Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Supports Ethical and Sustainable Sandhill Crane Hunt in Wisconsin

For Immediate Release: October 8, 2021

For More Information: Bruce Ross: 262-224-4949 

[Wales, WI] – The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (WWA) issued its support today for an ethical and sustainable sandhill crane hunt in Wisconsin following the introduction of proposed legislation by Senator Mary Felzkowski (R – Irma) and Representatives Paul Tittl (R – Manitowoc) and Alex Dallman (R – Green Lake).

“WWA supports an ethical and sustainable sandhill crane hunt in Wisconsin,” said WWA Executive Director Bruce Ross. “We look forward to working with interested legislators and stakeholders to ensure that the many important details related to this issue can be addressed in a final science-based bill that can be signed by Governor Evers.”

Wisconsin legislators are not creating the concept of a sandhill crane hunt, they are simply proposing one within existing federal guidelines. Currently, 18 other states and several Canadian provinces allow a regulated sandhill crane hunt.

It is estimated that the eastern population of the sandhill crane  found in Wisconsin is over 90,000 and growing by 6-10% per year. Other populations bring the total to nearly 750,000 in the United States.  Given the continued population growth, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Wisconsin sandhill crane population huntable over a decade ago.  Farmers are experiencing significant crop damage due to this burgeoning population.

“Wisconsin has had a strong population of sandhill cranes deemed huntable by the federal government for over a decade.  I am confident that an experimental state-level approach – developed within the strict federal guidelines and using the best available science – will allow the species to continue to thrive while providing harvest opportunities, much like has been done for waterfowl populations over the past 50 years,” said Ross.

The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association is a 7,000-member non-profit conservation organization that is dedicated to the conservation of Wisconsin’s waterfowl and wetland resources. Since 1984, WWA has worked to restore critical habitat in Wisconsin, educate the next generation of waterfowl hunters, and advocate for policies that protect Wisconsin’s resources and the rights of citizens to hunt and fish. More information on WWA can be found at www.wisducks.org.

Benelli SBE 3 12ga. Semi-Auto Shotgun Raffle Drawn

On Friday, October 8, 2021 at Tim’s Auto Parts in Oconomowoc, WI, WWA’s Waukesha Chapter drew their Class A Raffle with the Grand Prize: Benelli SBE 3 Patriot Brown/Marsh Camo 3.5″ 12ga. 28″ bbl. Semi-Auto Shotgun 

and the lucky winner was: Alex Putz with ticket #00239!

Congratulations, Alex, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.

Roberts Defense 45ACP Pistol Raffle Drawn

On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the New Berlin Alehouse in New Berlin, WI, WWA’s West Allis Chapter drew their Class A Early Bird Raffle for the Grand Prize: Roberts Defense Match Grade Custom 1911 45ACP Pistol with Tactical Laser & Flashlight  

And the winner was Dan Moser with ticket #00037!

Congratulations, Dan, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.

Breitkreutz Third-time Duck Champion, Wadsworth Takes Top Goose Award at Wisconsin Calling Contest

All photos courtesy of Josh Preissner.

The 2021 Goose and Duck Calling contests were held at the inaugural Waterfowl Hunters EXPO (WHE) on Saturday, August 28th, with a new and larger crowd, but a result similar to a couple of previous contests. Benny Breitkreutz of Horicon, WI, took top honors in the adult duck calling contest, for his third (and final) time. Chance Wadsworth of Hager City was the premier goose caller in his first victory in this contest.

Paul Smith, outdoor writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, provides some more information in this article.  If you want to see the winning duck caller in action check out this facebook post … and while you are there, follow the WHE page to stay tuned to what’s happening with the EXPO next year!

Sponsored by Sherper’s sporting goods (“Everything for the Great Outdoors and More!”) and hosted by WWA, the winning callers go on to the national contest in Stuttgart and Easton, respectively.

 

By the way, in addition to the trophies, the first place winner received a $500 gift certificate to Sherper’s, the second-place winner received a $300 gift certificate, and third prize took home a $100 gift certificate.

