Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
Dedicated to the Conservation of Wisconsin's Waterfowl and Wetland Resources.
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Thank You To WWA's
2017 Sponsors & Donors

Gold Level Sponsors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
State Level Sponsors
State Level Donors
  • Dale Arenz
  • Ted Olson
  • Jack Olson
  • Tom Lutes
  • Patrick Smith
  • Erich Pitz
  • Randy Hess
  • Raymond Petersen
  • Bruce Urben
  • Brian Hadler
  • David R. VanLanen
  • John Wetzel
  • Scott Zoellick
  • Cal Barstow
  • Terry G. Doughty
  • Bill Peebles
  • Jim Weix
  • Leonard & Arleen Wurman
  • Jeff Nania
  • Rob Monette
  • Guy McFarren
  • John Regan
  • Jerry Burns
  • Jerry Gadamus
  • Don Moore
  • Arthur Anderson
  • Don Kloetzke
  • Buzz Balzer
  • David Uihlein, Sr.
  • Robert Kieckhefer
  • Mark Drollinger
  • Jason Alvarado
  • Scott Hedin
  • Austin Wheaton
  • Tom Seibert
  • Larry Kirby
  • Sharon Kirby
  • Keith A. Pamperin
  • Lance Voeltner
  • Benjamin Larson
  • Randy Helbach
  • Don Kirby
  • Robert Swanson
  • Michael Alaimo
  • Joseph Porten
  • Eric Urben
  • Bryan Urben
  • Erich Schultz
  • Jon Bergquist
  • Creed Ferch
  • Gunner Seibert
  • Reggie Rechek
  • Sophie Vanden Boogart
  • Moose Vanden Boogart
  • Max White
  • Eve Monette
  • Ziva Fisher
  • Nixx Urben
  • Pearl Olson
  • Lynard Sitton
  • Phez Bartelmez
  • Jax Braun
  • Sapphire Klug
  • Rolf Timm
  • Neka Otten
Gone but not forgotten
  • Les Didier
  • John Holmes
Gone but never forgotten
  • Zoe Regan
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. John Held
Ms. Kathy Shurts

Mr. John Holmes
Dale W. Arenz, Jon Bergquist

Mr. Jay Reed
Donor: Bob & Cookie Olson  

Mr. Norman J. Brady
Dale W. Arenz

Mr. Robert E. Strous

: Bruce Urben

Mr. Stephan Rogge
Donors: Bob & Helen Harold, Law Offices of O'Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum Ltd, La Crosse County Bar Association

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        
Don Kirby
Executive Director
Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
PO Box 427
Wales, Wisconsin 53183
The Harvest of Communication
Don Kirby, Executive Director, 262.224.4949  

Welcome to November. With our temperatures changing from the mid-70's to the mid-30's in a little more than a week, it seems that late fall has arrived with little warning. We've been unusually busy of late, and that appears to be continuing, as we move into a new month.
One of the really great things about my job is when we're able to recognize when we've been successful in passing on a message. This can be tricky, although we have many means to communicate, whether it be in-person at an event, or a boat launch, or through our Constant Contact tools (like the one you're reading now), or through an e-mail or Facebook, we don't always know if folks are actually "hearing" the message. Last month, I took a moment to recognize a new WWA Life Member, and thanks in part to that message, this month I get to do it again: a big "thank you" to Jon Bergquist, WWA's newest Life Member. Some of you will recognize Jon's name, as a person who's been deeply involved in improving Wisconsin's waterfowling for a long time. We're proud to count Jon among those who've chosen to make a commitment of life membership to WWA. His undesignated funds will be applied to our endowment account, held in trust for us by the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.
There's a boat-load of updates here today, so I'll keep this short. Early next week, I'm back on the road, joining with the other representatives of the WDNR Migratory Bird committee, during our fall meeting. We're also working on next year's slate of events & finalizing budgets, while we work to support the volunteer teams hosting & helping the final two events of 2017 - on November 30th in Manitowoc at the 28th annual banquet for our Lakeshore Chapter and then the 2nd annual WWA Christmas Bash on December 12th in Delafield. I knew we had a ton of fun at this "quickie" event last year, but I couldn't believe it when we already had people pre-registering this past week! Make your plan to join us for a couple hours of fun raffles and games, while we enjoy hot appetizers and cold drinks at the Delafield Brewhouse, just off I-94, in Waukesha County.
Thanks for taking time to "hear our message", and sharing your interest, your hard work, and your support with WWA.

