Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.

Executive Board Meeting

October 26, 2015

Members Present:

Gary Buss, Jim Cleven, Dave Frank, Ryan Gondeck, Curt Hagberg, Russ Hitz, Rich Leach, Dave Pechmiller, Gary Schwoch, Garret Sinz, Scott Sinz,

Old Business:

          1. Recap Fall Banquet: Gary Schwoch – Update on net income approximately $19,065. (Addition of $500 in gift cards from Scheels that could be applied to forearms purchase and a $50 donation from Dr. Phillips

          1. Pheasant Release: Curt Hagberg – The day went smoothly. We lost less than 200 birds during our rearing season. Pens are all cleaned & ready for next year.

          2. Gilbert Creek: Gary Buss – Nate Anderson (DNR) wondering if the Fish & Gamc can commit any money to future rehab projects. No specifics at this time. Action tabled

New Business:

          1. DNR Grants & Donations: Jess Carstens DNR) would like the Fish & Game to commit $500/year for two years for rehab Powell Lake in the Dunnville Bottoms

            which will make matching funds easier to get through a NAWCAW grant.

          1. 24-7 West Wisconsin Telecom/letter: Thermostats controlled by smart phones not working. Gary Schwoch will meet technicians this week. Also to be discussed will be manual overide keyholders and thermostat covers.

        1. 3. Dobbs Landing roads: - Scott Sinz reported on the Alliance meeting to discuss location of roads at Dobbs Landing. Two roads will be improved: one to the existing canoe landing and one to the new canoe landing. Other roads will be closed off. A short spur will also go out on a penninsula in one of the ponds.

Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.


Garrett Sinz, President


October 26, 2015

Call to Order: Garrett Sinz

Pledge of Allegiance: Garrett Sinz

Secretary's Report: Gary Schwoch: I was in the process of sitting down when someone moved & seconded to approve last month's minutes. It did happen but I didn't catch who did it.

Treasurer's Report: Kellen Cassellius

Money Market: 772

Checking: 2,812

Association: 36,405

Bar: 7,846

Total: $47,835

Moved to accept by Tom Koranski & 2nd by Len Frank. Motion passed.

Correspondence: Garrett Sinz: We received a thank-you card from Donna Albrecht & family.

Executive Committee Report: Garrett Sinz: (See Exec. Board Newsletter)

DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Carstens, Chad Mogen: Jess urged the club to commit $500/year for the next 2 years to help rehabilitate Powell Lake (just in side Eau Claire County) and 60-acre oxbow in the Dunnville Bottoms. Sometimes this oxbow floods & receives the benefit of fresh water from the Chippewa and sometimes it doesn't. The improvements would help it get flooded consistently and continue to be great duck habitat. The project will cost $75,000 ($41,000 of which will be paid for in Duck Stamp monies). Jess will (or has) applied for a NAWCAW grant to raise supplementary funds and the chances of this getting approved are greatly increased if he can show support from a group of local conservation organizations; the more the better. 1. Moved to partner with the DNR on this project made by Jim Thompson; 2nd by Bob Giede. Motion Passed. 2. Motion to commit $500/year for the next two years (1,000 total) to this project made by Ryan Gondeck; 2nd by Tom Koranski. Motion Passed

Dunn County Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz: Scott reported on: 1. Road approval at Dobbs Landing (see Board Newsletter). 2.Prairie Enthusiasts are applying for a $10,000 grant for improvement to the habitat at Dobbs Landing. 3.The Tainter Lake Ice Fishing Contest will be held February 27, 2016; proceeds go to Dobbs Landing improvements.

Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Russ Hitz, Al Marotz, Scott Sinz: Russ reported that several meetings will be held shortly; more on that when they happen.

Standing/Special Committee Reports

Buss Report: As you know, times are tough and Gary is on a fixed income. He's been looking for work and would appreciate any help. He'd like to be employed washing mirrors because it's the only job he can see himself doing.

a. Bar Management: Ryan Gondeck: [Two whales walked into our bar the other day. The first one says, “EeeeeeeeeOooooooooUuuuuuuuu.” The second one looked at him and said, “What the hell is wrong with you?”]

