Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

SCI Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
By: Mark Jablonic, President

Summer is finally here and spring turkey and bear seasons are in the rearview mirror. If you drew a tag, I hope you got memories to go with it. As I write this, I’m working on the food plots I couldn’t get into last year because most of my property was underwater. The deer were starting to think I didn’t like them anymore.


In May we had our Annual Member’s meeting, and at it we had our chapter elections. Congratulations to our Board members who were re-elected. You make my job easier. And, congratulations to our two newest Board members, Mary Reetz and Joe Corsi. This is an organization of volunteers and we appreciate your help and skills.


At our Annual member’s meeting, we had a very special presentation by Kurt Walbeck. Kurt is host of OutdoorBoundTV, as seen on ABC affiliates across the Midwest, and a generous donor to our fundraiser. He showed us a short clip of an upcoming program that he produced in South Africa where he, his wife Karla, and Mike and Arin Gate went to do a show on the SCI Blue Bag program. I don’t want to give anything away, but you could hear a pin drop when it was over.


I hope you remembered to apply for a Wisconsin elk tag. After years of planning, protecting and financial aid from the state of Wisconsin, the DNR, RMEF, SCI and a number of other people and organizations, its mission accomplished. We have a huntable herd of elk in this state. The first time in 150 years. I truly hope someone who’s reading this right now is one of the lucky few to draw one of these coveted first tags.


I’m going to bet that in this issue or one of the next issues of HUNTERS, our award winning publisher and editor, Mark LaBarbara, will have an article about the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo or MOHEE held at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, WI. What an experience! The day that I was there, there were 33 school buses lined-up. Kids learning about Wisconsin mammals from Gen Ebert, tying their own flies, shooting BB guns, sensory trailers, actually way too many things to mention here. The one common thread I kept hearing from the volunteers who had done it a number of times, was how much fun they had with the kids. Nice job Mark, to you and your program. And all of the people who helped to make it such an experience for all those kids.


In conclusion, hunt safe, wear your PFD, remember that SCI memberships make great gifts and our website is up and working.


Now go outside and play.





I look forward to seeing you September 12th at Mark's East Side in Appleton for our next Membership Meeting.