Adult Duck Calling

  • 1st Place – Benny Breitkreutz  Horicon WI
  • 2nd Place – Adam Nyhus, Almena  W
  • 3rdPlace – Kevin Sadler, Brookfield WI

Intermediate Duck Calling

  • 1st – Brady Eastman 14 of Marinette took 1st in the DUCK
  • 2nd  – Ethan Valuch 13  of Milwaukee t
  • 3rd – Carter Herrick  13 of Ripon took 3rd
  • 4th – Drake Kastenschmidt 13 from Ripon
  • 5th – Noah Beaudry, 13   of West Bend

Youth Duck Calling

  • 1st – Clayton Canales, Rio
  • 2nd – Abel Schloesser of Milwaukee
  • 3rd – Zane Paitrick  of Beaver Dam
  • 4th  – Lenora Draeger  of Berlin
  • 5th – Gwen  Draeger of Berlin

Adult Goose Calling

  • 1st  Place -Chance Wadsworth   Hager City  WI
  • 2nd Place  Troy Maaser  Lomira
  •  3rd Place  Mason Tait   Germantown

Intermediate Goose Calling

  • 1st  – Brady Eastman 14 of Marinette
  • 2nd – Carter Herrick  13 of Ripon
  • 3rd – Ethan Valuch 13  of Milwaukee
  • 4th – Drake Kastenschmidt 13 from Ripon

Youth Goose Calling 

  • 1st – Zane Paitrick of Beaver Dam
  • 2nd – Gwen Draeger of Berlin
  • 3rd – Lennie  Draeger of Berlin

ATV Raffle Drawn

On Saturday, August 29, 2021 at the Beaver Dam Conservationists Club in Beaver Dam, WI, WWA drew our 

 

and the winners were:

  • 1st Prize: 2021 Outlander Max DPS 570 ATV & Karavan Trailer was Keith Reinke with ticket #04592
  •  2nd Prize: Links Whitetail Safaris 3-day Archery Hunt was Chris Stimac with ticket #04036
  • 3rd Prize: $500 Russell Moccasin Gift Certificate was Mike Boll with ticket #02502

Congratulations, Keith, Chris and Mike and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this statewide raffle to support our mission.

2021 State Shoot Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association at our 22nd Annual State Shoot at Wern Valley on Saturday, August 21st. Raffle winners are posted, below. If you were a winner and have not claimed your prize please call our office at (262) 968-1722 to arrange for pickup options.

 

Timbers Resort Raffle Drawn

On Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the Waterfowl Hunter’s EXPO in Oshkosh, WI, WWA’s Valley Chapter drew their Class A Raffle for the Grand Prize: Timbers Resort on Lake Gogebic 4-nights, 2-person stay for 2021 or 2022. Also includes 1-day guided walleye trip PLUS two pieces of Timbers Resort logo wear of your choice. See more details here.  

And the lucky winner was Scott Rice with ticket #00243!

Congratulations, Scott, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.

Beretta A400 Shotgun Raffle Drawn

On Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the Waterfowl Hunter’s EXPO in Oshkosh, WI, WWA’s West Allis Chapter drew their Class A Raffle for the Grand Prize: Beretta A400 Extreme Plus KO Max 5 camo 12ga. semi-auto Shotgun 

And the lucky winner was Jim Backes with ticket #00227!

Congratulations, Jim, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.

Midland Wings Pre Event Gun Raffle Drawn

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at The Columbian in West Bend, WI, WWA’s Midland Wings Chapter drew their Class A Pre Event Gun Raffle and the winners were:

  • 1st Prize: Weatherby Orion 12ga. 
    • Jack Mueller with ticket #00184
  • 2nd Prize: Franchi Momentum 300 Win. Mag  
    • Kris Jungen with ticket #00030

Congratulations, Jack and Kris and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.

Glock 43X Pistol Raffle Drawn

On Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Rustic Manor 1848 in Hartland, WI, WWA’s Waukesha Chapter drew their Class A Raffle with the Grand Prize: Glock 43X Brown Battleworn Flag 9mm Pistol 

and the lucky winner was: Stanley Korta with ticket #00040!

Congratulations, Stanley, and THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets for this raffle to support our mission.