See you on the water, Don
Legislative Program Update
Capitol Dome
WWA has been working with a coalition of conservation partners, including Ducks Unlimited, the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the WI Wildlife Federation, the Conservation Congress, Pheasants Forever, the WI Trappers Association, and several other groups, to share our message of opposition to upcoming wetland legislation, which would remove the protections from non-federal, isolated wetlands. These are the types of wetlands many waterfowlers are familiar with in the "prairie pothole" region of the Dakotas, and create the backbone for waterfowl production in our state as well, in addition to their critical work in supporting a wide variety of species, and their impact on flood control and water purity.

Recently, I participated in a gathering of select stakeholders, legislative leadership, and senior DNR leaders, where a good first exchange finally took place: identifying some of the concerns from property owners, and developers that led to this legislative proposal, the goals of legislators, and possible ways to address these concerns, both administratively at WDNR, and through careful legislative updates. There is much work to do, before conservationists in Wisconsin can lower their guard against this proposal, as it is currently drafted. We remain hopeful that leadership will seek to find ways to make common-sense improvements to the process of administering wetland regulations, while maintaining the protections that ensure Wisconsin's unique position in our country, as a special place of wetland natural wonders, will not be further diminished.
Duck School 2017
By Don Kirby, Executive Director
Don Kirby, left, presents a plaque to the highest scoring recruit, Josh Litvinoff, at Duck School
On Friday, October 13th, my new training partner, WWA board member Patrice Eyers, met me at Fleet Farm in Stevens Point and we headed out across the state to arrive at Goose Island park, for another session of "Duck School", joining a large group of warden-mentors, DNR staffers, and other volunteers as the group of some two dozen recruits were led through several different scenario stations - where they had to demonstrate the waterfowl related knowledge they'd been working on, all week, as well as applying their law enforcement training, in real-life situations.
This year, with my usual partner, president Bruce, already busy working on a Learn to Hunt event, my new partner Patrice jumped in, and for once I got to play the "good guy" in our assigned roles as goose hunters in need of some re-education, which we received in generous helpings. Note: it was intriguing to see how quickly Patrice was able to adapt to the role of the "bad girl", perhaps an interesting insight on her personality? (ha-ha!) As in past years, it was great to meet these dedicated professionals, and to be a part of the critical learning for these new partners in conservation, helping them protect our resources, and keep themselves safe, in potentially dangerous situations.
Continuing the tradition in place for many years, WWA awarded a set of  Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America , to the recruit who recorded the best score on their final examination, held prior to the "field day" which we participated in.  This year's winner was: Josh Litvinoff, a native of Keenan, Wisconsin. A graduate of the Wildlife Ecology program at UW-Madison, he's already worked as a fisheries tech in Yellowstone National Park, as a field technician in Namibia, Africa, and for the WDNR as a hunting and shooting sports assistant, before being hired into the Warden recruit staff in January. An avid waterfowler, he has two Labs, Gauge and Zayda.
Congrats to Josh, and good luck to all of the recruits, as they transition from training into their work stations, over the next few months. I'm confident we'll all be proud to see you protecting our natural resources!

2018 Conservation Calendars Are Here
Featuring 365 Fabulous Prizes, Including:
  • 57 Rifles & Shotguns
  • 20 Pistols & Revolvers 
  • 14 Mathews Archery Mission Compound Bows
  • 84 Cabela's Gift Cards and Packages
  • 12 Parker Crossbows
  • 6 Guided Fishing Trips from Conro's Family Resort
  • And more!

Our 2017 edition of the calendar sold out and we're expecting another sellout of the 2018 Conservation Calendar Raffles so get yours soon

Moving Forward
By Bruce Urben, President, 920.660.2773
Bruce Urben
In the last few weeks I have noticed some changes at the boat landing during duck season. While there are still impatient guides busy ferrying their clients out to enjoy a day of waterfowling, I've also noticed some other important clientele. A dad with his daughter bundled up at 5:15 am to enjoy a morning in the duck blind. Two young brothers and a friend loading up to maneuver the wind and waves on the Bay and even a young man and his wife going out for a morning hunt. Don't get me wrong, there was still the old experienced duck hunters starting their Johnson's and Mercury's but, if this landing is any indication maybe, just maybe, the trend is moving forward. It is great to see younger hunters getting out to go waterfowling. I even saw a young woman holding up a fully plumed goldeneye drake being photographed on our way back into the landing!
Last month, WWA held it's Learn to Hunt Waterfowl Program at the Pittsfield Trap Club. The course was filled with UWSP college waterfowl students, local scouts and even one young man just 10 years old. The mix was almost 50%
LTH students during classroom instruction
LTH students during classroom instruction 
male and female! Their attention was unwavering in the classroom instruction and even more intense with our shotgun instructors on the range. Their excitement was building for the anticipated hunt early the next morning. Mentors took their students to their favorite hunting spots on the Bay of Green Bay, picked corn fields, local inland ponds, rivers and streams to try to harvest their first duck or goose.  
While the weather was warm, the wind was intense and the waterfowl were sometimes uncooperative. All students returned to the trap club, some with their parents that also enjoyed the hunt, with stories of their morning adventures. About half of the group harvested their first duck or goose.
After the hunt we demonstrated cleaning of their waterfowl, care of their firearm, as well as some of our mentors' favorite duck or goose recipes.
Maybe these young hunters will be at the landing next year if indeed the trend is" Moving Forward"! We sure hope so.
LTH participants after their hunt
I hope you all had a happy Halloween, enjoy the season and don't forget to take a kid hunting, they are our waterfowling future!
Habitat Project Program Updates
Peter Ziegler
By Peter Ziegler, Project Director 

