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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





The September DCCL membership meeting will be held at Schwoegler’s Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison, on Tuesday, September 26 at 7p.m.

 Guest speakers will be Ryan Caputo, Dane County Conservation Warden, and Kevyn Quamme, President of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF).  Warden Caputo will update us any new developments regarding the upcoming fall seasons and will take questions from the audience.


 President Quamme will report on issues that the WWF is working on currently.  The WWF is the leading voice of the sportsman in communications with state government. This is a vital role and the League is a long-time member of the WWF.  No doubt we will all leave the meeting much better informed than when we arrived.





On Saturday, September 30, starting at 8a.m. we will do our last highway cleanup of the year.  If you can spare a couple of hours, that would be great.  Just show up at the farm and we’ll “git er done.”  





Cars were backed up for a mile waiting to enter the grounds for the annual cook-out at the farm on August 12. (Well, maybe not quite a mile.)   But attendance was the best in several years to observe the League’s 90th year in existence.  Richard Brye shared news items from old DCCL newsletters and several “old-timers” told of past League accomplishments.  One lucky member won the drawing for $90 in cash in observance of the League’s 90th year.  Thanks to Tom Klingbiel for leading this event and to all of the others who helped, especially Bill Cross who donated some delicious elk burgers.  Hopefully, we can do this again next year.  (Photos elsewhere?)





Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, recently held a press conference on land just south of Verona that has been purchased by the county.  A total of 625 acres has been acquired for $12 million.  The Sugar River passes through much of it. Eventually, the land will be open to hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports.  It is near other county-owned land in the area already open to the public for hunting and fishing.  Several DCCL Board members attended the announcement since the League did considerable stream improvements in the area in the past.  





Again this year the League will furnish Dane County Pheasants Forever about 50 roosters to be used at their annual Learn to Hunt event.  DCPF makes an in-kind donation by cleaning out our brooders every year after the chicks are turned out in the pens.  We thank them very much for handling that nasty job.  





A special thanks goes to three DCCL members; namely, Tim Heindl, Ken LePine and Steve Kellogg, who spent much of the summer building a new storage room in the pheasant farm shed.  The League has had to rent a storage unit for the past couple of years to safely store paper records and other valuable items. The cost has risen to over $100 per month to rent a very small space. We’re glad to report that when the project was finished with all of the measuring and sawing, the three carpenters still counted 30 fingers among them.  Thanks again, guys. (See photo elsewhere?)  





The Board has recently been informed that a large solar power project totaling several thousand acres might be built on land near the properties currently managed by the DNR to preserve prairie chickens. None of the public land or DCCL land will be used but if solar panels are installed in adjoining lands, it cannot be beneficial to the birds.  Many of them move off the managed lands to adjoining private lands at times.  More information will be coming.  




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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