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.
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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!
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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.