The WWHC was created for the purpose of insuring that all Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters have a vehicle in which to have their voices heard by those that administer our rules, regulations, and laws. It is this same voice from our Conference that is directed towards the individuals who study and implement scientific practices to preserve our passion for generations to come. We are an independent body of concerned waterfowlers not affiliated with any government or private association. The only formal connection to another entity is with the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. This connection exists to cover the WWHC with liability insurance and 501C3 “Non- Profit” status.
The Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Conference is designed, developed and managed by a committee of INDEPENDENT waterfowl hunters. It is supported by individuals, conservation organizations and government agencies.
2017 WISCONSIN WATERFOWL HUNTERS’ CONFERENCE SUMMARY
The 2017 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference was held on March 11 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Unlike many years, the weather just prior to and at the end of the Conference gave participants great travel conditions.
George Meyer, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, gave his Wisconsin Legislative update. He once again reviewed some legislation that would be very beneficial to our waterfowl/wetland resources. George once again showed the importance of by partisan political oversight of government activity in maintaining Wisconsin’s leadership in public outdoor recreation. .
Taylor Finger was introduced as Wisconsin’s new Migratory Game Bird Specialist within the Department of Natural Resources. Taylor offered the group his goals and objectives for his new position. He also gave a presentation on his M.S. degree research of scaup on the Great lakes which highlighted the depth of his commitment and familiarity of Wisconsin waterfowling issues. Taylor also continued with Conferences’, tradition giving two Breakout Sessions seeking input for the 2017 waterfowl seasons and ideas for future quality enhanced hunting opportunities.
Jon R. Bergquist introduced and awarded Luke Fara the 2017 WWHC $1,000.00 Scholarship during the lunch break. Luke received his BS degree from UW Stevens Point and is currently working on his master’s degree at Southern Illinois University looking at life history aspects of Long Tailed Duck wintering on Lake Michigan.
Additional early Breakout Sessions included recognizing Trends in Wisconsin Mallard and Wood Duck Populations, Federal Waterfowl Regulations by Rob Hirchboeck and John Below (Federal Refuge Officers), Waterfowl Hunting in Canada by Allen Kube, information about the FWS’s Saint Croix Wetland Management District by Bridget Olson (FWS), information about the Lake Mills Wetland Management Area in Jefferson County by Samuel Jonas (WDNR) and Wetland Development and Management by Peter Ziegler (Wisconsin Waterfowl Association). These sessions were repeated in the afternoon also, giving attendees a greater opportunity to attend more presentations.
The afternoon session highlighted our Key Note Speaker, Dr Jacob Straub, the Chair of the new Waterfowl and Wetland Endowment at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and he shared with the group his goals and objectives for new research at UW-SP in Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology.
For those who arrived Friday evening the Conference hosted a get together and provide beverages and snacks. That gathering was well attended and gave participants an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends.
Those of you who did not make this year’s Conference missed an informative Conference and we hope to see you at our 16th annual Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference which will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Hotel Mead and Conference Center in Wisconsin Rapids. More details about the 2018 Conference are coming soon to the website.
Please contact any one of the listed Steering Committee members with your questions or comments.
Jon R. Bergquist – (NW WI) – firstname.lastname@example.org – 715-268-5584
Robert Landerman – (C WI) – email@example.com – 715-592-3651
George Braunreiter – W WI – firstname.lastname@example.org – 507-251-0550
Allen Kube –W WI – 608-626-3531