I have always said that partners make habitat restoration work in this state. This project, pictured below, was just wrapped up in Winnebago County. WWA, USF&WS, PF, Winnebago Land Conservation and the landowner cooperatively worked to get this restoration completed.
Winnebago County project

It's always a good sign when water starts seeping in before you're done excavating and then to have a good rainfall the next day always makes things look really good very quickly. There is potential for a second phase to restore hydrology to an adjoining parcel which will really benefit waterfowl in this area by decreasing the cattail dominance and increasing open water habitat. With adjoining uplands going into grassland, this project is sure to be another Wisconsin production area for waterfowl.
Water immediately seeping into the project site

On Friday November 3rd I will be giving a presentation for the Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit on some of WWA's wetland restoration work. This will be at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve just north of Port Washington along Lake Michigan. If you can make it, great, but if I were you I'd head out to your nearest honey-hole instead. There are good numbers of birds around and new ones keep filtering in with each of these passing cold fronts and another is coming through today. Enjoy.
2nd Annual Hall of Fame Class Accepting Nominations

On October 15th, WWA's Hall of Fame Committee will began accepting nominations for candidates to our Second Annual Hall of Fame Class. Do you know of someone you'd like to nominate to the WWA Hall of Fame?  Please read the full selection and eligibility process and fill out the nomination form prior to November 15, 2017 .
Adopt A Wildlife Area Program Updates
One of the 4-legged volunteers at a Rome Pond WA work day
It is as if a switch were flipped these last few weeks, as more seasonal weather is settling in.  Our Adopt A Wildlife Area (AWA) volunteers are busy pursuing their passions outdoors and with deer hunting fast approaching, work on our Wildlife Areas will go on hold per our contracts. During gun deer seasons, volunteer work is not permitted for safety reasons and the heavier use of these properties.
This makes it the perfect time of year to start planning what needs to happen when the leaves fall, ground hardens and there is ice on the waters, which makes tending nest boxes easier.  Our teams are busy planning for clearing projects, nest box installation, blind construction, etc.  The Wausau team is hoping to slide in a clearing project at Mead before gun deer opens, the Jackson Marsh team will soon be putting on their Sunday best for a photo op with their new AWA signs, Paradise Valley signs should be going up soon and plans are being made for clean-up projects, Rome Pond work is done for this year with volunteers already meeting their 100 hour time commitments to the property, and Lake Mills finished out their contract year with a 90 hour submission and close to $900 in donated materials.
AWA volunteer Ron Churchill with one of the wood duck houses placed on Rome Pond
A big thanks goes out to the hard workers on these teams!  They devote many volunteer hours to help our public lands.  This passion is important to keep the synergy going from contract year to contract year.  It seems incredible, but Rome Pond will be on its third year of adoption and we will be reapplying shortly for our second contract!  
If you have an interest in participating this upcoming year on AWA projects in your area,  please contact Mike Alaimo at 262-443-4674, or fill out our WWA volunteer submission form and note your interest in AWA work!
6th Annual Craig Martin Legacy Youth Duck Hunt
By Matthew Martin

Gabby Lenzendorf with her new gun donated by Tom Olson of Big River Campground
On September 17th 2017, six area youth were introduced to duck hunting by members of the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. The participants were invited out to the Duck Inn Lodge where they learned about local duck species, duck hunting methods, and gun safety. The afternoon's activities included lunch catered by Huckleberry's Restaurant, a clay pigeon shoot in a variety of duck hunting situations, and a duck hunt in the Wisconsin River bottoms. Before the hunt, each youth hunter was given a hunting bag filled with hunting supplies and other goodies purchased with funds donated by the Carolyn M And Leary E Peterson Family Foundation Inc. After the hunt, one lucky youth hunter, Gabby Lenzendorf, was drawn as the winner of a Stoeger® Model P3000 12 Gauge pump shotgun which was donated by Tom Olson of Big River Campground. Special thanks to the Nate Cejka and the entire Cejka and Yeomans families for hosting the event at the Duck Inn Lodge!

