Dunn County Fish & Game Meeting – Executive Board April 28, 2014
Members present: Kellen Cassellius, Melody Gossett, Gary Schwoch, Jim Cleven, Curt Hagberg, Bill Schutts, Jim Thompson, Garrett Sinz, Pookie Albrecht, Gary Buss, Dave Pechmiller, Russ Hitz, Les Kuesel
1. New Rental Contract proposed by Nick Huston. We may move to PDF format on computer for ease of change and convenience for both parties. Board will review.
2. New Emergency Bartending Policy: if an additional bartender is needed to help in a situation, a Board member may step in to help under the supervision of the licensed bartender. Moved by Gary Schwoch, seconded by Curt Hagberg. Motion carried. (Volunteer person does not get pheasant points.)
3. The Building Rental Account will be moved to Dairy State Bank (instead of WESTconsin Credit Union). It will be a better set up for the organization, easier access to accounts. Money Market Account – easy access, higher interest (handles all of these accts):
Rob Schraeder Account – dedicated to the trail (landscaping, lights and signs still need to be done), once it is used up this acct closes and becomes the Youth Account.
Bob Stratton Account
Money from these accounts all go into Association Account.
Discussion of land purchase account – Edward Jones, minimum 6% interest at WESTconsin CU – Membership Account.
Bill Schutts made a Motion for Building, Kitchen and Rental Accounts to go into a checking account (separate from Bar Account), set up 2 accounts at Dairy State Bank, all 4 accounts go into money market account – all earmarked projects. Pookie seconded, Motion carried.
Mike Benzel gave Pheasant report: Curt Hagberg and Mike Benzel went to Poynette Game Farm. Learned quite a bit. They have 90,000 birds going onto state land.
Brooders, first pens – new system of lights
Get cover crop in ASAP
Pecking process – if they have enough protein in their diet – not a problem, Poynette does not use blinders
28% protein for 6-7weeks; 22% protein; 18% protein; corn last 2 weeks with grit
Did minor repair work on pens a week or so ago, minor issues
Let small birds into smaller runs first, small-watt bulb outside above door, shoo them in a few nights, after that they will know enough to go in where it’s warm
New lights will use half the electricity of the current incandescent bulbs
We need 8 Brooder lights – cost is $2,700 for all (the Board received a sheet with company info)
If pecking persists, put hay and/or lettuce on floor
There will be a savings of $2,135.
Scott Sinz – Dobb’s Landing – once the Dunn County Fish & Game kicks in WE ARE THERE. The Dunn County Alliance needs $27,200 from us.
Jess Carstens – DNR – balance on Lower Chippewa River Association Endowment Fund – is the DCF&G going to contribute? We need to increase our activity.
The aluminum can collection boxes around town that are supposed to be for the high school sports activities have been mishandled, funds have been misappropriated. We have permission to collect them (there are 4 receptacles). Jim Thompson made a Motion that we adopt the cans; seconded by Curt, Motion carried.
Garrett Sinz made a Motion that we pay Sheri $475 commission for the building rental she has generated. Gary Buss Seconded. Motion carried.
Nick Huston gave the Board a spreadsheet with figures for the bar activities from March 17 to April 20, so we could see how he is operating the bar. He said that the cost to have the doors open for an event, rental, or organization meeting is $110.
Dunn County Fish & Game General Membership Meeting April 28, 2014
Meeting called to order by President Kellen Cassellius. Pledge of Allegiance recited.
Secretary’s Report: Melody Gossett (not sent out yet)
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Schutts - Bill made clear the rumor: the building was upgraded only because Bill’s son wanted to rent it. (*eyebrow raised)
Correspondence: Kellen -
Thank you from Hunter’s Safety group
Thank you Lila and Donna Wheeler
Thank you from vets from Operation Tip-Up: Dairyland Outdoor Retreat
Thank you from VOW founder Lance Hoefs
Thank you from Iraq-Afghanistan Vets organization
Thank you from Wounded Warriors Project
Executive Board: Reviewed redoing of the Bylaws:
Annual membership dues are now due at the first monthly meeting in January (not March 31)
Term Limits – if we didn’t receive a new nomination for officer, could waive 1 year ineligibility clause
Adjustments to Treasurer’s Report – routine checks have to be approved by the Board
Donations of not more than $2500 -> 500 (??)
