Conservationists honor their own

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD were distributed to (back row, left to right) RAndy Dumez, Augie Grahl, Mary Grahl, Todd Wagner; (front row) Shawn Dulmes, James Wilhite, John Evraets and Dale Koepke, during the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Banquet at The Village at 170 in Kohler. — Review photo by Verla Peichl SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD were distributed to (back row, left to right) RAndy Dumez, Augie Grahl, Mary Grahl, Todd Wagner; (front row) Shawn Dulmes, James Wilhite, John Evraets and Dale Koepke, during the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Banquet at The Village at 170 in Kohler. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 2018 Sheboygan County Conservation Association recently held its annual banquet and awards night at The Village at 170 in Kohler.

The meeting drew a large crowd of supporters, who gathered to share stories, new ideas and interesting events.

The guest speaker was retired WDNR Wildlife Manager Mike Foy, who was at the forefront of the effort to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD) when it hit Wisconsin.

Foy noted that CWD has been in his territory for 30-plus years and he’s spent a great deal of time studying the effects of the disease.

“CWD can be found in 13 states and two Canadian provinces,” said Foy. “The disease is spreading fast and is costing a great deal of money for our deer program because one in every two bucks are sick with the disease and the DNR can’t do it alone in the efforts to stop it. We need to get not only the hunters involved, but the land owners as well. I’d like to see not only the hunters get a reward, but the landowners as well.


THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION inducted Dan Renzelman (left), Jim Baumgart (middle) and Harold Holt (right) into the SCCA Hall of Fame during its recent awards banquet at The Village at 170 in Kohler. — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION inducted Dan Renzelman (left), Jim Baumgart (middle) and Harold Holt (right) into the SCCA Hall of Fame during its recent awards banquet at The Village at 170 in Kohler. — Review photo by Verla Peichl “The deer rarely look sick until the last three months of their life,” he said. “That’s why it’s so hard to get a handle on the disease until they are really sick. CWD is a real threat. I’m worried. We need to focus on removing the sick deer. If you turn in a CWD deer, the state will give the hunter another try to replace that deer.”

Randal Dulmes received the first special recognition award.

Dulmes is a member of the Howards Grove Rod and Gun Cub and is an instructor for the Learn to Hunt Turkey Program.

He teaches the different calls of a turkey, what to expect when in the field, how to respect the land you’re using and, most importantly, how to enjoy their time in nature.

Petermann’s Conservation Club, which isn’t represented by one individual but instead an entire club, was also recognized with an award.

Since its inception in 1936, Petermann’s Conservation Club released over 40,000 pheasants.

The 2018 Club of the Year Award went to the Northern Kettles Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Through multiple fundraisers and donation efforts, the club was able to raise $17,500 in a short amount of time.

The money was used to purchase the track chair for anyone to use free of charge.

The Conservationist of the Year Award went to Dan Gruenke, who is most well known for his work with the SCCA Pheasant Program since 1993.

Over the past 25 years Gruenke has kept a watchful eye on over 50,000 pheasants.

The 2018 Youth Conservationist of the Year Award went to Sawyer Boldt, who was attending UW-Madison majoring in wild life ecology with a certificate in environmental studies.

Augie and Mary Grahl were also recognized for their years of service and dedicated to the fundraising banquet committee.

After 60 years in conservation, the Grahls have announced their retirement.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Dan Renzelman, Jim Baumgart and Harold Holt into the SCCA Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the Sheboygan Club Conservation Association, visit www.sheboyganconservation.org.


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