Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Took some kids and their mother fishing this evening on a Mississippi backwater. With the water level now at normal it is so much easier to locate and catch fish. Everybody did well and I left my cell in the truck so don't have pictures to share. Yes, that's the new excuse, feel free to use it.
Looking ahead to the fall hunting seasons, the time to start planning is now. Chaseburg Rod and Gun Club is putting on a Kids Shooting Day on Saturday, September 9th in combination with a Waterfowl Education with Brenda Kelly from DNR. Shooting practice plus duck I.D.
Coulee KAMO is looking for participants for its trap/ pigeon shoot on August 19th on a private farm just south of La Crosse. The kids shoot clays and then take a crack at a pigeon released electronically with a dog holding point near the bird. Then we have a lunch. If people knew how good bacon/ jalapeno wrapped grilled pigeons were, they'd be an endangered species.
The Statewide Youth Deer Gun Hunt this year will be on October 7-8. We will camp near the site of three hunting locations in the Warrens area - two on public and one private. If you have a kid between 10-15 and you don't know where to even start with them in hunting or you are just looking for a place to take your kid, send me a PM. If you would like to try volunteering as a mentor for a kid, we'll need a few more.This is what KAMO is about - introducing families/ kids to outdoor pursuits. Hunting whitetails, campfire stories, starry night skies, delicious meals.
And did I mention our Youth Duck Hunting Camps on Lake Onalaska? We take the kids out on their days off of school that come along in the La Crosse, Holmen, and Onalaska School Districts. Hunting followed by a pizza party at a mentors house right on the lake.
It is all free to you and cheap for us.
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/ firstname.lastname@example.org
. *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/ email@example.com
*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