Any mention of the pheasant points has been removed from the Bylaws
These changes are from the 2009 copy of Club Bylaws.
DNR Report: Jim Cleven –
Got a hotline call, Muddy Creek Wildlife Area, caller heard shooting. Shooters wouldn’t admit to hunting ducks out of season but were given a $260 fine. They said they were shooting crows. Cleven found 27 shell casings. $100 reward to the guy who called it in.
3 guys fishing the Red Cedar at Riverside Park – Cleven and Schwoch approached them, they were drinking, 1 guy did admit to fishing
Endowment Fund – without dipping into our fund – Cans for Kids (the guy was fraudulent), now the aluminum money will be called Cans for Conservation
Trapper was cited for neglecting his traps; caller turned down the reward, said put it back in for the Fish & Game Association.
Alliance Report: Dobbs Landing – once the DCF&G kicks funds in, WE ARE THERE. Appraisal: 36 acres. We are committed to $30,000. Need to close in the month of June or we lose the stewardship.
Motion from Scott Sinz – slot some bluegills from the Ice Fishing Contest to use for cooking for Disabled Fishing event. Garrett Sinz seconded, Motion carried.
Bar Management: Garrett Sinz – during the season’s first Harmon Chicken Dinner we were short a bartender; Curt and Bonnie’s daughter Tilli Hotchkiss stepped in to bartend for us. A Board member may step in and help as long as there is a licensed bartender on the premises. NO pheasant points are given for this – no payment, and only for a short period of time.
Nick explained the Financial Report for the Bar from mid-March (when this was started) through April 20.
Advertisements and drink menus don’t cost the club anything, donated by distributors
Nick has to place a certain amount from distributors (MGD example, not enough interest)
The amount on this sheet is not – and never will be – the same as Bill’s amount in the Treasurer’s Account reported. Bill’s show all deductions (heat, lights, etc), deposit will show immediately, Nick’s will not show.
Bluebird houses: Stan Huftel – 55 to Boyceville, 10 to Knapp, ____ to Downsville, plus some were donated to cemeteries around town. Door prizes at meetings, 12 workers took home houses.
Top Gun: Pookie Albrecht – sent out surveys to past attendees, has gotten very positive responses. Have 18 signed up for this year’s event so far. Pookie and Gary Schwoch will give a final report after event.
Buildings: Kellen Cassellius – Exit light still needs replacing upstairs; Martha Peabody’s boys want to keep mowing the grounds.
Fall Banquet: Pookie Albrecht – There will be cash awards this year instead of guns and prizes. The date for the Fall Banquet is Saturday, August 16, 2014. A good part of our club profit comes from donations given to this event.
Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg - April 26 was the annual clean up day at the Range. Six DCF&G members showed up. Finished the fence along the east side of the driveway, garbage was picked up, grounds were raked out and lined, the inside of the building was cleaned, the door was enlarged on the green shed, the buried pea gravel was dug out and used, the pH levels are meeting EPA standards, there was a cookout for lunch. The blue sky barrier is all shot up, work was done on it.
On Thursday, May 8 Jeff Nass, Range Technician from the NRA, will be here to do free seminars that will help us upgrade our Range facility, make it better for our community. Times are 1pm and 6pm.
Fish cribs: Dave Pechmiller – 5 or 6 cribs sank near the cemetery point, one made it to the dam and sank there. The ice broke in sheets and floated away before the cribs could sink where they were supposed to, although 6 did end up where they were planned.
Youth: Jim Cleven – Youth fishing contest – Thursday, June 19 (5pm??)
Bonnie and Tilli to register kids; Gary Schwoch to work also.
Going to try to ease congestion, will start earlier, no shifts, drawing between benches. They catch 2 fish, eat, then go.
Door prizes - ?? (80 kids can get expensive) – tee shirt, cap, small tackle box, pole? Names and addresses put into a hat – get to come back and fish another time at Herbie’s.
Harmon Chicken: Bob DeLong/Dave Kraft – 172 chicken dinners were sold, 10 club members attended. Need to get these numbers up!