Ryan announced a Budget Meeting for the club to be held Wednesday, November 4th @ 6:00. This meeting is for everyone with any concerns or ideas about how we spend our money. If you are a committee chair or have a special interest in something the club does be sure to be there.

b. Buildings & Grounds: Ryan Gondeck, Scott Sinz: 1. Scott is getting a bid on replacing our outside lighting. The lights are very expensive to operate and some of them don't shut off during the day like they're supposed to. He thinks 4 LED lights w/sensors & installed would cost between $1,500 to $2,000 but would pay for themselves shortly. 2. Dave Frank will get help from the city to make two “Rob Schroeder Memorial Trail” signs for our walking trail to the lakeside pavillion. 3. Gary Buss reported that Bob Hintz made a house call to check on our tempermental riding lawn mower. They logically thought the problem was female-related at first but it proved to be only a loose cable. We gave Bob $10 & 2 chicken supper tickets. He works cheap. Thanks Bob.

d. Fall Banquet: Scott Sinz, Gary Buss, Gary Schwoch: Gary reported an extra $550 was received ($500 from Scheels & $50 from Dr. Phillips) bringing the total to $19,065.

g. Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong: The night following this DCF&G meeting Bob reported we had 155 guests. Kellen reported income of $958 (w/o costs of labor, liquor)

j. Ice Fishing Contest: Less Kuesel: Les needed 2 people to be in charge of handing out raffle tickets; Garrett Sinz & Brent Schuller volunteered. He also needs 5 people to be in charge of calling businesses to contribute to our poster. Scott Sinz kind of volunteered.

k. Kitchen: Crystal: Everything OK

m. Pheasants: Curt Hagberg: Curt reported a another successful release day. Of the 2,500 birds we started out with we managed to release about 2,300. One of the lowest mortality rates ever. Curt would like someone else to take over as chairman next year but will still be available to help. Dave Pechmiller recently had some interaction with Pheasants Forever members and thought perhaps they would like to contribute financially or with labor to next year's pheasant project.

n. Policy Review: Ryan Gondeck, Rich Levanthal, Garrett Sinz :no report

o. Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg, Dave I-G-G-L-T Kraft: Dave reported that the new skyscreen at the range will cost $36,000 to replace.


p. Scholarship: Gary Buss: no report

q. Social Night: Duke Holmberg, Scott Sinz: Next Fun Night: November 9th

5:00 Happy Hour

5:30 Pot-Luck meal

6:00 lose all your money

r. Sunshine: Garrett Sinz: no report

s. Top Gun: Len Frank, Gary Schwoch: Tentative date: January 28, 2016

u. Women On Target: April Cowan: no report

Old Business:

        1. Buckthorn removal: JimThompson: Jim reported the Environmental Ed. Classes from Menomonie High School, approximately 30 kids & 10 adults, met and removed a humungous amount of buckthorn from our DCF&G property. The 2 huge piles are a proof of how hard they must've worked. Al Finder & Melody Gossett provided the lunch. Thanks to all.

        2. Pheasant release (see above)

        3. Banquet update (see above)

      1. 4. Tree Drop seminar: Gary Buss reported on the meeting. The attendees from Evergreen Cemetery seemed interested

New Business:

      1. 24-7 West Wisconsin Telcom/thermostats: Gary Schwoch will meet with them and direct all their questions to Kellen

      2. Dobbs Landing roads (see above)

      3. Invitation to election of 2016 We always need new blood to get new ideas and creativity pumped into the club. A person filling any vacancy can rest assured that they will be helped by the last person who had the job or other club members who are looking for the club to be a continued success.

      4. Set date of next DCF&G November 16 meeting: (moved up because of deer hunting)

          5:30 Board Meeting

          7:00 Regular meeting

    5. Bib Buck Contest: see Dan Presteback to sign up & pay your $2.00

    6. New Members: Please welcome these new guys & teach them the secret handshake.

        1. Pat Lammer

        2. John Miller

        3. Duey Naatz

        4. Alex Wittmerhaus

Calendar Items:

Oct. 27: Last Chicken Dinner of the Year

Nov. 04: BUDGET MEETING @ 6:00

Nov. 09: Fun Night @ 5:00, etc.

Nov. 16: Next DCF&G meeting

Drawings: Dave Pechmiller, Melody Gossett, Rich Leach, Kellen Casillyass, Gary Schwoch

Adjourn: Moved by Rod Finder & 2nd by Tom Koranski. Motion passed