Wisconsin State Rendezvous
June 2
Starting at 11am
Aldo Leopold Foundation
Baraboo, WI









71 Attending

Wisconsin State Rendezvous

Join the Wisconsin chapter of BHA on at The Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo on June 2nd at 11 am for a day of celebrating our public lands and waters.  Their will be a Hike to Hunt to start the day and Seminars, Round tables, Dinner, and Campfires to follow. 

We look forward to seeing you there.  


11:00 a.m. – Noon – Hike to Hunt - A fun Hike around the grounds of the Leopold Foundation

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Western Hunting - Les Welch

Les has been hunting and shooting for close to 40 years. He grew up chasing small game, turkeys, bear, and whitetails in the big woods of Northern Wisconsin. Having the ability to roam for thousands of acres hunting, scouting, and exploring without seeing people and civilization ingrained the public land DIY mentality deep within. After harvesting dozens of whitetails with archery equipment and countless more with rifle and muzzleloader the desire to explore the mountains had become too much to overcome. His western hunting started in 2007, with he and his father hunting public land, DIY antelope. That trip was the start of an obsession. Since that trip he has harvested elk, mule deer, and more antelope all over the west. All 100% public land DIY, with success rates over 90%.  Returning home to the flatlands after that hunt in '07 he realized the need to be in better shape if he was going to achieve the success that he wanted. He dropped 60# and 20% body fat over the next year. He’s since become a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Coach, Triathlon Coach, Cycling Coach, and Spin Instructor. Understanding what his body needs to maximize performance whether he is running a race, competing in Ironman Triathlon, or preparing for 30 days of backcountry hunting helps insure he achieves maximum potential. Year around gym time, training, scouting, and racing help me maintain my mountain readiness.

12:45-1:15 - Fishing the Boundary Waters - Scott Mackenthun

Scott is a BHA member from Minnesota and Fisheries Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Hutchinson Area office.  He is an outdoors columnist and freelance writer. An avid hunter and angler, he counts trips into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among his favorites. Scott will cover planning and fishing while on angling trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Learn what to pack and how to fish this area loaded with tremendous angling opportunities. Make plans and learn techniques to catch giant northern pike, lake trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, and more.


1:15-1:30 - Break

1:30-2:00 - Tom Hauge

Tom retired after 37 years of work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Program.  He served as the Wildlife Program Director for 24 years.

During his 37-year career, Tom gained first-hand experience with the changing Wisconsin landscape, human-wildlife interface and socio-political forces that impact Wisconsin’s wildlife and the habitats they depend upon.  Tom is President of the Sauk County Sportsmen’s Alliance and a Board Member for Wisconsin Green Fire and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. He lives in Prairie du Sac, WI with his wife, Mary Jon.


2:00-3:00 - Brian Richards

Bryan Richards is the Emerging Disease Coordinator at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin. Richards was raised on a dairy farm in Monroe County (WI), trained in Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison and Southern Illinois University, and spent 11 years in the Big Game Program with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Following the detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Wisconsin, Richards joined the NWHC to work with States, Tribes, Federal and international agencies, academia and non-governmental partners on CWD research, management and outreach.

3:00-3:15 - Break

3:15-4:00 – Payments for Positives - Mike Foy

Mike Foy has recently retired from Wisconsin DNR after a 30 year career as a wildlife biologist.  For over 15 years, Mike was actively involved in Wisconsin's effort to control Chronic Wasting Disease, but came to believe that we were not doing enough to protect our extremely valuable deer resource; its wild food, recreation and cultural benefits; and their $1.3 Billion dollar annual contribution to Wisconsin's economy.

Mike believes that CWD is a clear threat to these benefits, but is confident that the spread of CWD and disease prevalence can be reduced to low nuisance levels if not completely eliminated.  He proposes to engage the cooperation of public and private landowners, their hunters, and small business sample collectors through the distribution of financial rewards for removing CWD positive deer, guided by statistical prevalence distribution maps. He is very confident we can win a battle of attrition against the increase of this disease until such time that an effective vaccine or other comprehensive solution is available.


4:00-4:15 - Break

4:15-5:15 - Panel Discussion

Mike Foy

Bryan Richards

Tom Hauge

Doug Duren - Doug is a passionate hunter, farmer, land manager and conservationist. He is the owner of Lone Oak Interests, LLC, specializing in site and land management consulting and contracting services throughout Wisconsin and the Driftless Area. In addition to his consulting and contracting work, Doug manages the Duren Family Farm near Cazenovia, Wisconsin where he has been working and hunting for over 40 years. Management of The Duren Farm includes traditional crop farming, raising grass fed beef, timber management for forest health, wildlife habitat and financial goals, as well as a variety of hunting, aesthetic and recreation objectives. In addition to his private clients, Doug has worked on a variety of projects with several public and private conservation organizations including American Forest Foundation, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin DNR Forestry, My Wisconsin Woods/Driftless Forestry Network, NRCS and FSA. He lives now lives in Cazenovia, 2 miles from the farm.


Patrick Durkin - Pat is an award-winning outdoor writer, freelance newspaper columnist, and general outdoors reporter. He writes frequently for national archery and hunting magazines. He edited Deer & Deer Hunting magazine from 1991 through 2001.  Durkin has written a weekly outdoors newspaper column since 1984. His column appears in 17 Wisconsin newspapers, including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor News, Appleton Post-Crescent and Wausau Daily Herald.

Durkin and his wife, Penny, have three daughters and four grandchildren.

5:15-7:15 Raffles and Dinner

7:15-9:15 Bonfire, etc.


Your ticket will include dinner, beer, water and soft drinks. Please join us to hear these amazing speakers and celebrate our public lands and waters

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June 02, 2018 at 11:00am - 9pm
Aldo Leopold Foundation
E13701 Levee Rd
Baraboo, WI 53913
United States
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