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Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters' Conference

Posted on February 27, 2012

This year's Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters' Conference will take place March 9-10 in a new location – the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau – and all waterfowl hunters are invited to help celebrate the conference's 10th anniversary. The conference is designed by a committee of independent waterfowl hunters. It is supported by individuals, conservation groups, businesses and government agencies. This group focuses on preserving and enhancing waterfowl hunting, and the heritage of hunting. Attendees can have a hand in determining the future needs for waterfowl management, research and hunting opportunities. The cost is only $20 for early-birds and $25 at the door. The conference is open to anyone interested in waterfowl hunting and the event allows waterfowlers from around the state the opportunity to meet fellow hunters, biologists and wardens, and to share questions, concerns, experiences and information that affect waterfowl hunting heritage and future hunting opportunities.

This year’s conference program includes a variety of topics and presentations that include: waterfowl issue updates from Wisconsin DNR’s Bureaus of Wildlife Management and Law Enforcement; Wisconsin legislative update; status of scaup; waterfowl taxidermy techniques; waterfowl habitat enhancement on the breeding and wintering grounds; and many other topics. The Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in northwestern Wisconsin will be the featured property. Breakout sessions will be held on Saturday that will feature duck calls, duck identification from wings, graduate school for duck dogs and more. Friday evening will include the traditional Waterfowl Hunters’ Party.

For information on the 2012 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference and to obtain a registration form, visit www.wiswaterfowlersconf.org or contact: Jon R. Bergquist at jonrbergquist@hotmail.com or 715-268-5584; Don Gamble at jadag@centurytel.net or 715-595-6045; Joe Porten at joeporten@gmail.com or 920-743-3053; Gary Gagnon at gary.gagnon@hotmail.com or 608-883-2141; Jim Ruwaldt at JRuwaldt@centurytel.net or 608-347-4092; or Don Heidel at dblacksaddle@centurytel.net or 608-526-4871. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration includes the conference, a ticket to the Waterfowl Hunters' Party on Friday evening, a continental breakfast on Saturday morning and lunch Saturday noon.

A block of rooms have been placed on hold for those attending the conference. The planning committee has obtained a conference rate or $72.00, plus tax, per room from the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau for those wishing to spend the night. The phone number for the Plaza is (800) 754-9728 or (715) 845-4341 and the website is: www.plazawausau.com. Ask for the “Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters’ Conference” rate. Contact the Plaza prior to Feb. 28 to get this special room rate.

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