This event was sponsored by the Craig Martin Legacy Fund which was created to keep Craig's efforts with youth in the outdoors alive and well after his passing in 2012. Over the years this fund received generous donations from the Carolyn M And Leary E Peterson Family Foundation Inc., Mark Forsythe of Peoples State Bank, Steve and Angie Jones of Jones' Black Angus, Scott Yeomans of Sports World, Todd Lensing of Flyway Fowling Guide Service, Keith and Jenny Coleman, The Skemp Family of Huckleberry's Restaurant, and Tom Olson of Big River Campground. If you would like to make a donation to the Craig Martin Legacy Fund contact Matt Martin at 608-412-1249. Other outdoor related youth organizations needing support can also contact Matt at the same number.

Back Row: Matt Martin, Ryan Deegan, Ryan Stram and Nate Cejka. Middle Row: Seth MacEachern, Colton Thompson, Aiden McClusky, Sheyanne Ronnfeldt, Gabby Lenzendorf. Front Row: Mike Pettit, Owen Oldenburg, Maddox Cejka, Irelynd Cejka and Mikey Pettit.

The Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of WWA would like to thank all Sponsors, Donors, and past banquet attendees for making events like this possible. If you would like to become more involved in events such as these, please fill out our online volunteer form

Tom's Event Corner
By Tom Seibert, Regional Director
I'd like to thank all of you for your support throughout this year. Your contributions have enabled WWA to complete many habitat projects this year. We have a few events left this year and we hope you can join us at our Lakeshore Banquet in Manitowoc (tickets start at just $25!) and they will have many great guns and door prizes for you to win and a wonderful buffet dinner. It might be time to take a road trip.
We will be selling the last chance raffle tickets and drawing the winner of our Waterfowlers Dream Hunt on December 12th at our Christmas Bash taking place at the Delafield Brewhaus. We have LOTS of great prizes and guns to win at this event and it's another event one where you can attend for as little as $25! This is a quicky 2-hour affiar that is full of fun games, raffles, prizes, FREE beer & soda and tasty appetizers. I see another road trip in your future.  
I hope you've have had a chance to partake in our current hunting seasons. Your support has contributed to the upkeep and creation of many of the lands you will hunt on. Without all of your support WWA's efforts couldn't exist, so Thank You! Come and have fun at our last remaining events and help us help Wisconsin's wildlife flourish.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ian Bartelmez as the new Chairman of our State Sporting Clays Shoot at Wern Valley! Ian was one of the series shooters who participated in most of our shoots this past year or two and through our Facebook page he learned of the works of WWA and
Wern Valley
Shooters at Wern Valley, photo credit: Wern Valley
wanted to be a larger part of this industrious Association in making Wisconsin a better place to live. He would like to welcome any shooters and hunters to join his committee to help make the WWA Wern Valley State Shoot even more enjoyable. He and his daughter are avid shooters and he participated in his first WWA duck hunt in North Dakota this year. I can tell you that my dog Gunner has approved Ian and his family as volunteers of WWA. If you know or see Ian around, please thank him for his continued contributions to the efforts of WWA.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer on a committee like Ian's or would like to start a new chapter, please fill out the volunteer form on our website

Sponsor Spotlight: Andis Company
We have enjoyed the sponsorship support of Andis for several years now, and when I saw their press release in October, acknowledging their 95th anniversary, it seemed a perfect time to recognize their contributions to WWA's success. Once again, we've offered an amazing package of personal grooming tools for humans, as we
Andis products you'll find at a WWA event near you!
ll as some of their amazing pet trimmers, all in the awesome Realtree camo finishes, sure to please the discerning sportsman or woman in your home!   They are anotherclassic example of a great Wisconsin company doing great work, and supporting WWA.

Through his connections to the conservation world, company president Matt Andis has demonstrated his commitment to the outdoors time and again, and we're proud to recognize their 95 years of heritage, serving markets all over the world, from their home-base in Racine.

Check out this statement from their website:

What lies ahead? Andis intends to continue to innovate with new products, to listen to what their markets want, to bring real value to all their markets, and quite simply, to supply products that make people look better and feel better. The fourth generation has developed a strategic planning process that is a way of life, guiding the Company along to its vision, while remaining true to its legacy and roots.

