Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.


Regular Meeting - Newsletter

June 27, 2016

Scott “Pffftt” Sinz, President (715) 308-2067

Call to Order: Scott Sinz

Pledge of Allegiance: Scott

Secretary’s Report: Gary Schwoch: Motion to approve by Rod Finder; 2nd by Ralph Schneider; Passed

Treasurer's Report: Kellen Cassellius: Current balances in these accounts:

Building Account: $ 8,035

Association Acct.: 22,019

Savings Account: 75,038

Bar Account: 7,028

Total: $112,120

Motion to accept treasurer’s report made by Randy Dahms, second by Tom Koranski. Passed

Correspondence: Scott: The club received a thank-you letter from Roger Gehring to all the Hunter’s Ed. instructors for doing such a fine job. This is another example of the good publicity the H.E. program brings to the club.

Executive Committee Report: Scott: A few thing the board touched on were discussed & voted on by the club. The following members were thanked for going above & beyond the call of duty at the Fish & Game. They will each receive a complementary ticket to our Fall Banquet and $100 in funny money:

Kellen Cassellius; Nominated by Rod Finder, Second by Randy Dahms; Passed

Dave Pechmiller: Nominated by Rod Finder, Second by Dave Leach; Passed

Randy Dahms; Nominated by Gary Buss, second by Rich Leventhal; Passed

Curt Hagberg; Nominated by Len Frank, second by Al Finder; Passed

For other board action see Executive Committee newsletter.

DNR Report: Jim Cleven, Jess Carstens, Chad Mogen: Jess and his counterpart from Eau Claire County, Bill Hogseth, are writing a $1,000,000 NAWCA grant with the hopes of acquiring 970 acres along the lower Chippewa River. This can be matched with funds from the state’s Stewardship Program to give the project a $2,000,000 total. Appraisals for the properties involved will cost about $16,000. So far they have about $12,000 which them leaves them $4,000 short. Both Jess & Bill spoke to the executive committee tonight. At that meeting Jim Thompson motioned to recommend to the membership that the club pledge support of the $4,000 needed for the appraisals, Gary Buss second. Passed. At this time (during the regular meeting) Stan Huftel motioned, Rod Bahr second, to support the recommendation of pledging $4,000 for the appraisals. Passed.

Dunn Country Alliance Report: Dan Prestebak, Scott Sinz: 1. Scott reported that the Disabled Fishing Contest was a big success again this year. There were 35 participants who had a great time. Between them and all the help they ate 5 bags of fish donated by the NAIFC Ice Fishing Contest held at the Fish & Game this past February. 2. Scott also reported that there may by about 15 acres in a large oxbow in the southeast area of the Dobbs Landing project that will need to be logged in an effort to restore prairie at that site. It’s mostly jack pine and a question came up about its suitability for use in stuffing our fish cribs with it. Scott will look into it.

Wis. Conservation Congress Report: Russ Hitz, Al Marotz, Scott Sinz: No report

Standing/Special Committee Reports

Buss Report: Gary thinks he needs to get in better shape. He says his body is starting to sound like his coffee maker.

  1. Bar Management : Ryan Gondeck No report

  2. Buildings & Grounds: Ryan Gondeck, Scott Sinz:Scott reported that

    1. There are a few dead trees that should be removed on club property.

    2. Our sign out in front is in need of staining.

    3. The shelter could muse some work.

    4. The building could be pressure washed.

A work meeting will be held July 18th @ 4:00

  1. Chuckwagon: Scott Sinz: 85 guests at our last dinner; ran out of some side dishes

  2. Dunn County Fair: Meeting to be held concurrently with Fall Banquet meeting on

July 12th @ 6:00.

  1. Fall Banquet: Garrett Sinz: Meeting July 12th @ 6:00

  2. Fish Cribs: Dave Pechmiller: No report

  3. Harmon Chicken Dinners: Bob Delong: Bob says we’re set up & ready to go June 21

  4. Hunter Education: Duke Holmberg, Roger Herman: Class begins July 21st @ 6:0

  5. Kitchen: Crystal Lee: No report

  6. Membership: Garrett Sinz: Roster will be here next meeting

  7. Pheasant Rearing: Dave Frank: Dave reported losing a few to some unknown cause but their replacements are doing well

  8. Rifle Range: Duke Holmberg, Dave I-Got-A-Gun-Like-That Kraft: No report


  1. Scholarship: Gary Buss: Gary reported the fund currently has $41,542

  2. Social Night: Duke Holmberg: July 11th 5:00 Happy Hour; Eat 5:30

  3. Sunshine: Scott Sinz: Curt Hagberg had a heart attack but is at home doing well now.

  4. Women On Target: April Cowan: WOT will be held September 17th.

  5. Youth: Jim Cleven, Chad Mogen: Jim reported that the fishing event at Bullfrog Fish Farm went well. 52 kids caught 37 fish which is down from most years. The club gave away Scheels t-shirt & hats. Total cost this year was $315. Thanks to all who helped. The kids had a good time.

Old Business:

    1. Dock: Rob Sinz bought our dock for $300

    2. Weed Whip: Dave Pechmiller got us a good one from Tractor Central for $185

    3. Feeder Wagon (pheasants) no action yet

    4. Tree Drops (Fish Sticks): Gary Buss has checked the water depth near the cemetery in the area where the project would take place. It ranges from 8 to 14 feet deep. Marty Engals (fish manager) will help with the permit & Gary will talk to the cemetery board.

