Welcome to DCCL!

Did you know that the League is the second oldest conservation group in the State of Wisconsin? If you are concerned about the future of Dane County’s natural heritage, you will want to attend the Dane County Conservation League’s 21st annual fundraiser banquet. Proceeds from the event support educational scholarships, local DNR wildlife habitat projects, purchase of trout stream bank easements, prairie chicken recovery efforts, the raising of pheasants, and the construction of Blue Bird, Wren, Wood Duck, and Bat Houses







Congratulations to Mark Martin and Susan Foote-Martin on their induction into the Conservation Hall of Fame.  Mark and Susan have spent their lives both professionally and voluntarily working endlessly to protect the natural resources of Wisconsin and Dane County in particular.  They are currently stewards of the Goose Pond Sanctuary which is owned by the Madison Audubon Society.  They join other past and current DCCL members in the Hall of Fame such as Gene Roark, Kathleen Falk, George Meyer, Paul Olson, Scott Craven and a fellow named Aldo Leopold.  




On April 21 two UW-SP students from Dane County were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the DCCL perpetual scholarship funds that provide these stipends annually.  Richard Brye, DCCL Board member, attended and congratulated Meagan O’Neill and Brooke McCallum for their achievements. The funds are administered by the UW-SP College of Natural Resources.  Recipients must be upper classmen in good academic standing and enrolled in the CNR.  




The DCCL is fortunate to have adequate resources to share with like-minded organizations.  Recently the Board has voted to support Access Ability Wisconsin ($2500), Dane County Parks Foundation ($2500), Midwest Outdoor Heritage Educational Expo ($5000), and purchased eight dozen blaze orange caps for Hunter Safety Class graduates instructed by DCCL member Ray Anderson and others.


  Access Ability Wisconsin provides motorized all-terrain chairs for use by individuals with physical limitations who are unable to get out into the outdoors for hunting or simply enjoying nature.


 The Parks Foundation grant will be earmarked for introducing kids to fishing activities that would not be available to them otherwise.  


 MOHEE is an annual event that brings elementary age students to Poynette and lets them experience hands-on outdoor skills.  Hundreds of kids attend and this year a second day was added in the Milwaukee area.  The League is a charter sponsor of this terrific event.  




The annual banquet was another huge success and many people helped to make it so.  But core committee members Dwaine Rundle, Dan and Sharon Stepper, Jeff Bloomer, Tom Ripp and Cathy Matts deserve special mention.  Also, Scott Craven, our emcee who generously donates his time, deserves a big “thank you.”  


Other thanks go to Bob and Linda Degnan and Tim Heindl for maintaining many wood duck nesting structures around Dane County.  




Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 12 for this fun event.  It will be held at noon and you may bring a salad or dessert if you wish, but it is not required.  There is no cost for attendees and guests are welcome.  A reminder will come out again prior to the date.  




The farm is open every Saturday morning at 8am for volunteers to help prepare the property.  You probably know that there was some winter storm damage this year so there is extra work needed to get things ready.  Members who have paid dues and put in 12 hours at the farm or another League approved activity will receive an allotment of birds in September.  Don’t wait for a phone call or email inviting you, just show up.  Your help would be appreciated.  




Earth Day found several DCCL members doing their part to improve the earth by picking up trash along highway 18-151.  Gary Howards led the group which was larger than the past few years and it was a chilly, wet morning, also.  Thanks to Gary, Susan Howards, John Center, Phil Bernhardt, Steve Spaeni, Chris Hanson, Tim Thompson, Chris Worley and Bob Degnan for getting it done.  (See photos below.)



Dear Current and Past Dane County Conservation League Members:

 It’s time to renew your DCCL membership for 2023.  Memberships are concurrent with the calendar year.  I hope you will continue to support Dane County’s oldest conservation organization, a club with a rich history dating back to 1933.  

 Your dollars have allowed us to raise pheasants, build nesting structures, secure top-notch speakers for membership meetings, support Hunter Safety Training, donate funds to Dane County Parks for hunting and fishing properties as well as other conservation groups like the Prairie Enthusiasts, and The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

 One of the proudest achievements of the League is the establishment of a perpetual scholarship fund at UW-Stevens Point. An annual grant will be made to two Wisconsin resident upper classman enrolled in the College of Natural Resources.    

 The League continues to operate a first-class pheasant farm where members can earn birds; we have installed dozens of wood duck and bluebird houses in Dane County, built many bat roosting shelters for use in Dane County Parks, ran a top-notch banquet, cleaned up roadsides, and continued to cooperate with the DNR in managing our 4390 acres of prairie chicken lands in central Wisconsin. Also, in 2022, we assisted financially in the purchase of an additional 520 acres of prairie chicken habitat.  We are also very proud that the DCCL was named the Conservation Organization of the Year in 2020 by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  

 Our dues structure continues unchanged as it has for many years.  We hope you will clip and mail the form below soon (we especially need your email address).  Thank you for considering the DCCL and have a great year in Dane County’s outdoors.

 Sharon Schwab

President, DCCL

Link to  printable renewal letter


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 All Family members are welcome to join in on the fun!!

Pheasants will be given out starting aug 31st.  And Remember you must :

New Go wild DNR Website To Purchase a license, permit or register you kill.

Need a place to hunt this fall? Want to know where the pheasants are stocked each week? or even find a parking lot. check out this great hunting tool.  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/fflight.html


Membership meeting are starting in September

Board meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Membership meetings are the fourth Tuesday at 7:00pm. With Guest Speaker To discuss farm issues and conservation efforts. Everyone is Welcome to join us.

All Meetings are held at the  Schwoegler Park Town Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison

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