Gary Schwoch: free tickets to Top Gun guys, might bring a guest or two (take the money from the Top Gun Banquet)?
Form a group; kick around some ideas, new ways to do things to bring in more business, a committee to brainstorm.
Gary Buss: ask the Stout girls (members) – do students know about these meals? What would they be willing to pay for all they can eat? (answer: $5)
Scott Sinz: suggest we use real plates and cups - we are, after all, a conservation group, shouldn’t be filling the landfill with Styrofoam.
Hunters against Hunger: Ron Fry – no report
Hunter’s Education: Duke Holmberg – next class July 31. We need to be stocked for these kids (pop, chips, stuff they consume)
Ice Fishing Contest: Will need new leadership here, Bob and Les are stepping down after years of service in this event.
Kitchen: Bonnie Hagberg. Kitchen cleaning date TBA. Bonnie wants to clean the stove, the floor mats need to be washed at a car wash where they can be hung up and sprayed with hot water, takes more than one person to lift them.
Membership: Kellen Cassellius – everyone who is going to pay, has paid.
Legislative: Mike Benzel – gave his review of visiting Poynette:
Crops need to be planted ASAP – this Friday, May 2 at 1pm
No tin, no paper on floor
They have to have a light inside (40 watt bulb), plus 20 watt outside brooder door
No incandescent bulbs
New bulbs for brooders, run on computer chips (use only half the electricity that we use now)
No blinders, feed them enough protein, they won’t peck each other
Feed corn the last 2 weeks with grit for digestion
Can use hay and lettuce on floor to keep pecking down
Hawk-owl problems at Poynette – they can only shoot 5 raptors at a time
The nets will last another 3-4 years
We will feed our birds exactly as the DNR feeds theirs and use the same schedule as DNR
We feed them 18 weeks, birds will weigh 3 -3 ½pounds when ready to release
Work nights set up May 13.
Birds come May 16, 2014 Pheasant point system in up on the wall on the BUY-SELL-SWAP board
Scott Seston has put in a bid to fell trees where the owls sit, 8 trees are dead. Expert Tree will remove and clean up and he’ll remove the pine that is leaning over the clubhouse, plus remove a bunch of buckthorn. His fee is $1,100. Gary Buss made a Motion that if Dustin Shackleton doesn’t want the job, Expert Tree will have it. Seconded. Motion carried.
Scholarship: no report
Sunshine Fund: no report
Women on Target: April Cowen – Shooting event will be September 20, 2014 at 8am. Meeting May 15 at 6pm at the range.
Social Club: Scott Sinz – Scott will make a roasterful of one of Whitey Stewart’s wildlife recipes. Can bring a dish to pass. Date is Monday, May 12 at 5pm at the clubhouse. Spouses and significant others welcome.
Next meeting is Monday, May 19 (third Monday because of Memorial Day)
1. Gary Buss – meat tray
2. Dave Pechmiller – meat tray
3. Dave Frank – meat tray
4. Kellen Cassellius- birdhouse
5. Nick Huston - birdhouse
6. Dave Kraft – meat tray
7. Joel Radke – meat tray
8. Stan – NRA membership
Friday, May 2, 2014 – plant corn in pheasant pens
Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 1pm & 6pm – Jeff Nass free seminars on Range facility improvement
Monday, May 12, 2014 – 5pm – Social Night at Clubhouse
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 5pm - work night for setting up the pheasant pens
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 6pm (at the Range) Women on Target meeting
Monday, May 19, 2014 – 7pm - monthly DCF&G meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – 5pm – John Harmon Chicken Dinner
Friday, May 16, 2014 – the pheasant chicks arrive
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – 7pm – (tentative) 4th Fall Banquet meeting
Monday, June 9 social club at club house, open at 5 eat at 6
Wednesday, June 18 6:00pm at range, Women on Target
Thursday, June 19, 2014 (5pm??) Youth Fishing Event, Herbie’s Fish Farm
Saturday, June 28, craft show at clubhouse
Thursday, July 31, 2014 – Hunter’s Ed class
Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Top Gun Banquet
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 8am - Women on Target event