New Business:

      1. NAWCA Appraisals (see above under DNR report)

      2. County Forest: Jim Thompson would like the club’s support to investigate the possibility of developing a county forest. Les Kuesel motioned to support him in this. Rich Leventhal seconded ; Passed

      3. Sign(s): for DCF&G: Gary Schwoch will look into the cost of getting new letters for our sign advertising events at the club

      4. Dobbs Landing Oxbow (see above under Dunn Co. Alliance)

      5. Marketing DCF&G to UW-Stout (see board report)

      6. Chuckwagon: Next meal will be July 14th, 5:00 - 7:30

Calendar Items:

June 28: 1st John Harmon Chicken Dinner 5:30 – 7:30

July 11: Fun Night @ 5:00 Happy Hour; Eat 5:30

July 12 @ 5:00: Set up for Chuckwagon BBQ on Thursday

July 12 @ 6:00: Fall Banquet Meeting

July 14: Chuckwagon BBQ @ 5:00 – 7:30

July 18: DCF&G Work Meeting @ 4:00

July 21: Hunters Ed begins @ 6:00

July 25: Next DCF&G Meetings @ 5:30 & 7:00

July 26: John Harmon Chicken Dinner @ 5:30 – 7:30

July 26: Dunn County Fair Week

Drawings: Dave Leach, Stan Huftel, Rich Leventhal, Len Frank, John Miller

Adjourn: Dave Leach motioned; Jim Thompson 2nd : Passed

Dunn County Fish & Game Association, Inc.

Executive Board Meeting - Newsletter

June 27, 2016

Members: Kellen Cassellius Jim Cleven, Dave Frank, Ryan Gondeck, Curt Hagberg, Pat Lammer,

Russ Hitz, Dave Pechmiller, Brent Schuler, Gary Schwoch, Garrett Sinz, Scott Sinz, Jim Thompson

Old Business:

  1. Dock: Bought by Rob Sinz for $300

  2. Weed Whip: Dave Pechmiller got one at Tractor Central for $185

  3. Feeder Cart for pheasants: Not purchased yet

New Business:

  1. Signs for DCF&G: Gary Schwoch reported on the sad shape of some of the lettering for the sign we currently use to advertise for Chuckwagon & John Harmon Dinners. He’ll look into costs of replacing them if it’s something we want to continue.

  2. Fall Banquet Raffle Tickets – Garrett Sinz: Gary Schwoch will get the tickets written & printed. Brent Schuler will distribute them. Sell, sell, sell!

  3. Establish Dunn County Forest – Jim Thompson is interested in establishing a Dunn County Forest (similar to Eau Claire & Clark Counties) and is seeking club support in his effort. Jim Thompson made a motion to that affect, Pat Lammer second, Passed

  4. Marketing DCF&G to UW-Stout: Todd Johnson from UW-Stout presented possible ways our club could market itself to local college students, primarily through advertising in a planner. General consensus was that high costs negated the idea.

  5. NAWCA Assessment – Jess Carstens and his counterpart from Eau Claire County, Bill Hogseth, are writing a $1,000,000 NAWCA grant with the hopes of acquiring 970 acres of property along the lower Chippewa River. This can be matched with funds from the state’s Stewardship Program to give the project a total of $2,000,000. Appraisals for the properties involved will cost approximately $16,000. So far they have raised about $12,000 which means they still need about $4,000. They will speak at the regular meeting tonight to ask for the club’s pledge of support for the remaining $4,000. At this (board) meeting they were seeking a recommendation for that support. Jim Thompson motioned to recommend that support of $4,000, Gary Schwoch second, Passed.

  6. Dobbs Landing Oxbow Logging – Scott Sinz explained that there are about 15 acres of jack pine and brush that need to be cleared for part of the prairie restoration project at Dobbs Landing. It is possible that the club could do this and use the trees for stuffing our fish cribs.

  7. New Pheasant Waterers: Dave Frank would like to buy 2 new waterers at a cost of less than $100. He made a motion to that affect, Kellen Cassellius second, Passed.

  8. Chuckwagon: Gary Buss noted that because of the higher than normal turnout of guests (85) at the last dinner we should think about offering a $2.00 discount to those folks at our next meal. Scott Sinz will talk to Chuck to see if he’ll cover it.

  9. Cannon’s Bait: Jim Cleven reported that this year as in many year’s passed Cannon’s Bait has donated bait for both of our youth fishing events at Bullfrog Fish Farm and for our ice fishing contest. He suggested we thank them somehow. Jim Thompson motioned to offer them a letter of appreciation, complementary membership in the club, a fall banquet ticket, and $100 in funny money. Kellen Cassellius second. Passed

  10. Above & Beyond: Gary Buss noted that several members:

    1. Kellen Cassellius; rototilling & planting pheasant pens

    2. Dave Pechmiller; frequent use of his heavy equipment

    3. Randy Dahms; lawn mowing, fixing our chainsaw, & aluminum can collection

    4. Curt Hagberg; daily 4:00 a.m. sweet corn collection for Dunn Co. Fair

had gone above and beyond during the past year and should be similarly thanked. Gary motioned to recommend to the membership that we thank these members with a fall banquet ticket and $100 in funny money, Pat Lammer second. Passed