April 2019 Newsletter
Our Value Proposition
By Bruce Ross, Executive Director
Feels like spring is finally on the ground, at least here in SE Wisconsin. I was reminded of that with some pictures sent to me by our lead AWA & Waukesha Chapter Chairman volunteer, Mike Alaimo, showing the migration is happening (even if I still have a little ice in my river-flooded backyard!). Here’s a raft of Cans, (and two ringneck, lest I get a raft of emails pointing out my omission!), resting in SE Wisconsin on their way north. Check out the drake in mid-dive to the left! Read on...
Water, Water Everywhere
By Bruce Urben, President
Unseasonably warm weather the last week or two has certainly put more water on the landscape in short order. Diminishing wetland resources in Wisconsin definitely can account for some of the flooding problems we are seeing. Read on for how you can help.
Scott Hopper, Nick Smart, Chameron Hatzinger, Ian Bartelmez, Bruce Ross, Jim Olive (instructor), AJ Kimball, and Stephen Regenfuss completed their chainsaw training at Big Muskego Lake AWA on March 16th. Photo courtesy Lead AWA Volunteer Mike Alaimo.
Adopt A Wildlife Area
This is the time of year when everything is in high gear. It is hard to prioritize the “honey do list” from all of our other passions. Spring banquet prep, clearing projects, wood duck box maintenance, dusting off the camera to take in the spring migration, preparing for turkey season, getting the boat ready for open water, maybe hitting the spring walleye run...and the list goes on. But we've made time for volunteer projects on our adopted Wildlife Areas...
AWA Chainsaw Training
On Saturday, March 30th, WWA members Jim Freck, Dennis Gutmann and Mike Depies completed chainsaw training along with DNR Biologist Eric Kilburg and PF members from the area. This training will allow our volunteers to complete projects on our Adopt A Wildlife Area (AWA) on Jackson Marsh. Learn more about our AWA program here.
Sponsor Spotlight
PARKER QUALITY COATINGS, started in Oshkosh, WI in 1875, has grown to be one of the leading and most complete high performance coating manufacturers today.

Parker Coatings has been providing “decoy paint” for sportsmen and women for well over a century. Hunters use their paints to paint their own decoys and to touch up commercial decoys after a tough season's use. Learn more...
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2019 Spring Hearings Feature New Online Input Option
On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Grand Prize: Can Am HD 8XT Camo UTV with a Karavan Trailer!

Get your tickets securely online now!
Tom's Event Corner
It is with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that I report that Gunner the WWA Dog has passed on to the happy hunting grounds. I can truly say that he enjoyed his time with all of us. He continued to attend WWA banquets and sport shows to the very end, and he enjoyed every treat, snack and noogie he begged off of you.   Read on...
Like What We're Doing?
Consider volunteering to help one of our Chapters make a difference by improving the wetlands, waterfowl, and wildlife in Wisconsin. Thanks for all your past and future support. I want to help!
Class A "Need Not be Present to Win" Raffles
Throughout the year most of our chapters hold Class A raffles , many featuring multiple prizes and some extremely desirable guns (that you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself, but sure would like to own). If you can’t attend every event, and who can, you can still get in on a chance to win the chapter’s showcase prizes, most with great odds to win. One of our regular purchasers from Arizona just won a Browning Rifle so can you win.   Check them all out here !
This month's featured Class A is for our South Suburban Chapter. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 & only 350 will be sold & you could win a G lock Model 22 45 ACP Pistol with Night Sights. Get your tickets here.
Have an idea you want the wardens to answer in the new year? Let us know!
2019-20 WDNR License Renewals: Go Wild makes it easy!
By WDNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller
WDNR recently kicked off the 2019-20 license purchase and renewal system. Waterfowl season is just shy of six months away.

However, it is never too early to plan ahead and purchase your licenses. Besides, with my interaction with waterfowl hunters, feathers isn’t the only thing you hope to chase or catch. 

The Decoy Corner : William (Bill) Koelpin Jr., Wisconsin Original Artist/Carver. By Bruce Urben, President
We all know about William Koelpin, Sr. and his legacy of sporting decoy carvings, paintings and bronzes that still warm the hearts of those lucky enough to have one of his pieces in their collection. But, along with his art, Bill Sr. left something even more important... offspring that grew up with a deep appreciation for art! Read on...
Mark your calendars for the next WWA event near you and visit our Events Calendar for everything happening in 2019:
Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors & Donors
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Bronze Level Sponsors
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State Level Sponsors
State Level Donors
Thanks to all those that have cherished the memory of a loved one by donating in memoriam to the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. Those recently memorialized were:
  • Mr. Glenn Zachow - Donors: Greg Rausch, Tony LaMacchia, Jim Freck, Mike Depies
  • Mr. David E. Hughes - Donors: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Tavares, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Welch
  • Mr. Joseph Porten- Donors: WWA 2018 Board of Directors and Staff
  • Attorney Dan Fay - Donor: Dale W. Arenz
  • Mr. Robert J. Kuehl - Donor: Ms. Penny D. Kuehl
  • Mr. John Held - Donor: Ms. Kathy Shurts
  • Mr. John Holmes - Donors: Dale W. Arenz, Jon Bergquist
  • Mr. Jay Reed - Donor: Bob & Cookie Olson 
  • Mr. Norman J. Brady - Donor: Dale W. Arenz
  • Mr. Robert E. Strous - Donor: Bruce Urben

If you'd like to consider a lasting and meaningful memorial fund contribution for that friend, hunting partner, co-worker or relative with WWA, please contact us . Each contribution will offer:
  • A personalized letter to the family of the deceased,
  • A letter from WWA sent to the donor confirming contribution for tax purposes (address & individual donation amount must be supplied),
  • The option for the donor to designate which WWA program they wish their contributions be put towards, and a listing in this section for the duration of one year
The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission focuses on wetland and upland habitat restoration, youth and adult environmental education and environmental- and hunter-based legislation.  
To contact us call (800) 524-8460 or (262) 968-1722, email wwainfo@centurytel.net or visit our website at  www.wisducks.org