DANE COUNTY CONSERVATION LEAGUE    Since 1933                   November 2018






The November membership meeting will be held at 7p.m., November 27, at the VFW Hall, 133 E. Lakeside St., Madison.  This will be a very informative evening regarding the activities and goals of the Clean Lakes Alliance in cooperation with Dane County initiatives.  Richard Brye will discuss the history, mission, and accomplishments of the Alliance.  Also, facts pertinent to soil and water erosion will be aired.  After the recent flooding in the area, there is no better time to learn about how all of us might take an active part in conserving our lakes and watershed in the future.  Hope to see you on 11/27. 

There is no membership meeting in December. 



The League’s pheasant farm is no different from any other farm.  Maintenance must be done from time-to-time.  This fall we have had to do some major updates to the well and water system that is about 26 years old.  This is the first time any improvements have been made to the system.  It should last for many years and make future routine tasks such as draining the lines in the fall much easier.  Another project at the farm this fall was the grading, gravelling and rolling of the parking lot.  There is now a much more solid base for parking and it looks a lot better, also.  Finally, an electrical problem had to be remedied in one of the brooders.  Everything should be ready for another year of raising great pheasants in 2019.  Thanks to Steve Johnson, Dwaine Rundle and Chuck Virnig for recognizing the need for these repairs and leading these projects to completion. 


The Dane County Conservation League’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 7p.m. at the VFW Hall, 133 E. Lakeside St., Madison, WI.  Details will follow in future newsletters. Also, the annual membership renewal form for 2019 will be mailed via USPS about December 1. 


There are many ways to volunteer with the Dane County Parks Department.  On November 27 and 28, there will be an opportunity to assist with weighing and bagging prairie seeds.  This is the last step before dispersing the seeds next spring for several prairie plantings.  Volunteers should meet at the County Parks Shop, 4401 Libby Road, Madison, from 9-noon or 1-3 on the 27th, or 9 –noon on the 28th.



October 20, 9am Pheasant Season Begins.  Closes January 6, 2019.


November 17-25 Traditional Gun Deer Season


November 27 DCCL Membership Meeting.  Speaker will be from the Clean Lakes Alliance


December 10 Spring Turkey Application Deadline 



NOTE:  Now is the time if you have not done it already is to renew your DCCL membership.

  Come like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DCCL.ORG or Become a online Group member




In the past, members had to work 15 hours per year on DCCL projects to get 15 birds.  That rule is still in play.  But, there is a second option now available.  A member can work 10 hours per year and earn 10 birds.  However, working 11-14 hours is still considered 10 hours.   Keep in mind that a family membership allows immediate family members to combine work hours for birds.  

 Can’t find time to work on any projects????    Now for every new membership you sell, you are awarded three work hours towards birds.  You may pick up membership forms at a membership meeting or print them off of the website.  Be sure to indicate on the application that you referred the new applicant.


Unfortunately, we had some winter storm damage this year at the farm.  Some poles were tipped and some netting was ripped.  It can all be repaired, but we will need some labor this spring to get things back in shape.   We have ordered 1,000 Manchurian cross birds form MacFarlane’s to be delivered the week of May 8.   A couple of pens need to be tilled and seeded with new vegetation so that we can get rid of some of the thistles that are taking over.  Don’t wait until July to come out; much help is needed in May and June.  



As mentioned above, this is our first attempt at mass electronic communication with members.  There are more events to be scheduled this spring and we will let you know via your electronic device.   We know that we will have to work some things out with everyone to make this a success.  Let us know what you think.   


Conserve Now That The Future May Live!!