2016 WBHA Convention Info

Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild, WI. Don’t forget to book your rooms in advance!

Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association

“Preserving tomorrow’s heritage today”

Wisconsin Bear Hunters' AssociationWelcome to the website of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association. For over 40 years the WBHA has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen in Wisconsin as well promoting youth hunting, conservation, and sound wildlife management.

Bear hunting in Wisconsin is the ultimate family sport and the WBHA is nearly 3,000 members strong and itself is family based. We would like to invite you and your family to join us as we work together to protect Wisconsin’s great outdoor heritage.

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DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp: 2014 Gun Deer Season—The rules have changed, but the tradition remains!

NOTE: To all of our members that deer hunt, here is a reminder of changes to the upcoming deer season from DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. You can download a PDF of the 2014 Wisconsin Bonus Antlerless Deer Permit Information for new deer zone details.

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp

You talked, and we listened. Our goal in the months leading up to deer season was to bring hunters and landowners to the table, and we’ve done just that. As a result of these collaborative efforts, the rules have changed as we work to improve the experience for everyone who takes part in Wisconsin’s great hunting tradition!

With these changes, we hope to continue to grow our relationships with Wisconsin’s hunters and landowners. Below, you’ll find a few examples of how changes to deer management in Wisconsin reinforce our commitment to deer management and reflect the desire to get each of you involved.

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To view the Wild Instincts Rehab information that was here, please click this link.

DNR Hires New Chief Warden

In an email sent today on behalf of DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, it was announced that the DNR has hired a new chief warden….Read More

WBHA and DNR Educate Bear Hunters on Baiting

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association and the DNR are working together to educate the bear hunting public and our members on bear baiting.

Note: Please avoid using semi-sweet, dark, or bakers chocolate it can be toxic or lethal to bears and other wildlife, especially to cubs. While it is legal to use chocolate as bait, hunters are encouraged to avoid its use. Solid blocks of dark or bakers chocolate should not be used.

2015 Motor Vehicle Use Map Update Proposal (updated 4/2015)

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) has announced the release of the CNNF 2015 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) Update Forest Proposal. We have included the accompanying documents here for our members to see. They are also available at http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110913 [+].

2015 SOPA Report (April 2015 through June 2015)

Wolf Management Act Update

Click here to download a PDF of the Wolf Harvesting ZonesThe passage of SB 411 – The Wolf Management Act from Representatives Suder and Rivard allows for a Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season to help keep our fast-growing wolf population in check. We’ve covered the reasons for the wolf delisting in previous Bear Tracks. Now we have hard details on what the actual hunt should look like. The act includes many details on how the DNR is to set up the season. Read More

USDA Forest Service Updates UTV Use Dates

The WBHA recently received a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service regarding date changes pertaining to the use of UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles) in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Click to read letter.

President’s Message


Greetings to everyone and I hope you all had a good time at the Annual Meeting. It was certainly a busy weekend but nice to see you all there.

To all of the new members of the Board of Directors I congratulate you and welcome you to the Board. To all of the outgoing Board members I also thank you for all of your contributions and sacrifices you have made over the years…Read More

Transfer a Bear Permit to a Youth Hunter

Transfer a Bear Permit to a Youth Hunter
An adult bearhunter who is authorized to purchase a Class A Bear Hunting License is able to transfer that authority to a youth hunter that falls into an age at or between 10-17 years old.

Thanks to a DNR webpage, we’ve organized what makes a hunter eligible and what you need to do. At the bottom of the page we’ve included some helpful links…Read More

What does the bear bill mean to me?

img_2669After a long process, Governor Scott Walker signed the Bear Bill (Senate Bill 72) into law on June 16th. This bill proposes several much needed changes to how bear hunting is conducted in Wisconsin. Here is a breakdown of those changes…(read more)

Forest’s motorized trails ready for riding


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RHINELANDER, Wis. (June 8, 2011) — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s motorized trails are ready for riding thanks to the trail riders’ patience.

“Our motorized trails are mostly dry and in good condition at this time,” said Catherine Pinegar, Forest Recreation Planner. “They are open for people to enjoy!”

All-terrain vehicle riders did their part to help protect everyone’s recreation opportunities by honoring this spring’s trail closure and its voluntary extension, she said.

Late spring weather conditions and additional rain made the trails prone to erosion and other damage. With dryer weather, the trails are ready for use.

“We really appreciate the public’s patience and willingness to refrain from riding on the trails when they were wet due to our late spring conditions,” Pinegar said.

Illegal Drug Operations on Public Lands

illegal-drugs-public-landWith the rash of recent news stories about illegal drug operations being perpetrated on the public lands of Wisconsin, the state has put together a flyer of what to look for. As hunters using our public lands, it makes perfect sense for us to be on the lookout and keep these areas safe. Click on the image to the left for what to look for and what to do or click here to download a pdf version of the flyer (PDF 4.7mb).

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