Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
KAMO's outing on Lake Onalaska from Saturday, July 16th. A mixture of mentors, parents, volunteers, and kids.Canoes and kayaks departed from the Fred Funk Boat Landing. This landing is named after the late conservationist and businessman, Fred Funk. Fred's son, Fritz, is a retired DNR wildlife biologist (Alaska) who has returned to the area to live and is one of KAMO's mentors. John Wetzel retired DNR Wisconsin Waterfowl Manager was also a lead mentor on this outing.
After the canoe outing, I was the chef and served up the new "superdog" product with chips, pineapple, and strawberries on the side. Some folks walked away with a bag of freshly smoked trout from an earlier fishing excursion at the Genoa Fish Hatchery.
The chapter's next outings include a La Crosse Logger's game (July 20th) and a trip to the Badger Mining Facility in Taylor, Wisconsin on August 5th. The mining property is largely reclaimed prairie, forest,and ponds. Our group is going up for a brief educational introduction, snacks, and then a hike and fishing. YOU are welcome to join us. The bigger the group, the better. P.M. me if interested.
I just want to say that I've seen a lot of success with this effort over the last 5 years and each of the Leads should be proud of the work they've done and the different trips/excursions that they have made possible for the youngsters to experience. Keep up the good work and THANK YOU! for trying to share something as important as this with so many.
Saturday, July 8 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Youth Outdoor Festival - Veterans Freedom Park, 108 Clinton Street, La Crosse. Just adjacent to the west Clinton Street Parking Lot. Archery, kayaking, biking, Geo caching, fishing, booths, presentations.
*Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - July 12th,13th, and 14th - Park Adventure Days. Participants join us in a local park for hiking, fishing, swimming, kite flying, orienteering, more. Come and go as you please to join us. Campfire each night at one of the campsites. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037/ email@example.com
. *Saturday, July 15th - Canoe Trip - We did this in 2015 and it was a blast. Journey would be from Hunters Bridge off Highway 35 north of Holmen. Group would meet at Holmen Kwik Trip Parking lot at 9:45, drive up to bridge, launch canoes, paddle/ drift down to the Highway 93 bridge in no man’s land (Van Loon Wildlife Area) where lunch will be waiting. Should be done by three. John Wetzel/ Fritz Funk lead. 608-799-7533/ firstname.lastname@example.org
*Saturday, August 5 - Taylor, Wisconsin. Badger Mining Facility hiking/ fishing - Group leaves from Holmen Kwik Trip Parking Lot in caravan fashion. We will hike the prairie and fish in one of their ponds. There is a short presentation to start with, a hike, and then the fishing. There are some trophy crappies in their ponds. We’ll be back by three.. John Wetzel lead - 608-526-423
*Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - August 9th, 10th, and 11th - Park Adventure Days. Participants join us in a local park for hiking, fishing, swimming, kite flying, orienteering, more. Come and go as you please to join us. Campfire each night at one of the campsites. Mike Brown lead. 608-799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.
*Saturday, September 9th - Waterfowl Education Day. Includes props and DNR supported activity. John Wetzel lead - 608-526-4238.
A look ahead to hunting season dates:
Archery/ crossbow - September 16-Jan. 7
Fall Turkey - September 16 - Dec. 31
Youth Waterfowl - September 16-17 Badgerland Pheasant LTH (can do only one time) -
October 1st? Youth Deer Gun Hunt - October 7-8
Statewide Antlerless (Poynette - Joe) - Dec. 7-10
Outdoor Youth Mentoring Alliance - June 23rd and 24th - Lincoln, Nebraska. Great gathering of youth groups and support organizations from 12 states. One of the main messages of the event was that due to the decline in hunting participation and licenses, our hunting sports are in jeopardy. Lower license sales result in less money generated. The target population for introduction into shooting/ hunting sports is youth through 35 years of age.
There is a need for mentoring groups to work with other groups. The Big Brothers/ Big Sisters has been a great partner of several youth organizations nationally.
Sponsors included Powderhook Digital Mentors, Cabelas Outdoor Fund, Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Federal Premium Ammunition, Union Sportsman's Alliance, Outdoor Heritage Education Center.