Andis continues to grow globally. Almost 80 years ago Andis introduced products to Europe and today these products are available in 90 countries around the world. Barbers, stylists, groomers, and consumers everywhere continue to reach for Andis clippers, trimmers, dryers, blades, curling irons and flat irons when they need top- performing tools.

With more product innovation, a long-term strategy and the drive of a dedicated workforce, many more great things are yet to come for Andis Company.
Like all of our sponsor-partners, we encourage you to support those who support us. We are very pleased to have Andis choose to support the works of WWA, all around Wisconsin, and to be able to offer their fine products to our membership at our events. For more information about Andis Company, simply click on their logo in the sponsors line-up in the margin on this page, and it will take you right to their website. Congratulations to Andis on 95 great years in business!




Thank you to everyone who purchased our 2017 Conservation Calendar! This raffle was again an immensely successful fundraiser for our organization's mission.  

NEW for 2017: Drawings will be held on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month and all drawings will be held at Marsh Inn, 220 S. Hwy W in Reedsville, WI, at 6:00 p.m. The drawing is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Winner's results are posted online by noon on the Thursday following the drawing and the month's drawing results can also be obtained by request via email or by calling (262) 968-1722 or writing to PO Box 427, Wales, WI 53183. 
Good luck to all who are entered!
The Decoy Corner: Carry-Lite Decoys, Made In Wisconsin
By Bruce Urben, President 
In the late 1930's waterfowl hunters were anxious to find a lighter option for their decoys other than wood. Carrying two dozen wood decoys into a marsh was like carrying almost 50 pounds of extra weight. The answer was soon to come from a company based out of Milwaukee, WI.  
The Division Pulp Reproduction Company of Milwaukee began manufacturing and selling Carry-Lite decoys in 1939. Carry-Lite was the first paper mache decoy operation to gain notable success, but they were not the first paper mache decoy factory. The introduction of an inexpensive and disposable
Carry-Lite paper mache decoys
decoy in 1939 was timed perfectly for the marketplace. Carry-Lite initially produced mallard, bluebill, pintail, canvasback pairs and a single black duck. Later, their process expanded to include geese, owls, crow decoys and even corn cob decoys! Carry-Lite continued their paper mache manufacturing until 1969. They even got into the plastic Decoy business in 1956, which produced decoys from styrofoam. In 1968, an Italian Company named Sport Plast purchased the Carry-Lite Decoy Company and moved much of the manufacturing to Italy.
Carry-Lite decoys sold for about $12 a dozen and were all well labeled for identification by either a paper label on the decoy bottom or imbedded molding printing on the bottom.
As you might expect, there were hundreds of thousands of Carry-Lite decoys
Carry-Lite dura beak decoy
sold and used in Wisconsin. One complaint from hunters was the fragile beak that was prone to breakage. In turn, Carry-Lite listened and developed a model called the dura-beak which was produced in the 1950's and did prevent bill breakage. The head and beak was molded so the bill was lower to the body.
Many waterfowlers had these decoys in their spreads and some are still in service. You may have some of these decoys gathering dust in your garage or cottage. These decoys in good to excellent condition (no bill breakage, tears and with original paint) can be worth $75-$250 to collectors. The vast majority of decoys produced were mallards, so other species usually command a higher price. Check out your old decoys, you may have some Carry-Lite from your Dad or Grandpa that may be very collectible - and made in Wisconsin.
History provided by "North American Factory Decoys" by Kenneth Trayer and value from "Worman's Duck decoys" by Russel Lewis. 
Safety, Not Food, Entices Geese to Cities
From The Birding Wire, October 18, 2017

Radio transmitter data has revealed the real reason geese hang out in cities. Photo credit: M. Horath
Canada Geese have shifted their winter range northward in recent years by taking advantage of conditions in urban areas-but what specific features of cities make this possible? A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications suggests that rather than food, geese are seeking safety, congregating in areas where they can avoid hunters and be buffered from the coldest winter temperatures.

Heath Hagy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his colleagues captured 41 geese in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area between 2014 and 2016 and fitted them with radio transmitters to track their movements. While the geese used a remarkable variety of urban habitats, they preferred deep water and rivers over green space such as parks when temperatures dropped enough to tax their ability to maintain their body temperature. For geese that remained within the metropolitan area, winter survival was 100%, but this dropped to 48% for those that emigrated out to forage in surrounding agricultural fields, countering expectations that the proximity of agricultural habitat may be a factor in geese's winter expansion in the area. Together, these results suggest that sanctuary may be a higher priority for wintering geese than good foraging habitat. Read on...

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