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.
If you desire an absentee ballot, simply download the PDF file by clicking here, cut out the request and mail it to the address provided or email request to: email@example.com. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you.
Note: Absentee Ballots must be returned by April 8, 2012
Candidate for President – Al Lobner
Question 1: Currently I live in the Town of Milladore, Wisconsin. After graduating from Auburndale High School I worked as a millwright, starting as an apprentice and working my way to Superintendent/Project Manager, primarily for Boldt Construction. I am married to my wife Alita and have two sons, Brian 37, and Corey 33. My first recollection of bear hunting was in the fall of 1970 when I went to bait ―the bears‖ with my uncle Phil. They didn’t use just bakery and candy back then, it was a lot smellier.
Question 2: Since retiring a couple of years ago I would like to dedicate more time to the WBHA. My previous experience on the Scholarship, Finance, Annual Raffle and Legislative Commit-tees, will be valuable in transferring the everyday business of the WBHA to our next generations of WBHA Board members. Continuing the positive influence that the WBHA has developed is crucial for all sportsmen across the State of Wisconsin especially with the negative attitudes of anti-hunters that is so prevalent in today’s society. A special ―Thank you‖ to our past WBHA Boards for their positive, visionary and never ending dedication to the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association that has created this support and influence that we all enjoy as sportsmen and specifically as Bear Hunters today.
Question 3: The Youth Mentoring Bill, Learn to Bear Hunt, and the ability to transfer harvest tags has greatly increased the opportunity for today’s youth to become involved. Creating opportunities, supporting sound bear management, and easing regulations for hunters along with creating and fostering a positive image of all sportsmen are ways to continue promoting youth hunting.
Candidate for President – Hubert Malsin Jr.
Question 1: I have been a member of the WBHA since the 70‖s. I served on the board as a club representative, board director, Vice President, and President for 1 term.
Question 2:I would like to bring some new ideas and try to build a bigger and stronger membership.
Question 3:When I was on the board in the past my whole objective was to create opportunities for the young hunters. I still have not changed any of my views about this subject.
Board of Directors Candidate – Leroy Miller
I am running for re-election for the WBHA Board of Directors. I served as booth chairman for four years and I have helped with the Youth hunt along with the other club members. I believe we need to reach out to the youth to educate them about the joys of hunting. They are the future hunters of the great state of Wisconsin. I belong to the Tri Bear Hunters club and Little Wolf River Houndsmen Club.
I grew up hunting and fishing every time I had a free moment. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to hunt bear with and without hounds throughout the years. I have also had the good fortune to hunt bear in Alaska, Canada, Montana and right here in Wisconsin.
Board of Directors Candidate – Jim Hamilton
1.) My name is Jim Hamilton . I manage the heating side of a plumbing and heating business that my uncle owns in Embarrass, WI. Both the business and I are lifetime members of the WBHA.
2.) There are many people out there who take our hunting rights for granted. I am not one of those people, I know that without organizations like the WBHA, our rights would diminish, especially rights protecting hunting with hounds, which is always under scrutiny. I would like to be a board member to do my part to protect our rights as hunters.
3.) I believe that we as individuals and as an organization need to do everything in our power to see our youth be more active in outdoor activities. I believe that in the last 5 years we have come along way with being able to transfer a tag and mentored hunting. Getting youth involved in the outdoors is one of the most important things we can do to combat the growing number of anti-hunting groups, and to ensure that the hunting tradition handed down to us is past to the next and future generations. With the number of youth involved in hunting dropping, it will not be long before we are in the minority. I don’t have specific solution for the problem, but I believe that as an organization we need to support any initiative that involves youth in the outdoors.
Board of Directors Candidate – Jerry Honeyager
My name is Jerry Honeyager and I live in the Waukesha area. I have enjoyed serving as a Board Director for 17 years. I have two daughters that have enjoyed my love of bear hunting along with hunting in general that will be passed along to their children in the future.
I have served on the Membership Committee, Booth Committee, Legislative Committee, and SOS Auction Committee.
I thoroughly believe it is our responsibility to educate the youth on the beauty of the Wisconsin outdoors. This natural re-source is truly a benefit to all at our fingertips that is free of charge. This type of education will help preserve our hunting heritage for our children and my future grandchildren. So take a kid hunting!
Board of Directors Candidate – Jim Hanson
My name is Jim Hanson and I’m running for the Board of Directors. I live in Price County in the Town of Harmony where I am Town Supervisor.
I’ve been running bear since it started. I’ve been on the board be-fore and on the Conservation congress also. At that time my work kept me from making a difference, so I didn’t run for a 2nd term. Now I’m retired and hopefully can make a difference.
The bear Hunters’ Association has got a lot done this past year with getting some of the laws changed. We need to do more! I feel that most of the laws that we have in Wisconsin are laws to generate revenue.. They are not necessary.
As far as youth hunting, there are plenty of opportunities for young hunters now. What we need to do is get the parents to get their kid out at a young age and get them fired up about going hunting. My dad took me with him as soon as I could walk and I loved it. Now I hunt as much as I can. Our future of hunting is in the hands of our youths. We can only help them along. Thanks for your vote.
Board of Directors Candidate – Lucas Withrow
Hi, my name is Lucas Withrow, I usually go by Luke. I have been a houndsman since I was big enough to go along. I have only been bear hunting for about 10 years. I hunt in Northern Wisconsin, Park Falls area. I hunt with hounds because of the satisfaction it brings from raising a puppy into a finished hound no matter what your choice of game. I truly believe that hound hunting is not only a very fair chase sport but also a way of life and I take great pride in being an avid outdoorsman and respectful hunter.
I am running for the board of directors to represent the Southernmost area of the state where no bear hunting actually takes place but many bear hunters take residence. I am also running to help provide support and raise awareness about who bear hunters and the Wisconsin Bear hunting organization is and what they stand for.
I would like the organization to explore the idea of the youth bear hunting season to be expanded to any youth hunter under the age of 16 years old, who already have a tag transferred to them, to be able to hunt in the states designated youth season. I also believe as a father of two young girls that any promotion of the outdoors we can give is awesome.
Board of Directors Candidate – Kasey Kolberg
Question #1— I grew up in a non-hunting family, but was introduced to bear hunting & hunting in general when I was employed with The Welch Group. I fell in love with the sport immediately. I signed up for hunter’s safety shortly thereafter and look forward to each hunting season.
Question #2—I want to stay involved with the organization to help protect the great sport of bear hunting.
Question #3—Have more of us as an organization, especially BOD possibly teach hunters safety classes. Have more hunters safety classes added if more instructors are available. Get more youth permits available for the youth Learn-to-hunt program. Keep promoting the transferring of tags to youth hunters.
Board of Directors Candidate – Terry Withrow
Question #1) I am now retired. I spent a great deal of my time helping to do things for my family. I have always hunted and fished from an early age. I have always enjoyed taking children and young adults hunting and fishing, showing them the ways of the land and the rules of the sport. My family and grandchildren, mean the world to me.
Question #2) I feel we need strong board officers, to deal with all of the objectives, to help in the survival of all bear hunters, hound hunters, etc.
Question #3) I feel that we should have a longer youth season. I would like to see the youths get more educate or promote classes to better inform them of the Bear’s habitat, health and life style. Perhaps have some hands on training.