Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Pics from the La Crosse School District's day off from school on October 30th.
Mentors Tim Collins, Fritz Funk, John Wetzel, and Jim March were involved.
Pictured are mentees Tony Dodge and Caleb Harter.
My prediction from this spring that this KAMO blog would be viewed 40,000 times by the summer of 2018 was proven inaccurate by you followers. It has been viewed over 40,000 times as of October 2017.
That's what I'm talking about!
All seven KAMO Chapters have been active this summer of 2017. Fall usually emphasizes hunting but other things as well. Check out our monthly newsletters at kamokids.org for our recent activities.
Our "Joe Hunt" at the DNR's MacKenzie Center near Poynette requires a lot of work from our Baraboo River and Poynette Chapters, but then when you take 20 or 30 kids out deer hunting, each with a mentor, there is a lot of organizing, snooping the area for willing landowners, and signing up kids and mentors!
Jim Kurz, Indianhead Chapter in Ladysmith--Join us!
This is a list of Coulee KAMO’s upcoming GROUP activities. They are free and open to the public. Our latest group of sponsors have been: Gundersen Health System, The La Crosse Foundation, ALM Charities, and Marine Credit Union.
If you are interested in participating in the activities listed below, please contact the lead person in advance whether you are a volunteer or participant. For planning purposes we need to know ahead of time about numbers for lining up mentors, tickets, food, etc.
Saturday, October 21st - Hidden Trails Corn Maze (West Salem) - Meet at Barnes and Noble Parking Lot at 10:30 A.M. Event will from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Mike Hodgins lead - 608-397-9844
Sunday, October 22nd - 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. - Norskadalen has their pumpkin carving. It actually starts on Saturday - same hours. We are committed to our corn maze trip on Saturday. If you go on Sunday, I would pick up some pumpkins at Jolivette’s in West Salem to make sure you are covered if they run out (they carve 500). The finished pumpkins are placed on their “Ghoulees in the Coulee” route on their trails. I would also take carving tools such as knives and an ice cream scoop. We are stretched thin on this weekend and have no one from our group taking the lead or possibly even going. Last year we walked their trails after the carving.
Duck Hunting Camps
These are afternoon trips followed by a Pizza Party at Fritz’s lakeside home.
Fritz Funk lead - 608-799-7533
Friday, October 20th - Holmen/ Onalaska School District kids have this day off and we’ll go then.
Monday, October 30th - La Crosse School District kids have this day off, so this is their duck day.
Saturday, November 11th - Tundra Swan Viewing - Brownsville overlook. Meet at La Crescent Kwik Trip at 9:45 A.M. Event will be from 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Fritz Funk lead - 608-799-7533 Bring your binoculars if you have them. Don’t buy any - we have a few pairs.
Rotary Lights/ Ice Skating - Riverside Park - Late November/ early December.
Gymnasium access - We will rent a place each month starting in December for the kids to burn off steam. We will have an outdoor related station there as well. We’ll start with a fish casting station. Christmas break will be first trip and then once per month afterwards.
Snowshoeing with Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Our group of twenty camped at a county park in Monroe County and hunted in nearby Jackson. The weather prediction of an inch and a half to two proved to be way off the mark. On night one, we got 5 and 3/4 inches and for four or five hours, the park looked like a rice patty and had a half inch of water flowing through it. On Saturday, it would rain from first light until pre-dusk with a two hour break in the afternoon. So about 26/28 hours of rain. A doe was taken during the windiest and heaviest down pour portion of Saturday. Another kid had a round that did not fire - Remington .270 as he was going to shoot a doe. A great event nonetheless with some new families in our group this trip. The picture with the vehicles in it was taken Sunday morning.
A day on the range getting ready for the youth gun deer hunt. We start out with gun safety - parts and functions of firearm, TABK, use of actions, safeties, general range procedures/ awareness of neighboring shooters. We start out with .22's and reminders about form. The kids finish the day shooting the firearm they are actually going to use on the hunt.
