Waukesha Chapter’s 2019 Rizzini Class A Raffle Drawn

On Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Golden Mast in Okauchee, WI,  the Waukesha Chapter drew their Pre-Event Banquet Gun Raffle, with the Grand Prize of a Rizzini BR110 Hunter 20ga. 28″ barrel O/U  and the lucky winner was:

Leanne Bartelmez!  Congratulations Leanne and then you to EVERYONE that purchased tickets for our raffle.

Waukesha Chapter’s 2019 Syren Class A Raffle Drawn

On Thursday, April 11, 2019 at The Golden Mast in Okauchee, WI,  the Waukesha Chapter drew their Early Bird Banquet Gun Raffle, with the Grand Prize of a FabArms Syren XLR Waterfowlers 12ga. 28″ barrel Semi-Auto (reduced recoil for the Lady Shooter). and the lucky winner was:

Pam Walters!  Congratulations Pam and then you to EVERYONE that purchased tickets for our raffle.

Mississippi River Chapter’s 2019 5-Gun Raffle Drawn

On Saturday, March 30, 2019 at All Star Lanes & Banquets in La Crosse, WI,  the Mississippi River Chapter drew their 5-Gun Class A Raffle and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize: Benelli SBE III Camo 12ga 3 1/2″ mag. semi-auto shotgun : Sam Sommers, Camp Doulgas, WI

2nd Prize: Beretta A-300 Camo 12ga semi-auto shotgun : Chris Helgerson, Holmen, WI

3rd Prize: Browning A-Bolt 3 30-06 rifle : Chris Ferch, Beaver Dam, WI

4th Prize: ATI Cavalry 12ga O/U shotgun : Phil Schroeder, La Crosse, WI

5th Prize: Smith & Wesson SDVE40 S&W cal pistol : Marty Hutschenreiter

 

Congratulations to Sam, Chris, Chris, Phil & Marty and thank you to everyone who purchased tickets!

West Allis Chapter’s 2019 Milwaukee Sports Show Raffle Drawn

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Milwaukee Sports Show, the West Allis Chapter drew their Class A Raffle for the SCCY 9mm Pistol and the lucky winner was Kristie Kirch!  Congratulations to Kristie and thank you to everyone who visited our booth at the show and purchased tickets.

 

Northern Wetlands Chapter’s 2019 7-Prize Raffle Drawn

On Saturday, February 23rd at the Northwoods Banquet Center in Rhinelander, the Northern Wetlands Chapter drew their Class A Raffle and the lucky winners were:

Congratulations to all of the winners thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!

Valley Chapter 2019 Kimber & Scheels Gift Card Raffles Drawn

On Thursday, February 28th, at the Darboy Club in Appleton, the Valley  Chapter drew their Class A Raffle and the lucky winners were:

  • Kimber Custom Two Tone II  45 cal Pistol: Jerry Neisen
  • Scheels $1000 Gift Card: Ken DeValk 

Congratulations to Jerry & Ken and thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!

WWA Hires Bruce Ross as Executive Director

WWA Executive Director Bruce Ross

By Bruce Urben, President

The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association is pleased to announce we have hired Bruce Ross as our Executive Director.  Bruce will officially join the WWA team on Monday, January 21st. We are fortunate to have someone of Bruce’s caliber join the WWA leadership team.  He brings an impressive and diverse leadership resume in business, government, and non-profit management that will accelerate WWA’s impact. Ross settled in Wisconsin after retiring with 28 years as a captain in the US Coast Guard, and then managed major avionics development projects and later, a mid-sized insurance operation.  He has also been personally recognized as a leader in non-profit conservation organizations focused on wetlands and waterfowl.  He currently serves as an elected county official overseeing land and water issues for Ozaukee County.

“I’m more than a little humbled to steward WWA during this challenging time; a time when wetlands are under increasing threat and hunter numbers are shrinking,” said Ross in a recent conversation.  “We face a time-sensitive challenge to expand our positive influence on wetlands, and increase Wisconsin’s waterfowling opportunities.”

Ross admits that, “I have a lot to absorb. I look forward to meeting with WWA leaders, volunteers and members to gain their perspectives on how we can meet these challenges together.”  But he also has a game plan, stating, “One of my first ‘orders of business’ will be to make sure we have clear goals and that our organization’s strategy is aligned from top to bottom to achieve them. Then we can smartly work to strengthen WWA’s capabilities: its membership, its volunteers and its financial resources,” he continued.  Ross also looks to boost partnerships, saying, “It’s important to leverage WWA strengths in collaboration with organizations that have ‘common cause’. Our impact will be so much greater.  And we’ll be able to deliver more waterfowling opportunities to Wisconsin hunters.”

You can meet Bruce Ross at the upcoming WWA State Meeting being held at City Inn Bar and Grill in Berlin, WI on Saturday January 26th and read his full biography here.

