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News & Articles of Interest

Jim Evrard Passed Away February 10, 2020

We are sad to report that Jim Evrard passed away on February 10, 2020. Jim was a long time member of WOCA and wrote a column for Wisconsin Outdoor News "Front Line: Conservation". His last column appeared in the February 7th issue. There will be no funeral now, but his ashes will be spread on a sharptail lek off the Evrard Trail later this year. 

Dan Small and Tim Eisele Honored by National Wild Turkey Federation

At its annual convention held January 24-25 in Stevens Point, the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) honored two WOCA members for their work on behalf of conservation in 2019. 


Tim Eisele was honored as the chapter’s Outdoor Writer of the Year, and Dan Small was named Conservation Educator of the Year. 


Eisele, a charter member of the Wisconsin chapter, said he came to an organizational meeting in 1981 and was so intrigued by the goals and opportunities the new organization represented that he joined NWTF.

“I applaud the work you are doing to enhance habitat and recruit new hunters,” Eisele told the group.


On the convention’s first night, Small showed the award-winning “Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin” video, which aired in early 2019 on commercial and public stations in five states, and participated in a panel discussion on the status of wild turkeys. 


In accepting the educator award, he acknowledged the program’s executive producer, NWTF life member Mark LaBarbera, and videographer/editor Dave Roll. “This production was a group effort,” Small said. “We also had help from NWTF, the DNR and many others.”

The video can be seen online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ivW1F_8pU&t=1529s

Others honored included DNR Pierce County conservation warden Isaac Kruse, Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; retired DNR chief warden Todd Schaller, Distinguished DNR Partner; and Doug Duren, Land Stewardship Award.

WOCA 2020 Annual Meeting

The WOCA 2020 Annual Meeting will take place July 17-18 at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  To download a PDF meeting registration form just click HERE.  To download a PDF file of the meeting agenda click HERE(Updated information for the 2020 Annual Meeting will be posted here as it become available.

Members staying overnight at Trees for Tomorrow need to fill out a medical form for Trees for Tomorrow and attach it to the registration form. To download a copy of the form please check HERE.

Make plans now to attend the 2020 WOCA Annual Meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.  This is always a fun event and if you haven't attended one lately mark you calendar and download the registration form (above) to attend.  Lodging is available at Trees for Tomorrow.  You won't want to miss the Friday night cookout! 

If you know someone that is not a member but is an outdoor communicator, bring them along to enjoy the fun and maybe consider joining this great group of outdoor communicators.