Valley in Waukesha, WI.  Mike shot five of the six shoots in the series, giving him an additional 15 ticket entries into the drawing.  Congratulations, Mike!

Mike is also the lucky recipient of the offer to have his new safe moved FREE of charge to his home by In The Nick of Time Moving, LLC!

Thank you to everyone who participated in WWA’s 2017 Shoot Series, we are planning for 2018 and should have dates and locations finalized by mid winter.

Benny Breitkreutz Wins 2017 Wisconsin State Duck Calling Contest


Sincere thanks to WWA sponsor partner Cabela’s-Richfield, host site of the 2017 WWA State Duck & Goose Calling Championships.  The staff at the Richfield site has always been a terrific partner to us over the years, and their sponsorship of the event helps us to actually make the day a profitable one for the association, as well as a terrific opportunity to interact with the thousands of visitors to their store, as well as all the the competitors, guests, and fans of the the calling competition itself.

Congratulations to 2017 Wisconsin State Duck Calling Contest champion Benny Breitkreutz who will go on to represent Wisconsin in the World Championships on November 25th, in Stuttgart, AR!  Also taking home honors were:

  • 2nd place: Austin Wendlandt
  • 3rd place: Nick Besasie

Congratulations to the winners of the Wisconsin State Adult Goose Calling Contest:

  • 1st Place: Troy Maaser
  • 2nd Place: Dave Nelson
  • 3rd Place: Jacob Johnson

Congratulations to the winners of our Intermediate calling contests.  They were:

Intermediate Duck Calling

  • 1st Place: Mason Tait
  • 2nd Plce: Matt Kozlowski

Intermediate Goose Calling

  • 1st Place:Blaine Arvold
  • 2nd Place: Mason Tait
  • 3rd Place: Matt Kozlowski

And, last, but most certainly never least, congratulations to the winners of our Youth calling contests:

  • Payton Wottowa,
  • Otto Wahl,
  • Trent Dieckman, and
  • Adelyn Dieckman

Posted by Chris Ferch on Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Hosting a contest like this is no easy feat, there are many specific rules to be followed, set out by the sanctioning body, and WWA is lucky to have a team of home-built experts in our Marshland Chapter, of Beaver Dam, lead by WWA board of directors members, Rob Monette and Chris Ferch.

For more great photos of the contest, be sure to join our Facebook friends group.

State Shoot and Pistol/Vault Raffle Winners Announced, Bucket Raffle Winners Added

Thank you to everyone who shot at our final shoot in the 2017 WWA Shoot Series, our State Shoot.  The winners are listed, below.

Also, congratulations to the winner of our Class A Pistol and Vault raffle which was drawn at today’s State Shoot: Matt Stromski of New Berlin, WI.

2017 Shoot Series Grand Prize (items within vault not included)


Don’t forget, our Hunter’s Eve Bash, A Night of Winning is coming up on August 29th back at Wern Valley, where we will draw the 2017 Shoot Series Grand Prize, Cabela’s “Woodsman 23” 25 firearm vault by Liberty Safes. If you shot at this or any of our other 2017 Shoot Series events, you’re in for this prize! You can join us for only $20 using our 2017wwashoot series coupon, eligible for all Shooters in our 2017 Shoot Series, and there will be lots of other amazing prizes to win along with free beer and appetizers.  Check out all the details here.


Lewis Class:

  • 1st Class- 50- Tie- Matt Ernst & Terry Thayse- split one case of ammo
  • 2nd Class- 43- Paul Strand- ½ Case of Ammo
  • 3rd Class- 37- Dan Roeder- 2 Boxes of Ammo

Men’s Winners:

  • 1st and 2nd– Tie- 50- Matt Ernst & Terry Thayse- Split $75 and ½ case of ammo
  • 3rd Place- 49- Matt Ernst (Re-entry)- 1 Round of Sporting Clays

Women’s Winners:

  • 1st Place- 42- Joni Knoll- $50 cash
  • 2nd Place- 33- Libby Jordan- ½ Case of Shells
  • 3rd Place- 25- Debbie Forte- 1 Round of Sporting Clays

Youth Winners:

  • 1st Place- 47- Jack Meixelsperger- 3 Bird Pheasant Hunt
  • 2nd Place- 41- Zack Wedig- 3 Bird Pheasant Hunt (we screwed up and didn’t realize Jack was a  youth shooter after we announced the winners so we’re donating a second 3-bird hunt for his prize)
  • 3rd Place- 40- Elijah O- WWA F/A Camo Field Bag

Flurry Winners:

  • 23: “Colt & John” won half the net cash = $485!
    • 3 teams shot 4 rounds of 22:
      • Chopp & Kuhne
      • Ernst & Ernst
      • M. Fremouth & Gunn
    • By draw of cards, Fremouth & Gunn awarded 2nd: $100 Sherpers gift card and 2 WWA caps, and
    • Chopped & Kuhne awarded 3rd: 2 entries to Hunters Eve Bash, 8/29, and 2 caps.