2018 State Hunt Winner Drawn

A big congratulations goes out to the winner of WWA’s 2018 Waterfowler’s Dream Hunt Southeast Missouri with SEMO Outfitters Raffle winner, Scott Lea of Eagle River, WI! Scott and three of his lucky friends have won an incredible trip with SEMO for three mornings of fully guided duck hunting on private lands near Advance, MO!

Thanks to our awesome state sponsor, SEMO Outfitters, for partnering with us on this trip of a lifetime and congratulations to Mr. Lea, who purchased his lucky tickets at our Northern Wetlands banquet last February, we hope you have a great hunt!

WWA Receives Green Gift From Cellcom

John LaShua, left, business Manager for Cellcom presents President Bruce Urben with the Cellcom Green Gift check for habitat improvements at the Abrams property

Abrams, WI (October 29, 2018) -Wisconsin Waterfowl Association has been selected as a 2018 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $2000 Green Gift from Cellcom to continue work on its Abrams property.

The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA) works to further restoration and conservation of the state’s waterfowl and wetland resources and implement education for Wisconsin youth that heighten awareness about these resources. The group continues work on its Abrams property, a 152-acre area that is open to the public for hunting and wildlife viewing and includes a number of accessible features for hunters with disabilities. The Green Gift will contribute to the addition of an educational structure on the property.

“The opportunity to have a large property open to the public, which features significant access for disabled veterans and other differently-abled persons, to use the property for a variety of pursuits – all within a short drive of a large metropolitan area, is very unique,” said Bruce Urben, board president and interim director of WWA. “The addition of an educational structure will help further the opportunities at the property.”

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association was among 29 green organizations that received a share of the $40,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices. Read the full press release here.

Green Bay Chapter Hosts WWA’s 10th Anniversary Learn to Hunt Waterfowl Event

By Bruce Urben, President

Participants and instructors at WWA’s 2018 10th Anniversary LTH

In July of 2008 I discussed the idea of sponsoring a youth waterfowl Learn to Hunt event with WWA’s Green Bay Chapter volunteers. The idea was met with open arms and the meeting concluded with planning for the first “Learn to Hunt: Goose” program in Wisconsin. With the help of WDNR’s conservation warden, Ben Treml (now Northeast Region Warden Supervisor), we were off and running. Six youth participated in that first event held at Pittsfield Trap Club, just miles from the greater Green Bay area on October 24-25th, 2008. Since 2008, well over 100 youth and young adults have gone through this program. Recently, several youth participants have returned as mentors to the program, a 360 degree return on our investment!

Fast forward to October 12-13, 2018 and the 10th anniversary of Green Bay Chapter’s “Learn to Hunt Waterfowl” program at Pittsfield Trap Club. This year we had youth (youngest was 9 years old), young adults and one adult (along with parents) attend WWA’s only Learn to Hunt program in the state. In fact, one adult participant was from the Milwaukee area!

The classroom presentations have changed slightly since 2008, but still focus on safety training by WDNR certified Hunter Safety instructors (one of which has been with us for all 10 years – Jeremy VanSistine), waterfowl identification and ecology by Dr. Jacob Straub from UW Stevens Point and hunter ethics and legal requirements by WDNR Region Warden Supervisor Ben Treml.

The balance of the training was done when the attendees were paired with their assigned mentors and certified shotgun shooting instructors and shooting practice began at the trap Club range. Clay targets were their quarry on Friday night from a boat on inner tubes, layout blinds and other positions which they would encounter on their next morning’s scheduled mentored hunt. Again, firearm safety was the focus of all training provided. Gift bags were distributed to the students, which included duck or goose calls, lanyards, hats, face paint and other goodies. By 9:00 pm, all of our students and mentors were off with high expectations for Saturday’s EARLY morning mentored hunt.

All of the students had opportunities to harvest waterfowl on Saturday and about half were successful in bagging their first duck or goose!

The program concluded on Saturday back at the Trap Club with a lunch donated by local sponsors and GB Chapter members, along with demonstrations on waterfowl game cleaning and preparation and cleaning of their firearm. Recipes from some of our seasoned mentors were also shared. Certificates were distributed to all participants and the 10th annual WWA Learn to Hunt Waterfowl was a fond memory to all involved.

A special thank you to the sponsors for this event, including Kay Distributing, Super Ron’s Super Market, Wouters Sports Bar and Grill, Hansen’s Pizza and Pittsfield Trap Club for use of their facility.  Of course, this event would not be possible without the volunteers from WWA’s Green Bay Chapter and all the mentors who gave up a weekend of hunting to participate in this event; we couldn’t do it without you.

If you are interested in attending this event in 2019, get your reservation in early as there is already a sign up list established. You can contact me to sign up at burben@netnet.net or by phone at 920-660-2773. There is no cost to attend this event.