My youth assistant Ken and I hosted a scavenger hunt/ kite flying event at Myrick Park on Saturday, September 16th. These pictures do not convey the excitement shown by the kids as they searched for hidden pins in the park and later constructed kites out of a Drachen kit, colored them up, and flew them. This scavenger/ kite combo is a great combo activity. A group of older kids enjoyed their first duck hunt on Lake Onalaska with seasoned mentors and duck hunters Tim Collins and John Wetzel.
I couldn't really find a discussion topic thread to put this comment on, but since this concerns a boat I use to take KAMO kids fishing, I'll start here and let my readers offer suggestions that will be followed up on. If you can think of an appropriate thread on this site, for example, I can tell the story there too (I already did a search in a couple topics such as boats and motors).
Early in the morning of Thursday, September 9/7/2017, my boat motor was stolen from my boat which was parking in my driveway in La Crosse.
This motor was a 2009 black Mercury 25 horsepower 4 stroke with manual start. It weighs 160 pounds and was bolted on to my transom with industrial grade fasteners.
The serial number is OR150492.
Yes, the police came and did a report and they have pictures of the motor and serial number.
The thieves were bold. My driveway is illuminated by a motion detector flood light. It would be nearly impossible to enter the driveway area without having this come on. Additionally, my driveway is about 15 feet from the corner of the Northside La Crosse Fire Department building, which is also lit by lights. There are firemen in the building 24/7 and someone is always awake.
They had to have come prepared with appropriate tools and at least two people to lift that big heavy motor.
I actually heard the activity of them unbolting and removing it as I was sleeping restlessly that night, but due to the windows I had open that night being on the other side of the house, I just couldn't figure out and pinpoint what could be making the unusual noises. I looked out several windows and turned some lights on. I looked out every window but the one that would have given me a view of the activity. I thought the noise might be from a night rain pelting against the house real hard or something.
So now I am without propulsion for awhile. I will likely sell my trailer and boat as is and look around for a used or new complete unit and already have an indoor secure storage place lined up to put it in.
The only positive thing I can say about getting ripped off is that it gives me an excuse to upgrade. The boat and trailer would not quite fit in the garage I have and has been sitting out in the driveway under lock and key for about three years.
But life is still good!!!
O.K. KAMO Fans, here's the latest from the Coulee Chapter:
This is a list of KAMO’s upcoming GROUP activities. They are free and open to the public. If you are interested in participating, please contact the lead person in advance. For planning purposes we need to know ahead of time about numbers for lining up mentors, food, etc. Please like us on Facebook
Saturday, September 9th - 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Must arrive at approximately 8:30 for registration. Chasebuurg Youth Day/ Waterfowl Education Day. Archery, shotgun, .22. , black powder, hatchet throw. Includes props and DNR supported activity. D.N.R. will host a waterfowl I.D. and general education portion.. Sign up by nine.There will be an emphasis on identifying ducks. John Wetzel lead - 608-526-4238.
Saturday, September 9th - Open House - Upper Midwest Environmental Services Center Activity Day - 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - Outdoor activities. 2630 Fanta Reed Road. More info - 608-783-6451. Mentors will be on site already.
Saturday, Sunday - September 16-17 - Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend. Hunting will take place EARLY. Must be 10 years old and hunters education recommended. Must have mentor. May participate as an observer. Tim Collins lead - 608- 385-2143.
Saturday, September 16th - 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.. Scavenger Hunt. Myrick Hixon Park. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037 or email@example.com
Saturday, September 23rd - 9:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Hike at Hixon Forest. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 30th - 9:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Rod and gun club outing - Meant as a preparation for upcoming hunting seasons. Mike Brown lead - email@example.com
October 7-8 - Youth Statewide Deer Gun Hunt/ Camping Trip - Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area east of Warrens. 10 years and older. Must have mentor/ license and have shot at range. May participate as an observer. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking further ahead:
October 18th - Creepy Critters at the USFWS Visitors Center on Brice Prairie.
October 22nd - Pumpkin carving - Locally or at Norskadalen
November 12th - Swan watch - Brownsville overlook.
Other options by arrangement - Rivoli matinees, fishing float or boat trips, pontoon rides. Contact Mike at email@example.com for details.