Winner Dale Hudack, left, and WWA Vice President John Regan
Dale was actually present on December 12th for the Dream Hunt drawing, which took place in conjunction with WWA’s Christmas Bash. While this was a lucky coincidence to have the winner in attendance, we haven’t actually figured out if the lucky winning ticket drawn was one of the tickets Dale purchased that night, or if it was a ticket from one of the other WWA events he’d attended this year.
Thanks to our awesome state sponsor, and repeat State Hunt host, Bust-A-Duck Guide Service for partnering with us again, and thanks to Mr. Hudack, for being a WWA member & supporter!
We’re very excited to announce WWA has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $2500 Green Gift from Cellcom to continue work on its Abrams property. The funding from this grant, along with a hopeful future continuing partnership with the NorthEast Wisconsin Deer Management Alliance, will finish out these final two blinds, in a fashion similar to the three existing ones on the property. All five blinds will now provide excellent hunting opportunities, due to the extensive food plot re-working & expansions done by life member Erich Schultz, of Pro Plots, LLC. As part of the press done for this gift we’re excited to share this news clip of WWA Executive Director Don Kirby’s interview:
Cellcom’s press release:
Abrams, WI – November 8, 2017. 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 from Cellcom will fund the addition of two enclosed accessible binds for deer or turkey hunting on raised platforms.
“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 Don Kirby, executive director of WWA. “Due to its easy access to the highway, and near-by location to both Green Bay and Oconto, the property allows ready viewing of many species of birds and other wildlife. The disabled access trails also allow ready travel, and invite those who might not otherwise, to explore the outdoors.” Read on for the full press release…
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 email@example.com. Thank you Doug and HB seed for your generous support of WWA!
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!
Congratulations 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 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!
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:
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.
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.
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).