June 2019 Newsletter
Adaptation - A Survival Skill
By Bruce Ross, Executive Director
To be relevant, we must all adapt to changing times. I write about two adaptations today: 1. The proposal to increase the WI Waterfowl Stamp Fee, and, 2. The current state of WWA's re-structuring. Both are needed to address the changing waterfowling landscape. 

WATERFOWL STAMP FEE:  You may have seen WWA's recent call to action regarding the WI Waterfowl Stamp fee. The fee hasn't kept up with inflation over the past 21 years. Read on...
L.L. Bean decoys, one of the many you can bid on to support WWA in Auctioneers, Inc.'s online decoy auction! Photo courtesy Auctioneers, Inc.
Antique Decoy Auction - Bid on a piece of history AND support WWA!
By Bruce Urben, President
Here is a chance for you to own a piece of waterfowling history. A long-time WWA member was very gracious in donating a number of antique waterfowl decoys and shotshell boxes to help support our Decoy Carving Contest & Exhibition on July 26-27. Here is your opportunity to support WWA while starting, or adding on to, your own decoy collection . Learn more...
The Abrams Project Property - An Opportunity Awaits You
By Bruce Urben, President
In 2012, WWA's Green Bay Chapter wrote a short vision on what the Abrams property, a 150+ acre parcel deeded to WWA in the '90’s by the WI Dept. of Transportation, could become. This property is located along Hwy 41 near the 41/141 split north of Green Bay in Oconto County. These volunteers envisioned a recreational area with the ability to serve disabled individuals, as well as able-bodied sportsmen and women. Fast forward to 2019, after a number of grants and fundraising events, over 2 miles of disabled accessible trails, 3 disabled accessible duck blinds and 5 disabled accessible deer blinds have been constructed . And this is only the start...  
Adopt A Wildlife Area Updates
By Mike Alaimo, Lead AWA Volunteer
With the pursuit of Mr. Long-beard over, the Wildlife Areas are now open to more aggressive projects, before the onslaught of biting insects invades us with all of this wet weather. In SE WI, we will be attempting willow work, spraying and the purple loosestrife project.
We have finally locked down August 17th for chainsaw training... read on to learn more and find out what our volunteer Anne is doing with that fawn!
Valley Chapter Wood Duck Project Day
Thanks to all those who helped out with the WWA Valley Chapter’s Wood Duck Nesting Project in Winnebago County on May 18th. Check out all the pictures & details here!
Sponsor Spotlight
My hunting experiences, my dog’s home life, and my personal relationship with my dogs are better when we have consistent, positive interactions. There’s a lot of daily training that goes into achieving that. And, while I’m not always successful, having the right tools is important. One of those tools is my SportD OG training collar - I’ve tried virtually all electronic collars and settled on SportDOG years ago as simple to use, effective and reliable. Tar the Wonder Dog and Calypso each have a SportDog e-collar.  Learn more...
A "before restoration" shot of a project site WWA restored in Portage County in 2016. Read on to see the after photo!
Habitat Program Updates
By Peter Ziegler, Project Director
The Migratory Game Bird Advisory Committee, of which WWA is a member, made its recommendations on project applications for duck stamp funding last week. WDNR needs to approve that recommendation before anyone, including WWA, can move forward with project work. Read on.. .
Tom's Event Corner
Thanks to all of you who attended the Twin Rivers Chapter and Mississippi River Chapter banquets as well as all of our golfers who braved the not so nice May weather at our SE WI Golf Outing. The banquets were so well received that we had to purchase several more guns for each event to satisfy the attendees.  Thank You for your support! Look for more details coming soon on our Mississippi River Chapter's plans to hold a Fall Smoker event. Read on...
Grand Prize: Can Am HD 8XT Camo UTV with a Karavan Trailer!

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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.  Check them all out here !
This month's featured Class A is for our Valley Chapter which will be drawn at our Hunter's Eve Bash . Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20, only 300 will be sold & you could win a   Kimber Ultra 2 Two Tone .45ACP Get your tickets here.
Have an idea you want the wardens to answer in the new year? Let us know!
DNR Recreation Warden Kuhn opens his notebook on boating mishaps & preventable incidents
Treat life jacket like your license, boat lights a must, be weather-wise & hunt your plan
By WDNR Recreation Warden Darren Kuhn 
Hello! I am the recreation warden stationed in Green Bay. In fact, I have worked most of my 21-plus year career at the Green Bay Station. 

Over the years I have talked to duck hunters with the big trailers setting up at 3 a.m. in rural fields, the shore hunters who lug their decoys and gear through the cattail lined shorelines, open water hunters with the layout boats ratchet strapped to their chase boats, and the hunters jump shooting out of their leaky canoes.  

I think I have seen it all: the good, the bad, the legal, the illegal, the ethical and not so much.  Read on...
The Decoy Corner: Walter Ruppel, Ruppel Decoy Co of Sheboygan, WI
Another factory decoy maker in Wisconsin was in business in the 1930’s and made thousands of decoys. Walter J. Ruppel was born in Russia in 1902 and moved to Sheboygan with his parents and his younger brother in 1914. Walter made his first decoy at the age of 12 for use in duck hunting in the lush areas of lake Poygan, Butte des Morts and Winneconne. Learn more...
Mark your calendars for the next WWA event near you and visit our Events Calendar for everything happening in 2019:
Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors & Donors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
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