WBHA Elections

Voting for the WBHA elections will take place at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors has made the change to allow for more member participation in elections.

Each year, there are significantly more members who attend the annual meeting than who submit a ballot.

Voting at the annual meeting will be easy as it will be coordinated with registration and pick up of the Year Book.

Please take the time to vote!

Members who can not attend the annual meeting still have full voting privileges by means of an absentee ballot.

Click here for a downloadable absentee ballot . If you desire an absentee ballot, email request to: stumpy@charter.net. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you.

2015 WBHA Candidates

Below you will find your 2015 WBHA Candidates. Each candidate has filled out the same questionnaire and these are their answers. Candidates are displayed in a random order on each visit to this page.

Luke Withrow

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Question #1: About You

I am a husband and father of 2 little girls and 10 hounds. We all enjoy camping,fishing and many types of hunting with and without hounds. My passion is pursuing bear with hounds and doing so with family, friends and even strangers at times. I have a strong connection to my hounds and the rights and heritages to trail and pursue game with the aid of them.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

I would present myself and my actions in ways to represent a positive vision on the behalf of my family and the WBHA. I will always defend our rights as hunters and our rights to hunting practices that represent logical and responsible methods. Stand strongly in the face of discrepancy from those who don't share our passions and hopefully educate them to understand our ways and our heritage.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

I would support in any way possible. Mostly by presenting myself and my practices in ways that reflect positive views of our sport and continue to help people to make their own judgements about issues with the HSUS and ongoing discrepancies with them. I would continue to have a strong but respectful voice to help do whatever is necessary to avenge our sports financially and deliberately.

Brian Ness

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Question #1: About You

I’m Brian Ness I’m married with 2 children. I enjoy the outdoors and bear hunting is my passion.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

Sell tickets for the annual meeting. Get new members signed up. Let people know that without supporting wbha it is possible for the anti's to try to get bear hunting removed from the state.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

Try to get as many members as I could signed up to the wbha. Also let people know that with out supporting wbha it is possible for the anti's to get our right to bear hunt taken away from all of us.

Carl Schoettel

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Question #1: About You

My name is Carl Schoettel I am married to my wife Nancy I have three kids Joe, Danny and my hunting buddy Jessica. I have been bear hunting with hounds for about 25 years. I am the current VP of the WBHA and Legislative chairman.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

First to get our wolf season back and continue to work with the Governor, Wisconsin State legislators and the DNR and other groups that have a common passion for bear hunting and all hunting in the state of Wisconsin.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

I want to build a nation wide collation of States that have Bear Hunting with hounds and help teach those states on how to defeat the anti hunter groups when they come knocking on their door. We will start this this year.

Jeremy Fischer

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Question #1: About You

Hi, I’m Jeremy Fischer. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors and am running for re-election. I live in the Birnamwood area with my wife Leslie and our 2 year old daughter Kailyn. I have been hound hunting for over 12 years, and it is very important for me to preserve this sport for our future generations.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: 10 hours

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

Raising awareness about what our sport is truly about is incredibly important, with hunters and non-hunters alike. Sharing the sport with others, especially youth, either through telling stories of my experiences or bringing them along for a hunt will help to promote a positive image for bear and hound hunting and preserve it for future generations.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

Time is one of the primary resources I have to give to support the mission of the WBHA and protecting bear and hound hunting in Wisconsin. Through continuing to work with the WBHA and raising awareness of the true impact of the HSUS mission, our sport can continue to thrive.

Jim Hanson

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Question #1: About You

I’m mostly retired and enjoying myself. I’ve been bear hunting since the 60’s and I’ve belonged to the Wisconsin Bear Hunters longer than I can remember. I’m currently on the B.O.D. and Business/Finance Committee.

I feel the WBHA has done it’s share in supporting Maine & Michigan with financial aid, but need to be ready to fight any lawsuits aimed at bear hunting in Wisconsin.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

If I can I will attend as many meetings in regard to bear hunting & wolf control. I am attending the deer meetings & recommending that they have to control the wolves if they want the deer numbers to increase. Keep the goal at 350 and moving half of that to southern Wisconsin.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

Attend meetings and help raise money. Try to increase our member numbers. I am always promoting bear hunting with hounds, I talk to a lot of land owners and have convinced them that hounds and most hunters will not hurt them or their land. We have to do all this in order to get hunters and land owners to support us as bear hunters and all other hunters. If we can do this, we as a hunting community, united, can win against HSUS.

Jim Hamilton

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Question #1: About You

I have been bear hunting for about 16 years and am a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association. I am currently on the board and would like to continue to serve on the board to help fight for the sport that we all have a passion for. I live in Embarrass Wisconsin where I am employed at a plumbing and heating shop as a H.V.A.C. technician. The company I work for is Zimdars plumbing and heating and is also a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters association.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

I think educating people about bear hunting is important. there are a lot of people that don't understand what we do, but I have found when you introduce them to the sport they find that it is something that we are passionate about and something that is unlike anything they have ever done. Staying active politically is important so the lawmakers and the DNR know how serious we are about what we do. If the lawmakers don't know where we stand they will get information from other sources that will probably not be sympathetic to what we do. We are the strongest organization in the state of Wisconsin and that is because our membership is dedicated and willing to do whatever it takes to fight for our sport. So I think educating people and attending meetings is what I can do to assure that we can continue to hunt bear in the state of Wisconsin.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

One thing that can be done is to contact as many people and organizations all over the country, we need to have as many allies as possible to fight anti hunting organizations like HSUS. There is strength in numbers and if we are going have any chance at all when the fight comes to our door, and it will come to our door eventually, we are going to need all the help and financial support we can get. As the question states the HSUS has an unlimited bank roll and there is no way we are going to be able to financially be able to do it alone and that is why it is important to be proactive so we are ready.

John F. Trochinski

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Question #1: About You

I am 61 tears old and was a police office in Berlin for 28 years. I have been retired for over 10 years. I am married to my lovely wife Renee who is truly an outdoors wife. I have been bear hunting for over 40 years. My entire family has been raised around the sport of bear hunting and our bear camp is basically a family get together. I have been a member of the WBHA Board of Directors for several years and for the past 2 years I have been the chairman of the Finance Committee and the Principal Director. In the past 40 years I have seen many changes to our sport and mostly for the good, thanks to the WBHA. In recent years the fight for the right to keep our sport alive has become more difficult and even more costly. Without the support of the members of the WBHA this fight would be harder and harder. I am running for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. This would be the perfect opportunity for our family to work in an effort to keep the WBHA a strong and solvent organization in an effort to keep the fight alive to preserve out sport for generations to come.

Questionnaire Statement

With the loss of Bear Hunting in California and the recent fight to keep Bear Hunting in Maine, the WBHA must continue to devote time to assuring that bear hunting will continue to be recognized as a valuable activity here in Wisconsin.

Question #2

Besides BOD meetings and the Annual meeting how much time can you commit per month?

Options: 2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours or More

Candidate Answer: More

How far are you willing to drive?

Options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 100 or more miles

Candidate Answer: 100 or more miles

What are the best days?

Options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Candidate Answer: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Question #3

What are some of the things you feel you can personally do to further accomplish this goal?

Candidate Answer:

I think that I have the knowledge and experience in the sport of bear hunting to promote and expand the membership of the WBHA. Without numbers we are nothing.

Question #4

Knowing that the HSUS has an unlimited bankroll, and one that is far superior to what the WBHA has, what would you be willing to do to save your sport?

Candidate Answer:

The power from any organization comes from numbers. I will do my best to educate and recruit non-members to join our fightr to preserve our sport.