Bucket raffle winners:

Waukesha Shoot Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who attended our fifth shoot in the 2017 Shoot Series, our Waukesha Shoot, winners are posted, below.  Don’t forget to sign up for the last shoot in the series, our State Shoot taking place on August 19th at Wern Valley.

Men’s Category

  • Mark Hawkins

Women’s Category

  • Cathi Bartling

Youth Category

  • Cameron Tietz

Meat/Cooler Raffle

  • Nils Anderson

Cabela’s Leisure Package

  • Ken Kremer

2-Person Flurry Winners

  • R.P. Onstad and Jim Wydeen

Bucket Raffle Winners

WWA’s Decoy Carving Contest Receives National Press

The Birding Wire has published a great press release about WWA’s upcoming Decoy Carving Contest and Exhibition:

2017 Duck Stamp Contest Coming in September

From The Birding Wire, Wednesday August 2, 2017   |


The 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held September 15 and 16, 2017 at the Noel Fine Arts Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Five or fewer species of waterfowl are selected each year for the contest and one of these is required to be the dominant feature of the art entry (defined as being in the foreground and clearly the focus of attention). The five species that are eligible for the 2017 contest are the following: Mallard, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, and Harlequin Duck.

The public is invited to see the contest entries beginning at 9 a.m., September 15 and 16, and watch the judging, which will begin at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Some of the events leading up to the actual judging, include the following:

  • A display of waterfowl artwork from the collection from the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum, known for its internationally acclaimed “Birds in Art” exhibition, from August 28 to September 24.
  • A gallery party on September 8.
  • Showing of The Million Dollar Duck documentary film on September 14.
  • A seminar “Giving Hunters a Shot” on September 20 at UW-Stevens Point.
  • A duck decoy carving contest and exhibition sponsored by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA) on September 15 and 16.

According to Mike Pierce, WWA decoy carving contest chair, the entries will be open for viewing by the public on Friday, September 15 and during the contest judging, on September 16. Exhibition hours are 9:30 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Dreyfus Hall on the UW-Stevens Point campus.

The effort to bring the contest to the state was the brainchild of Dr. Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point. Thomas, who serves on several conservation organization boards of directors including Ducks Unlimited (DU), and was the founder of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, served as a judge in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest in 2012 and invited the contest to Wisconsin. “I am so thrilled and glad that we are getting it here with the interest in wetlands and waterfowl in Stevens Point and Wisconsin,” Thomas said.

Wisconsin itself has long been a leader in the number of Ducks Unlimited members and money raised at DU banquets, plus has active organizations such as the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, many other groups dedicated to natural resources, and numerous talented wildlife artists.

UW-Stevens Point is also a conservation leader, the largest undergraduate traditional natural resources program in the country. Many of its graduates are involved in key positions at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

An informative new website established by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest is now available, showing details of the contest and associated activities.

Privided by Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp http://www.friendsofthestamp.org

Adopt-A-Wildlife Raffle Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for our Class A Adopt-A-Wildlife Area raffle to support our AWA efforts statewide. On Saturday, July 29th we drew the raffle and the lucky winners were:

  1. Predator Log Splitter: Christopher Massert of Algoma, WI
  2. FA Bag and WWA Hat: Christopher Massert
  3. FA Bag and WWA Hat: Dana Lindval
  4. FA Bag and WWA Hat: Scott Williams
  5. FA Bag and WWA Hat: Don Guenther
  6. FA Bag and WWA Hat: Christopher Massert

Wausau Chapter Adopts George W. Mead Wildlife Area

Photo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

In July of 2017, WWA’s Wausau Chapter, lead by volunteer Melanie Love, successfully adopted the George W. Mead Wildlife Area. Mead is located five miles north of Highway 10 between Stevens Point and Marshfield. The property extends into Marathon, Wood and Portage counties. While project plans for the site are still ongoing the chapter’s agreement with the WDNR calls for with volunteers keeping the parking lots clean, maintaining gates, signage and other infrastructures, invasive species control of buckthorn and trail maintenance.

For more information on our Adopt-A-Wildlife Area program and the five wildlife areas WWA has adopted to date, please visit our Adopt-A-Wildlife Area page.